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runDisneyland: The Happiest Health & Fitness Expo On Earth!

One of the many things you’ll experience as a Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend race participant is attending the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo—a three day event designed to bring the best of the running world directly to you in the “Happiest Place on Earth.” From the latest in high-tech gadgets to official runDisney merchandise, you’ll find yourself immersed in a world of all things running, including the best kept secret of any runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, the runDisney Speaker Series.


For me, the Speaker Series has always been one of the best parts of the Expo! I’ve gotten last minute advice from Jeff Galloway on trusting my training and not veering from my plan, I’ve heard Tara Gidus remind runners not to be tempted to try any new food items pre-race, and I have witnessed some incredibly inspiring celebrity testimonies—they’ve had to overcome battles just like us! And this year’s Speaker Series will prove to be just as inspiring!



So get those last minute questions ready, because here’s what you can expect at this year’s Expo:

Thursday, August 28, 2014


4:00 p.m. – 30 mins
Runner’s World Strategy Session
Runner’s World and runDisney have teamed up to put together some helpful tips to make your race day Magical! Covering topics such as what to wear, how to refuel, and race strategy, this session will prepare you for your best race day yet!


5:00 p.m. – 1 hr
Information for Runners and Spectators
Whether you’re running or cheering, our panel of experts will tell you everything you need to know about the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare. We’ve lined up the Race Director, Show Director, spectator experts and the runDisney Mom on the Disney Parks Moms Panel to share all the important details. They’ll also take some time to answer questions from the crowd in an interactive Q&A session.


6:00 p.m. – 30 mins
“I’ve been ready for this my whole life!” - Rudy
Sean Astin, Actor and running enthusiast
Sean Astin, best known for playing Rudy Ruettiger, will inspire you to believe in yourself, never take no for an answer, and that hard work pays off. Sean will also share his motivation for running and leading a healthy, active lifestyle while at the same time balancing family and work.


7:00 p.m. – 1 hr
Even Dumbo Needed a Coach!
Jeff Galloway, Official runDisney Training Consultant
Jeff Galloway’s training programs have helped thousands of runners – and his tips will ensure you can enjoy your Dumbo Double Dare Challenge injury-free and with energy to spare.

Friday, August 29, 2014


11:00 a.m. – 30 mins
Runner’s World Strategy Session
Runner’s World and runDisney have teamed up to put together some helpful tips to make your race day Magical! Covering topics such as what to wear, how to refuel, and race strategy, this session will prepare you for your best race day yet!


Noon – 30 mins
13.1 Tips for the Happiest Race on Earth! Presented by Clif
The Clif Pace Team will share their secrets to help athletes of all abilities run or walk their best half marathon and enjoy the “Happiest Race on Earth!”


1:00 p.m. – 1hr
Information For Runners and Spectators
Whether you’re running or cheering, our panel of experts will tell you everything you need to know about the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Dumbo Double Dare. We’ve lined up the Race Director, Show Director, spectator experts and the runDisney Mom on the Disney Parks Moms Panel to share all the important details. They’ll also take some time to answer questions from the crowd in an interactive Q&A session.


2:00 p.m. – 30 mins
Costume Inspiration for Your Run!
Leslie Kay, DisneyBound
Planning your outfit for the Disneyland® Half Marathon? Leslie Kay of DisneyBound will give you tips on how to put together the perfect character ensemble designed after the character icons of the weekend including Dumbo, Lilo, Stitch, and many more. This is a session you will not want to miss!


3:00 p.m. – 30 mins
“I’ve been ready for this my whole life!” - Rudy
Sean Astin, Actor and running enthusiast
Sean Astin, best known for playing Rudy Ruettiger, will inspire you to believe in yourself, never take no for an answer, and that hard work pays off. Sean will also share his motivation for running and leading a healthy, active lifestyle while at the same time balancing family and work.


4:00 p.m. – 30 mins
Even Dumbo Needed a Coach! Presented by Florida Hospital with Jeff Galloway, Official runDisney Training Consultant
Join Jeff Galloway and Florida Hospital to learn the famous run/walk training program, stretching and recovery methods, as well as an interactive Q&A session. Enjoy your race injury-free, so you can celebrate like an Elephant who can fly!


5:00 p.m. – 30 mins
The Cinderella Story: Proof a Pair of Shoes Can Change Your Life presented by New Balance
The shoe experts from New Balance will show you how finding the right fit can improve your running, just like it changed Cinderella’s life. Then, learn how to put those shoes to even better use with the New Balance Good Form Running Clinic, where you’ll learn the four crucial elements that can turn running into a more enjoyable (and less painful) experience. Leave those glass slippers at home - you’ll want your running shoes to participate in some “feet on” learning.

Saturday, August 30, 2014


10:00 a.m. – 30 mins
The Cinderella Story: Proof a Pair of Shoes Can Change Your Life presented by New Balance
The shoe experts from New Balance will show you how finding the right fit can improve your running, just like it changed Cinderella’s life. Then, learn how to put those shoes to even better use with the New Balance Good Form Running Clinic, where you’ll learn the four crucial elements that can turn running into a more enjoyable (and less painful) experience. Leave those glass slippers at home - you’ll want your running shoes to participate in some “feet on” learning.


11:00 a.m. – 1 hr
Costume Inspiration for Your Run!
Leslie Kay, DisneyBound
Planning your outfit for the Disneyland® Half Marathon? Leslie Kay of DisneyBound will give you tips on how to put together the perfect character ensemble designed after the character icons of the weekend including Dumbo, Lilo, Stitch, and many more. This is a session you will not want to miss!


Noon – 30 mins
“I’ve been ready for this my whole life!” - Rudy
Sean Astin, Actor and running enthusiast
Sean Astin, best known for playing Rudy Ruettiger, will inspire you to believe in yourself, never take no for an answer, and that hard work pays off. Sean will also share his motivation for running and leading a healthy, active lifestyle while at the same time balancing family and work.


1:00 p.m. – 30 mins
13.1 Tips for the Happiest Race on Earth! Presented by Clif
The Clif Pace Team will share their secrets to help athletes of all abilities run or walk their best half marathon and enjoy the “Happiest Race on Earth!”


2:00 p.m. – 30 mins
Even Dumbo Needed a Coach! Presented by Florida Hospital with Jeff Galloway, Official runDisney Training Consultant
Join Jeff Galloway and Florida Hospital to learn the famous run/walk training program, stretching and recovery methods, as well as an interactive Q&A session. Enjoy your race injury-free, so you can celebrate like an Elephant who can fly!


3:00 p.m. – 1 hr
Information For Runners and Spectators
Whether you’re running or cheering, our panel of experts will tell you everything you need to know about the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Dumbo Double Dare. We’ve lined up the Race Director, Show Director, spectator experts and the runDisney Mom on the Disney Parks Moms Panel to share all the important details. They’ll also take some time to answer questions from the crowd in an interactive Q&A session.





Isn’t that a great lineup! And I’ll be there too, answering any of your last minute Disneyland® Half Marathon vacation planning questions. I hope to see you there!


Do you have a runDisney vacation-planning question? Visit me on the Disney Parks Moms Panel and send them my way! 


Faith is the runDisney specialist on the Disney Parks Moms Panel, here to answer your questions and to help you plan your runcation!