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WDW Marathon Weekend 2015 Wheelchair Racing Report! 058


Mike and Kerry, two wheelchair racing participants, share their 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon stories.



Kerry Kingdon

Kerry is from San Lorenzo, California. She is a runDisney veteran who completed the “Dopey Challenge” using a push rim wheelchair. That’s  5K, 10K, Half- and Full Marathons in one weekend!



 Mike Greer

Mike is from Ontario, Canada. He is new to runDisney and completed the 5K and 10K races using a push rim wheelchair.

Both Mike and Kerry discuss these aspects of wheelchair racing at Disney events:

  • Planning for a runDisney trip
  • Availability (or lack thereof) of pre-race information for wheelchair racing participants for the WDW Marathon Weekend
  • Racing wheelchair equipment
  • Nutrition and hydration during wheelchair
  • Weather and race clothing considerations
  • Race day transportation for wheelchair racing participants
  • Training
  • Motivation
  • The atmosphere of support and encouragement for wheelchair participants at Disney racing events

For information on Disney marathons and running events, visit the official website, runDisney.

You can connect with Kerry Kingdon on Facebook, or visit her blog, Dare to Be. You can hear more about Kerry and her runDisney experience in this past episode, You Can Run Disney in a Wheelchair!

You can connect with Mike Greer on Facebook and Twitter. He is a contributing writer at You can hear more from Mike in this past episode, Cruising with OI and a Wheelchair on the Disney Cruise Line.

You can also connect with Kerry, Mike and a bunch of enthusiastic Disney fans with a variety of special needs on Facebook in our Private Discussion Group. Simply leave a comment on our page and I will contact you!

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“Never Give Up!” Sarah Kate’s Triumph at the Disney Kids One Mile Run – 037

“Never Give Up!” Sarah Kate’s Triumph at the Disney Kids One Mile Run – 037

Kathy talks with Sarah Kate, a spunky eleven year-old girl with Cerebral Palsy. Sarah Kate’s refusal to quit inspired a standing ovation as she crossed the finish line of the Kids One Mile Run during the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon Weekend this past February, 2014. If this story of guts and determination doesn’t give you goose bumps, then nothing will!

2014/63 - Disney Princess 1-Mile (11 of 12)


Here is the Blog Post about Sarah Kate’s One Mile Run at Bringing the Sunshine, where her mom, Andi Sligh,  blogs about “Life with a Double Dose of Special (Needs)” Sarah Kate was born with Cerebral Palsy and her brother, Nathan, with Down Syndrome. While you are there, download her FREE e-book for parents of special-needs children, There’s Sunshine Behind the Clouds.

Here is the link to Bringing the Sunshine on Facebook.

If you require accommodation at a runDisney event, The runDisney team can be reached by emailing or calling 407-938-3398. Please do so at least 90 days prior to your event!

EDITED, 6/20/14:  Here is the article and video by runDisney we mentioned during the show!

“I’m a Runner, I’m a Champion” — I runDisney!



Tip of the Week:

Boat Service is available in several locations throughout the Magic Kingdom area of the Walt Disney World Resort. Accessibility varies according to location. The Magic Kingdom ferry transports passengers between the Ticket and Transportation Center and the Magic Kingdom. Smaller boats connect the Magic Kingdom Area resorts (Fort Wilderness, Contemporary/Bay Lake Tower, Wilderness Lodge/Villas, Grand Floridian/Villas, and The Polynesian.) Wheelchairs and strollers must be folded up and carried on board and no ECVs are allowed. It’s important to know that you may need to step either up or down into the boat depending on water levels.

ECVs can be accommodated on the motor cruisers that run from the Magic Kingdom to Fort Wilderness and the Wilderness Lodge/Villas unless water levels are too low. In this case, signs will be posted on the docks.

Alternative transportation is available via bus or monorail, depending upon resort.


To all my listeners who sent me messages of support and encouragement during my son’s recent hospitalization, you have my deepest thanks and appreciation. I am so very grateful to have such abundant love and friendship in my life!

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Autism Means Friendship with Tommy Des Brisay! 031

Elite Paralympic Athlete and YouTube sensation, Tommy Des Brisay (and his mom) join Kathy to kick off Autism Awareness Month on the Special Mouse podcast. We discuss Tommy’s autism and his lifelong love of Disney, his service dog, Adele, and his Disney’s Frozen meet ‘n greet video that got over one million views on YouTube!

