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February 08, 2012

Hooked Me Right In…….

I know this is not news to anyone, but Disney is a marketing genius.

So, when I ran the Disney World Marathon in January, all over the expo were t-shirts and medals showing Disney’s Coast to Coast Challenge.  Basically, all you have to do is run a marathon or half marathon in both Disney parks in the same year and you automatically get an “extra” medal to commemorate this great accomplishment.

So immediately, before I even ran the marathon, my mind was churning.  I knew I wanted that Coast to Coast medal.  So after we got home I started looking at races at Disney Land.  They don’t have a full marathon – shew – don’t have to go there again, but they do have a half in September.  My sister lives in LA, so I thought, wow how awesome would that be?  I could go visit my sister, run the half marathon, and get my medal(s) it’s a win-win-win!! 

So I e-mailed my sister and asked about the timing of the visit, and added – would you want to run with me???  And she said “YES”!  She has done a few half marathons before, but not in awhile.  So now it’s like a win-win-win-win situation!  I am super excited to run a race with my sister – something I’ve never done before.

So I’m all registered and just waiting on September now. Then you’ll see me with one of these babies – pretty sweet right? 



29 comments:

  1. That is a sweet medal. Good luck with your training!

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  2. Congratulations!!

    Been able to run with your sister must be awesome :) plus … you'll get that beautiful medal and you’ll run in a Disney park again.

    Hugs

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  3. That's great! I treasure the races I was able to do with family members. Not many, but they were all very special. You and your sister will have a very special time for sure.

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  4. I want that medal so badly but I just haven't been able to make my schedule work yet to make a cross-country trip to Cali. I can't wait to hear all about it!!

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  5. I'm such a sucker for wanting nice medals too! I'll pay big bucks to nab one, even if that means flying into Pakistan.

    Every time I think of Disney I think of the small of waffle cones on main st. as you walk in the gate. They know how to make a memory :)

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  6. Nice! I got sucked into the coast to coast thing too. A gift with purchase gets me every time. The course is a little different in that you leave the park grounds and run to the stadium in Anaheim. You take a lap through the stadium and back out to Disney. Pretty cool. Excited for you :)

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  7. How fun you'll get to run with your sister. I tried to talk my sister into running (or at least training for) the SanFran marathon, but so far no luck:(

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  8. ahhhhh!!!! that will be a blast and i will be so jealous of your medal!!! awesome!

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  9. that is awesome!!!! I can't wait till my sister's ankle heals and we can run together. She was into running when I wasn't and vice versa....so it'll be nice when we can do a race together....that's awesome that they give you an extra medal :D

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  10. The medal is cool, but sharing the event with your sister is an even bigger bonus!

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  11. So Awesome...and soooo jealous!

    Wishing I had a sister to run with...
    enjoy every minute of it!

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  12. Doesn't get much better than a win-win-win-win. The Disney events are the only ones where I'm yet to read a bad review of the event. I've seen some rough race reports, but that's usually more the runner than the run - we've all been there.

    Enjoy the race, and I'm jealous you've got a sibling to run with. I'm a running island amongst my direct relatives.

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  13. that is so awesome!! I keep coming back to disney races bc as you said, they're marketing geniuses. One day I'll fork over the money to do at least one race.

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  14. That is so awesome Michael!! I have ran a few 5ks with my sister and it has definitely been incredibly memorable. What a fun thing to look forward to. :)

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  15. That is so cool! I love when race organizations do stuff like that. I have heard the Disneyland Half Marathon is fantastic too, and how fun to run it with your sister!

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  16. I agree with all those wins! ANd a half instead of a full would work for me!

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  17. Awesome! Will be so great to run with your sister! And the extra bling well that's just icing on the cake!

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  18. That's great. I need very little incentive to organise a travelling race - one of those medals would just about do it. And being able to run with your sister is fantastic.

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  19. It's a pretty looking medal! I haven't ever done a Disney race, but they sound fun. :)

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  20. Aw, I have total medal envy right now! What a great thing to look forward to with your sister :)

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  21. Great plan!!! Please dont rush September.... I want my summer to last a while :)

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  22. I really want to do a race with my sister. She has been losing weight....I think Couch to 5K is her next step.....Hmmm..how do I push without being pushy? :^)

    You will have so much fun w/ your sis!

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  23. Do it! And then I might be able to meet you! We have Disneyland season passes so we're out there a lot in the summer and holidays and stuff... damn school gets in the way of our Disneyland trips...

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  24. Sounds like a wonderful idea for two of my girls.

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  25. I am all about the bling, I would do those races for the extra medal

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  26. That is awesome. I would want one of those medals too. Especially since you've already done half the work.

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  27. Yes, I agree - as soon as I saw the Coast to Coast medal I needed it. So in 2010, I did the Goofy in WDW AND did the Disneyland Half in CA. Some very nice (and heavy) bling.

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