My Adidas running shoes are still smokin’ from all of the running I’ve done in the Disney Parks over the last two weeks. Just shy of 60 miles in total. Marathon season is in full swing and runDisney pulled out all the stops at the Disney Parks Blog 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Meet Up.
For those of you not familiar with these events, the Meet Up is an exclusive warm up run held inside one of the Disney parks usually before a large runDisney event. They’re completely free and have become rather popular. In fact, all of the spots are usually filled up within minutes of the invitation being posted to the Disney Parks Blog.
The Meet Up for the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon was held inside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Upon arrival for the run, each participant was presented with a special white runDisney “20 Years Running” T-Shirt to wear.
As they have done in the past, the group was given two options for the run. You could run/walk/run with Jeff Galloway or you could break off into the second group and do a straight thru run without any walk breaks. Runners are asked to keep up a 12-minute-mile pace and the run is normally just shy of three miles.
We stopped for a few small group shots in front of Toy Story Midway Mania.
The run ended at the Lights Motors Action! Extreme Stunt Show Arena. Complementary breakfast sandwiches and beverages were provided by a special food truck stationed at the Meet Up.
Participants noshed on breakfast and gathered in the grandstands waiting for the special Meet Up presentation.
First up was Joey Fatone of ‘N Sync and Dancing with the Stars fame. Joey had decided that he would run the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge for his wife after she was sidelined with an injury. He had never even run a half marathon before!
Also making an appearance was Price is Right Host and now svelte Drew Carey. He too was sidelined with an injury…Hmmm…what gives? That “Sounds Dangerous”!
Check out Drew’s kicks! Those are the new runDisney New Balance Mens sneakers that were unveiled over the weekend. They sold out in minutes and New Balance was forced to overnight more stock to sell during the second day of the expo. New Balance was on hand to discuss proper running footwear and ways to avoid injury.
I was lucky enough to snag a pair of the ladies shoes for $125. How cute are they?
And Adriano Bastos was happy to hop up and show us all of his Disney tattoos. Bastos captured his eighth Walt Disney World Marathon title this year crossing the finish line in 2 hours, 21 minutes, 16 seconds!
As the meet wrapped up all guests were invited to take photos with the celebrity guests and Disney characters in attendance and each runner was provided with a goody bag as well as a one day park ticket to come back and experience Disney’s Hollywood Studios at a slower pace.