January 5, 2013

runDisney Meet Up 101

If you remember, we were able to participate in the runDisney meet up during the Wine and Dine weekend in November.  We had a fabulous time!  Today, on the Disney Parks Blog, Disney announced another meet up over marathon weekend.  We frantically sent our emails and said a wish and a prayer, hoping to get in!

Around 2:45 this afternoon, we were overjoyed to learn that we had both made the cut for this year's event, which is set to take place on Friday, January 11th at 6:30AM at Disney's Hollywood Studios.

The event will include some very notable runners including:
- Olympic Gold Medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson
- Runner's World Magazine Editor Bart Yasso
- NYC and Boston Marathon winner Bill Rodgers

And the cast of characters even includes Joey Fatone from 'NSync!  Remember him?!

So what is a runDisney meet up you ask?  Well, after receiving lots of questions today, we wanted to share the scoop with you!

What: The runDisney race weekend meet ups are a rare opportunity to run through a Disney park prior to opening with the runDisney team, and in some cases, additional guests (celebrities, athletes, etc.).  Jeff Galloway is a mainstay at these events and will typically, lead one group of runners in his famous run-walk-run method.  After the run, there's usually a light breakfast and a Q&A session with the runDisney team and any additional guest speakers.

When: The event itself is usually held the Friday morning (usually around 7AM) of race weekend, which sometimes conflicts with the 5k events (i.e., Marathon Weekend).

Signing Up: Follow the Disney Parks Blog and the runDisney twitter account 2-3 weeks prior to the race.  They will post all the information and details about sign up.  You have to be very fast on the draw to get in, which is typically done via email.

{Christine}

8 comments:

  1. So excited for you both!! I'm totally bummed that it conflicted with the 5K b/c we'd already signed up for that. Next year we plan to skip the 5K and hopefully get into the Meetup. I just hope we get into the Meetup or we'll be sad we aren't doing the 5K! haha

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    1. Thank you Angela- you are the sweetest! I think the 5k conflict has become a challenge for many...it sounds like in year's past, they haven't conflicted so there are some unhappy people now!

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  2. So jealous, enjoy that time with the BYE BYE BYE boy! ;)

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    1. Haha...we will and hopefully you will get into the next one!

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  3. Yea! Can not wait to meet you two at this event!

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    1. Same for us...see you real soon at the most magical place on earth! (corny but true)

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  4. We can't wait to meet you in person! :-)

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    1. Christine and I just said over the weekend that we are excited to meet the twins. See you soon!

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