disneyland half meetup
aka #dlhalfmeetup

by @according2kelly on September 4, 2012

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visiting (& more importantly running through) a quiet & practically empty disneyland & california adventure  during the disneyland half meetup (aka #dlhalfmeetup) last week, really & truly was a dream come true.

as you can tell, it had me (& a few of the other invitees) jumping for joy outside of cars land.

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it was like my own vip tour of the disneyland resort, led by none other than former olympians jeff galloway & suzy favor hamilton and my favorite mother runners dimity mcdowellsarah bowen shea.

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it was as if the entire event had been created just with me in mind.

i was definitely in my own, personal, little, happy place – i don’t think i stopped smiling the entire morning! i was on such a runDisney (aka #runDisney) high.

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with the sun rising in the distance, we ran (although i may have occasionally sprinted & raced – my marathon training plan had called for a few quick bursts of speed that day) through downtown disney & right onto main street usa, on into adventure land, new orleans square, frontier land, fantasy land, sleeping beauty’s castle, & back down main street. from there we headed into california adventure where we ended our early morning run at hollywood studios, but not before running through car’s land of course & across paradise pier.

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the run was followed by q&a session/ dance party with faron kelley (director of marketing for disney sports attractions), jeff galloway, suzy favor hamilton, dimity mcdowell & sarah bowen shea, where i learned a few little gems of wisdom…

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after a surprise visit from mickey mouse, which definitely brought out the child in all of us runners, we headed to flo’s v8 cafe for a delicious breakfast, with an amazing view of ornament valley.

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& then, in true disney fashion – the #dlhalfmeetup ended with a surprise…  riding soarin’ california & a behind the scenes tour of the ride.

& while the “behind the scenes” tour was pretty awesome, riding soarin’ with “first-timers” suzy favor hamilton & joe of the marathon show was unforgettable – their excitement was contagious.

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this was definitely an experience i will always treasure.

once again, runDisney has proven that there really & truly is magic in every mile. although, i do have a few particular memories that will always be extra special from the morning…


want to attend the next runDisney race meetup? pay extra special attention to the runDisney facebook page & disney parks blog a week or two before the next runDisney race. in the past, that’s where they’ve announced the meetups.

& make sure your trigger finger is ready, because it’s usually a “first come, first served” kind of deal. so you need to be able to RSVP ASAP, because the meetup spots go quick!

26 comments
Lisa
Lisa

Fun pictures! This motivates me to try!

Lynn Kellan
Lynn Kellan

I think we should wear green glittery wings EVERY day! :)

Heather
Heather

I hate that I missed this, darn flight cancellations! Love the photos!

Siobhan McCarthy.ca
Siobhan McCarthy.ca

This meet up looks INCREDIBLE!!! It looks like you had a blast! ARe you doing the DisneyWorld Marathon in January?

Krista Parry
Krista Parry

Can we talk about how great you look (and I'm not just talking about your costume). I will continue to run if I will look like you.

RunFastMama
RunFastMama

Wow! Looks like an incredible time! I would love to do this WDW Weekend!

Stacey
Stacey

It was so awesome to meet you girls!! I absolutely love rundisney events and cannot wait for January to do Goofy's Challenge again!! See ya there!

Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb
Heidi @BananaBuzzbomb

Your posts always make me smile, especially when you start talking RunDisney. I've made it a goal to get to one in 2013 and I definitely want to run a meetup...and meet you too!! Thanks for sharing!

Emily
Emily

Wow - looks like so much fun!! I had a great time following along via Twitter & Instagram!

Mindy
Mindy

This was my first race ever and I'm very inspired by Run Disney to become a better runner! This meet up looked awesome!

@according2kelly
@according2kelly

so the question is.... have you signed up for your next race yet?

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