runDisney Celebrates Global Running Day!

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runDisney has been a part of Walt Disney World for about 25 years. With races offered at Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Paris, and even virtual races, there’s a running event available for all ages and abilities. One of the past parts of a runDisney race is the magic that can be found around event including unique character appearances and entertainment options.

(Jan. 4-7, 2018): The 25th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, ranks among the nation’s most popular destination races, growing from 8,200 runners in 1994 to more than 100,000 athletes and spectators expected at the event this year. More than 15,000 runners participated in the Wlat Disney World 5K, enjoying signature Disney entertainment and characters along the course at Epcot.

In celebration of Global Run Day, runDisney has the opportunity to sit down and chat with Olympian Paula Radcliffe. Paula is a British long-distance runner, current women’s marathon world record holder and the

runDisney Ambassador for this year’s Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend. Take a look at what she has to say to get you motivated for your next run and some of her insights on running.


What are the greatest benefits of running?

The fun, the health benefits (both mental and physical), the awareness of your body, the friends you make and the camaraderie of the running community. The fact that you can do it wherever you are and that it’s a great way to meet people and discover new places.

What makes runDisney races special or unique?
I think it’s the way in which they [Disney] combine the unique magic of Disney with the joy of running. Families can come and achieve their running targets while enjoying a wonderful weekend as a family where everyone gets something out of it and goes home happy after a magical weekend.

How fun was it to run through Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris?
It is really fun and to do so at night or early morning when it’s all lit up makes it even more special. It is an experience that you can only do when you take part in the Disney races and that makes it more special and unique.

What is your favorite runDisney race and why?
I think for me it’s the 5km in Paris because I can share it with my children. I have had so much fun and pleasure running, so to be able to see them start to do the same and to share their joy is very special indeed.

Do you have any recommendations for anyone running their first runDisney race?
Sign up with family or friends and build up the training gradually so that you can get the best fun experience. Try and stay in or close to the park to make the race easier and make a whole celebratory weekend out of it to get the most from the experience.

What advice do you have for people who want to start running but just can’t seem to get started?
Pick a small fun race like a Disney 5k. Sign up with some friends and train together in preparation. Then make a great weekend of it and be sure to treat yourself afterwards when you achieve your goal.

Registration for the super-popular 2019 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend officially opens on July 19, 2018. Keep following along with us here at Chip & Co for additional details!

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