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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend runDisney Meet Up

The 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend certainly lived up to all expectations.  The entire resort seemed to be overtaken by runners…I have never seen so many in one place!!  To kick off the weekend, runDisney hosted one of their infamous meetups that I was lucky enough to be invited to.

I met up with Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run Disney bright and early and we walked over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios for the 6:30 am check-in.  This was the largest meetup runDisney to date with over 100 people in attendance.  It was great to see so many fellow runDisney fans, catch up with old friends and meet new ones!  We were all given white runDisney t-shirts upon arrival, which was a nice change from the usual black shirts.  Unfortunately, there were cotton and not tech shirts, which weren’t the best for that super humid morning.  But beggars can’t be choosers, I am happy with any runDisney shirt 🙂

Pre Meet Up

Mickey, Donald & Goofy were all there in their awesome track suits and as good Disney fans do, we all lined up to get our pictures taken.  I absolutely LOVE the Studios and it was great to get this photo op on an empty Hollywood Boulevard.

Me & the Big Cheese!

Me & the Big Cheese!

Goofy's Warming Up for the Run

Goofy’s Warming Up for the Run

We were greeted by Tony, Bob & Darrell from Disney Sports and given instructions on how the 2.5 mile run portion of the meetup was going to go.  There were 2 groups, one for strict runners and one for run/walk.  The runners were going to keep a 9-10 minute mile pace and Bob was leading the pack.  However, I heard it was more of an 8 minute mile!  The run/walkers were led by Jeff Galloway and they were doing 30 second intervals.

The runDisney Team

The runDisney Team

I had unfortunately been battling a nasty cold in the days leading up to the meet.  In fact, I had a fever of 100.2 just the day before!  In order to save myself for the marathon a few days later, I opted to not run that morning.  I was bummed to not get the experience of running through the Studios and meeting the characters, but my health had to come first.  Good news is I got some fun pics of the Galloway group starting off!

The Galloway Group

The Galloway Group

Look at some of the characters they encountered along the way!

Minnie still looks fancy in her running gear

Minnie still looks fancy in her running gear

High fives with Pluto!Photo Courtesy of runDisney

High fives with Pluto!
Photo Courtesy of runDisney

Woody & Buzz!Photo Courtesy of runDisney

Woody & Buzz!
Photo Courtesy of runDisney

The second half of the meet was held at Lights, Motors, Action!  I walked over there with the rest of the runDisney staff and waited for the runners to arrive.  It was a pretty cool entrance.

Lights, Motors, Action!

Lights, Motors, Action!

Here comes Bob leading the runners

Here comes Bob leading the runners

Darrell, Heather & Jenn

Darrell, Heather & Jenn

Galloway Group

Galloway Group

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Grill truck was there to provide breakfast sandwiches for everyone.  They looked delicious, but sadly I couldn’t have one because they all had eggs.  Egg allergy fail!  🙁

ESPN Grill

We were once again welcomed by Bob Hitchcock and Tammy Jacobson of runDisney, but they were quickly interrupted by none other than Joey Fatone!  He made a grand entrance and came cruising in on the “director’s truck” from the show.  Joey was gearing up to run the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge in place of his wife who recently sustained an injury.  He answered many questions from the group and admitted to barely training and being very nervous about the weekend ahead.  He also said that N’Sync won’t be getting back together, which was a serious bummer 🙁

Joey Fatone & Bob Hitchcock

Joey Fatone & Bob Hitchcock

Photo Courtesy of runDisney

Photo Courtesy of runDisney

Earlier in the week, runDisney announced a new partnership with New Balance making them their official running shoe.  Members of the New Balance team were on hand to give us an overview on what to look for in a proper running shoes and the different varieties they have to offer.  They also talked about what went into designing the new runDisney shoes that were available for a brief time at the Expo.

