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Despite COVID, ACS runners create Disney magic

​More than $60,000 raised so far.

This year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend DetermiNation Team raised more than $61,000, despite the race pivoting to a virtual format and no longer being held at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida. 

Most notably, out of a team of 42 runners, half of the members raised more than $1,000 individually, and team members, Caryn Coulombe and John Parish, remarkably, each raised more than $5,000, with donations continuing to come in!

From Jan. 7-10, this incredible group of runners spread enthusiasm, passion for the ACS mission, and joy (also, pixie dust) all over the country. 

Sporting their DetermiNation gear, their ACS dedication ribbons, and their Disney themed costumes, they woke up early, strapped on their running shoes, and proved that cancer is no match for this team.

Some ran from their own neighborhoods, others from their treadmill, and a few runners even flew down to Walt Disney World Resort and organized their own race courses around Orlando and socially distant meet-ups with other ACS runners.

There were improvised character meet and greets, and cheer stations filled with devoted  family members and friends wearing their masks, instead of usual large crowds of spectators. There were no shortage of encouraging and inspirational posts all over the Team DetermiNation: Official runDisney Facebook group all weekend.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend takes place every January and includes a Disney-themed 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Full Marathon. Especially avid fans of these events train hard to accomplish the miraculous feat that is the Dopey Challenge, which includes all 4 races, 4 days in a row, for a total of 48.6 miles.

Other runDisney events include Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, and Star Wars Rival Run Weekend. For more information, visit

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