/ Monday, December 12th, 2011

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Walt Disney World Marathon – The Experience, Training Help, Tips and more

Hello and welcome to The WDW Radio Show – Your Walt Disney World Information Station. I am your host, Lou Mongello, and this is show #252 for the week of December 11, 2011.

Returning this January, Marathon Weekend in Walt Disney World has become more than an endurance event, and instead is a weekend full of races and activities for every age and ability. Fun, memorable and maybe even a bit magical, they afford an opportunity to experience the parks in a very unique way. This week, we’ll look at getting ready for the events whether it’s your first race or you’re en experienced veteran. We’ll discuss training, equipment, getting over the fear of participating, myths, tips and much more. If you’re running in any future event, thinking about it, or just want to learn more about that it entails by hearing from a panel of people from every level, there’s something here for you.

I’ll have a few announcements, and then play more of your voicemails at the end of the show. So sit back, relax, and enjoy this week’s episode of the WDW Radio Show

Thanks for listening! Be sure to tune in next week!

Information and Links from This Week’s Show:

Question for YOU: Have you ever run in a Walt Disney World marathon event? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below

Joe Kolinsky’s Running Team blog posts on WDW Radio

WDW Radio Running Team

WDW Radio Running Team Facebook Page

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3 thoughts on “WDW Radio Show #252 – December 11, 2011”

  1. Justin says:

    I ran the 2005 WDW Marathon (please don’t look up my time) for Team in Training. And frankly, whose the “endurance athlete”? The person that finishes in 2 hours and 20 minutes or the guy who runs for over FIVE HOURS!?! In any event, I had a great time, met lots of nice people and got to see a different side of the Parks.

    Now . . . fast forward to the Monday after Thanksgiving 2010 . . . my mother receives an email that begins; “I hope you are sitting down – this is either the letter you’ve been waiting for or dreading for the past 43 years. . . .” Turns out my parents had a child while in high school that they gave up for adoption. My parents stayed together, got married (still going) and had three more kids (me and two younger sisters). So, we meet the “new sister” (my son says “Dad, she’s hardly ‘new’ she’s like 40-something years old!”) last Christmas and in the process of getting to know one another she announced that she is a “huge Disney fan.” So we went back and forth trying to one-up each other on Disney-fandom, when I threw out my trump card – I ran the 2005 WDW Marathon. She was very impressed and said that she had always wanted to run a Disney race.

    So that night (December 2010) she and I agreed that we would run the 2012 WDW Half Marathon together.

    The day registration opened I got an email from my two younger sisters – they had signed up as well!

    All four of us are traveling to Disney (no spouses, no kids) to run as siblings. If you’re down there – please cheer – I’m going to need it! We’ll be in bright colors with matching t-shirts that read “It all runs in the family”

    That’s my WDW Running story!

  2. Thanks so much, Lou, for allowing me to be on the Show and to “Coach” the Dream Team! So far, I have received several questions, but I’d like more!

    Please feel free to e-mail your Disney Endurance Event questions to –> wdwradiorun@gmail.com …(answers delivered within 48 hours – I promise!)…

  3. Chuck Zitta says:

    Dig the Rocky music in the background. When I was younger, back during Rocky III, I remember always going for a run after watching the movie on HBO, sometimes late at night because I was so inspired. Silly, I know. But, whatever works, right? I’ve already spilled my guts on several of the other Disney Marathon podcasts, regarding the condition of my knees and hips and how they don’t enjoy running anymore. Sad face. However, and I’ll keep saying it, I really do want to experience the Marathon weekend at least once. I’m sure I could do the 5k, walking fast, etc. Then, spend the rest of the weekend, cheering on the runners. All for a cause I find very admirable. And it’s a chance to make new friends!

    Very inspiring show. Thanks again, Lou and panel guests!!!