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The Metamorphosis of the runDisney Community

Oh my how times have changed.  When I ran my first Disney race back in 2010, there was a VERY different vibe.  We were all out there having fun and running a race as part of our family vacation.  No pressure…just fun!


I met all of the people in this photo (well except B) in the online Disney community…Twitter, Facebook, message boards, etc…  We had a love for the parks and wanted to try a new experience since we had all visited the parks a bagillion times.

In the past 2 years as the popularity of runDisney races has grown, so has the online community.  Overall, this has been more than wonderful.  It has given me the opportunity to meet so many interesting and inspiring people who share the same interests as I do.  I started this blog as a place to share my love for all things Disney, including the races, and I finally felt like I found a place where I belonged and was accepted for who I am.  The support that I received was beyond anything that I expected and all I wanted to do (and continue to want to do) is support he community back.

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Unfortunately when groups grow, negativity is bound to creep in.  Cliques form and jealousy rears its ugly head…it’s human nature.  It always reminds me of this:

This craziness has seemed to have gotten worse with the introduction of the runDisney meet up/tweet up.  Ever since the first one two years ago, people have progressively gotten crazier about getting into one of these events.  I have been fortunate enough to have been invited to a few of these events as media, and yes they are pretty fun, but they are not worth getting mean and spiteful over.

I have seen so much ugliness surrounding the past few race weekends in the days leading up to a meet up announcement.  (If you’re not familiar with how these announcements work, here is a great post the ins and outs)  This has happened yet again in the past few days in various online groups and it has made me incredibly sad.  I have always tried to stay out of these conversations and remain neutral, as I see validity in both sides of the various arguments like: Should people be allowed to attend more than one meet up?  Is the selection process fair?  Etc…   However, I don’t like when people start becoming mean and spiteful.  Saying hurtful comments in an open forum or behind other people’s back is not ok.  That is not why we’re here people!

Running is hard enough.  We put our bodies through hell to achieve a personal goal and when we find other crazies who enjoy doing the same thing, we should embrace that.  Being a Disney nerd is hard enough.  We are constantly having to justify our desire to not want to grow up and spending all of our vacation time at a “kid’s park” (oh how they’re missing out!).  Finding others to share in our geekiness is a gift!  To find people who share in both interests is rare and should not be taken for granted.  We might not all share the same views, but damn it let’s at least be civil to each other.

So as Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend gets ever closer, let’s all remember why we do this.  This is supposed to be fun.  Those races should put a smile on your face and you should look forward to every second of it.  You are lucky to even have the opportunity to run and you are creating memories that will last a lifetime.  Yes, it might not seem like it after shelling out all that cash and not being able to walk for a few days, but trust me it’s worth it!

Have I liked everyone I’ve met in the runDisney community?  NO…big fat NO!  But that doesn’t mean I should ever be mean to them or take away from their magical experience.  I hope as a community we can all get past this petty fighting and embrace each other.  Don’t get sucked into the drama and just smile…negativity won’t help you cross that finish line.

Finish Line

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you RAD people out there!  Thank you for making my year some wonderful and I am extremely thankful for this community every day!  From my family to yours, have a great day!


RAD Reads for November 3, 2013

So I’ve decided to scrap my weekly recaps on Sundays and stick with only sharing some of my favorite posts from around the blogosphere.  I want to celebrate the community here and not just celebrate myself because I want Running at Disney to be as much about you as it is about me.  I don’t always have time to read all the blogs out there so if you’ve written something or find something great, please make sure to send it to me to share!


Now on to some long overdue RAD Reads!

Running & Fitness Posts
Marc Bigbie started an awesome new blog and has some great insight on how you can run a marathon or do anything else hard.

Live, Run, Grow has some great race day takeaways from her recent run in the Marine Corps Marathon.

300 Pounds and Running recaps his very first marathon!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW celebrates National Sandwich Day (today!) by sharing the best places to get a sandwich in WDW.

This Happy Place Blog takes a look back at The Happiest Celebration on Earth back in 2005.

The Disney Food Blog reviews the new lounge at The Hollywood Brown Derby.

Imagineering Disney outdoes himself with this working model of Splash Mountain…awesomely insane!

Disney on Wheels continues her Disneyland trip recap and this week featured her first runDisney race!

In case you missed it, here’s what I’ve been up to on Running at Disney these past weeks:

And here’s what’s been happening over on RAD Living:

Have a great week and remember to Be RAD!

Sandy Hook Elementary School Victim Relief Fundraiser

This morning I had the privilege of participating in the Sandy Hook Elementary School Victim Relief Fundraiser put on by CrossFit RedZone in Newtown, CT.  We are all aware of the horrific tragedy that took place a few weeks ago at Sandy Hook Elementary School, but if you are not from the Tri-State area you may not know the incredible outpouring of support that is taking place for this community.  Today’s event was just one of the many events and fundraisers taking place in CT to support the victims and families.


I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…the CrossFit community is AMAZING!  Not only are they insanely supportive when you’re trying to get through a tough WOD, but when someone is in need, the entire community comes together.  Over 1,000 people came out today for this event and it was amazing.

The workout was a 10 minute amrap (as many rounds as possible) of 10 thrusters, 6 burpees and 10 kettlebell swings.  Partners could be same sex or coed and there were Rx (prescribed) and scaled divisions.  The Rx was 95# men/ 65# women for thrusters and 53# men/ 35# women for kettlebell.  The scaled was 75# men/ 45# women for thrusters and 35# men/ 26# women for kettlebell.  Burpees were the same for both divisions.  Only one partner could be moving at a time and couldn’t advance to the next movement until both partners have completed the movement.  Sounds easy right?  Um…no.

I arrived around 9:00 am to watch my fried Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run, Disney compete in the first heat.  Isn’t it awesome when Disney and CrossFit cross paths?!?  She killed it in the Rx division finishing 3 full rounds + 36 reps.

Nice KB swing girl!

Nice KB swing girl!

Jenn kicking ass on the 65# thrusters!

Jenn kicking ass on the 65# thrusters!

My partner had to back out due to a family commitment, so I was paired with someone from another gym.  Unfortunately, it was in the last heat at 3:10 pm.  Luckily, this morning I checked the Facebook page of the event as saw that someone else was looking for a partner for the 11:30 am slot and we were able to meet up and work that out.  Best part was that he was from my gym!  Eric was an awesome partner and incredibly encouraging when I was struggling.  He was originally in the Rx division, but dropped down to scaled for me.  I just don’t have the upper body strength for 65# thrusters yet!  Here we go…

Getting our game plan ready :)

Getting our game plan ready 🙂

Yeah KB swings!

Yeah KB swings!



Eric killing the thrusters

Eric killing the thrusters

Eric pushing me through my last few :)

Eric pushing me through my last few thrusters…best 🙂


And we're done...

And we’re done…

We finished 4 complete rounds + 5 thrusters from me.  It’s was insanely hard, but insanely awesome!  Jenn was awesome to stick around and take these photos for me.  This was my first “competition” and I’m so glad to have it documented…even if I look miserable 🙂

This was an amazing event and I’m so happy I could be a part of it.  If you are interested in donating to support the Sandy Hook PTSA you can still do so here.  TOGETHER WE STAND, UNITED WE WOD!