From the Disney Parks Blog and written by: Darrell Fry
Happy Father’s Day!
As people across the globe celebrate dad today, we at runDisney are reminded of the many wonderful dads who have participated in our runDisney races. In particular, we can never forget the dad who literally went the extra mile for his son when the two participated in the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side presented by OtterBox here at Walt Disney World Resort in April.
Timothy Spicer ran alongside his son Hunter as part of Hunter’s recovery from a car accident six years ago that involved head injuries that required him to relearn everyday activities, such as walking and eating. As Hunter continued to grow in strength, he and his dad began running local 5Ks, 10Ks and half marathons together. In April 2016, they signed up to conquer the power of the Dark Side and ran the inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Challenge together.
But for the father-son duo, the race weekend was about more than conquering the 19.3-mile challenge. After completing the 10K and half marathon races that year, Hunter told his father, “Dad, this is going to be our race to run together,” as a triumph over his accident. Since then, Hunter and Timothy have participated in all the Star Wars Dark Side race weekends, and the entire Spicer family joins them at Walt Disney World Resort to celebrate Hunter’s recovery and enjoy their special family time together.
Check out the video below to see Hunter’s inspiring journey with his father during this year’s Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side weekend.
For more information about upcoming runDisney races, such as the Disneyland Paris Magic Run Weekend, September 20-23, and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, Nov. 1-4, please visit www.rundisney.com. For updates, follow runDisney on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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