If so, congrats! I hope you and your family had a wonderful time!
For those of you who don't know I am a race announcer and I had the honor of announcing at the Disney Marathon weekend. This is my 8th time announcing the big event! Wow! I am one of four great announcers who work together to celebrate the runners during the weekend - Creigh Kelley, Rudy Novotny, and John Pelkey also share time on the mic.
I often talk to runners about their races and they say they've raced Disney....so I say, "I was there. I'm one of the announcers." Then they stare at me with a blank look on their face with no memory of every seeing (or hearing) me. It's okay. I get it..it's not like you have a massive athletic feat ahead of you....however...I just thought I'd put together a post about us announcers and maybe you can give us a listen next time!
Here's a breakdown of a typical day as a Walt Disney World announcer.
Wake up by 12:45am, in the car by 1:15, and in the Epcot parking lot by 2am.
Script review at 2am
Start line rehearsal at 3am.
Start line show starts at 4:50am.
This year for the start line I handled several VIP interviews. For the half I interviewed Trista & Ryan from The Bachelorette. She was SO nice and gorgeous at 4am. They were honestly really cute together.
|Trista & Ryan|
For Sunday's full marathon I interviewed a principal from Pennsylvania who encouraged each student in her school to read 26 books in honor of her first marathon. Overall 18,000 books were read!
Finally I interviewed an Orlando woman for runs with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. I could write a whole post on LLS (and I probably will), however I encourage to look at their site and see how you can get involved.
Liz ran with LLS in 2009 at Disney and had no idea that soon after her Mom would be diagnosed with a blood cancer. She spoke about how much LLS helped her family and her mom. Sadly, her Mom passed away and she was running the Goofy Challenge (13.1 Saturday & 26.2 on Sunday - 39.3 miles) in honor of her Mom's 38 days of Chemo. It was very emotional and makes you remember to never take a day for granted.
After the fireworks and the runners start all 4 of us announcers head over to the finish line.
|Creigh Kelley interviewing marathon winner Fredison Costa|
|Video feed of runners at Cinderella Castle|
After the 6th hour on full marathon we are all a little hoarse and slap happy, but if the runners can keep on chugging then so can we! Go Go Go!
It is an exhausting weekend but one I enjoy so much. You are in the happiest place on Earth surrounded by people achieving their personal goals!
Later this month I'll be heading to DisneyLand in California to announce the inaugural Tinkerbell Half Marathon too!
Check back for more WDW Marathon posts this week. I have a marathon What I Ate Wednesday coming and a video blog (once I get it edited) of parts of the weekend. Also if you are interested in starting running I am happy to give you advice on training.
Have you ever run a Disney race? What did you think?
Love and mouse ears,
Carissa & Kyle