Countdown to runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2017: Your Race Day Experience with Cigna

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Congratulations! You’ve made the commitment to lace up your sneakers and run.

Running alongside thousands of people can be a pretty unique experience. And, whether this is your first big race or your 50th marathon, here are six simple runner etiquette tips that will help you and your fellow runners get the most out of your experience.

  • Share your space. At most races wide open spaces are at a premium, and you’ll need to share your space. Be aware of the 902057_Race-Etiquette_2people around you, and your surroundings
  • Look before you pass. It’s common for runners to jockey for position, pass slower runners, etc. Before leaving your personal lane, be sure to first check to either side of you. That way, you’ll avoid colliding with someone and possibly ending that person’s race prematurely. This is especially true if you’re going to stop or slow down for a water station. And if you’re going to pass someone, announce “on your left” or “on your right” to let them know.
  • 902057_Race-Etiquette_3Thank the volunteers. There would be no race without volunteers! So every opportunity you get, thank them. It means the world to them, and will keep them coming back next year!
  • Spit down. Yes, it sounds gross, but it’s pretty common to spit when you’re running. And when you’re bunched together with thousands of other runners, it’s easy to accidentally expectorate on someone’s shoes or shirt. A good solution: Spit in front of you and down, not to the side. Just avoid the sneakers of the person in front of you.
  • Keep moving through the finish. When you finish the race, the first thing you’ll likely want to do is stop 902057_Race-Etiquette_4running. It’s only natural! But as there are others behind you, keep walking forward, following the instructions of the finish line volunteers. Plus, you’ll get your finisher’s medal sooner.
  • Smile and have fun. And the ladies of Run All The Races would add: Take a lot of photos of your smiling face!
Monsters, Inc. Thanks to PhotoBomb Becca's twin daughters for the costume idea (and for joining us for their first runDisney Disneyland race weekend).

Monsters, Inc. Thanks to PhotoBomb Becca’s twin daughters for the costume idea (and for joining us for their first runDisney Disneyland race weekend).

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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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

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Countdown to runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2017: Nutrition on Race Day with Cigna

Countdown to runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2017: Nutrition on Race Day with Cigna

When training for a long distance race, you are what you eat
There’s a lot that goes into preparing for race day. But did you know that one of the biggest factors determining how you finish might be what you eat? Knowing how to fuel your body during the days leading up to the race, as well as during and post-race, is important if you want to finish a half or full marathon feeling great.

Make nutrition part of training

  • Start with the carbs. As a general rule, marathon runners should follow a carbohydrate-based diet. Carbs are stored in your muscles and used for fuel as you run.
  • Don’t skip the protein. Just as carbs provide necessary energy, protein provides the tools – amino acids – to build and repair damaged muscle from the miles and miles of training done each and every week. Protein can also help slow down the release of the carbs into the system for a steady energy infusion.
  • And always add water. The right hydration plan will enhance your performance in training and competition while minimizing risks for dehydration, over-hydration, and heat illness and injury.

Replenish on the run
Outside of hydrating during the race, it’s important to replenish your hard working muscles. If you’re running a three- to five-hour marathon, you may want to consider refueling with carbohydrate gels and Sport Beans® at the 10k mark, and every 10k thereafter.

Recover right
Start rehydrating immediately, but be careful not to over hydrate with water alone. A sports drink, for example, will help you replace vital electrolytes lost while running. Your body will also need more carbs to replace the fuel you just used, and more protein to repair your muscles that you just made work so hard. This can be as simple as adding 10 – 20 grams of whey protein to your favorite sports drink.

Make sure you add nutrition to your training schedule. It could be the difference between barely finishing and finishing strong.

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Seriously people: NO NEW FOOD ON RACE DAY! 

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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

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Countdown to runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2017: Speed Training with Cigna

As Philip, a Cigna Health Coach, states in the video above, trust in your training.  But how to you handle when things don’t go exactly as you planned.  Philip suggests having a running mantra to get you to the finish line.

And since we’re headed to the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend, the ladies of Run All The Races suggest: There’s an adult beverage waiting for me at Trader Sam’s after the finish.  Carbo loading… 😉

But, really people, keep reading for some REAL running advice from our good friends at Cigna.

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Think of speed training as putting together a workout that will improve your bottom line. Keep in mind this equation: Stride frequency + stride length = speed.

Every exercise or workout you perform should connect to one or both parts of this equation. Here’s what you can incorporate into your current training program to improve your speed and make every run better than your last.

