Team Up! with Autism Speaks had 83 participants in the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, with many of them in Princess costumes. On race weekend the runners met up for a fantastic buffet-style dinner at the Coronado Springs Convention Center with their teammates, as well their families and friends.
On Friday, some of our runners ran the Disney 5K and on Saturday, our runners enjoyed the 10k on an enchanted journey throughout Epcot. On Sunday, our Half Marathon group participated in a fantastic 13.1 mile course through the most magical place on earth including Disney's Magic Kingdom® Park.
Some of our most ambitious runners participated in both the 10K and Half Marathon races to earn the Glass Slipper Challenge Medal, running 23.2 magical miles in two days! Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for Today on NBC, participated in the half marathon on Sunday, and fundraised for Autism Speaks in honor of her nephew Ben. She’s a long time runner but this was her first race with her daughter, Julia.
This weekend was definitely full of miles, smiles, medals, sweat, hugs and accomplishments, not to mention raising over $132,000 to support the mission of Autism Speaks. Congratulations to each one of our runners for their impressive feats, with special thanks to their families and friends for their support throughout the training cycle, cheering, and fundraising. Well done!!! And, THANK YOU!