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  • On Feb 3, 2012
    Kristi from AL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    I'm trying to lose weight &recover from health difficulities so fast walking is about all I'm up to. I also have a special needs daughter that may be moving even slower than myself. Does Disney have any short distance 'Fun Runs"

    Hi Kristi!  Congratulations on your new journey!  I think you are doing a great thing for yourself and also your family.  Disney does have fun runs!  There are 5K Family Fun Runs included at each race weekend, as well as Kids Races (for kids 13 and under).  The 5K Family Fun Runs are 3.1 miles long.  There are a lot of families that run (or walk) together.  It isn't timed, so there is no pressure!  You will receive a shirt, bib and medal just like all the other races.  You can go on runDisney's website to check out all of the race weekends.  When you find the one that works for your schedule, click on event details and you can find the information about the 5K Family Runs and also the Kids Races.  The Kids Races vary in length by age.  They go all the way from a "diaper dash" up to the Mickey Mile!  My boys have done the Kids Races and also the 5K Family Fun Runs. They love both of them!
    Disney races are absolutely perfect for new runners and also for families that want to do a race together.  There is entertainment all along each course, and you get to run in the most magical place on Earth!  Start with the fun run and then make a goal for a half marathon!  There are a lot of participants in the half and full marathons that fast walk the entire race.  I like to use the run/walk/run method that is recommended by Disney's official trainer, Jeff Galloway.  It is a great way to do a long distance race when you just don't think you can (or even want to) run the entire thing!  I hope this helps.  Please let me know if you have any other questions about runDisney!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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