Thousands Smile with Joy as They Cross the Finish Line on Day One of the 2019 Spring Disney Inspiration Run at Shanghai
The enchanting spring race weekend allowed participants of all ages to come together and enjoy an extraordinary first day of fun and fitness across the resortApril 14,2019

Shanghai, April 13, 2019 – The fun-filled 2019 Spring Disney Inspiration Run got off to a flying start at Shanghai Disney Resort this weekend, with the return of the popular 3.5km and 5km events in addition to a brand-new Kids Run, followed by a 10km run on Sunday. Thousands of runners of all ages gathered for this unique Disney sports event, immersing themselves in a magical world of fun and fitness across Shanghai Disney Resort.

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Leadership from Shanghai Disney Resort, SKECHERS, the Presenting Participant for the 2019 Spring Disney Inspiration Run and CITIZEN, the new long-term sponsor of the Disney Inspiration Run and the Official Special Participant of this spring’s run, officiated the starting ceremony of today’s 3.5km and 5km races. As soon as the events got underway, runners set off on a magical journey full of Disney entertainment and natural beauty as they ran through Shanghai Disneyland and Disneytown.

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The 2019 Spring Disney Inspiration Run features three traditional running routes – 3.5km, 5km and 10km – and a newly introduced Disney Inspiration Kids Run, allowing participants of different ages and fitness levels to take part in and enjoy picturesque views and legendary entertainment from start to finish. A special group of wheelchair users and visually impaired participants also embraced the race weekend, enjoying the unique running experience while also challenging themselves in a fun and healthy way.

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Along the courses, beloved Disney characters including Zootopia’s Nick and Judy, as well as Duffy and his friends made surprise appearances and cheered participants on every step of the way. Avengers superheroes including Captain Marvel, Black Widow and Doctor Strange, as well as Inside Out’s Joy and Sadness, and Coco’s Miguel also made their debut appearance at a Disney Inspiration Run, with Mickey and pals once again meeting runners at the finish line to celebrate the completion of this momentous occasion.

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Over 7,500 participants crossed the finish line in Disneytown for today’s 3.5km and 5km races. The winners of the 5km run were Zhu Baojun from Hangzhou and Bella Jiang from Shanghai. An awarding ceremony was hosted at Disneytown, joined by thousands of runners and leadership from Shanghai Disney Resort, SKECHERS, CITIZEN, and Kang Shifu, the official water sponsor of this event. Tomorrow, the resort will once again welcome another several thousand participants as they set off on their magical 10km course.  

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The first-ever Disney Inspiration Kids Run at Wishing Star Park today also welcomed young guests aged between two and five years old from 10 am to 4 pm. Over 600 young guests participated in the event, with their parents cheering them on for a fantastic family day out at the resort. Beloved characters from the popular Toy Story movies, Woody and Jessie, also stood along the course, encouraging the young runners and sharing the magic of Disney with all in attendance.  

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All participants who completed today’s courses were presented with a Disney Character-themed medal to help them cherish the memories of today’s events. The 3.5km and 5km run medals featured Donald and Goofy, while young participants who crossed the finish line at the Kids Run were awarded with a uniquely designed medal featuring Mickey and Pluto. Those who cross the finish line for tomorrow’s 10km course will also be presented with a special Mickey medal.

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Building on the success of last year’s inaugural event, the 2019 Spring Disney Inspiration Run provided participants with an extra layer of magical experiences while continuing to showcase the heritage of Disney-themed running events and the resort’s longstanding commitment to promoting health, fitness and active lifestyles.