#ThrowbackThursday: Cigna’s Partnership with runDisney

#ThrowbackThursday: Cigna’s Partnership with runDisney

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Did you know that Cigna is the major sponsor of both the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekends? They are more than just a name and logo on the back our race shirts…

Your health is a MAJOR REWARD...make sure you are in training to take of yourself - AND your family.

Your health is a MAJOR AWARD…make sure you are in training to take of yourself – AND your family.

Why does Cigna sponsor runDisney events?

The Walt Disney World Marathon and Disneyland Half Marathon Weekends are both blue ribbon events that combine fun, family and physical activity in a magical way. Cigna is intently focused on helping people improve their health and well-being.  Presenting this event with Disney enables us to reach thousands of people and celebrate their efforts to adopt a healthy lifestyle.

Cheers to healthy choices!

Cheers to healthy choices!

We live our mission. Cigna runners participate in all the races. And we invite all runners and guests to visit the Cigna booth at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo and Family Reunion Area tent for healthy lifestyle information, giveaways and activities.

Cigna understands that meeting a fitness milestone — whether it’s running a race for the first time or meeting personal race goals at any length — is cause for celebration. And Cigna is proud to help runners of all ages celebrate the magic of health at the Walt Disney World Marathon andDisneyland Half Marathon Weekends.

Rooted in the strong tradition of insurance, Cigna defines health as more than the absence of sickness. To us, health is intertwined with a sense of well-being and security. Our relationship with the people we serve goes deeper than coverage and claims.

It’s about understanding the obstacles people face in trying to lead a healthier life, then helping them overcome those barriers and change their habits.

It’s about understanding that healthier people are more productive, enjoy a better quality of life and lower costs for everyone within the health care system.

And it’s about understanding how health, life, accident and disability coverage work together to meet people’s emotional, physical and financial needs – for a lifetime.

Whether people are having babies… getting in shape… running a marathon… managing a chronic disease… overcoming illness or injury… or just coping with life… we are at their side, around the world, helping them improve their health and well-being.

Preparing to Race with runDisney and Cigna:

  • Ready, set, run. At Cigna, we’re always looking for ways to help you achieve healthy goals that matter most to you. That’s why we applaud your commitment to run in your first race or train to meet a running goal. We understand that each of you will prepare for these races in your own way, but also want to offer some general tips so you can finish strong!
  • Check in with your doctor. Whether you’re an experienced runner or this is your first time trying a long distance run, it’s a good idea to get a health assessment before you begin a training program. If you have any issues, like arthritis or an old sports injury, talking with your doctor about your plans is a safe and practical approach.
  • Make a plan. Before you hit the pavement or purchase equipment, you should educate yourself on all aspects of half marathon and full marathon training and find a training plan that fits into your schedule.
  • Invest in the proper running equipment. Two long distance running essentials are clothes and running shoes. Before you buy, have an idea about the best shoe for your foot and running style. Comfort is key to any running program.
  • Make eating right a priority. Fuel your body with a healthy diet. The foods you ingest play a vital role in your body’s performance. The better you eat, the better your body will perform.
  • Have fun. Enjoyment is a great motivator. If you’re not having fun, you’re less likely to follow through with your training program. Recruit your friends and family to support you and help you train. And congratulate yourself on every victory, no matter how small.

Check out additional articles from Cigna’s experts here.

And here are some of our RunAllTheRaces Cigna Greatest Hits posts:

Stay tuned – we’re headed to the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Cigna Blogger and Social Media Meet-Up in a few weeks.  We can’t wait to share all this year’s fun with you!

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Me and the Big Cheese!

Me and the Big Cheese!

Will we see you at the 2017 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races?  Have you started working on your race costumes?..

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!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
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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Countdown to our 100th runDisney Race as Run All The Races: 70 – 79

Countdown to our 100th runDisney Race as Run All The Races: 70 – 79

It’s always fun to take a stroll and look back at costume memory lane.

Here’s races 70 – 79, which kicks off with the start the 2017 runDisney racing season and includes the first #MagicalCancellation in runDisney history.

70. 2017 Walt Disney World 5K - #RetroMinnie (and a very lucky Mickey...)

70. 2017 Walt Disney World 5K: #RetroMinnie (and a very lucky Mickey…)

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71. 2017 Walt Disney World 10K: It’s “ruff” getting up every morning for the Dopey Challenge, so we rolled over and onto the course in our Pluto PJ’s.

