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Moms Panel Monday: He’s Not Resting On His Laurels, He’s Collecting Them!

If you have ever met them alone or in a group, then you know that the members of the Disney Parks Moms Panel are a particularly special and wonderful group of people.

Like Meg and Hercules, they are also passionate and courageous. Some of the most courageous athletes never get to grace an Olympic stage or have an audience with mythical gods. But that does not dim their flame. I believe you can see Disney Parks Moms Panelist Marc Lorenzo’s courage from space.

A few years ago, Marc felt that he had a weight issue. When he joined the Disney Parks Moms Panel, he wanted to take part in their annual rite of passage. Each fall, the panel flies to Walt Disney World Resort for a reunion, and to run in various runDisney events. Marc didn’t want to be left behind. “I literally thought I was going to die when I ran my first 5K,” he said in reference to his first event, three years ago during Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

Last week, and 100 pounds lighter, he completed Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which is running a half and a full marathon, totaling 39.3 miles. Marc added to his personal challenge and ran the 5K that is also held that weekend.

“Hearing the crowd cheering as the finish line came into view and getting my four medals are the most magical memories for me. The amazing support from my fellow Disney Parks Moms and Dads, my friends and my family propelled me to the finish line three times!”

Marc was not alone as he went for the gold. Nine Disney Parks Moms Panelists ran in various races during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Marc is now a proud owner of the coveted Goofy Challenge medal but there is nothing goofy about him. He has proven that he can go the distance and is practically perfect in every way.


  • It was an honor to place that full medal around your neck Marc! Way To Go! You look great!!!!

  • Way to go Marc! So happy to see you living the dream! You are truly an inspiration! Hopefully, I can start training soon and run with you in the future! Thank you, Laura for highlighting Marc’s wonderful accomplishments!

  • What an inspiration!! My 8 year old just started running 5K with me so his big goal is to run a Disneyland 5K and someday the 1/2 marathon!

  • Marc,

    I have gotten to know you since you had joined the mom panel and to see you achieve these goals is amazing! I am proud of you and you are a great represention to all of us that should be going for the “gold”

  • Marc is truly one of the best people I’ve ever known and I’m blessed to have him in my life. Not only is Marc an inspiration due to his weight loss and running, but he’s also a gifted photographer, an amazing dad and he has a heart of gold.

    CONGRATULATIONS again, Marc!! I’m SO proud of you!!

  • So Proud of my Buddy!!! He is a true inspEARation to me!!! GREAT JOB!

  • Great job Marc! I am losing weight and training for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler in Oct. Thanks for the inspiration and hope to see you there!

  • Congratulations, Marc! You are a rock star! I’m so proud of you for accomplishing your mission!

  • If I can do it then you can do it! Start out with a runDisney 5K (3.1 miles)and work your way up to a half then a full marathon. I use the Jeff Galloway method (run-walk-run). Keep training and keep dreaming big!

  • Way to go Marc.

    I’m training for my first runDisney event in 9 months and I will use your story to remind me that I can do this.

  • What a wonderful inspiration you are to all Marc! Congratulations on each of your accomplishments, and thank you Laura for sharing this feel-good story!

  • Hi Laura!

    I was so excited to read this wonderful post and see Marc’s personal accomplishments. Marc, Lori, Carrie and Amanda have truly been an inpspiration to my personal journey towards better health. I too, have a Disney Run event on my bucket list for the future and am so excited!

    Thank you for the reminder, on a Monday morning to stay strong!

    Best regards,
    Jacqueline (Jackie)

  • 100lbs?! That’s awesome, Marc! Congratulations!

  • Congratulations Marc, you are an inspiration, and I’m proud to call you a friend.

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