I was invited to a media event and received a park ticket in exchange for writing this post. All opinions are my own. 

A couple of weeks ago, you may have noticed a million tweets and Instagram posts being shared from Disneyland Resort showing all of the excitement during the 2017 Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend. This RunDisney event is held annually and Cigna was the presenting sponsor of the weekend.cigna-run-together-starting-lineCigna provided some useful fitness and nutrition tips to participants in the weeks leading up to the marathon weekend. Whether a runner, walker, or cyclist, participants can utilize these tips as a way to help accomplish their race goals.cigna-run-together-2For me, someone who hasn’t had a lot of race training, I really appreciated some of the tips and insight I found on their Facebook page and the way they tied in with  Cigna’s “Go. Know. Take Control”., a campaign which reminds people how important it is get an annual check-up, know your vital numbers, and take control of your health for good.cigna-run-together-paradiseThe Cigna Blogger Meet-Up was held at Disney’s Grand California and began with a healthy lunch and a whole lot of photo taking. (because that’s what bloggers do.) cigna-run-together-group-selfie-1We were placed into character teams, (I got to be on Team Donald), to collaborate a little bit before we were released into Disney’s California Adventure Park to compete in the “Cigna Great Race”!cigna-run-together-donald-tsum-tsumDespite the fact that it was 99 degrees that day plus it was humid, our team really rallied through Disney’s California Adventure Park like a bunch of champs!99-degreesAs we continued to check off challenges and intersections, I really felt the support from my “Team Donald” teammates. Whether it was completing a challenge where we had to collaborate with another team in the race or just completing tasks and intersections within our own group, I always felt encouraged by the others. cigna-great-race-intersectionThe RunDisney community seems to be comprised of people who unconditionally support each other. It’s a great group to be hanging around with. cigna-run-together-team-donald-jumpingAlthough I wasn’t running the Disneyland Half Marathon that weekend, I admired those who did complete it, especially in the (almost) unbearable weather condition which didn’t let up through the weekend.cigna-run-together-challenge-7Team Donald didn’t “win” the Cigna Great Race, but I still came out feeling a sense of accomplishment and made some new friends along the way.cigna-run-together-paradiseAfter we were done, we headed back at The Grand for some afternoon treats while they tallied up who the winners would be. We also had a couple of surprise guests appear in the event room!cigna-run-together-mickey-and-minnieMickey and Minnie were wearing their best race outfits and were ready for photos with everyone! I even got to take my very own photo with them. How magical is that? The Cigna Blogger Meetup was so much fun and I feel lucky to have been invited!

I can’t wait to see what’s in store for the RunDisney Walt Disney World® Half Marathon, January 3-7, 2018, which is also presented by Cigna. Will you be participating in that one? I’ll be there!  For more information about Cigna’s Go. Know. Take Control. campaign, go here.

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