Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Video: Walt Disney World Marathon - Run For Avery, the Mark Fitzgerald Story

Mark Fitzgerald ran the 2010 Walt Disney Marathon to celebrate the life of his youngest daughter and the technology used to save her life. Avery Fitzgerald, now one year old, was born with her umbilical cord wrapped and knotted around her neck. Doctors in Denver used new technology, a hypothermic cooling blanket developed by Cincinnati Sub-Zero to assist her recovery and save her life. To honor his daughter and raise awareness for cooling blanket technology, Fitzgerald pledged to run three marathons, 78 miles, which represent the 78 hours his daughter was treated in a cooling blanket. He completed marathons in his hometown of Philadelphia and his current community of Denver. Fitzgerald's dream came true on Sunday when he celebrated with little Avery and the entire family after completing this years Walt Disney World Marathon.

The Endurance Series at Walt Disney World Resort gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way around the world. From marathons to road races to triathlons, athletes from across the country and around the world compete to stay in shape, achieve personal best times and raise donations for charitable causes. Popular Endurance Series events are the Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon (Jan. 6-9, 2011), Champion 5k at ESPN the Weekend (Feb. 27, 2010), Disneys Princess Half Marathon Weekend (March 5-7, 2010), Expedition Everest Challenge (June 12, 2010) and the inaugural Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (Oct. 1-2, 2010). Please visit http://www.disneyenduranceseries.com for more information and follow us on Twitter @DisneySports for daily updates.