The Casual Runner

CR Mailbag: September 2016

Greetings Casual Runners! We are sad to say it, but summer is on its way out, but we are happy to say that Fall race season is upon us! We’ve been hearing from a lot of Casual Runners, and it certainly does seem as though you are all logging some great training miles. Best of luck as you work towards your personal running goals!

Before we turn the page on the calendar yet again, lets take a moment to open up the Casual Runner Mailbag!

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Food & Wine Festival Fun! 

Candace shared the Must-Do’s at this year’s Epcot International Food and Wine Festival in Walt Disney World. For those of you running the 2016 runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, you will have a chance to check out the last week of the Festival and all of the fun it has to offer.

Jenny from Maryland, who ran 2 previous Wine and Dine Half Marathons, shared this:

“LOVE the Food & Wine festival. The running is a great balance to the food & drink. 🙂 Sorry I’ll miss it this year, and have a great time with Lumiere’s Challenge!”


We are sorry you won’t be joining us this year as well…is it too early to start convincing you to join us for Wine & Dine 2017?

Janene from Pennsylvania, already enlisted Candace’s help to show her the must-do’s at this year’s Festival:

“Great article! We are lucky that she will be with us during that time!”

If you are like Janene and will b e heading down to Walt Disney World for this year’s runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon, check out more of our coverage of this great event:
Our look at all of the changes and additions to this year’s event
2013: FULL Wine and Dine Half Marathon Race Review: Part 1 & Part 2
2014: The infamous rain soaked “Splash & Dash” (Race Review: Part 1 & Part 2)
2015: The weather-shortened “half of a half” marathon 
runDisney’s commitment to putting runner safety first and foremost

We answered a reader’s question on whether you should you buy an after party ticket


Race Day Tips for Everyone

The CR Team pulled from our own experiences to share some race day tips that Casual Runners may not think of…until it is too late!

Kaya and Sarah both took to our Facebook page to thank us for these tips. We wish the both of you the best of luck, and please let us know how your races go.


Rock ON! Casual Runners!

Mike’s race review of the 2016 Rock Hall Half Marathon in Cleveland, Ohio got a LOT of views, as in, a LOT. We guess there is something about mixing half marathons, rock and roll, and a great course to peak our readers interest!

Monica Mike-Simko had this to say:

“Love the article. This was my first year–I thought it was a great course!! I’ll be returning next year for sure.”

Molly Thomas added:

“Great review! I did the 5k and my boyfriend did the half, also a last minute decision on our part to run. Hit the nail on the head with your suggestions but overall it was a good time and the humidity was worth it for those medals!!”


Matthew Muttillo, who had the chance to speak with Mike before the race, shared these thoughts:

“Great review Mike! I don’t know if you remember me but I chatted with you for a bit in line for the bathroom just before the start of the race. I came from Rome, NY (about an hour from Syracuse) for the race. Glad to hear you made it through okay. It was a humid one! Good luck to you and your lady with your future races. Hopefully the next PR comes soon!”

Thanks everyone, and congrats on running great races, it sounds like you all enjoyed yourselves at this event. Remember, if you see any of our CR Team at a race, be sure to say hi, we love to meet fellow Casual Runners.


Sibling Shout-Out!

Candace shared some tips on how to spot runDisney runners at local races. These are the same tips that led her to meet Stacy, a fellow runDisney runner who became one of her impromptu in-race running buddies. This did not go unnoticed by Stacy’s sister, Kelle Anne, from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, who had this to share:

“Great article and my sister rocks… Thanks for running with her at Run & Ride.”

 IMG_6949Thanks Kelle Anne! Candace certainly agrees with your assessment of your sister, and we are sure Stacy appreciates you having her back!

Well, that is going to have to do it for this installment of the Casual Runner mailbag. We have a great lineup of articles coming your way in October, so be sure to stay tuned, and, don’t worry, we will be back next month with another edition of the Casual Runner Mailbag.

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Enjoy the freedom of going wherever your feet, imagination, & determination take you!

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Enjoy the freedom of going wherever your feet, imagination, & determination take you!