I know that I preach about it a lot, and I am going to do it again - one of the things that make race weekends so amazing are the people! Period. Over the past few years, I have met some of the most amazing people and made some of my best friends through running. Obviously one of the highlights of my Princess Half Marathon weekend was getting to seeing many faces that make the weekend so awesome, and of course the #WeRunSocial meet up!
The #WeRunSocial crew hosted a meet up at Disney Springs to allow all of "those people of the interwebs" to come together, hug, hang out, laugh, snap selfies, and win prizes! While a majority of us ran or cheered at either the 5K or 10K earlier, it is hard to meet up pre-race at large races just because there are so many people and a lot going on so this gave us time to easily find each other and hangout without the stress of getting to corrals. If you heard loud squeals coming from the carrousel area of Disney Springs, sorry - not sorry. These people are amazing and worth every single squealing second.
What makes a meet-up with some pretty awesome friends and new friends even better? PRIZES! PRO Compression sent some sweet prizes to our ambassadors to hand out and Carrie from Sparkle Athletic came by and hooked up so many princesses with some awesome prizes! From their skirts, arm sleeves, trucker hats, visors, and more, there were so many prizes up for grabs! Prizes were given out for answering trivia questions, being "the person who..." (traveled the furthest, has the youngest baby, etc), and showing specific items that they were looking for.
A huge thank you to my friends at Sparkly Soul for hooking us up with some awesome race weekend themed headbands to help us all look fabulous on race day! Mermaids to princesses to bows, Sparkly Soul had us covered for the weekend's races.
Last but not least, a big thank you to the team at Fitletic who provided us with a running belt and shirt to giveaway! Congrats to our lucky winners - I think it is safe to say that we all had an awesome time playing along!
When you have a group of close to 100 social media enthusiasts and selfie professionals together, of course a ton selfies are going to happen. A lot of pre-race chatter was going on as everyone was getting ready for the Princess Half Marathon tomorrow. We all had our different goals - some were chasing after awards, some going for PRs, some running their first half marathon, and of course ones like me going for an awesomely FUN time! Regardless of what your goals are, we are all covering the same 13.1 miles, just in our own different ways which makes the running community so beautiful.
Before people started to go our separate ways, we had to take a big group photo. Seriously, that is a lot of awesome in one picture. From all over the country (and some from even further), we all came together today to share our love for running and of course sharing that love across social media - that is #WeRunSocial.
A huge thank you again to our awesome sponsors for their support and of course prizes for our meet up. Also, this would not have been possible without the wonderful @PastryChef_Dani and @PinkCupcakeGirl for hosting today's meet up - you ladies certainly ROCK!
It was great to be able to meet up with both old friends and make new ones today. Race weekends can get chaotic and even stressful at times, so it is great to have time to relax and hang out with such amazing people for a little bit over the weekend.
Be sure to follow #WeRunSocial on social media so you don't miss out on future meet ups at races near you! Trust me, you don't want to miss out!
I love to run and most importantly I love to have FUN while I run....I am the "Funner Runner"
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