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Famed Hansons running club runner sets record time; celebrities among record field of 27,000 runners; 20th anniversary Disney Marathon presented by Cigna set for Sunday
BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 12, 2013) – Michigan runners Mike Morgan and
Melissa White blazed around Walt Disney World on Saturday - Morgan even
set a race record - en route to sweeping the Disney Half Marathon
Morgan, of Rochester Hills, Mich., flew around the 13.1-mile course in
1:05:26 to cross the finish line at Epcot well ahead of the rest of the
record field of more than 27,000 runners, which included Joey Fatone
(Dancing with the Stars), Joan Benoit Samuelson (1984 Olympic Marathon
Gold Medalist) and Dick Beardsley (1981 London Marathon winner).
Morgan’s time barely eclipsed the old race record of 1:05:35 set by
fellow Hansons running club member Tim Young in 2011.
of Shelby Township, Mich., was the first female to break the finish
line tape with a time of 1:14:56, roughly a minute shy of the race
record of 1:13:04.
the start, Morgan, a member of the Hansons-Brooks Distance Project
along with White, had his sights set on establishing a new mark at
Disney, particularly after breaking away from the pack after the first
“I had a goal of getting under the course record. It was a challenge
and I barely got under it,’’ Morgan said. “This was a world-class event,
so to come down here and run well is great.’’
White was thrilled to run so fast so early into her running season.
“I’m just getting started so I wasn’t sure where I was,’’ White said.
“So I just decided to go out there and see what I could do.’’
Photo by Preston Mack,
More than 10,000 runners from the half marathon field will be back at Disney on Sunday for the 20th
anniversary of the Disney Marathon presented by Cigna as part of
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – running the half and the full
marathon on consecutive days (39.3 miles). The 26.2-mile race through
all four Disney theme parks has drawn unprecedented interest this year,
selling out less than five months after registration began, marking one
of the fastest sellouts in the event’s history.
from around the country and beyond have been undoubtedly drawn to the
event because of several unique features tied to the 20th anniversary, such as new course twists (the route goes through the Walt Disney World Speedway and Champion
Stadium), the new Mickey Mouse medal, the post-race party at Downtown
Disney and the chance to run with several celebrities and famous former
runners who have registered to run.
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna features events for the entire family such as Kids’ Races a Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, the Half Marathon and the Marathon on Sunday. The Health and Fitness Expo
runs throughout the weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and
features the latest in running technology and fashion, as well as
renowned running experts like Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDIsney.
This marathon is perfect for families who want to spend bonding time in a more active and fun way. Plus, they got to see Donald Duck.