|Toward the end of the meet up with my main Duck and Minnie herself!|
The WDW Marathon weekend social media meet up was billed as the biggest and the best yet and boy was it ever! Just getting into this meet up was an effort like no other. To say that runDisney's social media lovers became stalkers is an understatement! Picture us all tracking 4 different media outlets watching on a minute by minute basis for 2.5 days and you begin to get an idea of what we were all like. By the time the RSVPs were emailed on Friday January 4th were were all exhausted and too many of us had not even been for a run in that time frame. That afternoon I seriously felt like I was freed from my computer and I headed out for a much needed run!
The dilemma for most of the meet up hopefuls was the scheduling of the event. It was in direct conflict with the Family Fun Run 5k! I was one of those runDisney lovers who had been planning for a year to go "Dopey" at this years Marathon weekend (5k, half and full). I had my heart and wallet set on it in fact. But is was not to be, although I did consider sticking with the 5k for a brief second. I asked myself if I was running the 5k how much would I miss the meet up - answer 90%...and the reverse...I would only miss the 5k 10% while I was at the meet up. So I passed on the 5k this year!
The meet up was at Hollywood Studios this year. We were asked to arrive at 6:30, but we made sure we were there a little earlier just to have even more time to socialize and get our social media going! They gave us all special 20th Marathon t-shirts to wear after we got signed in. Any extra gear was loaded onto a cart to head to destinations unknown (the event location). To our surprise the characters came out in their track suits to meet us and take pictures! I have never seen adults line up more quickly than they do at these events!
|Big hugs for Goofy! My weekend was all about the Goofy Challenge! (runDisney Photo)|
|Near the ticket gates at Hollywood Studios showing off my runDisney 20 shirt!|
|Goofy and me posing for the cameras! (runDisney Photo)|
|...the excitement is contagious!|
|Looking good Donald in your track jacket!|
|Check out all these familiar faces standing in a group!|
|Me and Mickey ready to race!|
|Tony Morreale with runDisney PR kicked off the program.|
|Of course Bob Hitchcock was close at hand and had a few thing to say as well.|
|Bart Yasso from Runner's World|
|You all know Jeff Galloway!|
|More lovely ladies! Karla Bruning is in the silver skirt.|
|Professional shot - Love ya Pluto! (runDisney Photo)|
|Toward Tower of Terror.|
Sisters Malinda Ann Hill and Leah Conner are on the left in their now signature yellow Alex's Lemonade attire.
|U-turn in front of Rock 'n' Roller Coaster.|
|Oh Minnie! Love the running dress! (runDisney Photo)|
|Just keep running...|
|Photo stop with Woody and Buzz in front of Toy Story Mania! (The fast half of the 9.5 group)|
I am between Buzz and Woody with just the hem of my Minnie dress showing.
|Photo stop with Woody and Buzz in front of Toy Story Mania! (The other half of the 9.5 group)|
|The first half of the 9.5 milers again...take 2! (runDisney Photo)|
|Costume design anyone?|
|Breakfast has arrived! The ESPN food truck had hot breakfast sandwiches!|
|Ready to serve! |
I went with the egg and cheese.
The wrapper came in handy because every time I wanted to stop eating and talk
I just wrapped it back up and put it in my bag.
|An organizational meeting in action! |
Check out those New Balance Mickey shoes on Bob Hitchcock!
|The 12 minute run/walkers arriving!|
|My buddy Marcia Barton! Love the silver skirt! |
Where did you get that? (top question of the weekend)
|Desiree Davila Olympian and Distance Runner|
|New York and Boston Marathon champion|
|Jeff Galloway (runDisney Photo)|
|runDisney Mom Lori from the Disney Moms Panel|
|Mary Jo, Lori, Me and Karla|
|Josh Rowe from New Balance marketing. Check out the Providence Friars cap! |
It is the little connections in life that can make all the difference!
|Tony Morreal in operations mode|
|Just get me to the gospel choir!|
|Yep...we are going to run around that field.|
|Singer, dancer and actor, and now runner,|
|Bob and Joey|
|Joey and Bob|
|Josh Rowe telling us all about New Balance and the partnership with RunDisney.|
|The New Balance runDisney shoes...the ladies version...inspired by Minnie Mouse of course!|
860v3 runDisney edition
|All of us sitting in the stands listening to Olympians tell us about themselves and running. (runDisney Photo)|
|Jeff Galloway, Bill Rodgers, Joan Beniot Samuelson, Dick Beardsley, Bart Yasso & Desiree Davila|
|Runner’s World columnist|
|Olympic gold medalist|
He did not run this year due to injury, but I did see him at the start line of the half!
|More character time!|
|Character sign language|
|She loved my costume!|
|Karla, Pluto and Minnie (I mean me)!|
|Dance party time!|
|Thanking my dance partner! One of my favorite photos of the whole trip!|
|There is always time to thank the chefs! These two were on their way to work.|
|Jen, me and Marcia after the event.|
|Goodbye for now!|