2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Janel Gilyard #WDW5K

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Janel Gilyard #WDW5K

As the ladies of RunAllTheRaces get ready for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend presented by Cigna, we’re excited to share the inspirational stories of some of the members of #TeamCigna.
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Screen Shot 2017-12-22 at 1.56.40 PMJanel Gilyard: “I’ve lost 110lbs since my wellness journey began during a visit to Orlando in 2014.

My son and I went to Universal Studios and were waiting in line for The Mummy ride. Out front they have a seat from the ride with a sign reading “this ride doesn’t accommodate all body types”, and guests are encouraged to make sure they fit into the seat. Back then, I was much bigger (286lbs). I’ve always had a very positive body image, nobody in my family ever made me feel bad about my size, but I was suddenly paralyzed with fear that I wouldn’t fit on the ride. There were so many people around, and I was so afraid that I didn’t even try the seat. When we got to the front of the line I let my son ride alone. As we left I said to myself, that’s it, I’ve got to make some changes so I’m not afraid anymore. I met with my doctor to discuss weight loss options, and we decided on vertical sleeve gastrectomy.

My immediate family was very supportive, but my extended family didn’t think I needed to lose the weight and weren’t supportive of my surgery. They seemed to think surgery was the easy way out and that’s why I only shared my story with people who supported my weight loss journey. At one point in my life I thought it was the easy way out also, but now I know you have to work out and make healthy choices. You have to have the mindset that ‘I’m not going back to how I used to be.’ It’s all about the good decisions you make about your health and wellness. It ain’t easy.

After the surgery, it took a longer than normal amount of time to recover: I have a condition where I am prone to blood clots. I developed a clot that turned into a pulmonary embolism and I had to be readmitted into the hospital. I wanted to keep moving ahead on my wellness journey, so I asked my doctor what to do to be successful. He said besides healthy eating, you have to find a fitness program that you like and can stick to every day. I did – and have lost 110 lbs.

When I was bigger, I always imagined myself running but never could. Once I lost the weight I didn’t have any more excuses, so I startedScreen Shot 2017-12-22 at 1.56.53 PM running on the treadmill at the Cigna gym. I felt like running was going well, so I entered a 5k race. When I spoke to a marathoner friend, she said you have to get out on the road and get street experience – it’s very different from running on a treadmill that propels you. So I had to start all over again. My friend directed me to a program called First Strides – they take you from walking to running in 3 months, with interval training to get you ready for a 5k. Each session, we would walk a little less, run a little more and before you know it you’re ready for the race. Since then, I’ve run a few local 5k races, and Disney World will be my 5th race. My daughter and I were planning a girls weekend but things didn’t work out for her so I’ll be coming to Disney solo……that’s not a problem because I’ll be surrounded by thousands of people who love to run and keep health and fitness in the forefront.

Now, I am really committed to fitness. I work out at the Cigna gym, I run, take Aquafit classes and spin classes whatever it takes to stay positive and motivated. I’m kind of an exercise loner – when I work out I really put in the work, and the sweat is the proof! One of my favorite spin instructors says, “sweat ain’t nothing but fat crying the blues”. One of the best feelings after my weight loss journey was going back to Universal Studios in 2015. I had plenty of room to spare on my seat belt at The Mummy ride!”

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Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

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Flashback Friday: 2017 Year in Review

Flashback Friday: 2017 Year in Review

As 2017 draws to a close and we ramp up for 2018 races, we wanted to take a moment to look back at this year’s races.

We hope you enjoy our race trailer and some of our favorite race photos from this year.

2017 RunAllTheRaces Stats:

  • 5K = 46
  • 10K = 23
  • Half Marathon = 31
  • Full Marathon = 11
  • Ragnar Trail Relay = 2
  • 10-Miler = 1
  • 5-Miler = 1
  • 3.5-Miler = 1
  • Total Races = 116
  • Total Miles = 1,027.9
  • TOTALLY FUN

Stay tuned for the sequel – it’s due out in December 2018 😉

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15826523_10211728439469609_7783300244304885711_nHow was your 2017 racing season?  What was your favorite running memory from this year?

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Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

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2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Bonita Reser #WDW5K

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Bonita Reser #WDW5K

As the ladies of RunAllTheRaces get ready for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend presented by Cigna, we’re excited to share the inspirational stories of some of the members of #TeamCigna.
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Bonita completed her first Wobble Race over Thanksgiving, and is excited to have her daughter walk with her during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in her very first 5K.

