Sunday, November 6, 2016

Jason Simpson and Giovanna Martins set records at Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

Olympic medalist Jenny Simpson took second place among women in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon at Disney World on Nov. 6, and her husband, Jason, shattered the record in 13.1-mile race as the couple visited Disney World during a family vacation.

An estimated 14,000 runners participated in half marathon and raced through Animal Kingdom and Epcot. For the first time in race history, the half marathon race took place during morning hours.
Disney Publicity photo
Olympian Jenny Simpson celebrates her husband, Jason Simpson, after he set a 
record for the 13.1-mile Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon with a winning time 
of 1:10:24. Giovanna Martins of Brazil set a race record among women with a time
of 1:20:20. Jenny Simpson finished with a time of 1:21:23.

"I worked my tail off to make this all happen,’’ Simpson said in a statement released by Disney. She coordinated the family trip from her home in Boulder, Colo.

 “Winning the bronze medal (in the 1,500 meters in Rio this summer) was great, but this is really, really amazing. It was just so much fun to be in the environment where I grew up here in Orlando and at Disney and especially being around all of the (Disney) characters and my friends. It was a lot of fun.’’

Simpson was using the race as a training run as early preparation for the World Championships next summer,.

Jason Simpson posted a time of 1:10:24 – more than a minute quicker than the previous mark of 1:11:47.

Disney publicity photo
Top women’s finisher Giovanna Martins of Brazil, crosses the finish line at the Disney Wine & Dine Half 
Marathon with a winning time of 1:20:20. Martins now holds the top winning time in the female division 
for the 13.1-mile race. 

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