The whispers in the crowd were true – that was Sean Astin at the Never Land Family Fun Run 5K and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort this past weekend. This was the third runDisney half marathon the star of The Goonies, Rudy and The Lord of the Rings, participated in. Last year Astin ran both the inaugural Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Disneyland Half Marathon.
Not only does Astin love runDisney events but also loves the runners that participate. He was very generous with his time at the races and at the expo for photos, autographs and entertaining the crowd. Much to my surprise he even showed up in “character” for the 5K wearing Tinker Bell wings and a sparkle skirt. Now, he may deny that fact in public, but the video below has the evidence.
As runners we run for different reasons. Astin runs for what he calls #Run3rd. What that means is he runs first for himself, second for his family and third for anyone that tweets him and asks for a special run dedication.
I think anyone having the chance to meet him last weekend will agree, Sean Astin is a great guy, loves running and loves runDisney. But judge for yourself, let him tell you in his own words.
One of the highlights of the D23|Expo for me was getting to meet Sean. A real class act.
How did he get confused and show up late, at the wrong Disney property for the WDW Marathon weekend?
Hey, the voice of Hercules from the first Kingdom Hearts!
I love the Astin/Duke family! Even thought it wasn’t during my generation, I used to watch reruns of the Patty Duke show! Such a talented family!! Sean, next year consider running the Disney World one, It will be my first marathon ever and I would love to run into you! (No pun intended! lol)
Got to meet Sean at the Tinker Bell Half and he is super terrific. Thanks for spending so much time at Disneyland with the Tink runners!
I love Sean Astin! I met him at the D23 expo in 2011 and I was in Disneyland when he was last weekend for the marathons and was really hoping to find him but never did I was sad. He is so cool and really nice
We saw him running past us at mile 5!
WE JUST LOVE SEAN ASTIN! MY FAMILY WATCHES ANYTHING HE IS IN. IF WE HAD KNOWN HE WAS RUNNING WE WOULD HAVE BEEN THERE EVEN THOUGH IT IS A 9 HOUR DRIVE FOR US TO DISNEYLAND! GOOD JOB SEAN!!!