Bonita Reser is a 73 year-old retiree living in a senior community in Zephyr Hills. To be closer to her daughter Christina, she moved to Florida 15 years ago after a career with Hallmark in Kansas City.

She loves to walk and be outside in the lovely Florida weather, and enjoys taking EnhanceFitness classes for seniors three times each week at the Tampa YMCA, where using weights has helped improve her balance and lose weight.

The Cigna Foundation “World of Difference” grant supports the Tampa YMCA EnhanceFitness Program, designed to increase the physical, mental and social functioning of older adults – particularly those with arthritis. Participants take part in a series of classes from certified YMCA staff, including proven aerobic, strength training, balance and flexibility exercises that are safe, effective and modifiable for a variety of fitness levels. Fitness assessments are conducted on a regular basis to track progress, and the program provides a fun, social atmosphere

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Bonita pictured with her favorite YMCA instructor.

YMCA Healthy Living Director Dawn Kita said, “The Cigna Foundation’s commitment to helping seniors maintain their independence and incorporate wellness into their daily lives closely aligns with our own mission. Their World of Difference grant literally made the Enhance Fitness program possible for our senior members.”

Thanks to Bonita’s commitment to her health, The Cigna Foundation is bringing Bonita and her daughter on an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World in January. As part of her health journey, she will participate in the Walt Disney World 5K on Thursday, January 4.

“Enhancing the well-being of people and the places where they live directly connects to Cigna’s mission, “said Mary Engvall, Executive Director of the Cigna Foundation. “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their best health, but sometimes those opportunities are limited by factors outside a person’s control. The Cigna Foundation’s philanthropic giving focuses on creating health equity to help people achieve their best possible personal health and enjoy living their best lives.”

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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

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Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

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2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Mark Harsanye #WDW5K

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Mark Harsanye #WDW5K

As the ladies of RunAllTheRaces get ready for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend presented by Cigna, we’re excited to share the inspirational stories of some of the members of #TeamCigna.
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Cigna disability customer - Mark Harsanye - 5KMark Harsanye, 58 years old and resident of Henderson, Nev. near Las Vegas, figures the injury started more than 35 years ago during basic training in the United States Air Force. He climbed a 30ft tower when the wind took him. Gravity and the ground did rest breaking his leg in two places.

“Over the years, normal wear and tear caught up with me,” said Mark. “In my 40s, my doctor warned me knee replacement surgery would be inevitable. I hoped that I could make it until 70, but the pain became unbearable. I just couldn’t do it anymore.”

He researched the surgery, the recovery time, and talked with others about it. He felt fairly well prepared for the procedure and the journey back to health and to work. Twelve weeks later, he grew impatient as his knee still had a lot of scar tissue. So, he opted for another surgery to remove scar tissue.

“Before the replacement, I thought hard work would get me back on my feet faster,” said Mark. “After surgery, it felt more like ‘what did I do?’ I’m competitive. When I saw others recovering faster, I wanted to become better. An in-home physical therapist helped, but the second surgery helped me improve the flexibility of my knee.”

Mark couldn’t wait to get back to work. Getting a call from his Cigna vocational coach, Alicia Troski, he found a partner with the energy he needed to make even greater strides.

“He came ready to work,” said Alicia. “He didn’t want to be dependent on anyone. That mentality means a lot when overcoming a difficult recovery process. For some, it’s easy to quit and fall back into an easy chair. Not Mark. He remained focused on getting himself back.”

One of the resources Alicia offered, the Cigna customer referral program with Achilles International, which is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities participate in athletic events, encourages people like Mark to build up physical strength and stamina.

Cigna partners with organizations like Achilles International to help customers achieve their return to work goals by providing access to additional rehabilitation resources including ergonomic office equipment, software, education and accommodations to help customers stay safe and be productive at work, encouragement and support, resume review and job placement assistance.

“My employer has been supportive throughout my recovery process from accommodations to treatment,” said Mark. “If I needed a break to ice my knee, I could do it as I needed, when I needed. If I had to take off for therapy, I felt comfortable do so.”

As a result of his hard work and dedication to return to work, Cigna offered Mark the opportunity to participate in the Walt Disney World 5K presented by Cigna on Thursday, January 4th as a member of Team Cigna.

“I have a plan – stretches, working my core, weight training,” said Mark. “If I did nothing, it would be like owning a sports car and letting it rot. I’m only going to get better by working at it.”

