runDisney princess half marathon meet-up

by @according2kelly on March 2, 2012

some how, some way lightning has struck twice, & once again, i was invited to a runDisney meet-up. this time around, i was lucky enough to attend the princess half marathon meet-up.

rundisney-princess-halfyou see, in the runDisney world, securing an invite to a runDisney meet-up is like finding your very own golden ticket, & definitely the beginning of a fairytale weekend…

runDisney princess half marathon meet-up

once upon a time, in a land far far way… me (or rather snow white) & 99 of my nearest & dearest friends gathered under the shadows of spaceship earth at epcot.

& i’m not lying – meghann, theodora, kim, karla, sharon, callie, fitz, brittany, katye, heather, kelly, christie, amy, colleen, lorraine, renee, & malinda really are some my nearest & dearest friends thanks to the runDisney princess half meetup.

rundisney-princess-half-meetupwe were giddy with excitement, & ready to take an early morning run through an otherwise completely empty park.

i still can’t believe that my very first “walt disney world” experience ever, was  an early morning jog through epcot with none other than former olympian & current runDisney training consultant jeff galloway, fitness magazine editor betty wong, two time disneyland half marathon winner rachel booth, & 3 time olympian suzy favor hamilton (who is just a fireball of energy… don’t you think she needs a team sparkle skirt to match that tiara?).

princess-meetupthe morning was perfect for a quick & easy jog – and you couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful backdrop… even though we covered just a few miles, we managed to see all the wonders of the world, & run thru mexico, norway, china, germany, italy, united states, japan, morocco, france, united kingdom& canada.

(& i have to admit, i kinda love the way my “outift” pops against the sea of black. & did you notice? i’m practically as fast as two-time disneyland half marathon champ rachel booth.)

rundisneybut the best surprise of all? finally getting the opportunity to meet my very own doppelganger – it truly is amazing how much we have in common, i really do love her style! (although i did forgot to ask if she matches her kt tape to her outfits too.)

princess-half-meetupalthough, i have to admit – after spending some time with rapunzel, i was feeling a wee bit jealous of her golden locks.

rundisney-meetupunfortunately, like most good things – the runDisney princess half marathon meetup had to come to an end. but not before jeff galloway had the opportunity to leave us a powerful reminder to “enjoy every mile…. there’s not a lot of fun getting from point a to point b as fast as you can.”

disclosure: while i have been planning on attending the runDisney princess half marathon weekend & running the runDisney princess half marathon (at my own expense) for months now (i really wanted my coast to coast medal)…. i was recently invited by runDisney to attend the entire event weekend as media – meaning they were kind enough to cover my hotel expenses at the fabulous animal kingdom lodge (where live giraffes, zebras & more roamed outside the balcony of my room), meals, and all of my race fees.

of course – all thoughts & opinions are 100% my own, because as you already know… i absolutely, totally & completely LOVE runDisney events.

17 comments
Jackie Sherman
Jackie Sherman

Hi Kelly! I was so excited to see that you started following me on Instagram today! You are an inspiration to me and I am so jealous that you got to work as a media for a RunDisney event! I am only a college student but I aspire to work for RunDisney one day. I am wondering though, how do the meet ups work? As in how do you get in? Is it just how quickly you can email them and they take the first 100? I REALLY want to get into the Princess Half meet up this year so any advice you have would be MUCH appreciate!! -Jackie

Katye
Katye

You are totally a ball of energy yourself Kelly! It was so much fun running with ya and hanging out that weekend. Keep up the awesome!

Emily
Emily

Your costume was fantastic!! The meet up was so much fun - I'm glad I was able to go. It was fun to meet you, if only for a second.

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

hopefully NEXT time we will get to chat longer! so glad we were able to meet though!

Siobhan McCarthy @ SiobhanMcCarthy.ca
Siobhan McCarthy @ SiobhanMcCarthy.ca

I'm so jealous that you did this race!! I LOVE running Disney!! Coast to Coast is something I really want to do too! Can I sneak into your luggage and be one of your dwarfs?!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

How cute would that be? To run as a group with Snow White & her dwarfs? I was SO excited to finally get my coast to coast medal. YAY!

maggie
maggie

I ran the half too, in my pink sparkle skirt for the 2nd year in a row! Planning to get the Coast to Coast at Disneyland this fall!! Congratulations on your fun weekend!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Wahooooo! So glad you're coming out here to run Disneyland! It's my favorite! (You always have a soft spot for your very first race).

Malinda
Malinda

Love your recap and photos! :-)

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

Thank you! Thank you! As YOU well know, it was a fabulous event!

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