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.
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.
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.
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.
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.