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Walt Disney World Marathon 2014: Run the Marathon, Half, 10K or Dopey Challenge for Charity

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Runners pass a Mickey Mouse hot air balloon at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida. (Photo: Todd Anderson/runDisney)

Want to run the Walt Disney World Marathon 2014 presented by Cigna or even the Dopey Challenge? You still can. The races may be sold out, but a limited number of charity and tour group entries are still available for runDisney fans who want to toe the line in Walt Disney World in Florida from January 8-12.

I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2013, courtesy of runDisney, and had the most fun I’ve ever had at a marathon. And I’ve run six of them including “bucket list” races like the ING New York City Marathon and Bank of America Chicago Marathon. My husband and I got in the runDisney spirit and ran the race in costume as Cinderella in Rags and Jacques the Mouse. It was like a 26.2-mile roving street party with Disney characters, music, and more. Read the rest of this entry →

New York City Marathon Charities Still Need Runners

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Hope For The Warriors is one of the official charities of the ING New York City Marathon. (Photo:

Want to run the ING New York City Marathon on November 3, 2013? You still can through one of the race’s official charity partners like the Brain Tumor Foundation.

Thanks to the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon, charities are having a hard time filling their spots for the 2013 race. The Wall Street Journal examined the problem in an article on July 19. As of then, half of the normally sold-out 8,200 charity spots were still available.

Theories abound why the charity bibs are taking longer to sell-out this year. One reason may be that New York Road Runners—the organization that puts on the race and one that I freelance for as host of On The Run—offered 2012 charity runners the option of taking a guaranteed entry into this year’s race without raising money again. According to the Journal, 64 percent of the 2012 charity runners have done just that for 2013, with some electing to fund raise again.

Another theory posits that charities are suffering under the compressed timeline for the 2013 race. While NYRR worked to sort out the resolution from 2012, they weren’t promoting the 2013 race. As a result, the application process and lottery took place a full month later than usual, giving charities fewer months to recruit runners.

Others speculate that some runners may have lingering fears regarding security in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings in April or don’t like how NYRR handled things after Hurricane Sandy.

My own personal theory? I think many runners wrote off the 2013 ING New York City Marathon as impossible to get into. They knew a large portion of the race’s spots would go to runners from the canceled 2012 race. So instead of waiting to enter a really tough lottery, they committed to other fall marathons instead. Read the rest of this entry →


Aug 2013

Meet Up: Barefoot Running From Canada to Argentina

barefoot runner, barefoot running, If you follow the running media, you might have heard about Joseph Kai-Tsu Liu, the man who is barefoot running—most of the time—from Montreal to Tierra del Fuego at the tip of South America. From Canada to Argentina, Kai-Tsu is selecting an education charity to support in each country he runs.

His planned 12,000 mile journey has made headlines in Runner’s World, Canadian Running, CNN, The Daily Mail and more.

He departed Montreal in July and has made it to New York City. You can meet him there.

Kai-Tsu will be talking about his journey Thursday, August 8 at 11 a.m. at the Crocs store in SOHO. Everyone is welcome.

A Personal Connection

Kai-Tsu is actually staying at my apartment right now. I met Kai-Tsu at a wedding in October 2012. Read the rest of this entry →

2013 ING New York City Marathon: Run For Charity

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Runners cross the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge at the start of the ING New York City marathon. (Photo: Fergal Carr, via Creative Commons)

Didn’t get into the 2013 ING New York City Marathon? You can still run the largest marathon in the world by running for one of its 260 official charity partners.

I’ve run the race three times—once for charity—and can honestly say it’s the most amazing race I’ve ever done. It’s a must add to any marathoner’s bucket list.

Largest Race, Smallest Lottery

The 2013 ING New York City Marathon is expected to be the largest in the event’s history with 48,000 runners.

This year’s lottery was much smaller than in years past thanks to the cancellation of the 2012 ING New York City Marathon in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. New York Road Runners, the organization that puts on the race and one that I freelance for as host of On The Run, offered runners registered for the 2012 race three options: take a refund, receive guaranteed entry into the 2013 NYC Half in March, or receive a guaranteed entry into the 2013, 2014 or 2015 marathon. NYRR said approximately half of the runners opted to take a refund.

The 2013 field of 48,000 will include 19,000 runners originally slated to run the 2012 race. More than 33,000 runners applied via the random draw lottery that was held Wednesday, May 29. Only 4,500 runners nabbed spots through the drawing, compared with 15,000 last year. Another 8,000 got bibs through NYRR’s 9+1 program for local runners (which is how I got into the race in 2008 and 2010), 2,000 runners met a time qualifying standard, and 8,200 spots are reserved for runners affiliated with charity partners. Read the rest of this entry →


Jun 2013

Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco: Apply Now

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Hollie Estupinian, 32, of Capitola, Calif., wins the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco in a time of 3:05:13 on Sunday, October 16, 2011. (Photo: Susan Goldman Photography/Nike)

Time is running out to enter the random draw lottery for the 2013 Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco. Runners have until June 14 at 12 p.m. PDT to apply for one of the 30,000 spots in the marathon and half marathon. The event is celebrating its 10th anniversary on Sunday, October 20.

The Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco began in 2004 to commemorate the 20th anniversary of a major milestone in women’s running: the first Olympic women’s marathon in 1984, won by American Joan Benoit Samuelson.

The event has gone on to become the largest women’s running event in the world. More than 22,000 runners finished the Nike Women’s Marathon San Francisco in 2011, and another 25,000 ran in 2012. This year, 30,000 runners are expected to take part. Read the rest of this entry →

National Running Day 2013: Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon Series Discounts, Timex Giveaway, Groups Runs & More

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National Running Day 2013 is Wednesday, June 5! Currently 279 group runs have been planned in more than 130 cities across the U.S., Canada and Mexico. It’s a nation wide running party to celebrate running as one of the simplest and most inexpensive ways to stay active and fit.

More than 50 million people run in the U.S. Of those, 28 million Americans say they run at least once a week, according to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association 2011 survey. It’s an increase of more than 7 percent over the last year and 48 percent over the last decade.

So why not get out there and celebrate that you’re one of them? To find a National Running Day 2013 event near you, visit

There are lots of other ways to celebrate National Running Day. Here are just a few: Read the rest of this entry →


Jun 2013

An Emotional Run For Boston At Run For The Parks

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Many runners wore Boston sports gear at the Run For the Parks race in Central Park. (Photo:

Over 6,000 runners took to the roads of New York City’s Central Park on Sunday to run for Boston at the City Parks Foundation Run for the Parks 4-Miler.

The annual event was New York Road Runners’ first race after the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, so the organization, which puts on the ING New York City Marathon, transformed the event into a run for Boston.

Thousands of the runners donned blue “I Run For Boston” shirts, which NYRR provided to participants who gave a $20 donation to The One Fund Boston for families most affected by the attack.

Others wore black ribbons, “I Run For Boston” bibs, Boston Marathon shirts and jackets, and an assortment of Boston fan gear including Red Sox baseball caps, Celtics jerseys and Bruins shirts.

My husband and I were among them, dressed in our “I Run For Boston” shirts, “I Run For Boston” bibs and black ribbons. Read the rest of this entry →


Apr 2013

Run For Boston: What Are You Doing?

Run for Boston, Boston strong, One Fund Boston, Boston MarathonRunners have taken to the streets and to the internet to show their support for everyone affected by the Boston Marathon bombings.

So I wanted to share two ways to run for Boston that I’ll be taking part in—one live event in New York City and one virtual event that anyone, anywhere can join. Both runs will benefit The One Fund Boston, a coalition of corporations and individuals that aims to help the families most affected by the attack.

Run For Boston Anywhere In The World

On Monday, April 22, I’m joining NYCRUNS for Runners For Relief: A Virtual 5K Supporting Boston Marathon Bombing Victims. Read the rest of this entry →


Apr 2013

Streets of the Boston Marathon, Streets of the World

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The 2008 Boston Marathon finish line. (Photo: Dave Winer/Flickr: scriptingnews via Creative Commons)

My editor at The Washington Times Communities page asked me to write about yesterday’s bomb attack on the Boston Marathon from the perspective of a runner and reporter who has both run and covered events like it.

I wrote this:

The attack was meant to deafen our resolve, demoralize us, to terrorize us. For what purpose? We don’t know. Who knows why hate marauds the collective streets of the world perpetrating unspeakable evils.

That’s what the streets of Boston symbolized yesterday: the streets of the world. It’s what the streets of every major marathon come to mean on race day. The marathon is a globally unifying event, a universal symbol of perseverance in the face of adversity. It couldn’t be truer now.

You can read the entire column here. As I usually do, I tried to focus on the positive, even in the face of so much desolation.

It was hard to do. The attack on the Boston Marathon yesterday affected me in a profound way.

As news of the attack flooded in, I was instantly reminded of another dark day in America’s history. As a New Yorker, I was in the city on 9/11. Read the rest of this entry →


Apr 2013

Looking for Valentine’s Fun? Join Cupid’s Undie Run

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Cupid’s Undie Run in NYC (Photo: Daniel Pagel/

Calling all exhibitionists! Have you always wanted to run in your underwear for a good cause? Well, now’s your chance.

Cupid’s Undie Run is bringing “hilarity to charity” in 17 cities nationwide just in time for Valentine’s Day. The PG-13 underwear run is a national fundraiser for The Children’s Tumor Foundation. Run for fun or run to help raise $1 million to fight Neurofibromatosis.