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2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon: #MagicalCancellation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

72. 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon: Apparently everyone else had the same costume idea... "Cold Runners"

72. 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon: Apparently everyone else had the same costume idea… “Cold Runners”

73. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side Star Wars 5K: We "Ewok'd" the course with Kimberly's son (his first West Coast runDisney race)!

73. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side Star Wars 5K: We “Ewok’d” the course with Kimberly’s son (his first West Coast runDisney race)!

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74. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side Star Wars 10K: We’ll trade you a runDisney snack box for your shiny race medal…(and yes, our Jawa eyes DID light up!).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

75. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side Star Wars Half Marathon: Continuing with our Tink mash-up theme - #JediTink

75. 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side Star Wars Half Marathon: Continuing with our Tink mash-up theme – #JediTink

76. 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend - Princess 5K: #HipsterPrincesses with our friend Fitz.

76. 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Princess 5K: #HipsterPrincesses with our friend Fitz.

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77. 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Enchanted 10K: Beauty & the Beast #EnchantedRoses

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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78. 2017 Disney Princess Half Marathon: Try #TheGreyStuff, it’s delicious!

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79. 2017 Star Wars – The Dark Side 5K: Aren’t you a little short for an Emperor? #RoyalGuardBettys

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can check out a photo costume review of our runDisney races 1-12 here, races 13 – 24 here, races 25 – 36 here, races 37 – 48 here, 49 – 59 here, and 60 – 69 here…there’s some funny stuff and great memories.

Thanks to everyone that joined us for a race so far and wore some crazy with us.

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Which has been your favorite Run All The Races costume?  Any ideas or suggestions for future costumes?

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!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
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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Race Report: 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend – 5K

Race Report: 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend – 5K

The 2017 runDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend kicked off with the Princess 5K.

Our friend Fitz from www.fitzness.com had reached out to us a while back and said she was ready to try running in costume. We LOVE

We're too cool for this 5K...

We’re too cool for this 5K…Note random person’s glasses on Fitz.

getting others excited about being goofy AND running a race dressed like a crazy person so we were really excited to have her join us.

We’d had the idea of Hipster Princesses on our list for a while and it seemed like a great theme for a first time costume runner.  Fitz was anti-wig for her first outing so we gave her her choice of blonde princesses, sent her lots of “look book” idea images, and ensured she had the opportunity to pick something out that she would be comfortable running in…we didn’t want to scare her off by going too big for her first time…

So Hipster Ariel and Hipster Snow White met up with Hipster Cinderella just prior to the race and, as Fitz was in the last corral, we decided to enjoy the opportunity to spend the 5K together and started from the back of the last corral.  It was truly inspiring to spend time with our Corral F friends – talk about runners supporting each other and truly embracing the entire 3.1 mile experience.

17121761_1677699692247127_933454976_oIt’s a very different (and I’d say often times a more welcoming) race from the back of the pack.  We walked most of the course, which enabled us to chat, say hello to fellow runners, and just enjoy the experience.  We had fun talking LOTS of photos.  Be sure to check out our race video above.

Fitz was worried as she forgot her “hipster glasses”, but her faux pax created the best running joke (pun intended) of the race.  As she didn’t have glasses of her own, EVERY time we stopped to take a race photo she would look back behind us in line and beg to borrow someone else’s glasses for our photos.  If you watch our race video closely, you’ll notice she has a different pair of glasses on for EVERY photo.  It was hilarious – but we made SO MANY friend on course this way.

We missed Delightfully Dopey Kimberly and PhotoBomb Becca – big time!  But Fitz PROMISED she’d join us all again in costume (WIG included next time) – so hang out for something EPIC in our runDisney future.

Hear Fitz’s take on her very first outing running in costume on her blog: The Fitness Show: Episode 37 – The Disney Princess Half Marathon Recap.

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail
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Thanks everyone for waiting until we finished...

Thanks everyone for waiting until we finished…

What was your favorite part of the 2017 Disney Princess 5K?

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 love hearing from our readers!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
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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Race Report: 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – 5K

Race Report: 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – 5K

The ladies of RunAllTheRaces were joined by California Kiley’s boyfriend and our friends John, Sara, Cindy, and Victoria for the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5K.

