FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Marathon Training Guru Jeff Galloway Named
Official Training Consultant For Newly Branded runDisney Race Series
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Sept. 2, 2010) – Jeff Galloway, one of America's
foremost marathon trainers, has been named the official training consultant
to Disney's series of endurance events, which has been rebranded runDisney.
Galloway, a 1972 Olympian and founder of the popular Galloway Marathon
Training Program, will offer his running and training expertise to
beginners as well as experienced runners, helping runners of all ages lead
more active lifestyles. Galloway's unique training methods and tips will
be available to runners through online runDisney videos and programs, as
well as through special Galloway appearances at all runDisney events.
The runDisney brand brings together all four current Disney marathon and
half marathon weekends to create a unique series of destination races that
offer one-of-a-kind running experiences for the more than 75,000 people who
compete in runDisney events annually. All runDisney events feature various
races through Disney theme parks, signature Disney characters and
entertainment, first-class event management and exclusive race medals. The
upcoming lineup of runDisney events include the Disneyland Half Marathon
(September), Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon (October), the Walt Disney
World Marathon presented by CIGNA (January) and Disney's Princess Half
Marathon presented by Lady Foot Locker (February).
The new runDisney brand also includes a new website, rundisney.com, which
will provide runners with a wealth of running-related information and
content, from Galloway training videos to endurance tips to complete
runDisney event information. Additionally, newly launched
facebook.com/rundisney will provide opportunities for the endurance
community to connect and interact with runDisney.
"The runDisney brand greater aligns our incredible collection of race
weekends, which are designed as destination events offering family fun for
runners of all ages and levels," said Faron Kelley, director of Marketing,
Disney Sports. "And now with access to Jeff Galloway, those runners will
be able to enhance their running experience at Disney, which we hope will
lead them to live healthier and more active lives."
Galloway, who has completed all 17 Walt Disney World Marathons, is well
known around the world for his highly successful Run-Walk-Run method to
improve performance and avoid injuries. He is a member of the Road Runners
Club of America Hall of Fame as well as the Westminster School Hall of
Fame, and has a bronze bust in the Nike Walk of Fame in Oregon.
A renowned authority on endurance training, Galloway is a best-selling
author and a regular columnist for Runner's World magazine. In his four
decades of endurance training, he has coached more than 200,000 runners and
walkers, and helped stage hundreds of races, events and clinics throughout
the United States and internationally.
"The runDisney events are widely respected and are all favorites among
runners everywhere," Galloway said. "I'm really excited about working with
Disney to help the beginners get started, to push the experienced runners
to improve their performance and to help everyone at runDisney events have
even more fun."
The runDisney series is a collection of marathon and half marathon event
weekends that provide runners unique opportunities to run through Disney
theme parks. Race participants also get to earn Disney-themed medals,
experience legendary Disney entertainment and guest service, and ultimately
celebrate their accomplishments with a Disney vacation. The original event
in the series, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA,
takes place each January and features both marathon and half marathon
distances. Other races at Walt Disney World in Florida include Disney's
Princess Half Marathon presented by Lady Foot Locker in February and the
new Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon in October. The Disneyland Half
Marathon takes place each September in California. More than 75,000 people
participate in runDisney events each year. For more information visit