Mom and daughter on Expedition Everest
  • On Dec 4, 2011
    Janet from PE Asked

    My 24 year old autistic son with atypical communication is running the Disney Marathon in Jan. 2012. Is there someone I can meet with at the Marathon Expo to ensure his needs at the start & finish line are accommodated so he does not get lost etc?

    Hi, Janet!

    What an accomplishment for your son? Congratulations to you both.

    Your best bet, I think, will be to make contact with someone at runDisney in advance of race day. This way, you'll be able to provide all relevant information and details about your runner and his needs, and someone from Endurance will have sufficient time to make arrangements for you all.

    Start by filling out their online contact form. They are very good about responding in a reasonable amount of time.

    The telephone number at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is 407 938 3398.

    Should those two approaches not prove successful, you might try to contact one of the personnel affiliated with the races. One local store - Track Shack - is extremely involved with runDisney; its owner, in fact, has been the Director of the Marathon since its inaugural year (1994). Contact them through their Events number: 407 896 1160.

    Let me know if I ca be of any further help to you and your runner.

    See you later, celebrator!
    -Deborah B.
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Meet the Panelist: Deborah, Florida

As a Florida native, my life has always included Walt Disney World. Now I share that magic with my husband and my sons, ages seven and eight. In between trips to the World, I teach for the Department of English at the University of South Florida. Learn More About Deborah

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