902058_Personal-Record_2Triple flexion

Triple flexion occurs during the front side of sprinting, when there is flexion in three joints: Hip, knee and ankle.. Acceleration is a critical component to any training program to become faster. You need to be able to apply force into the ground as you run to increase your acceleration.

For example, if you wanted to step on an orange and crush it flat, how would you step on it? In order to generate the most power, you wouldn’t lift your foot merely an inch or two above the orange. Most people would raise their leg as high as they could, with a bent knee and their toe flexed to the sky.

In raising your foot about twelve inches over the orange, you would actually flex your ankle at the same time, unknowingly creating triple flexion. The same is true with running. You have to have your foot in the correct position to be able to apply force to the ground to accelerate.

Triple extension

Triple extension occurs when the ankle, knee and hip joints are all extended. Triple extension is often overlooked or neglected when trying to increase speed. Triple extension and acceleration are driving forces to gain ground (stride length). Triple extension also affects triple flexion. The greater range of motion achieved with extension will allow for optimal flexion at the hip. This will allow you to apply more force to the ground. Again, think about creating power to step on an orange and crush it.

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The better you are at maintaining balance and your center of gravity, the faster you can become. This is because, when sprinting, you’re actually balancing on each foot for about 1/100th of a second. When most people think of balance, they envision a person standing on one foot. This is a type of balance known as static balancing. Runners benefit more from learning how to maintain balance dynamically during movements. If you can’t balance well, your body will lack the stability to transfer speed from one leg to the other. Improving your balance will make you more stable with each stride.

For example, if you have trouble standing on one leg, you’ll use a lot of energy trying to stay balanced. Leaning to the left and flailing arms are all wasted energy. The same principle goes for running. Your body uses a lot of energy to stabilize. As you improve your balance, your body uses less energy with each step. Balance training two to three days a week will help improve your speed.

Stride length

Optimal stride length helps the runner gain ground. When you reach maximum speed, your stride will be 2.1 to 2.5 times the length of your leg. But it’s also important not to overstride. Overstriding is when you place your front leg further than your center of gravity. This is also known as braking. Runners often think this will help them to gain more ground, but it decreases their speed. Overstriding can also lead to lower back pain as the heel hits the ground first and applies excess force to the lower back.  What’s more, you can’t have triple flexion if you overstride to gain more ground.   Recording your running stride and playing it in slow motion is a great way to see if you’re overstriding.

Stride frequency

This is the number of steps a runner takes in a given amount of time, or over a given distance. To achieve optimal stride frequency, runners generally use a cyclical motion, like riding a bike. The combination of optimal stride length and stride frequency will lead to an increase in speed.

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The absence of optimal range of motion and flexibility in the upper body also decreases the range of motion during sprinting. That’s why practicing upper body speed mechanics is important in a speed training program. While running, the arms and legs move in unison. This is the body’s way of trying to find its center of gravity to maintain balance. It also allows for optimal range of motion in the upper and lower body during triple extension and triple flexion. The hands should be relaxed and the fingers slightly curled, as if they were carrying a light bulb.

While running, think of “cheek to cheek.” Keep your front arm at a 90o angle toward your face by your cheek. Your back arm should be at 120o degrees with your elbow bent and your hand by your backside cheek.

Practicing these areas can help improve your running form and increase your speed. Practice them together, because one is not more important than the next. They’ll all help your bottom line equation to becoming faster.

Remember, stride frequency + stride length = speed.

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Cigna Health Coaches

  • Antonio Williams, M.S., NASM, P.E.S, Health Engagement Consultant

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Resources

This is intended to be general health information and not medical advice or services. You should consult your doctor for medical advice or services, including seeking advice before undertaking a new diet or exercise program.

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Cigna_logo4What your most recent race PR?  What did you do to help you get there?

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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

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Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – The Orange County Fair 5K

Race Report: California Kiley’s Summer 2017 Fun Run Series – The Orange County Fair 5K

Hi everyone California Kiley here with another great summer 5k fun run! I’ve really been enjoying going back to all these super fun short races this year and am planning on continuing the Fun Run Series after the summer season has ended.

