So, I have some MAJOR and very exciting runDisney news related to my upcoming trip to Disneyland. (By the way, I still can’t believe that exactly two weeks from today, I’ll be seeing this castle in person for the first time!)
Yesterday, I was lucky enough to be selected to participate in the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Meet-Up!
The meet-ups are highly-coveted exclusive events that include a 2-mile run through the parks — at 6am! — with the likes of Jeff Galloway and other training experts and special runDisney participants, along with speeches, giveaways, breakfast, and all sorts of other runDisney fun. I missed my chance to participate in the Princess Half meet-up, so I made sure to try to do everything I could to be selected this time around.
I was out on a 5-mile run around 3pm yesterday, and kept stopping incessantly to check my phone for the BIG tweet from runDisney asking for RSVPs for the meet-up. They had been teasing us all week with updates about the meet-up, and for some reason, I just had a feeling that yesterday was the day!
Right around the 3.5-mile mark, as my iPod was between songs, I heard my phone vibrate in my Spibelt and saw that, alas, the tweet had been posted. It was TIME! I had my RSVP e-mail ready to go, and I sent it within a minute or two of the announcement. (I thought it was incredibly appropriate to receive the update while I was out running, by the way!)
And then I waited (impatiently) for a few hours to see if I would receive an invitation to attend…and as luck would have it, this was waiting for me in my inbox by 5pm.
I am so excited to be invited to participate in this event, and to see my name included on the official list of attendees. I know it’s no secret that I have developed just a bit of an obsession with runDisney ever since running the Princess Half this February, and now that I’m signed up for every race that’s coming up this year and early next (with the exception of Tower of Terror 10-Miler and the Tinkerbell Half Marathon), it’s beyond thrilling to be able to share in my excitement with fellow runDisney aficionados at the meet-up!
I know there’s been lots of talk via various social media outlets regarding the fairness of the RSVP system and how participants are selected, so I just want to say that I was utterly SHOCKED to get in and I am in no way bragging or being arrogant, because I know a lot of people are disappointed (as I was back in February)! I still don’t know exactly how it works, and it’s not something I was expecting in any way, shape, or form…but I am honored and excited to be included!
I know my fixation with these races seems silly/borderline crazy to most people, but to me, runDisney events have been a way for me to, of course, combine my passions for both running and Disney (and give me an excuse to visit the parks more than once per year!). There is NOTHING like running through a Disney park (or a castle!), and I think the energy and excitement and atmosphere and the FUN of these races really do help make even the newest of runners — even someone who has struggled with a lifetime of self-doubt and insecurity, like me — feel as though anything is possible. And THAT is why I runDisney!
I’m planning on taking full advantage of this opportunity, and hope to meet a lot of blogger friends and fellow runDisney fanatics. I’ll be tweeting all weekend here, or you can find me on Facebook here. You can also “like” The Final Forty for updates on Facebook here!
Who else is IN for the meet-up?!
Have you ever attended a runDisney meet-up, or any kind of event for media or bloggers prior to a race?
Why do YOU runDisney?