All you have to do? Strip to your skivvies and run like a kid again—while they’re not looking, of course. Read the rest of this entry →


Jan 2013

Register Now For More/Fitness Women’s Half Marathon

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Fitness Editor-in Chief Betty Wong finishes the 2012 race. (Photo: Steven Meyer/

Women’s races are more popular than ever with new women-only and women-focused events popping up all over the country. Disney’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon debuted in California 2012 and Nike Women’s Marathon is bringing a half-marathon to Washington, DC for the first time in 2013, both of which sold out months in advance.

Registration recently opened for another women’s race that’s sure to sell out: The 10th anniversary More Magazine/FITNESS Magazine Women’s Half Marathon in New York City’s Central Park on April 14.

“Every year, women from all over the U.S. and the world flock to this race for a fun, empowering run,” said Fitness Editor-in Chief Betty Wong in a press release. “I look forward to sharing the course with these fit and fierce females and having a blast celebrating our tenth anniversary.”

The race began in 2004 with just over 1,600 runners and grew to over 7,000 in 2012. Last year’s race sold out in three weeks and the 2013 race will be capped, so organizers are encouraging runners to register early. All runners will receive a short-sleeve tech shirt from Athleta, and finishers earn a medal. Read the rest of this entry →


Jan 2013

Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K, Dumbo Double Dare Sell Out; Charity Entries Still Available

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The 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon sold out in record time. (Photo: runDisney)

We all knew that Disney races were popular, but this is a new record. The Disneyland Half Marathon, Disneyland 10K and Dumbo Double Dare sold out in 26 hours.

It’s the fastest any runDisney race has sold out. In 2012, it took a month for the Disneyland Half Marathon to reach capacity. But in 2013, the new 10K and Dumbo Dare sold out in less than a day, with the half-marathon closing just a few hours later.

The Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend from August 30 to September 1, 2013 at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif., has now joined events like the Marine Corps Marathon and Boston Marathon, which reach capacity within hours, instead of days or months. Even the 2012 Chicago Marathon took a full six days to fill up.

What gives? Read the rest of this entry →


Jan 2013

Celebrity Runners Like Drew Carey Inspire and Motivate

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Drew Carey promotes healthy living through running. (Photo: runDisney)

Celebrities: “They’re just like us,” as Us Weekly’s recurring feature constantly tells us through pictures and silly captions.

“They go camping!”

“They get caught in the rain!”

“They scream for ice cream!”

We can add, “They run marathons!”

Since celebrities are merely people who happen to be famous, it makes sense that some of them would happen to be runners with marathoners among them. Oprah Winfrey, Ryan Reynolds, Will Farrell, Drew Carey, the list of famous folks who have tackled 26.2 or even 13.1 miles is plentiful and includes actors, singers, models, politicians, chefs, writers and other notable folk.

But it seems that regular runners can’t get enough of celebrity runners. Spotting a celebrity on the street or at a restaurant is enough to thrill many fans for a lifetime. But running with them? It takes celeb spotting to a whole new level. And races increasingly advertise the celebrities they have on their roster to entice and inspire runners.

Take the upcoming 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, which includes a half-marathon on Saturday, January 12 and marathon on Sunday, January 13 near Orlando, Florida. The race’s organizer, runDisney, brought comedian and The Price Is Right host Drew Carey and singer and Dancing With The Stars vet Joey Fatone out to greet fans this morning at the Walt Disney World Marathon Meet Up event for about 100 runDisney Twitter followers. Read the rest of this entry →


Jan 2013

Register Now For Nike Women’s Marathon Half DC

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The Nike Women’s Marathon is bringing a Half to D.C. on April 28, 2013. (Photo: Nike/Susan Goldman Photography)

The Nike Women’s Marathon now has a little sister. Nike is bringing its signature San Francisco running event to Washington, D.C. on Sunday, April 28, 2013 for a 13.1-mile tour of the capitol’s historic streets. The inaugural Nike Women’s Marathon Half DC will host 15,000 runners, to be chosen through a random draw lottery. Registration for the lottery is open through Thursday, December 6 at 6 p.m. ET. Runners may register as individuals or as part of a group. The lottery winners will be notified via email December 10-14. Read the rest of this entry →


Dec 2012

Run Flying Kites’ Dash For Dreams 10K in Central Park

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Are you looking for a 10K in New York City this weekend? Flying Kites is hosting the first annual Dash for Dreams, a 10K run/walk through Central Park on Saturday, December 1 at 9 a.m.

Flying Kites in an international charity that runs a home and leadership academy for orphaned children in the Aberdares Mountains of Kinangop, Kenya. According to Unicef, there were 2.6 million orphans in Kenya as of 2011, representing over 6 percent of the country’s entire population. The Dash for Dreams 10K will raise money for Flying Kites’ scholarship program and allow them to take in more children.

The race begins on the 72nd St. Terrace Drive and runs one counter-clockwise loop around Central Park finishing back on Terrace Drive. Packet pick-up begins at 7:30 a.m. on race morning. Flying Kites will also be accepting non-perishable food and clothing donations for Hurricane Sandy relief at packet pick-up.

Registration is $40, and goes up to $50 on Friday. Register at


Nov 2012