Tuesday, October 29, 2013

runDisney Shakes Things Up…

Back at the beginning of the month, runDisney tweeted, asking what people thought about taking the meet up’s on the road.
rD tweet 1 Of course, living in Atlanta I would LOVE for them to make a stop here!  It may not be the Magic Kingdom, but knowing runDisney, they would make it an experience to remember.

Fast forward to today…out of nowhere the tweets hinting at a runDisney meet up on the road starting coming through and, of course, created a buzz.
rD tweet 2 Where would their first stop be??  Lots of speculation was going on.  Then – an hour later -
rD tweet 3Ahhh!!!  No way!!!  WE were the first stop!  My BRF (Best Running Friend) Brandi and I had plans to get into the Disneyland half meet up together…she made it and I didn’t, so this was a second chance for us!  We eagerly got our emails ready and waited for the blog post.  At 11 a.m., the Disney Parks blog began to crash!  We were panicked!  After about 20 minutes of refreshing, it finally came back up with the blog announcing the meet up!
rD tweet 6We weren’t sure if the protocol would be the same as it had been for past runDisney meet ups, but after a quick skim through the post for more information, I sent my email out within the first minute of it being posted. 

For those that don’t know what I’m talking about…runDisney hosts social media meet ups before their big races.  These are very coveted and highly sought after, and it’s a very exciting (and anxious) day of stalking the Disney Parks blog and runDisney’s Twitter, and after sending the email…waiting.

After about 30 minutes, the capacity message appeared and the waiting began.
rD tweet 7Brandi and I were so anxious! (As were many of our other local runDisney fans).  We heard nothing for hours…finally it was time for me to leave work.  As I got home and let Guinness out, Brandi sends me this text -
rD tweet 9  At first I thought she was asking me, so I went to the Disney Parks Blog to look at the list -
rD tweet 8SQUEE!!!  I made it into my first meet up!  I saw many familiar faces on the list…some of whom I’ve met and others who I’m looking forward to meeting.  We don’t have much information except that it starts at 6 a.m. on Saturday, November 16th and we’ll be running in Turner Field!  My birthday is November 12th and I can’t think of a better way to end my birthday week. 
rD tweet 5Being that this is a social media meet up, I will be posting to Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram on this day, so if you’re up super early be sure to follow #OnTheRoadToDisney.  And you know there will be a blog post recapping this awesome experience.  I’m so excited to be participating in my second inaugural runDisney event this year!

It may not be the same as running through Cinderella’s Castle, but I know with runDisney and my running friends with me, it’s gonna be an amazing time.

Have you gotten into a runDisney meet up before?  Will I be meeting/seeing you in a few weeks?

Until next time,

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  1. Can't wait to see you there! So excited we finally made a meetup!

  2. Congrats!! Take lots of pictures :0)

  3. That is so exciting and I am so happy for you that you were able to get this chance! Definitely a great way to spend your birthday time!!!!

  4. Have a great time Jen. So glad you finally got into a meetup! They are so much fun and we love seeing lots of new people get the opportunity to experience it!

  5. How exciting! I hope they come to Houston!

  6. I am so very excited for you! Cannot wait to hear what all is in store!! Congratulations again!

  7. So excited for the meet-up this weekend... can't wait to meet you!


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