runDisney Releases the 2013 Half Marathon Medal

Drumroll please!

Last night, runDisney revealed the new 2013 Half Marathon Medal.  Those in the know call this race “Donald,” since he’s on the medal.  They’ve been playing a little game with the reveal, and the end of the game will feature the full marathon medal.  But for now, we have the new half medal!

I wasn’t sure at first, but I think I like it.  The empty eye creeps me out a bit, but I said that about last year’s Donald medal, and when I saw it in person, I really liked it.  Besides, Disney medals are always spectacular.

Of course, I’m not running this race.  I’m saving all my energy for the full marathon.  Can’t wait to see that medal!

New runDisney stuff!

Today, my sister notified me that there is new runDisney gear up on the Disney Store website.    All geared towards marathon weekend and definitely stuff I’ve seen at expos, but it’s kind of fun to see it up early.

If you’re training for Goofy, I love the idea of using this magnet to hold your training schedule to your fridge.  That should keep you motivated!

I’m not going Goofy this year (though my sister is).  But I am doing my first marathon.  And I’m kind of in love with this jacket.

Maybe as a training reward for getting through a long run?  I wear this sort of jacket all the time and have one from Princess (from the year I got sick the night before the race and didn’t run… maybe I would be jinxing myself to get the jacket?).

Oh Disney, how you make my money magically fly out of my wallet.

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Very cool!  I love Alison Sweeney!

Biggest Loser Host Alison Sweeney Enters 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

 TV star is first celebrity to be a part of milestone weekend that features new commemorative medal, new course twists, new post-race party and enhanced entertainment; additional celebrities expected to enter in the coming weeks

 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – (July 16, 2012) – The Biggest Loser host Alison Sweeney headlines a list of celebrities who will be a part of the 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna.

Sweeney, an aspiring author (she has two books coming out in the next couple of years) and well-known for her role on Days of Our Lives in addition to The Biggest Loser, is entered in the Disney half marathon during the Disney Marathon Weekend, Jan. 10-13, 2013 at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando.

Sweeney is an avid runner who has competed in various marathons and half marathons around the country, however the Disney half marathon will be her first runDisney event. Sweeney is expected to attend the race along with her husband and two children.

“With all of the cool new elements that will be part of this special 20th anniversary Disney marathon weekend, this seemed like the race to run in 2013,’’ said Sweeney. “We’re going to make it a family trip so my husband and kids can share in this fun experience.’’

Sweeney is expected to be among several celebrities and international running stars who participate in the historic Disney Marathon Weekend that will offer several new features:

 

  • Enhanced entertainment at Mile 20 to celebrate the 20th anniversary
  • A specially-designed 20th anniversary Mickey Mouse medal
  • New course routes through the Walt Disney World Speedway and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
  • A new post-race party at Downtown Disney

The Disney Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna will again feature Kids’ Races throughout the weekend, including the Mickey Mile, as well as a Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday.  There is also Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge which involves running the half marathon and the full marathon – a total of 39.3 miles.  The Health and Fitness Expo runs throughout the weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and features the latest in running technology and fashion, as well as renowned running experts such as Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney.

Runners can register for the race and get more information at www.rundisney.com.

Runner’s World Challenge with runDisney

Too bad I’m already registered!

Runner’s World and runDisney Partner on VIP Challenge Experience, Training for 20th Anniversary Walt Disney Marathon Weekend

Disney Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy Challenge Jan. 12-13, 2013 Become Part of Runner’s World Challenge

JULY 9, 2012 – (New York and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.) – Imagine a weekend where you run through Disney theme parks, experience Disney entertainment and are rewarded with a unique Disney medal, all while running side-by-side with Runner’s World editors who helped you train and encouraged you along the way.

The 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which are part of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, are the latest races to be designated Runner’s World Challenge events. Participants will virtually train with Runner’s World editors leading up to race weekend, and then on race weekend have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive VIP race experience with Runner’s World editors all hosted by runDisney at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, FL.

The weekend consists of the Half Marathon Jan. 12, 2013 and the Marathon Jan. 13. Those who choose to can run the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, where participants must complete the Half Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday to qualify for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge medal.