New Balance Demo

New Balance Demo

Since this was the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon, it was expected that there would be a few elite runners on hand.  The expo had some amazing speakers lined up for that afternoon and I was excited to see many of them at the meet up.  They offered some great tips for distance running and answered questions from the audience.  Bart Yasso admitted that his favorite race costume was when he dressed up like a penguin for the Marathon du Medoc in France where there are 23 wine stops along the way.  Now that’s my kind of marathon!

Next up was former NFL linebacker Eddie Mason.  He spoke about the importance of focusing on core strength to bring more balance to the body and how Cigna is leading this charge.  Core strength is something many runners overlook, but can be just as important as getting those long runs in.  He also talked about how you need to listen to your body and rest if needed.  You need to let your body heal in order to get stronger.  Great tips!

Eddie Cigna

Eddie Mason

Our final speaker was Drew Carey who was supposed to run in the full marathon, but is recovering from a broken clavicle…ouch!  He told stories about his experience at the Disneyland Half Marathon, what really goes on at the Price is Right (spending WAY too much time on this topic!) and also admitted to hating Sounds Dangerous, the show he stars in at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  They really need to get rid of that already!

Drew Carey

Drew Carey

Bob introduced one last special guest before the morning ended, Adriano Bastos.  Bastos is a seven time winner of the Walt Disney World Marathon and was going for his 8th win this year.  He adorned with numerous Disney tattoos and gets a new Mickey on his forearm for each race he has won.  Very cool!

Bastos

Adriano Bastos

Before we left for the day, the Fab 5 came back out and we were able to get more photos.  I just love their running outfits!  All of the elite runners and celebrities were also on hand for photos.  Joey Fatone obviously had the longest line 🙂

The Fab 5!!

The Fab 5!!

Me & Pluto!

Me & Pluto!

Photo Courtesy of runDisney

Joey Fatone & I are BFF!
Photo Courtesy of runDisney

Running Legends Bart Yasso & Dick Beardsley with lil ole me :)

Running Legends Bart Yasso & Dick Beardsley with lil ole me 🙂

runDisney always puts on great events and this certainly did not disappoint.  What a great way to kick off marathon weekend and get everyone excited for the big races ahead!

Who would you have been most excited to meet at the runDisney meet up?

 

Disclosure: I was invited to attend the entire weekend as media.  My hotel expenses, meals and park admission were provided by Disney.  As always, all opinions are 100% my own and I am 100% obsessed with runDisney events.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Speaker Series

Something I look forward to during every race weekend are the speakers at the Health & Fitness Expo.  Marathon Weekend has a phenomenal line up of speakers this year and I wish I could just sit there all day and listen to them.  But there is a lot going on that weekend so I thought I would list the speakers here so you (and I) could catch those presentations that really resonate with us!

 

Individual Presenters

 
beardsley_beach_thumbDick Beardsley, Athlete, TV Host & Motivational Speaker
Against The Wind
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 11:00 am
Dick will inspire and motivate you as he shares his surprising story of growth, reaching the pinnacle of running and overcoming challenges. Dick’s message is not just for runners and his personable style and sense of humor will capture your attention.

Panel of Past & Present Boston Marathon Leaders of the Pack
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Never before outside of Boston have so many unique and gifted Boston Marathon competitors been brought into a discussion on one panel. You’re not going to want to miss this!

 
Jeff GallowayJeff Galloway, Official runDisney Training Consultant
Strong to the Finish
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9:15 am
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Jeff will reveal tips from his training programs that have helped thousands of runners stay injury-free and enjoy the celebration afterward!

The Best Running Coach’s National Panel!
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm
You’ve read their books, tried their training programs…now see them in person and bring your questions!

Pacing and Motivation
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 6:00 pm
Jeff will discuss proven techniques that have helped thousands of runners – at all levels – enjoy their events, every year. Bring your questions!

