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2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Returns with New Merchandise

posted on January 7th, 2014 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend returns to Florida from January 8-12, 2014. Before the holidays, I caught up with Mary Myers, merchandiser for events at Disney Theme Park Merchandise. She shared with me a look at many new items created to commemorate this annual runDisney event. I selected a few items to share with you today.

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Apparel is some of the most popular items created for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This year, Mary introduced a tonal color palette for the various events held during the weekend. There will be new “I Did It” shirts complete with course maps printed on the backside. There will also be new 2014 “Coast to Coast Challenge” shirts available for sale. A variety of Sweaty Bands and Bondi Bands with event logos will also return.

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I’m excited about the new Dooney & Bourke handbags created especially for this event. The vibrant, runDisney-inspired artwork features Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy running through a magical course.

There will also be a new Vinylmation “Eachz” figure released that resembles Mickey Mouse in running attire. You may recall that we introduced the “Eachz” concept last fall at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. There are two figures presented in a mystery box. Mickey dressed in yellow is the more common figure to find, while Mickey dressed in green is more rare.

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Mary also created four new colorful running tutus complete with the runDisney logo.

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You should also look for additional long-sleeved options and some fun drinkware. I like the mug that has Mickey, Donald and Goofy along with the 2014 Marathon Weekend logo.

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Finally, I have a look at a handful of items created for the Inaugural Dopey Challenge this year. I’m beyond impressed with those who are running 48.6 miles this weekend by participating in the 48.6 miles in the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon. Wow!

These items will be released at Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Expo will be open during the following times:

  • Wednesday, January 8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 9, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Friday, January 10, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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2014 Limited Edition New Balance runDisney Shoes Revealed – Available Next Week At Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Expo

posted on January 2nd, 2014 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Happy New Year! What better way to kick off 2014 than to reveal the “new” limited edition New Balance runDisney running shoes and to announce they will be available to guests for the first time at next week’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna Expo.

Over the past two months we shared details about the 860 V4 featuring Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie, including exciting news that this model shoe will also be available in kids sizes. We introduced the faster looking 890 V4 to the New Balance runDisney family featuring Goofy and Cinderella. And we showed you new kits with race specific shoe liners and shoelace charms that you can purchase to personalize your runDisney race experience.

Well, now is your chance to see these amazing shoes for yourself. The accompanying video will give you a detailed look at each shoe and help you decide how you want to show your Disney Side at your next runDisney event.

These 2014 New Balance runDisney shoes will only be available at runDisney Health and Fitness Expos starting with next week’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, January 8 – 11. Based on the success of the 2013 shoes and excitement building for the new 2014 shoes, we anticipate a big demand and special arrangements are being put in place to assist guests. For detailed information on how you can purchase shoes at next week’s expo, visit www.rundisney.com.

On behalf of everyone at runDisney, I want to wish you a happy New Year! We invite you to follow us on runDisney Facebook, Twitter @runDisney and on runDisney Instagram for exciting news throughout the year.

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New Shoes, New Disney Characters Join the New Balance runDisney Family

posted on December 9th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


For the past few weeks we have shared details of the new 2014 New Balance runDisney shoes. We revealed that Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie will anchor the 2014 New Balance runDisney 860 V4 running shoe. There was a lot of excitement when we announced the same shoe will be available in kids sizes in 2014. It was also revealed that runners will have the opportunity to purchase kits with race specific shoe liners and shoe lace charms to personalize their race experience.

Well the “news” doesn’t stop there! Today we are excited to announce New Balance is introducing a second line of shoes anchored by two of your favorite Disney characters. After listening to customer feedback, these shoes are aimed at runners looking for a faster experience in a neutral cushioning shoe, a lighter weight running shoe. These shoes look awesome and are sure to be a hit with runDisney runners and fans.

Now I can’t reveal all the details so please check out the video below and see for yourself. And, as always, we invite you to follow us on runDisney Facebook, Twitter @runDisney and on runDisney Instagram for exciting news and future opportunities. A little hint, look for the full 2014 shoe reveal at the beginning of January.

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Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and runDisney on the Move at Disneyland Resort

posted on December 3rd, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


This past year has been pretty incredible for runDisney, and as we look back it has become apparent that the ladies are stepping up their game in a big way. In fact, according to our friends at RunningUSA, 8.6 million women completed a race last year, comprising 56 percent of the runners out there. At runDisney we are proud of all our races (like my kids, I can’t have a favorite), but the response we have seen to our women’s focused races is nothing short of amazing.

So with that set-up, we have a bit of news regarding our 2015 Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend. Check out the video to learn more about what we have in store in 2015. And, as always, we invite you to follow us on runDisney Facebook, Twitter @runDisney and on runDisney Instagram for exciting news and future opportunities.

Keep running.

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runDisney Takes Magical Miles on the Road To Atlanta

posted on November 19th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


At runDisney we are constantly looking for ways to provide exciting opportunities for our runners and this past weekend we think we hit a home run at Turner Field. On Saturday, runDisney hosted its first meet-up on the road in Atlanta. It was an opportunity to take Mickey, Minnie and some runDisney magic directly to our fans.

