Monday, February 16, 2015

Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World GIVEAWAY

I know I may be bias, but I have some pretty KICK BUTT friends! One in particular, Megan, is an author who co-wrote a FABULOUS book! Oh yeah, and she is also one of my BRF (Best Running Friends) and the one that got me into running in the first place! I don’t know if you remember my WDW Marathon Recap from last month, but she was Dewey in our duck trio. The book is call "Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World". 

With so many folks heading down to Walt Disney World this week to participate in the Princess Weekend I thought it would be a GREAT time to spread the word about the book and do a GIVEAWAY to one lucky reader!

I grabbed the original edition of this book prior to embarking on my first Walt Disney World races which were during the Princess Half Marathon Weekend in 2013 (I had done the Disneyland Half in 2012 and the TinkerBell Half in early 2013 prior to that, but hadn't done any races at WDW) {recaps for the Royal Family 5K which I ran with my hubby and parents and the Princess Half Marathon which I did with my sister-in-law are in the archives}. I knew Megan was a wealth of knowledge when it came to WDW and the book did NOT disappoint.

Megan and her co-author Krista released the THIRD edition of Magical Miles: The Runner's Guide to Walt Disney World recently. They are continually updating the book as changes at WDW and within runDisney occur (whether that is adding new races or challenges, renovating hotels, upgrading restaurants, changing meal plans, etc). They want you to have the most up-to-date and accurate information so you can make the best choices for you and your travel companions!

I read my copy of the book on a flight from San Diego to Detroit. Let me tell you - THIS IS AN AMAZING RESOURCE FOR ANYONE GOING TO WALT DISNEY WORLD (I know it is geared towards runners that will be participating in a runDisney event, but even if you aren't it is still a WONDERFUL resource for folks just traveling to WDW for a vacation).

While I was reading I wrote down a few notes and I wanted to share them with you:

  • Great job at stressing the importance of registering early before the races sell out (seeing as they are continuing to grow in popularity, sometimes selling out within MINUTES of opening registration).
  • Love the tips from the authors at the end of the chapters (especially since they have collectively participated in ALL of the WDW runDisney events - so the knowledge is FIRSTHAND).
  • The training gear section was spot on (although I may have suggested a foam roller in the equipment section, only because I know how much it has helped me during the training process).
  • I had NO idea you could camp at WDW.
  • Really enjoy the "guest" reviews throughout the book. 
  • If someone is planning a trip on their own (without a travel agent like Megan), this could be used as a great resource to help make very informed decisions.
  • Totally appreciate that there are vegetarian options mentioned in the food chapter.
  • A BIG thanks for adding the running etiquette section, especially with the data you shared about the runDisney events having so many newbies. 
  • LOVE the balloon idea for spectators (never thought of it before, but DEFINITELY getting Ryan one next time ;)). 

Now I don't want to give away too many of the tips and tricks because I think you should pick a copy of the book up for yourself! I know I said I am bias about my friends, but I am telling you the 100% honest truth (and not just because I love Megan), if you are planning a trip to WDW (and especially if it is around a runDisney racecation), you NEED this book! Although I think EVERYONE and their mama should order the book here, one of you could WIN your own copy! [YUP, you read that right, the WONDERFUL women that wrote this book offered a copy to one lucky reader - could it be you?!]

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Just in case you don’t win, you can pick up a copy of the book here AND save 10% with coupon code “ 9TYH8RXP”. 

And please check out all of their social media platforms - that way you can stay as up-to-date as possible! [Because not only do these ladies give TONS of information in the book, but they also constantly try to keep everyone updated with the "happenin's" of runDisney through their blog posts, tweets, posts, and pictures!]


Enter early and often (some of the entries are available DAILY). The giveaway will run through Friday, February 20th at 11:59pm PST. I will contact the winner via email (using the email address listed through Rafflecopter). The winner will have 24 hours to respond to claim their prize. Remember: the entries ARE verified, so please make sure you complete the task or I'll have to have Rafflecopter select a new random winner.



Wendy Aldridge said...

I'm planning to register for the Dopey Challenge when it opens and I know this book would be helpful if I get in!

Stacey Niedzwiecki said...

I've never run in Disney but one day hope to do some races on marathon weekend or the Princess half.

Unknown said...

I've never run a disney run, but it's been on my list for awhile!

KookyRunner said...

Unfortunately I have not run one of these races, but its on my bucket list!

Margaret said...

I ran the Glass Slipper Challenge last year, and am looking forward to Dopey in 2016!

Rachel Hagan said...

I'm running my first Disney race in May... let the RunDisney addiction begin! ;)

blew415 said...

I will be at Princess this week!

Blair @ Walking With Style said...

I haven't ran a WDW race, but have ran the Avenger's at DL and am signed up for the Dumbo Double Dare this year. I plan on doing either Wine and Dine this year or Princess next year

Pat Hogan said...

Ran the Wine and Dine. First Half, Only Half. I found out I like to run for food and beverage and need to be entertained the entire length of any race now

Artney @ My Pretty Brown Blog said...

I absolutely love runDisney! Princess Half was my first and the WDW full marathon was my second.I learn something new every time I go. I think this guide would be helpful for anyone. We are planning to take more trips to WDW outside of our racecations so I know it would be a great resource.

redaussie3 said...

I would love to do the marathon there some day! I have never done any of the disney races before but many of my running friends have.

Unknown said...

I ran the Wine & Dine Half in 2013 as a birthday present but I'd have to say I like the Disneyland races more. However, I'm still itching to run the Glass Slipper Challenge and the Dopey Challenge!! Hopefully in 2016 or 2017. ;)

:DISTherapy said...

So hard to choose! Star Wars Half Marathon might be the winner!!

moliberry said...

Planning to register for the WDW marathon for 2016!

Unknown said...

We ran the 2013 Goofy... I loved the atmosphere and races! Hope to go back some day!

Melissa said...

Im gonna be running the princess haf this weekend, which is my first run disney event and first time to WDW

Sadie said...

I have not run races at Disney. I would love to run the Princess Half.
Sadie B.

Ruth C said...

Not yet but would love to try the Donald Half

Ken C said...

Would love to run the Donald Half Marathon!

Tal said...

I want to run the princess half!

Unknown said...

Aiming for dopey!

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