Before every runDisney Half Marathon/Marathon, runDisney plans what they call a "meet up". Basically, they choose 20-100 people to gather very early in the morning for a once in a lifetime experience. I have always wanted to attend one, but I have never invited--until now! I got into the Tinkerbell Half Marathon meet up next week in Disneyland!
I have heard tales of amazing meetups--running through the castle in the Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Cars Land is California Adventure, checking out Club 33 in Disneyland, ect. To a Disney geek like me, these were dream experiences--but merely Disney urban legend for someone who disparately wants to be part of it. There are usually special guests at these events. Jeff Galloway (my running hero) is always in attendance. For the Tinkerbell Half Meetup, it is rumored that Ali Vincent from Biggest Loser fame will be there, along with Tara Gidus, a famous sports nutritionist. runDisney always has surprises up there sleeves for participants--park tickets, swag bags, giveaways, access to places normally off limits to guests. From what I hear, the group meets and runs together for about two miles, using the Galloway run/walk/run method. Then there are talks by the special quests and breakfast. Sometimes the meet up groups get special VIP access to the Expo before it is open to the public.
The events are usually held on the Friday before a big event. I could never go because we usually travel on a Friday. Good thing for me, I arrive in Disneyland on Thursday. Thursday morning at a very wee hour I will be meeting up with the other chosen participants at the huge sorcerer hat at the Disneyland Hotel. Good thing I will be staying at the Disneyland Hotel--no travel time. I am so incredibly thankful to runDisney for giving me an amazingly awesome experience. How am I going to get through the next 5 days until I leave for California? Be sure to check back soon to find out how it went!