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The Kindness of the Running Community

The Wine & Dine Half Marathon Expo was, um, crowded. This was the first, and probably last, time I will show up at a race expo first thing in the morning. I arrived early because I wanted to get it out of the way so I could go enjoy my day in Walt Disney World and also to grab a pair of the Disney New Balance sneakers. It’s a good thing I did because the line was already super long 30 minutes before the Expo opened!


After grabbing the shoes, it seemed like the best time to head over to the official runDisney merchandise booth. Certain items have been known to sell out quickly so it made sense to just go there first. It was a bit chaotic, but manageable. I grabbed the few things I wanted (pins, vinylmation and a water bottle) and got in line to check out.

The morning started off chilly but quickly warmed up. Plus with all the bodies in the Expo, I was quite warm in my tech hoodie. So I tied it around my purse…something I’ve done countless times. Well sometime between paying for my runDisney merch (a remember seeing it in line!) and walking to the Expo exit, my hoodie feel off. In a panic, I retraced my steps to find it but no luck. This all happened within about 2 minutes…no hoodie!

I was super bummed because 1. it is my favorite running hoodie and 2. I was planning on wearing it for the cold, rainy race the next night. I headed up to the Services Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and filled out a lost item card, but had little hope that it would be returned.

What do you know? The next morning I received a call from Sharon at ESPN saying she thought she found it. Oh My! Well low and behold, when I arrived, there it was. Sharon seemed just as excited as I was to reunite me with my hoodie and she truly made my day…and race!


I’ve always thought that the running community is made up of special people. There is something kind and supportive within all of us. Probably because we have all endured the humbling experience that is running. This experience just proved that point!

So thank you kind person who found my hoodie and took it to lost and found.  Because of you I was able to run a warmer (sadly not drier) Wine & Dine Half Marathon!


Do you feel the same way about the running community?  Have you ever lost one of your favorite pieces of running gear?

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Running for Boston

Yesterday I shared my feelings on the tragedy at the Boston Marathon and today I want to reinforce my thoughts about the strength of the running community.  It has been truly AMAZING to see how people have come together to show their support.  Here are some other posts about yesterday’s events from bloggers around the community:

If I missed you and you want to share, please link up in the comments below.

As you can see, the running community has come out in force today.  Many people are wearing race shirts to show their support or running 4.09 (the time on the clock) or 2.62 miles today.  I did both.  I wore my Princess Half shirt at work and I ran 4.09 miles in my WDW Marathon shirt when I got home.



This morning I asked all of you to send me your photos from today.  Photos in your race shirts, from your runs, or just showing support, and I can’t believe the response I got.  My original plan was to just post them here on the blog, but I thought a slideshow would be much better 🙂  Thank you to Krissy at Shiawase Life for pointing out the significance of the song “We Go On” from Illumination at Epcot.  This is one of my favorite songs and it is the perfect background for this.  Just look at everyone showing their support…there are close to 90 photos here and I had to loop the song because of it.  You all are AMAZING!!  Even Rachel Booth, winner of the Princess Half Marathon, sent in a pic!! xoxoxo

Thank you again for coming out in force today to show your support for the runners and spectators in Boston.  I am so proud to be part of this community and call you all my family.  If I missed your photo, please post it in the comments below or on the Running at Disney Facebook Page.

We are stronger than ever and we WILL go on!

New Information for 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

2014 Marathon Weekend

Registration for 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend opens today at noon!  Who’s excited?!?

runDisney has been taking all of the feedback provided by the running community and they are making 2014 better than ever.  I had the opportunity to speak with a few runDisney executives yesterday to get the inside scoop on some changes coming to Walt Disney World’s largest race weekend.  Ready??

  • Reduced Race Capacity.  A lot of the feedback from this year’s Marathon Weekend was that the course was too crowded.  In 2014, there will be 2,000 less runners in the full and half marathons (mainly in the half).  This is sure to make for a better race experience and will allow runners to keep their pace throughout the course.
  • More Corrals Added.  This will also help to spread out the runners throughout the course and will also ensure that runners with similar abilities will be placed together.  This may lead to an earlier start time for the race, but most likely will just mean a later final finish for the races.  An interesting fact is that the biggest priority for the full and half marathons, is to get all of the runners through the Magic Kingdom as early as possible, so that will determine the start time.
  • Proof of Time.  This will now be required for everyone who can supply it (an estimated 95% of runners).  This must be submitted by November 1st in order to ensure proper corral placement.  There were issues with corral capacity when runners would submit new times at Runner Relations at the Expo, so that will no longer be offered.  There was concern expressed about this date in that it is only a few days before the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which would be a great qualifier for a better time.  runDisney will be taking this into consideration and we might possibly hear an update in the future.  You can find more information on the time requirements here.
  • Fitted Ladies Shirts!  Until now, the Princess Half Marathon was the only race weekend that had ladies cut.  Well now our dreams have come true and we’re getting them for Marathon Weekend.  And I’m super excited that they will remain long sleeved!
  • New Medals.  We knew the there were brand new medals for the new 10K (featuring Minnie Mouse) and the Dopey challenge, but there will also be a new Marathon medal as well!  The designs are still being created, but they are sure to be revealed in an exciting manor just like the 20th Anniversary medal.  There will also be a new medallion for the 5K, which will be based on one of the Disney films.
  • New Family Events.  In addition to the Kids Races, there will new be ticketed breakfast events with characters for the entire family to enjoy.  The Pasta in the Park party will be continuing as well.