The Cigna Customer Referral Program with Achilles International demonstrates Cigna’s promise to partner with customers “Together, All the Way” along their unique health journey. When injury or illness occurs, Cigna helps them get back on track to achieve their goals.

“For Cigna customers, participating in a race represents a healthy milestone on the road to recovery, but also independence,” said Alicia. “As people gain physical strength, they also build confidence, which can positively affect all areas of your life.”

“I’ve come far, but I see it as just the beginning,” said Mark. “I’m back and work because of Bethany and none of this would have been possible without Cigna. So many resources came together to make things happen at my own pace.”

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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

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We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

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Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

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2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Stephanie Dukes #WDW5K

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Stephanie Dukes #WDW5K

As the ladies of RunAllTheRaces get ready for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend presented by Cigna, we’re excited to share the inspirational stories of some of the members of #TeamCigna.
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Screen Shot 2017-12-22 at 1.30.33 PMA friend’s stroke was a defining moment for Stephanie Dukes, resident of near Chicago. Weighing more than 200 pounds, the mother of three realized she had to make some changes.

“I was determined not to become a statistic,” she recalls. “I had to do something about my weight if I was going live a long life and be around to raise my children.”

Dukes initially started many advertised diet plans she’d heard about from friends, but none of them worked for her. As an employee of health insurance company, she was encouraged to take advantage of the programs it offered to help people make lifestyle changes. Dukes not only needed to change the way she approached food, she had to learn ways to reduce her stress, which was a huge contributor to her overeating.

“I had all these tools in place,” Dukes explains. “But how was I going to use them?”

In January of 2015, Dukes partnered with her doctor to get healthy. In just under a year, she managed to lose 30 pounds on her own. Once the New Year started, she began to work with a nutritionist. Then in June of 2016, she took another step forward and joined a local running club, “Black Girls Run.” She now runs anywhere from three to five miles, three times a week. She even completed the Heritage Haul of South Holland Half Marathon in under three hours back in September.

Dukes credits Rush’s Health Legacy Program (HLP) which she first started in February 2013 at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood, for giving her the added motivation she needed. The program was easy to follow and a lot of her “church family” also participated.

“This program gave me the encouragement and support to stay on my journey and not fall off,” she explains. “The key is to start out slow and know that it’s about making a true lifestyle change and not just doing something because someone else is doing it.”

Dukes, who has now lost a total of more than 70 pounds, can’t stress enough the importance of helping others in similar situations.

“Do what works for you,” she says. “Don’t get hung up on what others do. Work it until it works for you.”

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A recent graduating class of the Health Legacy Program in Chicago’s Lawndale community. This group of 30 women loss 162 lbs collectively at the end of six weeks!

The program celebrated its second reunion event in August with some 100 women attending the luncheon in Rush’s Searle Conference Center. Health Legacy program creator, Rush manager Robin Pratts, MHA, likens the program to an ongoing journey.

“The program doesn’t end once the six weeks are over,” Pratts says. “It’s a six-week jump start that has a ripple and legacy effect that continues into the community. The goal is to create a new legacy of good health in our African-American communities. The program offers health education in simple terms, exercise, weekly support, and meal planning and nutrition sessions with a chef. These components working together make a huge difference. We focus on adopting simple health habits. We learn by doing and support each other on the journey.”

For Dukes, that legacy effect is taking her and her family all the way to Florida. As a result of her hard work and commitment to herScreen Shot 2017-12-22 at 1.30.52 PM health, The Cigna Foundation, a long-time sponsor of the Rush Health Legacy Program, is sending Dukes and her three children on an all-expense paid trip to Walt Disney World in January. As a symbol and extension of her health journey, she will participate in the Walt Disney World 5K on Thursday, January 4.

“Enhancing the well-being of people and the places where they live directly connects to Cigna’s mission, “said Mary Engvall, Executive Director of the Cigna Foundation. “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to achieve their best health, but sometimes those opportunities are limited by factors outside a person’s control. The Cigna Foundation’s philanthropic giving focuses on creating health equity to help people achieve their best possible personal health and enjoy living their best lives.”

“Stephanie embodies our mission and the tenets of our partnership with the Cigna Foundation,” Pratts says. “I can’t think of a more deserving person.”

