Neither Sarah nor I had ever been to a Disney property until last fall, when were fortunate enough to speak at and run the Disneyland Half Marathon.
I know I have a flair for drama, but wow. Just wow.
Both Sarah and I were awed by how important and valued the race experience made every runner feel; whether you are a 1:40 half-marathoner or a 3:30 half-marathoner, Run Disney recognizes that 13.1 miles is a heck—to use a Mickey-esque word—of an effort. As such, every.single.runner deserves to have a send-your-corral-off-with-a-flourish start; the opportunity for pictures galore; plenty of fuel and entertainment--and cheering crowds and squads--along the way; and a finish line finale and massive medal that recognizes your effort.
Needless to say, we can't wait for the 5th Annual Princess Half in Orlando on February 24 for a couple reasons. We get to re-live that Disney vibe, but more importantly, we are busting at our sequined seams to run with two mother runners!
Here's the italic print so you know exactly what we're offering: We can't offer airfare or lodging or meals.
Now here's the bolded print: We can offer two entries--valued currently at $150 apiece--to two women who can get themselves to Orlando and otherwise afford the trip, both financially and time-wise.
And the bolded, underlined print? Either Sarah or I will run with you (assuming you want us to...no pressure).
So here's what you need to do: Look at your calendar and your checkbook. Decide if this is something you can swing. If you can--and we certainly hope you can--we need you to comment below with this information:
1. Who you want to run with (Sarah or Dimity);
2. Why you want to run with that particular BAMR;
3. How fast you anticipate you'll finish (we don't want to promise any finishing time we can't deliver);
4. If you'll come up with a really cool costume for us to wear. (A joke. Kind of.)
The deadline for entries is next Wednesday, November 7. We will announce the winners the following Saturday, November 10, which is, coincidentally, absolutely perfect timing to begin the 15-week Train Like a Mother Half-Marathon: Finish It plan. Both Sarah and I will comb through the entries to pick the mother runner who most intrigues us--and will run with us for 13.1 miles.
Finally, entries for this are open to any BAMR from anywhere--not just U.S. of A. residents--provided you have enough frequent flier miles to jet your BAMR buns to Disneyworld!