It’s almost here! It’s almost here! This time next week I will be in Disney for the runDisney marathon weekend/Goofy’s challenge! I can’t believe it, it seemed so far away when I registered for the event, and now it’s actually happening. Don’t worry, I will be live tweeting and instagraming the whole time so you don’t have to miss a thing! (Also be sure to follow hashtags #WDWmarathon #WDWhalf and #GoofyChallenge to stay in the middle of the action!)
The fun starts on Thursday, with the races happening on Saturday and Sunday. The weather looks warm, so I am still trying to decide on what outfits I will wear for race day. Obviously, running skirts will be involved. (save 15% on runningskirts products with code “SKIRTSASS” at checkout!)
There is a side story to marathon weekend that I wanted to share with you as well. Cigna has been a long time sponsor of the runDisney events, and I wanted to share something cool The Cigna Foundation is doing this year for the race.
The Cigna Foundation will sponsor six Students Run Philly Style athletes at the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.
What is this and what does it mean? Students Run Philly Style is a marathon training program to help Philly’s youth. SRPS connects each student with a volunteer mentor or “running leader” and the students not only learn about running, but also character development, and leadership skills. It is a safe haven from bullying, and for those trying to combat childhood obesity.
Through a very physically challenging training program, the running leaders are able to teach the students to become strong, long-distance runners and strong, positive young people. They have a goal of completing either a half or full marathon. The students aged 12-18 run with their leaders for nine months so they can accomplish their race goal, all while learning from a positive role model.
Cigna, who has a relationship with Students Run Philly Style, is sponsoring six young people through Cigna’s corporate responsibility program Cigna connects, to come down and run during marathon weekend. How cool is that?
Huge props to Cigna for helping these kids out and getting them to the starting line of the race so they can follow their dreams!
QOTD: Have you ever volunteered at a running event or for a program like this one?