A Dream Day with Run Disney


I can’t express how magical this morning was for me to see so many of my passions in life collide together at once. As a former “serious” competitive runner in high school and college and a lover of all things Disney, the chance to run in a Disney Park before it opened was beyond cool and exciting. Simply thrilling! I even teared up with my good friend Renee as we walked in to Epcot and I realized how all that I loved in life was just coming together and happening at once. I can’t wait to run the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday!


I’m here to race the Princess Half Marathon on Sunday and today I attended a Social Media “Tweet Up” about 100 women and Run Disney staff for breakfast and a special morning run with Jeff Galloway and Suzy Favor Hamilton (3 time Olympian).

Unbelievable. As a teenager, Suzy Favor was basically a running idol and legend so getting a chance to meet her and run 2 miles with her through Epcot was crazy. She was spunky, inspiring, and I loved hearing more about her personal story and struggles. I especially love that she has finally found happiness through running now that she only does it for FUN.  She’s also on a mission with Lady Foot Locker to create a giant running movement to inspire women to be more confident, to connect, and to run races across the country. I love the idea and Suzy was magnetic and inspiring.



RunDisney gave us all tiaras at breakfast too! Beautiful!






About Colleen Padilla

Colleen Padilla, the founder and editor of ClassyMommy.com lives in the Philly suburbs and is a full time mom for her 2 children, Mackenzie (7) and Kyle (5). Colleen and the Classy Mommy website have been featured on Fox News, Good Morning America, The New York Times, Parenting Magazine, The New York Post, local Philadelphia ABC, CBS, and NBC programs. Colleen has appeared in a TV special about Alpha Moms on South Korea’s NBC affiliate SBS. She also co-authored The Digital Mom Handbook (HarperCollins).


  1. Stephanie says:

    What a dreams-do-come-true experience, Colleen! Leave it to Disney to create that kind of magic. :)

  2. Jamie says:

    Heading out to Expo — hubby driving. Hope to meet u during race weekend. Great pics.

  3. TOOO fun :D Can’t wait to arrive!!!

  4. Heather says:

    This is SO cool Col!!! You’re motivating me to try the 5K next year. Can’t wait to see more updates. Enjoy!

  5. Sharyn says:

    Sounds like you are definitely having a ball and in true Disney Spirit!! Keep it going girl!

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