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On to my latest fun run held right here in Southern California at the Orange County Fair! Yup you heard that right you get to run thru the fair and in true fun run fashion they add a lot of fun elements. Such as getting to play fair games in the middle of your race and win a prize! In past years you could ride the giant banana slide but for reasons we haven’t figured out it wasn’t open this year even though it was listed on the website and emails. Another what the OC Fair 5k calls “Detours to Fun” you are welcome to get your photo on the Pacific Amphitheater stage before heading back to the finish line. This race is put on by the OC Marathon group who always do a great job and give you a lot for your money. Every racer with a bib receives:20771864_10155608673718252_1519804528_o

  • T-shirt
  • Finishers Medal
  • Ticket to the Fair
  • Free entry into the fair for the day of the race with your bib!

I’ve run this race now 7 years in a row now and we always do some fair fun which is always a fun day with running family! Our costume has stuck with the color orange in honor of the “Orange” County Fair, this year we added a orange slice dress made by CowCow which was super comfortable to run in.

“Orange” you glad for all the summer fun runs???

Till next time!

California Kiley

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20750658_10155608674433252_1235790278_nAs the summer comes to a close, how was your summer running?

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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

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Countdown to runDisney Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend 2017: Cigna’s Components of a Successful Training Program

Can more sleep make you faster? How about cross-training?

#ForReals If there’s one thing I want more of (next to money, let’s be real here…) it’s sleep!  And cross-training can definitely help with running burn-out.

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Antonio, a Cigna Health Coach, shares tips with us to help you catch your zzz’s.

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How Catching Zzzs Gets You Speed

Can more sleep make you faster? When you consider that the central nervous system is a main component of speed, sleep maybe the most overlooked aspect of speed training.

During your training you’ll begin to notice improvements. You’re running longer (duration), further (distance) and faster. This means your body is adapting to your training program. But did you know that some of this adapting takes place while you sleep? While you’re asleep, your body uses information from past runs to develop motor learning behavior. How long and fast were your strides?  How was your breathing and other factors, like temperature, during your better workouts?

Over time, your central nervous system learns what muscles will produce the most efficient movement. This will ultimately lead to you mastering these movements.

Think of when you first started to ride a bike. You may have had difficulty just balancing on two wheels and fell quite a few times. After countless hours of trying, you went home and later, you went to sleep.

While you were asleep, your mind replayed your actions. It downloaded everything that worked and didn’t work while you tried to ride the bike. After a good night’s rest (about 7-8 hours for an adult) you set out to ride the bike again. This time, you were ahead of the game. Your body recognized all the pitfalls from yesterday and adapted. You were able to balance without falling and moved on to the next phase of bike riding. Then you had another good night’s sleep and repeated the cycle of motor learning.

Catching your Zzzs can be important to becoming faster.

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Briane Agostinelli, A Cigna Health Advocate, shares tips (and her personal experience) of the benefits of cross-training.

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Is There More to Running Than Just Running?

As a runner, have you ever consider that there may be a better type of exercise?  What if I told you that by running less, you have the potential to run faster and reduce your risk for injury?

The answer is cross-training. It’s a phrase that gets used a lot, but what does it mean?

Cross-training mixes several forms of exercise, including aerobics, and strength and flexibility training.  Exercises are done at different levels of intensity to maintain a high level of fitness. By varying the stress placed on specific muscles, you can enhance performance and reduce your risk for injuries.

Six benefits of cross-training

  • Improved skills, agility, speed and balance
  • Increased strength and flexibility
  • Greater aerobic fitness by including nonimpact aerobic exercise in your routine to develop other muscles without increasing your risk for injury
  • Injury prevention
  • Runner’s injuries are frequently caused by instability or inadequate strength. With strength training and stretching, these injuries  may be greatly reduced.
  • Variety and flexibility to your routine
  • Reducing boredom, burnout, and if there is a change in plans you and your workout can adjust

Types of exercises to include

  • Aerobic: Running, swimming, biking, rowing, jump rope, hiking, stair climbing
  • Strength training: Calisthenics (push-ups, crunches and pull-ups), free weights, machines
  • Flexibility: Stretching, yoga, using a foam roller
  • Skill conditioning: Sprinting, agility, plyometric and balance drills

My personal experience

For my first marathon, I ran five days a week. I did minimal strength training and other forms of aerobic training. Then I signed up for my next marathon with a new mind-set to run less and cross-train more. By incorporating cross-training, I was able to avoid injury and improve my marathon time by 47 minutes – from 4:24 to 3:37.

