Mustangs ready to run with Mickey

Anna Stock – Mustangs Ahead

sports logo(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – This upcoming weekend LRHS distance runners Mason Ingallinera, Anna Stock, Emma Paliotta, and Aurora Melzar will be racing in the Disney Half Marathon. The race will take place Saturday, Jan. 11 and will run through Disney World into Magic Kingdom and Epcot parks.

Athletes will be traveling to Orlando after school on Friday for packet pick up and prepare for the race. The race will start in the Epcot parking lot at 5:30 a.m.

Every year, Disney holds seven racing weekends spread throughout the year. This weekend is the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend with four individual events hosted over four days which include the 5k, 10k, half marathon, and marathon.

The events are posted months in advance and sell out within days.  An estimated 160,000 people attend these races with 73 countries said to be represented.

“This is my second time participating in a Disney run. I’m not going out to race it, so I don’t get injured for track season, but I will be treating it as a fun distance run,” senior Ingallinera stated. “I’m super excited to be able to experience it with my teammates and to run through Disney.”

Although it’s an exciting time for all the runners, it will be Paliotta’s first Disney Run experience.

“I’m beyond excited. Not only is this my first Disney Run but it’s my first time ever going to Disney.” junior Paliotta said. “I can’t wait to spend the weekend running with my friends and exploring Disney. It’s all so exciting.”

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