 
Tara GidusTara Gidus, Official runDisney Nutritionist
Nutrition for Runners
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 10:00 am
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 10:15 am
Tara is a nationally recognized expert in sports nutrition and the Team Dietician for the NBA’s Orlando Magic. She is the perfect person to provide last minute nutrition tips before your race because good nutrition is vital to sports performance!

 
Keith & Kevin Hanson, Coaches, Hanson-Brooks Olympic Distance Project
Hanson-Brooks Olympic Distance Project
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Kevin and Keith will introduce you to their team members of the Hanson-Brooks Olympic Distance Project, the remarkable team from Michigan that forms the nucleus of Hanson-Brooks development squad.

 
Lori Tubbs, Sports Dietician, Clif Bar Pace Team, 2X Ironman and 60+ Marathon Finisher
Improve your Athletic Performance with a Performance Nutrition Plan
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 1:00 pm
Wondering how you can refine and define your optimal nutrition plan? This is your chance to get the inside secrets to crafting your best nutrition schedule. Let Lori help re-write your path to nutritional success!

 

The Runner’s Studio
Moderator Creigh Kelley will interview this amazing group of elite runners!

 
thebostonwranglermay500_0Dave McGillivray, BAA Boston Race Director, Author, Athlete and Philanthropist
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Creigh will interview this quiet and inspiring leader in the world of distance running. Prepare to be excited as you discover how he brought together inspiration, perspiration and determination to make a difference in thousands of lives across the United States!

 
341px-Frank_ShorterFrank Shorter, Olympic Marathon Gold Medalist, TV Commentator and leader of the Sport of Running
Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Creigh will visit with Frank and explore his life as depicted in the heartfelt story described in the October ‘11 issue of Runner’s World Magazine. You know Frank as the father of the modern running boom and now you’ll discover what drove Frank to greatness!

 
bartyassoprofile-300x200Bart Yasso, Chief Running Officer, Runner’s World Magazine
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 10:00 am
Creigh will visit with Bart and explore his life as an athlete (competed on all seven continents, raced Death Valley and been chased by a rhino), as an author (My Life On The Run) and as a coach (one of the principal designers of the 16-week training plan for the Runner’s World Challenge), a special highlight of the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend!

 

Panel Discussions

 
Last Minute Tips & Information for Runners & Spectators

  • Jon Hughes, Race Director,
  • Tom Ward, Course Director,
  • Mary Ancona, Spectator Advisor

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 2:00 pm
Friday, January 11, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Jon, Tom and Mary will provide helpful last minute tips and race information for both runners and spectators including a course review and insightful tips for spectators. A question and answer session will be included.

 
Team in Training

  • John Bingham, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society National Spokesperson
  • Jenny Hadfield, National Coach

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 4:00 pm
John will share his fascinating experiences gathered throughout his travels with Team In Training®, while Coach Jenny Hadfield will talk about last minute tips on how to best prepare for your race.

 
The Olympic Podium

  • Frank Shorter, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson, Olympic Gold Medalist
  • Jim Ryun, Olympic Silver Medalist

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Meet the superstars of our sport! What was it like to successfully represent your country on the biggest sporting platform in the world? This is your chance to visit in person with these sensational leaders in our sport!

 
The Physical and Mental Benefits of Staying Fit

  • Eddie Mason, NY Jets & Washington Redskins linebacker, 8 years in NFL, 5x Nominee for Special Teams Pro Bowl
  • Don Davey, Green Bay Packers & Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle, 9 years NFL, 4x Academic All -American
  • Dr. Tony Massey, Behavioral Specialist, Cigna
  • Mark Marsters, Senior VP, Cigna, Moderator

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 11:00 am
How can the NFL and long distance running be in the same sentence? Bring your questions as Mark Marsters, senior vice president of Cigna’s Disability Operations spotlights the surprising similarities between these two seemingly dissimilar groups of athletes! Like runners, NFL athletes follow a pre-season, during season and post-season regimen. Mental preparation, training and diet are just three of the topics Mark will explore!

 
The Best Running Coach’s National Panel!