Here is Director of Communication and Marketing for Disney Sports, Faron Kelley, talking a little more about some of these changes:

Well there you have it, just some of the changes that will be coming to the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  I’m sure there will be much more news and a whole lot of surprises in the next 9 months leading up to the races!

This race weekend is the ultimate runner’s family vacation.  There is something for everyone!  From the youngest in the family to the Dopiest of runners, you are sure to find an event for you.  Registration opens today at noon and you can click here to register for any (or all) of the events.   

Pricing for the races are as follows:

Walt Disney World Marathon

  • $160 by June 18, 2013
  • $175 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $190 on or after August 14, 2013

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

  • $160 by June 18, 2013
  • $175 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $190 on or after August 14, 2013

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

  • $340 by June 18, 2013
  • $370 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $400 on or after August 14, 2013

Walt Disney World 10K

  • $95 by June 18, 2013
  • $110 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $125 on or after August 14, 2013

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

  • $60 per participant

Dopey Challenge

  • $495 by June 18, 2013
  • $525 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $555 on or after August 14, 2013

runDisney Kids’ Races

  • $15 per child

Mickey Mile

  • $30 per child

Race Retreat Packages

  • $120 Full Marathon
  • $120 Half Marathon
  • $200 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

Don’t forget that DVC members receive a discount on runDisney events!  Make sure to visit your member page to obtain the discount codes.

As usual for most runDisney events, packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning Wednesday, January 8th.  Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend.

You can also check out some of the posts from my 2013 WDW Marathon Weekend experience here:

So what race will you be running over Marathon Weekend?  Me?  I will not be running the marathon again, but I will be running the brand new 10K race and the half marathon.  You can bet I will be out there cheering everyone on for the 5K and the marathon though!!  Hope to see you all in January 🙂

The Dopey Challenge is Now Official for the 2014 WDW Marathon Weekend!


For years, runDisney fans have been creating their own challenge over Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend by doing the 5K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon.  This has been know in the community as the Dopey Challenge.  Well it seems that runDisney has picked up on the popularity of this challenge and has made it an OFFICIAL event for 2014!

But of course they have taken it one step further!  Along with the Dopey Challenge comes a brand new race for WDW Marathon Weekend…a 10K with a brand new Minnie Mouse medal!  This is following in the footsteps of the popularity of the Disneyland 10K that was announced earlier this year and the requests for other race lengths from the running community.  To accommodate this new race, WDW Marathon Weekend will be starting a day earlier (Wednesday, January 8th) in 2014.  The 5K will now be on Thursday, the 10K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Full Marathon on Sunday.

So back to the Dopey…if you are crazy enough to accept the challenge (I know I am not!), you will need to complete the 5K, 10K, Half marathon and Full marathon.  That’s 48.6 miles in 4 days.  That is seriously Dopey!  Oh and you can do it all for the bargain basement price of $495 when registration opens on April 9th.  Ok…now pick your jaw up off the floor.

I have mixed feelings about this addition, with the safety of this much running over 4 days being my main concern.  There are many people who will want to do this for the bling…you will leave the weekend with 6 medals (yes, 6 medals!) which is pretty cool, but just think of the toll that takes on ones body.  But I guess with the proper time and training, anything is possible!  I think I need to let all this sink in a bit…

What do you think of the new Dopey Challenge?  Will you be attempting it??

Here is the official press release from runDisney:

Dopey Challenge Among Dizzying Enhancements for 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 

Four-racechallenge will produce six-medal opportunity for runners; New Walt Disney World 10K expands weekend event to five days; popular Runner’s World Challenge returns

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 22, 2013) – After celebrating its 20th anniversary earlier this year, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna is getting even bigger next year and is offering runners another challenge that will be, well, Dopey.

The 2014 Disney Marathon Weekend, Jan. 8-12, will expand to five days and will include a 10K, along with the Family Fun Run 5K, the Disney Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. That creates the opportunity for an unparalleled proposition in the running industry: The Dopey Challenge – running all four timed events in successive days (48.6 miles) for the chance to earn an unprecedented six medals.

After the Disney Family Fun Run 5K on Thursday, runDisney’s new Walt Disney World 10K, a 6.2-mile timed event, takes place Friday, at Epcot.  Runners completing the race will receive a Minnie Mouse inspired medal.

As in past years, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon will be run on Saturday followed by the Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday. Runners who complete both – Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – will receive a special Goofy-themed medal. Add on the 5K and the 10K and runners can earn four medals, one for each race completed, plus the Goofy and new Dopey Challenge medals, for a total haul of six medals.

Inaddition to those four races, the Disney Marathon Weekend will feature runDisney Kids Races and the Mickey Mile, which both take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Special ticketed breakfasts with characters will be Thursday and Friday following the Family Fun Run 5K and 10K at Epcot, Pasta in the Park parties at Epcot and runners can celebrate their accomplishments from the weekend at the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney on Sunday.

The expanded five-day race weekend begins on Wednesday with the start of Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo, giving runners extra time to pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology, and meet experts such as runDisney official training consultant Jeff Galloway andrunDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus.  The expo is free and open to the public.

Online registration for all Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events opens April 9, but runners can enter early by signing up for the Runner’s World Challenge starting April 2.  This limited opportunity allows runners to register for the Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy Challenge or Dopey Challenge, receive customized training plans from Runner’s World magazine editors and enjoy VIP experiences throughout weekend.

For more information and to register for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events and otherrunDisney races, go to