Regularly I’m asked if I love / why I love running. The answer isn’t that complex; it’s a stress reliever, a great way to stay in shape, there’s a thrill to racing & adventure on foot, you also get to interact and meet so many amazing and encouraging people. More importantly, I’ve felt called to make it part of my mission for Christ and the Kingdom. But why I love Disney, that’s different and not so easy to answer because it’s none of those things above (let’s be honest, the parks can be stressful, and you definitely don’t stay in shape because the amazing food counteracts the insane amounts of walking). So how & why?
As we were growing up my family was mostly into the beach scene. Yearly we were the beach vacationers who spent a week on the white sands of the gulf; we never really did anything extravagant – not including the one time we drove the 12 or 14 hours to Lake Quivera, KS when I was twelve – except for the few times we went to Walt Disney World. These trips were a big deal, magical and full of adventure, and rightfully so; most of our other trips were centered around swim meets (competition) for my sister and I – bless my parents for that sacrifice. We always got new autograph books, Chef Mickey’s became a tradition, and splash mountain the staple ride of every trip.
So now fast forward 15-20 years, and my love for Disney and RunDisney is fierce. Why?
Simply put, because it brings about some of my favorite childhood and family memories. The tradition, the magic, the bond that I am blessed to have with my whole family. It’s adventure and escape simultaneously and familiar and different with each trip, and now RunDisney allows me to combine a lot into a little, bringing a passion and purpose into the place that has brought me so much joy and many memories for the past quarter century. Especially when I get to partner with incredible charities such as Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals for Princess Weekend 2018 (if you want to give in honor of my Pop click here). And with each trip new things are experienced with new people as Jon gets to tag along now, and other’s will join our squad as time passes! I’m ever thankful for this place, the cast members that make it wonderful and the family that experiences it with me to the fullest every single time.
That’s why I love Disney.