NEW YORK, December 3, 2013 — The Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World in Florida may be sold out, but 400 new spots have opened up in the race thanks to a new presenting sponsor, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.
The charity raises money for 170 children’s hospitals throughout the U.S and Canada. Now, runners can help them at the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend from February 20-23.
“We have a shared commitment to help kids and their families, and are honored to team with runDisney as the presenting sponsor of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend,” said John Lauck, President and CEO of Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. “We have made many meaningful memories with Disney throughout our 26-year relationship and look forward to continuing that legacy with this new opportunity.”
Back in 1987, the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals first hosted its annual telethon at Disneyland in California. The charity and the Walt Disney Company continued their collaboration with the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals Classic, a PGA Tour event at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Walt Disney World Resort also currently hosts the nonprofit’s Celebration Week, where 52 kids treated in Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and their families are celebrated with a week at Disney.
“We’ve enjoyed a long-standing relationship with Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals,’’ said Faron Kelley, director of sports marketing at Walt Disney World Resort. “We are eager to work closely with them again through our Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in ways that support the extraordinary work they are doing with children in their 170 hospitals nationwide.”
The new sponsorship is aimed at raising both awareness and funds for the organization. According to the nonprofit, one in ten kids in North America is treated by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Donations to the organization go directly to the hospital closest to the donor, so that funds stay within local communities. The group’s operational expenses are not met by donations, but by national sponsors like Ace Hardware, Delta Air Lines, Dairy Queen and others. So 100 percent of donations go to hospitals, and kids, that need them.
The charity has 400 bibs for the Disney Princess Half Marathon, which takes runners through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot. Two packages and fundraising levels are available.
For the first package, runners must raise a minimum of $300. In exchange they receive entry into the race, a bib just for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals fundraisers, a commemorative lithograph, and a personalized fundraising page.
For the second package, runners must raise at least $1,600. In addition to the perks from the first package, runners also receive a two-night stay at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort, a two-day Walt Disney World park ticket with Park Hopper Option, and a ticket to Disney’s Pasta in the Park Party the night before the race.
Other races at the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend include the new Disney Enchanted 10K, the Royal Family 5K and runDisney kids races, all at Epcot. The new Glass Slipper Challenge dares runners to compete both the half marathon and 10K on back-to-back days to earn a special glass slipper themed medal. The challenge sold out in less than six hours.
In addition to the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, 14 charity groups offer runners entry into the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend of races. For a complete list, visit the “Registration” tab at www.rundisney.com/princess-half-marathon.
For more information about race entry through Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals or to register, visit princesshalfmarathon.childrensmiraclenetworkhospitals.org or runDisney.com.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. Her work has been seen in Newsweek, RunnersWorld.com, Active.com, ABC-TV in New York and over two dozen other outlets. She has finished seven marathons and four triathlons. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com.
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