More excitement awaits runners taking on the challenge of the Disney Marathon, which marks two decades of magical miles of Disney entertainment, one-of-a-kind medals and family memories. The 20th anniversary race will feature a new course routing through the Walt Disney World Speedway and Champion Stadium ballpark at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; enhanced entertainment at Mile 20 to celebrate the 20th anniversary; a commemorative 20th anniversary Mickey Mouse medal and a new post-race party in Downtown Disney.

 

Those interested in signing up can click on the Runner’s World Challenge icon at www.rundisney.com for registration information or can call 407-939-7781.

“We’ve planned 2013 to be the biggest year ever for the Runner’s World Challenge, and we’re excited to be collaborating with a great new partner for this kick off in January at Walt Disney World for the 20th anniversary Disney Marathon Weekend,” said David Willey Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief and Rodale Inc. Active Living Group General Manager.  “Our editors are already gearing up training plans, logging miles, and preparing for this unique event.  As with all of the Runner’s World Challenges, our readers can count on receiving expert advice and personal engagement with our editors while training for this special weekend.”

“The opportunity for our runners to have personal access to some of the leading minds in the running industry through the Runner’s World Challenge is going to be hugely beneficial to anyone running our half marathon and marathon that weekend,’’ said Faron Kelley, Director of Sports Marketing and Communication at Walt Disney World. “With so many races taking place around the country, partnering with the running experts at Runner’s World will further differentiate our Disney Marathon Weekend and noticeably enhance the overall race weekend experience for the thousands of runners who are expected to participate in our 20th anniversary event next year.”

 

Challenge participants will have exclusive access to a Challenge-only website where they can ask questions that will be answered by Runner’s World editors. They can also share their best tips on nutrition, injury prevention, health issues and other essential training topics as they get ready to run at Disney.

This exclusive package created for participants in this special Runner’s World Challenge weekend at Walt Disney World includes:

  • Entry into the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon or Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge with preferred corral placement
  • Three night stay at Disney’s Yacht or Beach Club Resort
  • Private packet pick-up and hospitality suite at the resort
  • Keepsake 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend gift
  • A Runner’s World Challenge tech shirt
  • Course strategy session with the Runner’s World experts and editors
  • Exclusive shakeout run with the Runner’s World editors
  • Entry to the Pasta in the Park Party on Saturday night Jan. 12 at Epcot® with Runner’s World VIPs & editors
  • Private transportation to and from the start and finish lines
  • Entry to the Race Retreat which includes pre and post race hot and cold beverages, dedicated stretching area, and private portalets & bag check, post-race buffet, massage and live results
  • Post-race celebration on Sunday night at the Cool Down at Downtown Disney

 

About runDisney

runDisney is a series of events providing runners unique opportunities to run various distances through Disney theme parks.  Race participants earn Disney-themed medals, experience legendary Disney entertainment and guest service and ultimately celebrate their accomplishments with a Disney vacation.  The original event in the series, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, takes place in January followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler in September and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November.  Disneyland hosts the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January and the Disneyland Half Marathon in September during Labor Day Weekend.  More than 100,000 running enthusiasts participate in runDisney events each year. For more information, visit runDisney.com and follow us on Facebook (runDisney) and Twitter @runDisney.

 

About Runner’s World

The mission of Rodale’s Runner’s World, recognized as the worldwide authority on running information, is to inform, advise and motivate runners of all ages and abilities. Named to Adweek’s Hot List in 2011 and 2010, Runner’s World aims to help runners achieve their personal health, fitness and performance goals while inspiring them with vivid, memorable storytelling. Runner’s World offers the award-winning Runner’s World Challenge, allowing readers to interact with editors while training for races and run races with the magazine’s staff, and the brand recently launched the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Running Festival, to be held in Bethlehem, PA, Oct. 19-21 (www.RunnersworldHalf.com). Runner’s World publishes 15 international editions: Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. For up-to-date running news, visit www.runnersworld.com, and get instant updates on Twitter (@runnersworld) and Facebook (Runner’s World Magazine). Runner’s World is also available as a mobile app on the iPhone and iPad.