#DisneyMagicMoments: Runners Who Inspire Us

Emily Amato

by , Public Relations Manager

During these challenging times, many have found comfort, relief and hope in getting outside for some social-distanced exercise. We have often seen such hope, inspiration, and #DisneyMagicMoments at our runDisney events, meeting runners with incredible stories. Over the next few weeks, we’re going to highlight some of those courageous stories here on the Disney Parks Blog, starting with … 

Hannah Herman

For Erin and Hannah Herman, Feb. 21 is affectionately known as the “Hannahversary,” marking the day when Erin adopted Hannah from an orphanage in Kazakhstan. That day was extra special this year, not only because it was the 10th Hannahversary, but because together they ran the Disney Princess 5K even though a decade ago, doctors doubted Hannah would ever walk. 

As an infant, Hannah was left in a maternity hospital in Kazakhstan. She was also born with a severe club foot, and the adoption agency told Erin that Hannah would likely never walk. Despite this challenge, Erin brought Hannah back to the United States, where they immediately began treatments. More than one year later, at the age of 2, Hannah walked for the first time – and has been unstoppable since, running and swimming competitively. Finishing the Disney Princess 5K was one step toward Hannah’s ultimate goal of completing a triathlon.  

Here’s a look at Hannah’s magical experience. Keep checking the Disney Parks Blog in the weeks to come as we look back at more amazing, inspirational #DisneyMagicMoments from runDisney events!


  • Beautiful, inspiring story! Thanks for sharing! Keep them coming!!!

  • God bless Erin for giving Hannah the opportunity, and ability, not only to walk, but to soar. And may Hannah continue to “race” through life, proving to us all that with strength of will, determination and belief in oneself, nothing is impossible.

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