New Balance’s 2014 Disney Collection & My Experience With runDisney
My family and I just returned from a whirlwind trip to Anaheim, California, where we were guests of Disneyland during the incredible Disney Social Media Moms conference. I’ll be sharing plenty of coverage from our trip in the coming weeks, but first I wanted to share one of the main highlights from our visit.
Running is something that I picked up last year after deciding that I wanted to run a 10k. The Couch to 10k program was an excellent training resource for me and over the course of several months leading up to the event, I was able to withstand a 10k distance and finished in 1:01:06. With medal in hand, I was ready for my next race. Unfortunately, life got in the way and I didn’t sign up for the next race. When a Fun Run came up as an option during registration for Disney Social Media Moms, I jumped at the opportunity to participate.
Funny enough, my running shoe brand of choice, New Balance, was one of the sponsors for the Fun Run. When we checked in, I was fitted for a pair of new kicks and opted for the 890v4 shoes, which proved to be comfortable and supportive during our 2 mile run.
New Balance has also partnered with runDisney on a special shoe collection for 2014. These limited edition kicks include 860v4 which feature Sorcerer Mickey and Pink Minnie (complete with eye lashes and polka dots). The Cinderella shoes (890v4) come with ribbon laces and the same style shoe is also available in a Goofy fashion. What New Balance has done is transformed their running shoes into super cute and fashionable versions for Disney fans. The 2014 New Balance runDisney shoes will only be available at runDisney Health and Fitness Expos.
With my new kicks laced up, I made my way to the Downtown Disney District at 5:30 A.M., where I met up with friends (the lovely Erin Lane from A Parenting Production) and learned all about runDisney events.
New Balance gave us a really great intro to running, where we learned about the proper form, speed and tips for a more efficient run. They also revealed some exciting information on two new medals for both the Goofy Challenge and Wine & Dine.
Running through a closed California Adventure and Disneyland Parks, was nothing short of magical. The streets were completely bare, except for the cast members cheering us on along the way. We finished our race at Radiator Springs, were we were greeted by the one and only Lightning McQueen.
The euphoric feeling of completing the 2 mile run with friends is something that has ignited a strong desire to participate in one of the Disney races. There are several throughout the year, but they book up very quickly. All of these run weekends include options to run shorter races like a 5 or 10K, or longer ones like the half or full marathon. There are runDisney kids races as well, so it’s a great way to involve the entire family!
If you currently run or are thinking about running for the first time, I highly recommend checking out runDisney where you can find running programs as well as dates for their upcoming events, by visiting their website.
Photo credit: Josh Hallett