  • Jeff Galloway, Official runDisney Training Consultant
  • Jenny Hadfield, Columnist for Women’s Running Magazine and Coach
  • Keith Brantly, 1996 Marathon Olympian, 7x National Road Racing Champion and Coach
  • Jon Sinclair, Ranked by Runner’s World Magazine as the “Best Road Racer in the World for a Decade!” and Coach
  • Kim Jones, 3x World USA World Marathon Championship Team and Coach
  • Kevin Hanson, Brooks-Hanson Olympic Development Coach

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 1:00 pm
You’ve read their books, tried their training programs…now see them in person and bring your questions!

 
Panel of Past & Present Boston Marathon Leaders of the Pack

  • Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson , Kim Jones, Greg Meyer, Desiree Davila, Dick Beardsley
  • Dave McGillivray, BAA Boston Marathon Race Director, Moderator

Friday, January 11, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Never before outside of Boston have so many unique and gifted Boston Marathon competitors been brought into a discussion on one panel. You’re not going to want to miss this!
The Olympic Dream: From the Debut of the Women’s Olympic Marathon to Present

  • Joan Benoit Samuelson, USA Olympic Gold medalist “and Former Marathon World Record Holder
  • Suzy Favor-Hamilton, USA 3x Olympian and former USA Record holder 1000M and 800M
  • Desiree Davila, USA 2012 Marathon Olympian and runner-up 2011 BAA Boston Marathon
  • Janet Bawcom, USA 2012 10,000M Olympian

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 11:00 am
Meet the women who fought through the “impossible” Olympic barrier in 1984 and the present elite contenders from the United States. Explore what it takes to get there and stay in the top echelon of world class competition!

 
Giving Back to your Community & Society: Impacting your Overall Health & Well-Being

  • Eddie Mason, NY Jets & Washington Redskins linebacker, 8 years in NFL, 5x Nominee for Special Teams Pro Bowl
  • Don Davey, Green Bay Packers & Jacksonville Jaguars defensive tackle, 9 years NFL, 4x Academic All -American
  • Dr. Tony Massey, Behavioral Specialist, Cigna
  • Mark Marsters, Senior VP, Cigna, Moderator

Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 1:00 pm
NFL players and long distance runners share common ground – giving back through charities! From the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to NFL Play 60, both groups arrive at the same finish line. Learn why this is essential to reaching your full potential on and off the field and race course. Discover how both have reached out to “pay it forward”!

 
Panel of Amazing Road Racing Champions

  • Kim Jones, 3x World Marathon Team, top 3 New York, Boston & Berlin Marathons, Author & Coach
  • Desiree Davila, 2012 US Olympian, and runner-up 2011 BAA Boston Marathon
  • Janet Bawcom, 2012 US Olympian
  • Bill Rodgers, 1976 US Olympian, 3x New York & Boston Marathon Champion
  • Jon Sinclair, Former US Champion, Author and Coach
  • Greg Meyer, Former 15K and 10M World Record Holder, Former National Record Holder in 10 Events
  • Keith Brantly, 1996 Marathon Olympian and 7x National Road Racing Champion
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson, USA, Olympic Gold medalist and Former Marathon World Record Holder

Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Saturday, January 12, 2013 at 3:00 pm
Adding up their outright victories, these athletes have beaten the best of the best at over 100 world class road races. Learn their secrets to success and discover what common traits they share and what makes each athlete unique.

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Unfortunately, I don’t get in until Thursday evening, so I will miss some of the great speakers that day. I was looking forward to Lori Tubbs. I think I’m going to try to catch the 2 panels on Friday: The Physical and Mental Benefits of Staying Fit and The Best Running Coach’s National Panel. Keep in mind that the presentations will take place in HP Field House where packet pick-up is, not in the Josten’s Center where it usually is.

For more information on the events at the Health & Fitness Expo, take a look at the official race program here!

What presentations are you looking forward to?