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Run Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 Races For Charity

Disneyland Half Marathon 2014

The Disneyland 10K and 5K finish. (Photo: runDisney)

So you didn’t get into any of the Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 races including the Dumbo Double Dare, the Disneyland 10K or the Disneyland Half Marathon? It was a record sell-out for runDisney this year. But limited entries are still available through charity and tour groups.

The major Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend races and events sold-out even faster than the 26 hours from last year for a new runDisney record.

All 35,500 of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend‘s running bibs sold out within 12 hours and 13 minutes. The Dumbo Double Dare, where participants complete both the Disneyland 10K and Half Marathon on back-to-back days, filled up in just 41 minutes. The Disneyland 10K sold out in 53 minutes, followed by the runDisney Kids Races, which closed in 2 hours and 48 minutes. The Disneyland Half Marathon itself sold out in 9 hours and 20 minutes, while the Disneyland 5K closed in 12 hours and 13 minutes.

But if you really want to be a part of the Disneyland Half Marathon 2014 races from August 28-31, you still can if you register through a charity or tour group. Contact the following groups directly to find out how to register for the race through them. Read the rest of this entry →

Disney Princess Half Marathon, Walt Disney World Marathon, Tinker Bell Half Marathon Bibs Still Available


Joey Fatone at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Photo: Preston Mack/runDisney)

Want to run any of the races at the sold-out Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend from January 8-12, 2014, the sold-out Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland from January 16-19, 2014 or the sold-out Disney Princess Half Marathon on February 23, 2014?

You still can. Here’s the scoop.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Dream Come True Vacations, one of the official runDisney tour providers, has several openings available for the following races January 8-12, 2014:

Walt Disney World 10k
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Walt Disney World Marathon
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Dopey Challenge Read the rest of this entry →

Race Report: Trot Off Your Turkey 5K Turkey Trot

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Great T-Shirt design at the Trot Off Your Turkey 5K. (Photo:

The Trot Off Your Turkey 5K in Barrington, R.I., in Saturday, November 30 was, I’m amazed to say, my very first Turkey Trot in seven years of racing.

It was a fantastic local event with 637 runners in the 5K and 229 in the 1.5-mile run/walk. I loved everything about this race, from the flat course and bountiful post-race spread to the great T-shirt design and warm, community vibe.

It was 28 degrees at the start, so my husband, Phil, and I bundled up for a brisk run on a cloudless, blue-sky day.

A food drive and raffle raised money for TapIn, an all-volunteer, outreach program that provides food, clothing, household goods, transportation and other services to local residents in need.

The main event was a fundraiser for St. Luke’s School, where the race was held. Bib pick-up and the raffle were inside the school gym, which I very much appreciated since it was so cold outside. Read the rest of this entry →


Dec 2013

On The Run 2013 ING New York City Marathon Recap

What an amazing day to be in New York City. The 2013 ING New York City Marathon came back with the biggest field of runners in the history of the sport. At the 43rd running of the race 50,304 finishers made it the world’s largest marathon ever.

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Bryan Steinhauer ran the ING New York City Marathon after recovering from a life-threatening attack and coma. (Photo: On The Run/NYRR)

In this episode of “On The Run” Tim Hutchings, Carrie Tollefson and I look at the highlights from the race, talk to some runners including pros and charity runners, and follow-up with a few of the athletes we profiled in previous episodes including Bryan Steinhauer, Team One Spirit, Bill Rancic and more. We also take a look back at the excitement of race week.

But I’d also like to share my thoughts about the marathon and what it means to me.

It was an honor to be a part of race week and the marathon, and to be in the middle of all the action. I’ve run the ING New York City Marathon three times and watched as a spectator even more. Each time, New York didn’t disappoint. It was my first marathon and it still stands as my favorite. Read the rest of this entry →


Nov 2013

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Goals

Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon

The Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Course Map

Well, this is it folks. In a little over 60 hours I’ll be at the starting line of the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. You’d think that after running six marathons, wrapping my brain around that prospect would get easier. But somehow it never does.

It’s especially meaningful to me to be running in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon Media Challenge in memory of my cousin Laura and on behalf of the Sarcoma Cancer Foundation of Canada.

As always, it’s been a long and winding road to get to this point.

Kauai Marathon,

Running the Kaua’i Half Marathon (Photo:

I started off marathon training season the wrong way: with a hip injury I sustained from falling off a horse. One month of physical therapy and two triathlons later, I was finally ready to focus on running long again.

I’ve logged 470 miles and 10 races, with three of them as specific training runs for this event: the Kaua’i Half Marathon, Direct Edge Newport Liberty Half Marathon, and 20 miles of the Yonkers Marathon. In the process, I’ve notched personal records at 3 miles, 5K, 4 miles, 5 miles, and 10K, the last three of which I nailed during a track workout. I’ve gotten a lot faster this year, especially over the middle distances. Read the rest of this entry →


Oct 2013

RUN10 FEED10 Nationwide 10K Run To End Hunger

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RUN10 FEED10 2012 (Photo: Women’s Health Magazine)

Talk about a race with a mission. The RUN10 FEED10 10K run is a collaboration between Women’s Health Magazine and the Feed Foundation, a charity founded by Lauren Bush Lauren that aims to end hunger worldwide.