While John, Sara, and Cindy went all out as Hank, Becky, and Dory from Finding Dory – we decided to start our first early morning of the 2017 Dopey Challenge in our Pluto jammies…

The weather was perfect for onesies and there were lots of character stops along the course – a total of 6 – with many of our favorite Classic Disney characters and a few surprises.
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  • Race Rundown
    • Character Stops
      • Outside Epcot Parking Lot: Thumper and Blossom
      • Epcot – Norway Pavillion: Vikings
      • Epcot – Italy Pavillion: Italian Minnie Mouse
      • Epcot – Morocco Pavillion: Moroccan Chip and Dale
      • Epcot – Canada Pavillion: Canadian Donald Duck
      • Epcot – Future World: Space Goofy
    • Water Stop
      • Epcot: China Pavillion

We throughly enjoyed ourselves and made sure we got our money’s worth – with a finish time right around 1:45 for 3.1 miles.

Thanks for following along –

Perfectly Goofy Gail

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Did you join us for the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5K?  How was your race?

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 love hearing from our readers!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
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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2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Mike Green #WDW5K

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Mike Green #WDW5K

As the ladies of RunAllTheRaces get ready for the 2017 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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     Mike Green, 57 years old from Houston, Texas, is a U.S. military veteran and retired police officer of 25 years who recently found a new, rewarding way to serve his community and stay healthy at the same time.  By participating in the YMCA’s Enhance®Fitness program made possible by a Cigna Foundation grant, Mike has improved his health, increased his strength and endurance which opened the door for him to discover and achieve new goals. 
     In recognition of Mike’s milestone, this January, Mike will participate on Team Cigna in the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend 5K. As part of Cigna’s commitment to the health and wellbeing of people at every stage and phase of life, Cigna is sending Mike and his wife to the Walt Disney WorldMarathon Weekend, an annual 4-day event that combines family, fun and physical activity, to be an ambassador for the EnhanceFitness program. 
     “After I retired, without a way to serve my community I felt lost. My health was also not at an optimum which added to my challenges.” mike-1Mike took three different blood pressure medications to manage high blood pressure and manages post-traumatic stress disorder, a disability from war. That’s when Mike, a longtime member of his local YMCA, decided to make his health a priority and turned to his community at the YMCA and friend, YMCA associate director, Lharrisa Jacobs, for support and ideas how to achieve his health goals.
     “Earlier this year I joined the EnhanceFitness program at my YMCA provided through a Cigna Foundation grant. By keeping myself healthy, increasing my strength and endurance in the EnhanceFitness program, I’m now able to compete in community 5K runs for charity to help raise money for education scholarships and other community causes,” said Mike. He also mentors other participants in the program as a way to give back. “Through EnhanceFitness, I feel better, have more energy and have new and rewarding ways that I am able to continue serving my community.” 
     EnhanceFitness is a proven community-based senior fitness and arthritis management program designed to help improve health of older adults through increased physical activity and strength exercises in a fun, social environment. EnhanceFitness is nationally recognized by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Council on Aging and several other federal agencies.
     Measurable health improvements like reduced risk of chronic disease and falls are benchmarks tracked and results of the EnhanceFitness program. Mike is one of 13,569 EnhanceFitness participants. 
     As a result of participating in the EnhanceFitness program at the Greater Houston YMCA, Mike’s blood pressure is now within a normal, healthy range; his doctor reduced his blood pressure medication from three pills to one and Mike is no longer pre-diabetic. Mike’s improved core strength and balance empowers his independence and enables him to walk with stability and confidence across uneven ground and sidewalks without his cane, and he no longer needs to wear a brace on his left ankle. Since joining the program, he reports no falls—a marked improvement. 
     “The Cigna Foundation has been the stronghold for the EnhanceFitness program at the YMCA. Cigna Foundation’s support of the EnhanceFitness program along with the dedication of the YMCA instructors have helped me get to this point,” said Mike. 
     The Greater Houston YMCA is one of two YMCA’s in the U.S. to launch the EnhanceFitness program earlier this year as a result of a Cigna Foundation World of Difference grant. The classes are specially tailored to support health and wellbeing for older adults. This isn’t one-size-fits-all. Members are encouraged to participate at their level, and the instructors are trained to know how to support individuals’ ability levels and meet them where they are. 
     “The Cigna Foundation is dedicated to helping individuals live healthier, more secure lives; and for our seniors that means healthy aging through physical, mental and social well-being,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. “We’re proud to partner with the ‘Y’ to help seniors in Philadelphia and Houston become more active, energized and empowered for independent living through the EnhanceFitness program.” 
     Mike shared, “When Lharissa invited me to participate in the 5K at Disney World on Team Cigna, I was very excited to have this opportunity. I’m looking forward to representing the YMCA and hopefully inspiring others to keep achieving your goals and discover new ones.” Mike supports other Enhance Fitness members along their journey to success. 
     “I tell other members, be dedicated to the program and it will be dedicated to you. Do what you can, and you will get there.” 
     After Mike crosses the 5K finish line in Walt Disney World, he looks forward to accomplishing new goals like running in community 5Ks to raise money for educational scholarships, and mentor other members in the EnhanceFitness program along their road to health and wellness.
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Cigna_logo4Are you joining us and #TeamCigna for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend?  What race(s) are you running?

