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Meet-Up with Running Guru Jeff Galloway and Preview of the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at meetups@disney.go.com.

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Meet-Up with Running Guru Jeff Galloway at Disneyland Resort

If you’re a runner and you’re interested in getting personal running and training tips from one of the industry’s leading experts, I’ve got a cool meet-up event for you.

Two days before the Disneyland Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort, our runDisney team is offering a select group of 25 applicants the chance to get one-on-one training advice from official runDisney training consultant and former Olympian Jeff Galloway. In addition, selected qualified applicants will be one of the first to have access to the Disneyland Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo before it opens to the general public that day.

Galloway, who has run all 18 Walt Disney World Marathons as well as several other runDisney events, is well known for his popular Run-Walk-Run training method and the expertise he’ll share with the 25 selected applicants has helped thousands of runners complete their first marathons and improve their race times.

For an opportunity to join Galloway and gain early access to the Expo next Friday, hurry up and RSVP right now to meetups@disney.go.com. Remember, only 25 qualified applicants will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to apply ASAP!

If you’re not one of the 25 selected this time, post your training questions for Galloway here and I’ll get him to answer a few of them on a future blog post. Also, you can see Galloway at the Disneyland Half Marathon next weekend and at future runDisney events.

For more information on the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend or to register for future runDisney events, visit www.rundisney.com. For coverage throughout this event follow us on Twitter (@disneysports) and Facebook (runDisney).

In the meantime, here are a few things you should know:

  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis.
  • A valid ID is required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • The event is subject to change or cancellation.
  • Selected applicants attending the meet-up are not required to purchase admission.
  • We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via email before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Friday. We plan to send this email at approximately 4 p.m. ET today, and we will also post a link on the Disney Parks Blog that will include a list of names of all selected runners. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not accepted.


  • Jeff, Please some assistants, I am now 61yrs of age.I would like to run in the Disney Run probly next yr 2012. A little of my history 2002 I had Cancer given 6months to live,got rid of that,this passed Christmas had 6 heart by pass done back to work in 30days.Had coached track and field back in the 70s to the80s. Need some work-outs to get back in the game. Will start walking workouts this week. Being a Vet, I will start walking at our Vet Park in Spring Hill,probly 4 times a week. Thank You, John

  • Darn…saw this just too late. But then I saw it is only for 18 and up. What about our young athletes that could benefit from his knowledge?? Maybe he could give us parents some good advice on how to help our youth marathoners!!

  • Perfect timing! I’m registered for the Jan.8, 2012 WDW Marathon (now 19 weeks away) and am interested in Jeff’s 18 week training plans, both of which are listed as “coming soon” on the web site. Will they be made available within the next week? Thanks, I’m looking forward to earning my 26.2 ears and could use his help.

  • Please wear your running shoes on the plane. Last year, I packed them in my carry on, only to realize that I brought 2 different shoes, both for my right foot! I was able to go and get some new shoes at the last minute and ran a PR at the half the next day, however I don’t recommend it.

  • Oh, and not packing my running shoes in my checked baggage. I can replace all my other clothes if the worst happens, but I don’t want to even imagine trying the race in brand new shoes!

  • Malinda, I am coming in from SC to do the race. I think the only unusual race prep I am doing it that I am going to try to stay on East Coast Time. I figure it will make the beginning of the race easier since I will be used to being up at that time anyway.

  • I just tried to RSVP by email. I’m not sure what we needed to include in the email but I would love this opportunity to meet Galloway! If I’m not one of the lucky 25, I wonder if he has any suggestions on how people travelling from the East Coast should prepare during the final week before the Half Marathon?

  • Me, too! See everyone next weekend!!! Looking forward to running my 3rd Disney Half-Marathon with my sister!

  • I did mine as fast as I could. Hopefully we will both be there.

  • Sent mine, hope I get it =)

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