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Cigna Health Coaches

  • Antonio Williams, M.S., NASM, P.E.S, Health Engagement Consultant
  • Brittany Onufrak, MS, CWP, Cigna Health Educator, Consumer Health Engagement

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Resources

This is intended to be general health information and not medical advice or services. You should consult your doctor for medical advice or services, including seeking advice before undertaking a new diet or exercise program.

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Cigna_logo4How does running fit into your overall heath strategy?  Do you get enough sleep and/or cross-training?

Be sure to follow us on Twitter @RunAllTheRaces, Instagram @RunAllTheRaces, and like us on Facebook/runalltheraces.

Any questions, please reach out to us at runalltheraces@yahoo.com.  We’re happy to help!

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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

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Race Report: California Kiley Runs San Francisco

Race Report: California Kiley Runs San Francisco

Hi everyone! California Kiley here with another California race! Even though I’ve been exploring world of 5k fun runs basically all summer long I had a race was a little longer. The 40th San Francisco Marathon. Even though I ran the full back in 2015 and said it was a one and done race and could move on from the SF series they handed us a new challenge.

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The Golden Gate Bridge

20642217_10155592774853252_1527115233_oFirst let me break down this huge marathon for you, they have a 5k, 2 different course half marathons, the full marathon and the ultra marathon. All run on Sunday and all take you on a journey of San Francisco. The first time I ran this race way back in 2010 to participate in their final “California Dreaming Series,” I fell in love with running in San Francisco. It was just awesome and that one race would send me back up there a few times a year to run different SF races over the years. I took a 3 year break from the SF Marathon series till 2013 when I traveled up there for the race to start their new “half it all challenge.” Run the first half and the second half in back to back years and get your super cool 2nd medal. During that time they were partnered with my favorite 20662746_10155592774473252_568736562_ofull marathon the LA Marathon and had challenge if you ran the LA Marathon and one of the SF halfs or fulls in the same year and you guessed it you get another medal. (Do you see a trend here??) Once you finish the “Half it all Challenge” then if you run the full you are now part of their “52 Club” and give you a sweatshirt on your 3rd year. So once I finished those 3 years I thought we were done and I let my “legacy fall in 2016. What we didn’t know was if we had run anything in 2016 this year we would have been gifted the 5 year legacy water bottle! This year they offered their 40-40 challenge which was if you ran the full marathon or half marathon in the last 2 years you qualified for their 40-40 challenge. This is a onetime never going to happen again (well until the 50th anniversary lol) kind of race. My friend that I ironically met while running their first half during our “half in all challenge” start said we have to go! So the idea of running the full on its anniversary of the full marathon made tons of sense….ON PAPER!

This year I have run more full marathons they I ever have in one year. After Big Sur I felt I could handle anything so I was talked into yet another full marathon. The race is iconic because you get to run over the Golden Gate Bridge on the first half, full marathon and ultra. It’s always a cool experience and I have run over the bridge now 3 times since starting the SF Marathon. I’m sure many others have run it more but I’m a socal girl so even though a lot of people think “oh it’s in California,” it’s not overly close so it’s still travel race for me even if it’s short travel.

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ALL the BLING!

This year the weather was great but know if you are set to run the full marathon here it’s two different types of weather. Cold on the bridge and warm thru the finish. This race will take you thru Fisherman’s Wharf, into the Presidio, across the bridge and around the scenic lookout and back over the bridge. Leaving the bridge you are around mile 9 and heading for the hills of San Fran. The finish of the first half ends in Golden Gate Park. The second half starts nearby with a later start time. It sends you thru the whole park and I refer to those as the “dark miles” it’s quiet and a ton less people so you are just alone with your “marathon thoughts.” For me this year they were dangerous thoughts as I literally didn’t want to keep running from 16 to 17. There were many miles of extreme tiredness where just walking was a challenge. Leaving the park you head into “The Haight” which is known as an old hippie town and in the 1960s it was a site to see as my parents always told me. After the haight you journey thru more of the streets of SF heading back to the Embarcadero which is your finish. Mile 25 wraps around the San Francisco Giants stadium and almost every year I’ve run the race it’s been a game day so there is a ton of crowd support. If you love huge races that run thru amazing cities this is a great race. I strongly recommend that you make a trip up and run one of their races. Marathon has a cut off of 6 hours and while it’s not as hard of a cut as Big Sur you will get pushed to the sidewalk and not finish under the actually finish line. Even coming in later most of the finish line stuff was shutting down so keep that in mind when you are training.

Hope everyone’s summer running is going well stay tuned for more 5k fun runs coming soon!!

California Kiley

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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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