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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
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Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

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2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Sonya Hazel #WDW5K

2018 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Sonya Hazel #WDW5K

As the ladies of RunAllTheRaces get ready for the 2018 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend presented by Cigna, we’re excited to share the inspirational stories of some of the members of #TeamCigna.
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Cigna disability customer - Sonya Hazel - 5KSonya Hazel, 42 years old and resident of Riverdale, Ga. near Atlanta, didn’t have a chance to avoid that truck on February 23, 2017. The driver attempted to pass her while texting and driving. Like many distracted drivers, he misjudged the distance knocking Sonya’s car out of control. Her vehicle finally came to a stop after hitting a passenger van and breaking a highway wall. When the police officer arrived on the scene, she could hear him talking to the dispatcher. Judging by the vehicle, he thought she died in the crash.

“Before the officer arrived, I couldn’t feel my legs and, as silly as it sounds, I remember thinking my husband would be so upset when he saw the car,” said Sonya. “When the officer ducked down to see inside the vehicle, I startled him when I spoke.”

The emergency room doctor thought she might have gotten away with just a sprain and applied a temporary cast. When she visited the orthopedic surgeon, he took x-rays and found a serious break. The injury caused so much swelling that she needed to wait several weeks until April before surgery could be performed. The mental scars might last the longest.

“To this day, I haven’t been able to drive my car very far,” said Sonya. “The few times I’ve driven, I just pray and play loud music to focus on driving and everything around me.”

Following four to six weeks of therapy that ended in October, she said she felt about 85 percent back. As a mom of five children including four adults and one seven-year-old daughter, she feels the hole of that extra 15 percent still ahead of her.

“I still can’t do certain things,” said Sonya. “Before the accident, I was always active. It’s been a real adjustment for my daughter. I’ll know I’m back at 100 percent when I’m able to keep up with her and run around with my grandson when he’s born next April.”

On the road to recovery and mentally itching to return to work, she asked more information on Cigna’s vocational coaching program. Soon after, she received a call from Bethany Roefs, her Cigna vocational coach, who offered assistance.

“Bethany comforts and encourages me throughout this process to help me get back to work,” said Sonya. “I feel she knows me and cares about my situation. She’s been my liaison between my employer and me and has been right there throughout everything.”

“From the beginning, Sonya’s top goals included returning to work,” said Bethany. “Making sure she stayed on track, I helped coordinate between her doctor and employer to make sure she found the right return to work plan that allowed her to fully recovery without a setback.”

Sonya’s looking forward to returning to work and getting back on track with her career.

“The day of the accident, my boss planned to talk with me about a promotion,” said Sonya. “Now, I’m looking forward to just earning a full paycheck again.”

One of the resources Bethany offered, the Cigna customer referral program with Achilles International, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping people with disabilities participate in athletic events, helps people like Sonya build up physical strength and stamina. Cigna partners with organizations like Achilles International to help customers achieve their return to work goals by providing access to additional rehabilitation resources including ergonomic office equipment, software, education and accommodations to help customers stay safe and be productive at work, encouragement and support, resume review and job placement assistance.

As a result of her hard work and dedication to return to work, Cigna offered Sonya the opportunity to participate in the Walt Disney World 5K presented by Cigna on Thursday, January 4th as a member of Team Cigna.

“When Bethany talked about my progress and asked if I felt ready for a 5K, I assumed she meant a local race,” said Sonya. “Then she told me Disney – surprised doesn’t quite say it. I’m grateful and see it as a challenge to get my body over that last physical hurdle.”

The Cigna Customer Referral Program with Achilles International demonstrates Cigna’s promise to partner with customers “Together, All the Way” along their unique health journey. When injury or illness occurs, Cigna helps them get back on track to achieve their goals.

“For Cigna customers, participating in a race represents a healthy milestone on the road to recovery, but also independence,” said Bethany. “As people gain physical strength, they also build confidence, which can positively affect all areas of your life.”

“At one time I thought I wouldn’t be able to walk without a cane,” said Sonya. “Look at me now getting ready for a 5K in Walt Disney World. Once I’m able to return to work, I’m really on my way back to the old Sonya again.”

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Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail's 100th runDisney medal!

Perfectly Goofy Gail began getting active in 2005 with the goal of getting out of the house and loosing some weight... more

Meet Delightfully Dopey Kimberly
Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Thank you @runDisney for 7 years, 74 races, 102 medals and 708.2 magical miles!

Delightfully Dopey Kimberly began running in 2008 with the single goal of crossing “running a marathon” off her bucket list... more

Meet PhotoBomb Becca
We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

We don't call her PhotoBomb Becca for nothing...

PhotoBomb Becca...more

Meet California Kiley
Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

Disneyland Diamond Anniversary Minnie

California Kiley as you can probably guess hails from sunny Southern California... more

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