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 love hearing from our readers!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
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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2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Whitney Hamilton #WDW5K

2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend: Meet #TeamCigna – Whitney Hamilton #WDW5K

As the ladies of RunAllTheRaces get ready for the 2017 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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Whitney Hamilton, 61 years old from Indianapolis, Ind., is looking forward to having a dream come true by participating in the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend 5K with his grandson, Whitney Hamilton III. In recognition of his commitment and return to health and desire to give back, Whitney was awarded a Cigna grant that provides travel, hotel, race entry, and day passes to the Walt Disney Parks for Whitney and his grandson. 

For Whitney, completing the 5K in Disney World marks a milestone along the veteran’s journey in his health and life. As recently as 2014, he struggled with addiction, was homeless and estranged from family and out of options. That’s when, in August 2014, he joined Back on My Feet, a national non-profit organization, operating in 12 cities across the U.S., that combats homelessness through the power of running, community support and essential employment and housing resources. Joining Back on My Feet helped Whitney chart a new, sustainable course that transformed his life for the better. 

In 2016, Cigna and the Cigna Foundation donated a $100,000 to Back on My Feet to further their shared mission to help people improve their physical and mental health which supports all areas of life including obtaining employment and housing. 

“Like Back on My Feet, at Cigna, we believe through increasing physical activity safely, making healthier choices and setting goals, also builds self-confidence which creates a solid foundation for improving quality of life,” said David Figliuzzi, executive director of the Cigna Foundation. Through Back on My Feet’s innovative program, Whitney’s health and quality of life has dramatically improved. Whitney quit smoking, lost twenty-two pounds, and his overall health has improved which also reduces risk for chronic disease.

Through the Back on My Feet financial literacy classes, he learned how to build his credit, started saving and now owns his own vehicle which helps him with his auto mechanic job. In April 2015, after securing employment and housing with Back on My Feet’s support, Whitney graduated from the program and now returns as an alumni to run with the group in order to stay healthy and give back by mentoring other members in the program. 

“Now, I come back to give others hope and encouragement. I tell them keep coming back. It works if you work it.” Commitment, he notes, is what drives his success. 

whitney-hamilton_back-on-my-feetAs a result of Whitney’s success, he has also regained family relationships, including with his son and grandson. For both of their first time, he is bringing his grandson, Whitney Hamilton III, to Walt Disney World. Together, grandfather and grandson will participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend 5K to celebrate Whitney’s new milestone and their special bond in one of the most magical places on earth. 

“When I heard Cigna had invited me to participate in their 5K at Disney World with my grandson, I was so excited. This is a dream come true.” 

After Whitney crosses the finish line at Disney World, he looks forward to new goals including securing additional work at a hotel employment partner of Back on My Feet to supplement his auto mechanic job. He’s looking forward to a new chapter and possibly training for a full marathon, spending time with family and being with his grandson as he grows up. 

“For our members to see Whitney’s example and getting to celebrate his health and achievements by participating in the Walt Disney World 5K as a sponsored athlete is huge encouragement for them also. We were excited to have Cigna become one of our National Partners earlier this year. Not only are they supporting with opportunities like this and providing generous financial support, but they are also working to help us expand our health and wellness programming for all members so we can have even more impact in our communities. ” said Katy Sherratt, Chief Executive Officer, Back on My Feet.

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Cigna_logo4Are you joining us and #TeamCigna for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend?  What race(s) are you running?

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 love hearing from our readers!

Have you checked out our Podcast?  Give us a listen and let us know what you think: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/run-all-the-races/id1078046216?mt=2

Perfectly Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

COUNTDOWN TO NEXT runDisney RACE WEEKEND: Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend

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Meet Perfectly Goofy Gail
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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