New this year is the Dopey Challenge, which will see runners covering 48.6 miles and four parks in four days. Pretty sure you have to be Dopey to even consider doing it, which is probably how the race got its name.
Then again, Walt Disney once said, “if you can dream it you can do it,” something every runDisney runner knows to be true.
Sean Astin agrees, and will be amid the sea of running shoes and happy thoughts this year.
The Lord of the Rings actor is an avid long-distance runner, having run four L.A. Marathons, the San Francisco Marathon and the Chicago Marathon, along with numerous 5ks, 10ks and more. He’s also the founder behind a project called Team #Run3rd® – an inspirational Twitter campaign that shares dedications made on behalf of people’s loved ones, causes and ideas.
We sat down to talk more about what inspires him to run, along with what moves him to do it at the Happiest Place on Earth.
“I love running,” he says. “Every time I lace up my shoes, I know I’m doing something good for my life. Every time I sign up for a race, I know that I’m setting a good example for my family. Every time I read a #run3rd dedication I know I’m doing something important. Running makes me a better everything.”
“I am constantly learning new things throughout my journey as a runner,” he adds, “and Disney races are special. I love that I can be completely at peace and yet simultaneously connected to 30,000 other people at the same time. Disney magic is wonderful, and it really brings joy to an already meaningful activity.”
Astin has only run in Disneyland-based races to date, but hopes to run all runDisney races in the future.
Photo credits: Disney Parks, runDisney