Disney Sports Mom Lori

Introducing Our Disney Sports Mom Lori

Hello Runners! I am thrilled to be serving as the 2016 Disney Sports Mom on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, which includes helping guests plan their runDisney vacations. I thought I would stop by the runDisney Blog to introduce myself and tell you why I love to runDisney.

I was born and raised in Kentucky and now live in Southern Indiana with my husband and two sons. I spend my days as a homeschool, soccer and track mom. I started running about nine years ago as something to do with my husband, who has always been a runner.

Already a lifelong Disney fan, my world changed in 2009 with an email alert about the first Disney Princess Half Marathon. My cousin and I both called each other at the exact same time with the exact same thought. We will gladly run 13.1 miles if it means we get to dress like a Princess and race through Cinderella Castle!

We couldn't sign up fast enough. This was my first long-distance race, and I honestly thought it would be a one-time deal. I would check it off my bucket list and be happy. I could not have been more wrong!

For those of you who have runDisney before, you know what I mean! The races really are magical. They have become so much more than miles to me. My husband and I run races together for adults-only trips. My girlfriends and I meet up for girls-only weekends. My whole extended family comes and we participate in kids races, 5K family fun runs and half marathons all wrapped up in a weeklong Disney Parks vacation. It's more than logging miles… it's making memories.

I used to jog alongside my oldest son for the Mickey Mile. I blinked and he is now beating me by over an hour in half marathons. He placed fifth in his age group at last year's Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. What I was most proud of, though, is that he stopped for pictures along the course. Even an overly competitive teenage boy can get swept up in the magic of his favorite characters and runDisney!

You cannot be a runner or a spectator at a runDisney event and not be inspired. Whether it's the blazing fast winner of the race, the person overcoming daunting obstacles to even start the race, the families bonding over running, or the runners running because others can't, runDisney races embody the Disney spirit of believing and achieving. THIS is why I runDisney and hope to always runDisney!

Please visit me on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and let me help you plan your next runDisney race vacation.

Lori is a member of the 2016 Disney Parks Moms Panel representing runDisney. She is here to answer your questions and help you plan your runcation.