More than 100 participants hit the streets for a fun run that took us under the Olympic rings, circled the Capital building and then back to Turner Field for a run inside the stadium and around the warning track. Following the run, guests were treated to a speaker series that included runDisney training consultant and Atlanta’s own Jeff Galloway, runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus and Runner’s World editor Warren Green. Our partners from New Balance used the meet-up to announce that the 2014 New Balance runDisney 860 running shoe will feature Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie. They also revealed the same 860 Mickey and Minnie shoe will be available in kid’s sizes.

On behalf of the entire runDisney team, I want to thank our Atlanta meet-up participants and all our runDisney fans for their continued support. If you want to follow along or join the conversation from Atlanta, please use #ontheroadtodisneyparks. And, as always, we invite you to follow us on runDisney Facebook, Twitter @runDisney and on runDisney Instagram for exciting news and future opportunities.

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Sorcerer Mickey & Pink Minnie Highlight New 2014 New Balance runDisney Shoes

posted on November 16th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Coming off the major success of the 2013 New Balance runDisney 860 running shoes featuring Mickey and Minnie Mouse, it was announced this morning that the 2014 shoes will feature Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie. In addition, it was also revealed that the same model shoe, the 860 featuring Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie, will also be available in kids sizes for 2014.

More than 100 runDisney social media followers were the first to hear the news at the first ever runDisney Meet-Up / Tweet-Up on the road at Turner Field in Atlanta. Now is your chance to see this exciting announcement yourself by clicking play below. Although the video announcement does not reveal the entire shoe it gives enough of a tease to get runDisney and Disney fans excited about the new design.

It’s important to note these shoes can only be purchased at Health and Fitness Expos during runDisney event weekends at Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort. For a complete list of event weekends visit runDisney.com.

One more tip, you will want to follow @runDisney and runDisney Facebook closely leading up to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna for more exciting announcements.

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A Look Inside a runDisney Race Weekend

posted on November 13th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


For those who have participated in runDisney races it’s no secret that Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort are the perfect race destinations for the entire family. Not only can you celebrate your achievement by going to a theme park, but from Family Fun Run 5K’s to Kids Races, runDisney weekends offers a chance for all ages to participate.

This past weekend thousands of families enjoyed the Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend and participated in Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids Races. It was exciting to see so many families and kids enjoying a healthy active weekend. But don’t just take my word for it, watch the accompanying videos and see for yourself.

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Cheers to the Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon

posted on November 11th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, PR Manager/Content Producer, runDisney


Once again runDisney served up an amazing weekend for runners at the 2013 Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. From the Pre-Race Taste at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and Kids Races, to the main course Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Finish Line Party, runners were treated to a smorgasbord of events.

As I stood at the start and finish lines Saturday night, I couldn’t help but realize how special our runners make this event. From creative costumes to well choreographed finish-line crossings, all of you made this unique nighttime race a five-out-of-five star rated event.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the half marathon and we hope you are stretching, icing and recovering. And to all runners, we look forward to you making a “reservation” and joining us for the 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

Cheers.

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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Serves Up a Special Night at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 10th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director, Marketing & Communications, Disney Sports


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As I roll out of bed this morning and walk (limp) to the coffee pot, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the amazing experience that was the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. From the dancing hippos on the course, to the green army men helping us to take that hill, to the disco tunnel, to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, to the unbelievable finish line experience … all in all it was a pretty amazing night. And all that was before we got to the Finish Line Party!

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Congratulations to the men’s overall winner Justin Scheid from Sparta, NJ, and the women’s champion Kristin Teneglia of Seminole, Fla. Both broke the tape in course record setting times.
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Congratulations to all participants and thanks to all who came out to make this another runDisney event to remember!

Keep running!

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New Merchandise for Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at the Walt Disney World Resort on November 8-9, 2013

posted on November 6th, 2013 by Steven Miller, Merchandise Communications Manager


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The runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend returns to Walt Disney World Resort on November 8-9, 2013. I will be attending the half marathon on Saturday evening to cheer on my fiancée as she crosses the finish line. She recently asked me what new merchandise was created for the event, so I contacted Mary Myers, merchandiser for runDisney events, to get a first look.

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The assortment for this year’s half marathon will include a mixture of apparel, pins, home goods and more. Many of these items include artwork created by Disney Design Group artist Paola Gutierrez. She told me the artwork was inspired by the main merchandise artwork from the 2013 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

“Randy Noble’s artwork from this year’s festival was my inspiration,” explained Paola. “I liked the whimsical, hand-drawn style found in that artwork which I incorporated into the half marathon art. I purposely designed the logo to resemble a bottle label. The colors that Mary selected for the shirts this year were a happy accident. She selected a nice, wine-inspired color pallet which complemented the logo artwork very well.”

For the “I Did It” T-shirt, Paola added a bit more excitement to the design (I’m sure I’d feel beyond excited to crossing the finish line if I was running). The back of that T-shirt contains a stylized course map (shown in the first image above).

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In addition to T-shirts, participants will also find some long-sleeved options and a cool, navy colored polo shirt.

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Mary told me there will also be a few Disney pins to commemorate the event along with a mini-medal for the runDisney Vinylmation figure. Other non-apparel items include a wine glass, car magnets, a window decal and two Sweaty Bands.

Look for these items at Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo that will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. On Friday, November 8, the Expo will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. The Expo will run from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, November 9.

Finally, I hope to see you at the event. If you are active on social networks, please use the hashtag #WineDineHalf.

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