Lace Up Your Shoes – runDisney SMMC Fun Run, New Events & ESPN

There are always terrific additions to the Social Media Moms Conference, and this year’s Fun Run was one of them! Starting before sunrise, we were greeted by runDisney experts at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex before our 2-mile run. What a great way to start off a busy conference day! I’ve participated in a few runDisney races and am always impressed when I visit the ESPN facilities.

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It’s an amazing venue that hosts more than 350 events and 350,000 athletes from the US and around the world. The 255-acre complex accommodates 70 different sports. My favorite part of the complex, and one that team moms (and dads) need to use as a valuable resource, is the Welcome Center.  Traveling teams and their families can use the Welcome Center for information, team service, dining reservations and more. It’s the equivalent of the concierge service at a resort!

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The Princess Half Marathon Weekend, scheduled for Feb. 20-23, is one of two women-focused runDisney events. The other is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January at Disneyland Resort in California.  Both races are among the largest women-specific running events in the country and focus on healthy active lifestyles for women and girls.  For instance, after nearly 7,500 runners ran in the inaugural Princess Half Marathon event in 2009, the popularity of the race has grown considerably with more than 26,000 registered runners for last year’s race.

Both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon weekends include signature runDisney events including a health and fitness expo geared towards women, kids races, a family fun run 5K, as well as featured half marathons for both weekend.

Also new in 2014 is a special edition runDisney Coast-to-Coast Race Challenge Medal for runners participating in the 2014 Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland in January and the 2014 Princess Half Marathon five weeks later at Walt Disney World.  Finishers receive the coveted medal featuring the likeness of Walt Disney and Mickey Mouse with a pink overlay and lanyard. Registration for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon opens June 11 at www.runDisney.com.

A limited number of runners will have the opportunity to register for both the Princess and Tinker Bell Half Marathon at that time.  Those not securing an early registration for the Tinker Bell Half Marathon will have a second chance when on-line registration officially opens on July 9.

For more information and to register for runDisney events, visit www.runDisney.com.

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