The Casual Runner

First Anniversary Top Ten Celebration!

Hello and thank you for your continued support of Casual Runner! You may not realize it, but today is a very special day for the Casual Runner Team.


Mike, Georgetown’s Jack the Bulldog, and Mike’s college roommate Joe stop for a picture on the Georgetown leg of the 2014 Marine Corps Marathon.

One year ago today, on July 13, 2014, we launched this website and published our first article.  In that piece, Mike quoted one of Walt Disney’s most famous sayings (“The way to get started is to quit talking and begin doing”) and then promised that “we Casual Runners started doing, and we have now run our first mile. We have many fun and exciting miles to come, and we are excited to have you all along for the run.” And the Team kept that promise.

In just our first year, our Casual Runner Team, together with some great efforts by readers and guest contributors, have brought you nearly 160 feature articles plus more than 20 videos on our YouTube channel, and great bonus content through our picture galleries on our Facebook page.  You have supported us through more than 60 race reviews at events throughout the United States and the Caribbean, including in more than a few Disney parks.

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Steve quickly learned the addictive power of running bling.

You embraced the First Mile stories from your fellow Casual Runners, learned about some new and exciting products to help you with your own Casual Running adventures, and you got excited when Jake and Jennifer showed off their great running costumes.  We promise you that, in the coming year, we have even more great content coming your way. New races. New Products. New Stories. And, of course, new Casual Running Adventures. So stay tuned as we are only just getting started!!!

And now, to kick off our Casual Runner anniversary celebration, here is a rundown of the Top 10 most-read feature articles that appeared on in our first year.  Obviously, these were selected by you, our readers, who made this first year such a tremendous success.

But first, please allow us a quick honorable mention. You see, Steve started out by asking us if he could write for us as a guest contributor, and we liked him so much we made him stick around and join the Team.  Now, we won’t let him leave (funny how that works out, isn’t it?).  Steve would have started off our countdown as one of his pieces has been the 10th-most read peace for the last several weeks, but it got bumped down to #11 on the last day of our first year. So our honorable mention goes to Steve’s debut piece where he shared the story of his First Mile.

Now, without any further adieu, here are your Top 10 most-read articles from year one of Casual Runner:

10. Jennifer – a name you will be hearing a lot in this Top 10 (I guess our readers love her as much as we do) – officially kicks things off with her review of the 2015 runDisney Enchanted 10k at the Walt Disney World Resort. Maybe its her great storytelling, maybe its the awesome costumes, but whatever it is, it was good enough to be the 10th-most read article of our first year.

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Our guest contributor Ryan shared stories of his Casual Running adventures in the Pacific Northwest.

9. Our readers really are the best. Number 9 is a piece from Ryan, a guest contributor who shared his inspirational story of returning to running to take on the Portland Marathon. You can also read Ryan’s first mile story here.

8. We told you Steve was so good we had to keep him around. His review of his experiences during first ever half marathon, the 2014 Green Cathedral Half Marathon in Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio, came in at #8.

7. There is no doubt that Casual Runners love runDisney events. Coming in at #7 is Jennifer’s review of the 2015 runDisney Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World. Maybe it has something to do with the costumes? You can also check out our photo gallery from that event.

6. Jennifer has the Mid-Atlantic running events covered like no other, and her review of the 2014 Zooma Annapolis Half Marathon and 10k comes in at #6 on our countdown. For good measure, she also reviewed the 2015 Zooma Annapolis event for us.


It is clear that runDisney events and COSRunning (running in costumes!) will be playing a major role in Casual Runner going forward.

5. Leading off our top 5, to noone’s surprise, is another runDisney feature, but this time its Mike’s coverage of the 2014 runDisney Disneyland 10k, Half Marathon, and Dumbo Double Dare at the Disneyland resort in California. You can also check out the rest of this series here: Part 2 and Part 3.

4. Registering for runDisney races can be stressful and challenging, which is why we brought you some tips to help make this process easier for you. Based on our readers’ success in registering, we are looking forward to meeting even more Casual Runners at future runDisney events in year 2!

3. Jennifer represented the Team at the 2014 Navy-Air Force Half Marathon in Washington, D.C., and our readers loved her review of the event. And, speaking of the American Armed Forces…

2. It appears that our Armed Forces really know how to throw a great race event…coming in at #2 is Mike’s review of the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, D.C. You can see why this race is regarded as one of the best annual marathon events.  You can also check out Part 2 of his review for the rest of the story.

And now, for the most read feature item from our first year of Casual Runner…


Our #1 most-read product review will hopefully get you over your aches and pains and back on the Casual Running trails quickly!

1. Well, our readers must either be injury-prone or really into rehab and recovery, as our #1 piece (by a wide margin), is Jennifer’s product review of Dr. Cool wraps! Seriously, this piece drew more readers than we could have expected from our first true product review.  We guess that means you want to see more product reviews in the future, so it is a good thing we have many more coming your way.

Well, it has been an exciting year for us all, and once again, we thank you for your continued support, and we look forward to having you along as we continue this fun and exciting Casual Running adventure into year two and beyond!

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2 thoughts on “First Anniversary Top Ten Celebration!

  1. Mike

    Thank you everyone for an amazing first year! It has been a great ride and I am very much looking forward to sharing so much more with you all in year 2! – Mike

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