After the 10k race was done earlier in the morning and we had some breakfast we headed into Epcot for a bit for some fast passes we had. But I had to skip out on Soarin’ to head back to the Boardwalk area to get to the Atlantic Dance Hall for the Cigna Blogger / Social Media meet up!
A little while back I was invited (along with many other bloggers and social media folks) to attend a blogger meet up during the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. Cigna is the primary sponsor for the event and they wanted to raise some awareness of the kinds of things they do health wise for their customers (and give some appreciation to the bloggers that cover this event).
I have did a couple posts leading up to the event with information provided by Cigna – the folks in the posts were very inspirational and I am glad I was able to see the info and promote their stories.
It’s great to see that the a race event you love is sponsored by a team that does good work.
I showed up to the event and took a couple photos of the welcome sign (while avoiding standing in front of it so I wouldn’t be in the way of others doing the same thing).
Note: all pictures in this post were taken by the photographer Cigna provided for the event.
Quickly went in, introduced myself, got my name tag and a sticker that told me which team I would be on for the fun and games later. Team Donald!
They had a lovely buffet lunch set out for everyone which was very good. Tasty stuff.
After a short wait we needed to assemble our teams at one of four game stations.
We did that and I was doing so I recognized many folks who I follow on Twitter (some of whom do the same to me).
Below is a list of some of the folks I recognized – it is not a comprehensive list and some of the people there I did not know so I will have missed them:
Be Our Guest podcast, Joyful Miles, Sparkly Runner, Run Steff Run, Weight Off my Shoulders, Elbow Glitter, The Casual Runner, RezRuns (from YouTube), Running Happily Ever After, Run All the Races, Always Running Forward (Justin Stone), Heather Runs 13.1, Half Crazy Mama, Bama Girl Runs, and many more. Sorry to those who I forgot!
We started with 4 games that we rotated through as a team – each one used to highlight various healthy living information.
First 4 games included a sugar packet toss, picking up jacks, stacking cups, and trying to bounce a ping pong ball into empty food cans (hit the healthy ones!). They were all a lot of fun to play around with and each team had a representative that did a timed run to see which team could get the most points.
After that we switched to a trivia game with health and diet questions where you received tokens for each correct answer that added towards your team’s points.
After that it was on to a second set of 4 games: rolling a ping pong ball along a tape measure and into a shot glass, block stacking on a frisbee on your head, apple stacking, and nut (as in nuts and bolts) stacking with chop sticks. Also a great deal of fun.
Next up was a music game where each team had to try to buzz in and complete a line of a song – each of the songs were then used to tie into a health / diet theme.
Once that was all done it was time to tally the scores and see how everyone did. Our team was certain we were last in the scoring based on some of the points we had seen but were stunned when we weren’t!
There was a tie for 2nd place though so we figured that is where we would be…but to our amazement we ended up winning?
We got a cool little medal with Cigna on it for winning and got to have our team picture taken.
The winning team – photo courtesy of Cigna
Next up we had full group pictures taken and then Doctors Mickey and Minnie came out for group and individual photos. Pretty rare characters to see!
We then all lined up and got individual and fun pictures with the characters before we headed out for the day.
Great gift bag from Cigna on our way out as well – a cool little light and a great running belt bag. I didn’t use the bag on the half or full marathon but I will definitely on future races.
A great event – I am happy to have been invited to participate and have some fun with some great people!
After the event I dropped a bunch of stuff in our room and headed back into Epcot to have some more fun with the family. Very busy day!
Thanks Cigna for inviting me!!