So I’m still working on organizing all my pics and vids from the Disney Marathon, so I haven’t blogged about it yet. But looking at some other reviews of the race made me realize that we were in the presence of some celebs. I’m not talking running celebs and elites, cause I’ve run races with plenty of them (Frank Shorter, Jeff Galloway, Bart Yasso, etc), but actual Hollywood types. I live in the Dallas area, and don’t get to run with as many as if I lived in NYC or LALA Land, but I’ve raced with a few….and have beat them all!!! Haha.
First was the Rock n Roll Dallas Half Marathon a few years ago. Troy Aikman was also in it. My sis and I beat him by 15 seconds or so. Yup, we’re faster than a world class athlete, lol. Then my sister followed that race up by beating him again by a few seconds a few weeks later in another half at Cowboys Stadium. Here’s a photo of them next to each other after finishing:
But Disney had pulled out all the stops and starts for the 20th anniversary of their marathon, and some running celebs wanted to be part of it. A bunch were running the half, but Sean Astin and Drew Carey were signed up for the Goofy Challenge (Half on Saturday, Full on Sunday). Unfortunately Sean had to pull out due to a gig. And Drew had to pull out due to an injury. Though being the cool guy he is, he still showed up to cheer on the runners and party with them afterwards. Here’s a pic from when I met him a few years ago (before losing weight and taking up running).
As for Sean, he showed his support through twitter. He even responded to one of my tweets when I told him the hot conditions wreaked havoc with my per mile pace. He helped put it back into perspective:
It’s a shame he wasn’t able to run, but we runners appreciate his support. I was a little bummed because I have met the real Rudy and was hoping to get a pic with the fake Rudy.
Also of note, Joey Fatone ran the Goofy Challenge. Now he’s not a runner – this was his first half and full, but he did it! He ran in place of his injured wife and followed the Jeff Galloway walk/run method. So needless to say, we beat him in the full – another feather in our caps…haha! (Now if only I had use for these feathers)
Anywaddle, I’m always glad to see celebs out there promoting running and being healthy. I really appreciate their support of the sport, and it’s great to see how they like to run just as much as some of us!
That’s all for now because I have to go and pick up all those names I just dropped.