You might have seen one of the iconic FEED bags in a magazine or even being carried by someone on the street. FEED raises money by selling products that have a set donation built into the price. With RUN10 FEED10, they’re taking it to the streets in seven cities across America. You can even participate in a virtual 10K run anywhere in the world. Read the rest of this entry →


Sep 2013

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

Marine Corps Marathon Snafu Shows Lotteries Are Best

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The 2103 Marine Corps Marathon got off to a hazy start after a registration snafu. (Photo: Cpl. Bryan G. Lett/US Marine Corp)

Race directors, take heed. Everyone expected the Marine Corps Marathon in Arlington, Va., and Washington, D.C. to sell-out fast. All the race’s entries were gone in record time of 2 hours, 27 minutes.

But what frustrated thousands of runners, and no doubt the race organizers as well, was a massive failure of the race’s registration system run by the Active Network via

Consecutive registration snafus with the Bank of America Chicago Marathon last month and the Marine Corps Marathon yesterday, due to intense demand, have many runners chanting L-O-T-T-E-R-Y.

When it comes to the most popular races that expect registration to sell-out in a matter of hours, lotteries are simply the way to go, whether it’s the Bank of America Chicago Marathon, the Marine Corps Marathon or any other race facing this type of registration stampede. Read the rest of this entry →


Mar 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

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

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

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Photo: Flying Kites

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

Looking Back At My First Marathon: 2007 NYC Marathon

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Crossing the finish line. (Photo: brightroom)

In just four days, I’ll be staring at the starting line of the Philadelphia Marathon on November 18, 2012. It will be my fifth marathon in five years.

To honor the occasion, I thought I’d take a look back at my very first marathon and first stab at a race recap of the 2007 ING New York City Marathon. I finished the race in 5:54. I aim to finish Philly in 4:15. I’ve come a long way in the last five years. Little did I know how right I was when I proclaimed, “I think I may have a new addiction.”

This race report was first published on in November 2007, but I thought I’d finally put it up here at too. After all, it’s the marathon that started it all. You can read about what brought me to tackle my first marathon in Because You Only Get One First Marathon.

Don’t Stop Believing

First published November 2007

My first marathon: 26.2 miles, 5 boroughs, 5 bridges, 39,000 runners, and more than 2 million spectators on the mean streets of New York.

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My first-timer’s tiara. (Photo: Christy Hourihan)

I did it. I ran the 2007 ING New York City Marathon. And I did it in a tiara. It was the brainchild of two friends who jokingly—I thought—floated the idea past me and then provided the crown. How could I not wear it? Seriously, my roommate bought it off of a drag queen in Manhattan’s East Village. Come Sunday morning, after six months of training and anticipation, there was only one thing to do: put the tiara on my head, shoes on my feet and run like I’ve never run before. Read the rest of this entry →


Nov 2012

The Unofficial 2012 NYC Marathon in Central Park

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One Team Hope For The Warriors runner finishes her marathon.

Scroll down for a slideshow of the unofficial marathon in Central Park.

Some called it the unofficial New York City marathon, some called it the Run Anyway marathon. But no matter what they called it, thousands of runners spontaneously took to Central Park on what would have been Marathon Sunday, November 4 in New York City.

In the wake of the canceled 2012 ING New York City Marathon, many runners tried to make the best of a terrible situation. In addition to running, thousands of marathoners volunteered on Saturday and Sunday in some of the city’s hardest hit areas. An estimated 1,300 alone went to Staten Island on Sunday to drop supplies and help residents clean up. Others helped out in Brooklyn’s Red Hook neighborhood, the Rockaways in Queens, Newark in New Jersey and parks all over the city.

Thousands of other runners took to Central Park, dropping donations for hurricane relief near the “official” finish line and running a flash mob of sorts. It was like a scene out of “How The Grinch Stole Christmas.” The Whos of Whoville didn’t need the trappings of Christmas. It seems, neither do marathoners. Read the rest of this entry →


Nov 2012

Running Wisdom: Lessons From A Running Life

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Photo: Phil Hospod

The Staten Island Half-Marathon on October 7, 2012 was my 50th race. In my transformation from loather to lover of running, I have culled a fair amount running wisdom as both a runner and a running reporter.

The running life is like any other life—fraught with pitfalls and challenges, but also rewards and joys. And I’ve experienced them all. Some lessons I learned the hard way and others were pleasant surprises. Some are obvious, but not necessarily if you’re a new runner. Some are humorous and some are serious. But all of them are worth heeding.

I hope to keep adding to my trove of running wisdom over the course of my next 50 races and beyond—which begins with the Philadelphia Marathon on Nov. 18. But for now, here are a few nuggets from my running wisdom treasure trove, in no particular order. Read the rest of this entry →

Didn’t Get Into The Disney Marathon? Run For Charity

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Runners pose in front of Cinderella Caste. (Photo: runDisney)

Disney lovers, it’s not too late the run the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna on Jan. 13. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge may be sold-out, but there are still a few ways to get in on the runDisney action.

A record 58,000 runners have registered for the event, with 27,000 toeing the line in the half marathon and 25,000 in the Disney marathon. A whopping 10,000 participants will tackle both races as part of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which dares runners to complete the half-marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday during the Walt Disney Marathon Weekend. 

If you’d like to be one of them, you still can by registering through a group, charity, or the Runner’s World Challenge, which give runners access to training advice from Runner’s World editors along with other VIP amenities. Read the rest of this entry →

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