Race Travel, Walt Disney World

runDisney Fun Run at Disney’s Social Media Moms Celebration Recap

I was invited to attend the Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort.  In exchange for paying the conference fee, I was given access to special events and experiences.  I am not required to write about any of my time at the conference.  All opinions are my own.

There are few things I’ll wake up at 4:45am for, especially when I’m at Walt Disney World Resort… runDisney is one of them.

Friday morning, I woke up bright and early to take part in a 2 Mile Fun Run with the runDisney team over at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex as part of the Social Media Moms Celebration at Walt Disney World Resort ( @DisneySMMoms ).  I was excited to run with my friend Amanda (@DisneyGoToGirl) again and we totally rocked our Team Sparkle skirts.

runDisney DisneySMMoms Team Sparkle

We were greeted by several members of the Disney Sports team, including Faron Kelly, Bob Hitchcock and other Disney Sports representatives.

My plan was to join the run/walk group, as I am an avid believer in the Jeff Galloway method of training, but I was challenged to try the straight run group.  I had my doubts, but I decided to just go for it!  Before I knew it, we were off!  And here’s where I made a rookie mistake:  I forgot to give my Garmin time to adjust.  I lost about half a mile of tracking before it finally found satellites.

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (ESPNWWOS) is a huge facility!  It was easy to get two miles in without ever leaving the property.  The runDisney folks even had a water stop set up for us halfway and there were Cast Members all along the route, cheering us on.

rundisney fun run disneysmmoms

We ran around the majority of the facility, and even took that famous jog around the warning track at Champion Stadium.  I may be a Phillies fan, but the baseball geek in me loves running around the field, even if it belongs to the Braves.

DisneySMMoms runDisney Fun Run

rundisney fun run disneysmmoms

Before I knew it, we were crossing the finish line!  It felt great to know I ran the entire two miles without stopping.  It’s not a big deal to most people, but I am a strict interval runner.  I haven’t run more than 3-4 minutes at a time through my entire training, and here I was doing a full two miles.  I was pretty proud of myself for accepting the challenge and conquering it.

rundisney fun run disneysmmoms disney social media moms

My Garmin stats had me at 1.67miles in 18:26 (11:03 pace).

After our run and a quick photo, we headed inside for a quick snack and to hear more about runDisney and Disney Sports.  Did you know women are the driving force behind the success of runDisney races?  It’s true!  We also heard from @AliVincent about her own runDisney experience at the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort.

Did you also know Disney Sports is so much more than runDisney?  It’s true!  Disney Sports encompasses all sporting events taking place at the amazing ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and beyond.


Not only is ESPNWWOS home to the Atlanta Braves Spring Training games at Champion Stadium, but it also hosts the Pop Warner Football Superbowl and National Cheer and Dance Association Championships.  Many runDisney events run through the area and most of the race weekend expos are hosted here.

But that’s not all ESPNWWOS as to offer!

ESPNWWOS is also home to countless clinics for a huge variety of sports.  Teams come from all across the country (and world) to play at the state-of-the-art facilities and learn how to better their game from experts in their sport.  Games are broadcast on an ESPN station in Walt Disney World Resort hotel rooms and there are even daily highlight reels!  They truly make it magical for their guests.

ESPNWWOS doesn’t just host the clinics:  they help Team Moms/Dads plan their team’s entire Walt Disney World Resort vacation from resort reservations, special dining experiences and even help with fundraising!  This October, the ESPNWWOS website will be updated to make it even easier for Team Moms to organize their trips.

I had a truly wonderful morning running with some great friends and learning more about Disney Sports and runDisney!  It was a great way to kick off our sessions day at the conference.

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  • Reply Tottums May 14, 2013 at 1:57 pm

    So proud of you <3

  • Reply tehamy May 14, 2013 at 2:29 pm

    Awesome run! So proud of you for challenging yourself and running the entire way!

    • Reply ashley May 14, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Thanks, Amy!! <3

  • Reply Kristen @ The Smith Summary May 14, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Looks like y’all had a great time! What an awesome treat!!!

    • Reply ashley May 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      It really was amazing and a ton of fun, too! Perfect way to start off our day.

  • Reply Christine @ We Run Disney May 14, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Love it! Looks like a great morning 🙂

    • Reply ashley May 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks, Christine! It was a ton of fun. I feel really lucky to have had the chance to participate.

  • Reply Jen May 14, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    Looks like such a fun time! A huge congrats for running without stopping – be proud, girl! 🙂

    • Reply ashley May 14, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thanks, Jen! I really had my doubts about doing it, but now I feel like I might want to try straight running for my 5k’s and do intervals for everything above that. Yikes!

  • Reply Gina May 14, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    Great recap, Ashlee! Never knew you were an interval girl. 2 miles is a great length to feel like a challenge and an accomplishment for novices yet gets regular runners out for a nice morning trot. Great job! ps-you guys look adorable in your sparkly skirts!

    • Reply ashley May 14, 2013 at 8:33 pm

      aww, thanks Gina! I’m totally an interval girl. I’ve done Galloway since I started running. It’s definitely made running 13.1 an obtainable goal. And 2 miles really was a great distance for this event.

  • Reply Jenn May 14, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    You go, girl! I wanted to talk to you more about your interval training – I’m not sure which direction I’m planning for ToT, and wanted your insight!

    • Reply ashley May 14, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Yes! You know where to find me. <3 I may work my way to straight runs for 5k's, but I'm definitely keeping the intervals for anything above that distance.

  • Reply wendi May 14, 2013 at 9:57 pm

    way to go! 🙂
    I liked hearing about this part of Disney!

  • Reply April Shuping May 14, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    RunDisney does such an awesome job! Thanks for sharing!!

    • Reply ashley May 15, 2013 at 1:56 pm

      They really do! Thanks for reading!

  • Reply Kristin Long May 15, 2013 at 2:52 am

    Love all of your pics! Especially the one of you at the water stop…super cute! And I’m with you, I won’t get up at 4am for just anyone either. 🙂

    • Reply ashley May 15, 2013 at 1:58 pm

      I value my sleep too much to wake up that early for any old reason. 🙂

  • Reply Tara May 15, 2013 at 4:38 am

    Good for you! I chickened out of the fun run 🙁

    • Reply ashley May 15, 2013 at 1:59 pm

      Well, now you have all the more reason to train and go down for a runDisney race weekend!

  • Reply Divina May 16, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Hello I the runner in pink and green in your post pictures. Sorry we did not meet officially but really happy that we did this. Good luck!

  • Reply Andrea (Lil-Kid-Things) May 17, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    The run was seriously one of the highlights of my whole weekend! I loved it and like you, was planning to walk/run but got talked into the straight running group. Also my first time running the whole 2 miles! I don’t know if it was the flat terrain, running with friends, Disney or all of the above but I can’t believe how fast it went and how much I enjoyed it.

  • Reply Stephanie May 18, 2013 at 4:50 am

    Fantastic recap, Ashley!

    So proud of you for running the full two miles. What’s next? A 5K? A 1/2 marathon? 😉

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