This is a follow-up to the recap I posted recently about the #OnTheRoadToDisneyParks Atlanta runDisney event. It was important to me that the following two paragraphs be included in my post and it is just as important now that I write this follow-up.
“As I have said many times, I am not a runner but I am a huge fan of runDisney and the way they do events. My daughter and many of my friends are runners – great runners – so I have attended many runDisney events as a chEARleader. When the information for this event arrived I thought to myself – well, my daughter can run marathons, my friends can run miles and miles – this is only 2 miles through Atlanta – I can do this! Guess what?? 2 miles is a long time when you are NOT A RUNNER! Another life lesson learned!I started my run next to a young lady (slightly over-weight) who I am sorry I never got her name. As I struggled a bit initially, she looked at me and said “If my fat a** can do this – you can do this too!” Little does this young girl know that she has now become a great source of inspiration to me and I will always remember her words to me and be grateful for that one statement of encouragement. I will become a runner! Maybe not a full marathon runner. Maybe not even a half marathon runner! I will start slow and set a goal and eventually maybe be that runner that only runs a 5K – but I WILL BE A RUNNER! And there is no better place to learn to be a runner then through runDisney! I saw this young girl finish her run – she was the last runner in – she never gave up – she entered Turner Stadium with a smile on her face and a proud look of accomplishment – she is a true inspiration! (and I will try my hardest to find out her name so that I can thank her properly.)” Well, thanks to the power of social media – twitter in particular – I have found my source of inspiration. After my post published friends began to tweet this young woman and tell her they thought my post was talking about her. She read my post and knew it was about her and through twitter and the amazing runDisney community, we were able to find each other. My new friend, Lucy, has a great blog – Run Chunky Run. She wrote a great post about her experience at the #OnTheRoadToDisneyParks event in Atlanta. I will continue to stay in touch with this young lady because she is an inspiration to me – she is awesome and I will always remember her words to me.
So, as usual Disney has done it again! In Atlanta they announced the #WhyIRunDisney campaign coming next year where you will be able to share your runDisney stories via video about why you runDisney. What a great campaign! What a great name for a new campaign! For me, it is a “no-brainer!” I will runDisney because of Lucy, because of the runDisney community that read my post and made it so easy and possible for me to find her and thank her for her inspiration. I will runDisney for the friendships, the support, the caring nature and non-competitive attitudes that shines through. I will runDisney because everybody that runs Disney is also a chEARleader that helps, guides and encourages you every step of the way. I WILL runDISNEY! All of the above is of course made better by the fact that Disney really knows how to put on a great event and each runDisney race is a great event! Note: I am now registered to run the Cinderella Royal Family 5K during Princess Half Marathon Weekend. Let the training begin!