Tommy with Anna and Elsa

Tommy with Anna and Elsa

Tommy is an accomplished athlete with Autism from Ottawa, Canada. He has an Autism Assistance Dog guide, Adel. He trains with the Ottawa Lions. Tommy’s Personal Bests are: 1500m 4:23 3000m 9:21 5k- 16:32 10k- 33:54 Half Marathon 1:14:56. A T-20 (Intellectual Disability) Para-Athlete, he’s training towards competing at the Paralympic and World level. Tommy’s also a Nordic skier, kayaker, rock climber, sailor, horserider, swimmer, canoeist and mountain biker. He loves Disney, YouTube, and Facebook. Tommy could read/type words before he began to speak at about age seven. The subtitles of Disney movies helped him develop language. Tommy inspires through his determination and enthusiasm! The YouTube channel lookyus educates about Autism and allows viewers to appreciate all that a person with Autism has to share with others.

Here are the two videos mentioned during the podcast:

“Frozen” Characters Anna & Elsa meet Tommy in Norway
Olaf “In Summer” Parody: The First Fastest Runner

Visit Tommy Des Brisay’s website Autism Means Friendship.


This episode of Special Mouse is sponsored by Amy at UP AND UP TRAVEL.

Up & Up Travel is a dedicated Disney Travel Agency where we focus on partnering with our clients to create magical family vacations that truly realize their full potential. We take pride in having the most up to date & helpful information for every client need. Please let us know how we can best serve your family!  ~Amy


The Special Mouse Tip of the Week has to do with safety in the theme parks. Parents of non-verbal children with Autism often worry about becoming separated. A Runner’s ID is a good way to provide Cast Members with information about the child should he or she become separated from parents. As it says on the website, “If you can’t speak for yourself, your Road ID will speak for you.”


Please visit our Chat Room on Thursday nights, 8pm EST to connect with other listeners of the show.

Thanks for listening!

~ Kathy

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Disney-with-Special-Needs Blogging Bonanza! – 030

Kathy shares excerpts from a dozen unofficial Disney-themed blogs written from a special needs point of view.


Here are the links to all of the blogs mentioned in our “Blogging Bonanza” episode! I hope you will enjoy discovering some new Disney blogs and re-visiting some old favorites!

The Many Adventures of a Disney-Lovin’ Spectrum Mom – Kathy Kelly – Autism, Walt Disney World
The Autistic World of Disney – Jackie Psarianos – Autism, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World
DIStherapy – Didi Marie – Autism, runDisney, Disneyland
Mousecation – Laurie Smith – Special Diets and Disney Dining Reviews
Orlando Informer Blog – Special Needs are Universal – Debi Dane – Mobility, wheelchair, Universal Studios, Walt Disney World, Cognitive Disabilities
Pixie Dust Girls – Ellen Gerstein – Autism, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney World
Return to Disney – Tricia Ballad – Autism, Walt Disney World
Rolling with the Magic – Melissa Knight Coulter – wheelchair accessibility, Walt Disney World, Disneyland
Temporary Tourist – Aunesty Janssen – Autism, Walt Disney World
WDW Dreamin’ – Amy Hughes – Autism, Walt Disney World, Disneyland
Wishing Well Travel Blog – Tabitha Nixon – Disabilities, Walt Disney World
Wishes and Pixie Dust – Mark & Jen Vitek – Autism, Walt Disney World
Fort Friends: Camping with Disabilities – Ed Russell – Fort Wilderness Camping, wheelchair runDisney
Dare to Be – Kerry Kingdon – wheelchair runDisney

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Please visit Up and Up Travel, the preferred travel agency of the Special Mouse podcast, for your free Disney vacation quote and exclusive savings offers for listeners of the show! Call 1-877-WDW-WISH or email

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Thank you for listening! Please join me for Real-Time Disney and special-needs chat in our CHAT ROOM on Thursday nights at 8pm, EST. Just click on the CHAT ROOM tab, above. Find me on Social Media by clicking the tabs in the sidebar, right.

Bye for now,

~ Kathy

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You Can runDisney in a Wheelchair!

Two runDisney wheelchair athletes join Kathy in this Listener Tea Party episode! We discuss the unique racing experience provided by runDisney events at both Disneyland and Walt Disney World, accommodations for wheelchair participants, training/nutrition/hydration concerns, favorite runDisney memories and advice for listeners considering participating in a runDisney event as wheelchair athletes. Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Tinkerbell Half Marathon Weekend – Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend – Expedition Everest Challenge – Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror Ten Miler Weekend – Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend – Team AllEars
You can connect with today’s guests on facebook.comKerry Kingdon and Ed Russell.
Visit for complete information about Disney marathons and events.
Recommended podcasts: Mickey Miles Podcast and the Let’s Run Disney Podcast.
We’re headed out to sea on the Disney Cruise Line for the Special Mouse Tip of the Week! Children with special needs are always welcome at the kids’ activity programs on board DCL ships. However, one-on-one supervision by counselors is not available. The Youth Activities Open House sessions allow parents and older siblings to visit the Oceaneer Club and Oceaneer Lab with a special-needs child to tour the areas and participate in activities with the child, allowing children with complex needs or the need for individual supervision to partake in the fun of these themed, kid-centered areas.
For more information, visit
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