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Mom from West Chester, Pennsylvania is “perfect” when it comes to the Disney Marathon Challenge

Mom from West Chester, Pennsylvania is “perfect” when it comes to the Disney Marathon Challenge

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ORLANDO, Fla. – More than 100,000 racers and spectators flock to Disney World for a major milestone. It’s the 30th Annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

“I’ve never loved running, and I came here and just fell in love,” she said of her experience at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. The journey began 10 years ago when Hannah Brookes of West Chester, Pennsylvania, turned 21.

“For my 21st birthday, my parents hired me to runDisney,” said Brookes, who was a collegiate hockey player at Widener University.

runDisney is one of the largest race organizers in the United States by number of runners, with up to 168,000 runners attending Run Disney events each racing season. This season consists of five races. The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is one of them.

“You walk down Main Street and you see the lights and the castle,” Brookes said of her experience running in Magic Kingdom, stopping along the way to take photos with characters and even ride the teacups.

She is now running her 10th Walt Disney World Marathon in her signature running attire based on Disney character costumes. Among the four running outfits she brought with her this weekend: Daisy Duck.

“The audience, you run by and they’re like, ‘Go on, Daisy! You’re doing great, Daisy Duck!’ and I’m like, ‘This is me, I’m Daisy!'” she said.

Brookes wore the Daisy Duck costume as she competed in the half marathon on Saturday morning. She is running this race in addition to three others during Disney Marathon Weekend. It’s called the Dopey Challenge, where participants run the 5K, 10K, half marathon, and full marathon in the same weekend.

“(It adds up to) 48.6 magic miles,” smiled Brookes.

Brookes is what they call a Dopey Perfect, standing the challenge in all 10 years she’s been around, and she’s got the medals to prove it. But it’s really about more than a medal.

“I am so thankful to have so many families here. My mom and dad are here this year,” she said.

Brookes also draws inspiration from the children she helps as a pediatric nurse at Nemours Children’s Hospital in Wilmington, Delaware.

“You inspire me. I tell them about our races,” she said of the children. “I tell them about Disney World and I think how blessed am I to be able to be here?”

Brookes now has her own little inspiration and training partner: her almost four-month-old son. She ran until the day she was born, but Brookes admits the birth of baby Nathan was a cute little break in her exercise schedule.

“I was on the treadmill rocking the stroller trying to get it to sleep,” she recalled training for marathons as a new mom.

Nathan has already made his first trip to Disney World and is already watching his mom walk those magical miles, with many more to come.

“It’s pretty cool that he’s growing up watching me run,” she said.

runDisney is the perfect event for both new and experienced runners, with no qualifying times required for those running their first full or half marathon. For more information on runDisney, including the newly released 2023-24 racing season schedule, please visit: https://www.rundisney.com/

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