~ 3.5” Virtual Run Medal
~ Includes Dye Sublimation Lanyard and a
~ Team RWB Charity Donation
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!
Who is Ken and why does he have his own Virtual Run World medal?
Ken and I are members of the Facebook group, Team #runDisney. This is a group who love all things running and Disney. 🙂 Ken, who just happens to be an everyday superhero, posts in the group many times a week. Ken motivates all with his great photos, inspirational quotes, and run statistics. We follow Ken on his training and event runs, tagged as #kenthumbsup. You can always look forward to a positive Ken reply when he compliments the numerous walkers and runners on their own fitness posts. Whether they just finished a training run struggling each mile, or completed their first PR at a local event. It doesn’t matter, Ken is there making his positive comments and giving a “#KenThumbsUp” to them for their efforts. The influence of his #kenthumbsup grew and grew to where other group members were recognizing Ken at runDisney and other events he attended. A trend started on posing for a photo with the now popular Ken, giving a “thumbs up” and tagging it #kenthumbsup.
We contacted Ken through the Facebook group to express our support of his continued positive, motivational influence to the members of Team #runDisney. Wanting to spread the word and help continue his motivation, we worked with Ken to create a special medal to commemorate his efforts and raise money for Team RWB, Ken’s chosen charity.
All proceeds from the #KenThumbsUp medal will go to Team RWB. With this medal, you now have the opportunity to earn a #KenThumbsUp too!
Through our in depth research into the hero status of Ken, we have found some weird Disney trivia and historic “Ken Thumbs Up” information. Please read on. We have suspected that Ken had a time machine for sometime now. We believe it’s located on Cinderella’s Golden Carrousel in Magic Kingdom, which was renamed in 2010 to Prince Charming Regal Carrousel, Ken’s influence? The carrousel was originally built by the Philadelphia Toboggan Company in 1917 and purchased by Walt Disney in 1967. One of the horses on the carrousel, which has yet to be determined, transports Ken to different time periods.
Why does Ken travel back in time?
To make the world a better place, of course. Ken encourages positive motivation of the masses with his simple, but effective, thumbs up gesture. The iconic #KenThumbsUp has been positively influencing numerous world leaders and events throughout history and into the future and this is not even counting the numerous runners associated with Team #runDisney.
It is apparent that Ken makes the world a better place. In order to support Ken in motivating people, help in his time travels and to raise money for his chosen charity, all proceeds from the #KenThumbsUp medal by Virtual Run World will go to Team RWB.
In order to help motivate you, we decided to ask Ken what motivates him? We were curious on what encourages Ken, the positive runner that he is. So we have asked Ken some random questions to gain some historical insight on his positive demeanor.
Which Disney character best describes you? Why?
Ken: Peter Pan. He is very encouraging and adventurous, and constantly pursues new things. Peter Pan makes you believe that anything is positive if you trust in your own abilities to succeed.
Hypothetically, let’s say there is a “time machine” on the Prince Charming Regal Carrousel. Although Disney World officials have denied the existence of such a time machine, if you did travel back in time, who in history would you most like to meet and give a #KenThumbsUp and why?
Ken: If I could travel back in time, I would definitely give a #kenthumbsup to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He created a movement that advanced changes for the civil rights of all people throughout the United States. His influence has made it possible for me to pursue my dreams, and learn in an environment that is fully integrated.
What is your favorite runDisney event and what makes it special?
Ken: My favorite runDisney event is the Princess Half Marathon. This was the first race weekend where I met people that where following my running journey on Facebook. I was honored and humbled by all the people that appreciated the training that I did to prepare for my races.
What is your favorite Disney ride? Why?
Ken: Spaceship Earth in Epcot is my favorite ride. It is the first ride that I rode during my first trip to Walt Disney World in the mid 1980s. The ride brings me back to my childhood.
It is argued that this song is the single most performed and most translated piece of music on Earth. If, or when you had traveled back in time to the 1964 New York World’s Fair, would you make any changes for the ride, “It’s a Small World”?
Ken: “It’s a Small World” is a timeless ride. It and the soundtrack throughout the ride gives us the hope and optimism that we as a society can live together in peace and harmony. Anyone can ride it and understand the meaning and message that the ride is conveying.
You are raising money for Team RWB charity through the #KenThumbsUp medal? Why makes this charity special to you?
Ken: Team Red, White and Blue helps our military veterans that served our nation proudly transition into the civilian world. It provides services and activities for veterans to make this transition easier and enjoyable. Team RWB encourages people to be positive and healthy. Most of all, Team RWB shows camaraderie through it’s training, athletic events, and public service activities. If you ever need encouragement in a racing event, there will be a member wearing the Team RWB shirt yelling back to you “Eagle Up”!
What do you view as the scariest ride at Disney World? Why?
Ken: Mission Space in Epcot. I am claustrophobic. Being in a tight and confined area for an extended period of time is not my idea of fun. Also, it is the one ride that gives me the feeling of “blacking out” and losing consciousness.
Being an international world traveler, what is your favorite place to eat at Epcot?
Ken: My favorite place to eat in Epcot is Restaurant Marrakesh at the Morocco Pavilion. It is the one restaurant that captures the authenticity of a country’s cuisine. Also, it provides good live music and belly dancing!
When running a runDisney event, what are some of your tips for making a great event even better, keeping in mind we all can’t travel back in time to run it over and over and have to get it right the first time?
Ken: First of all, have fun! You have done all the hard work and planning during your numerous training sessions. If you trained correctly, your body is prepared to go all the miles at your race. Enjoy every second of your experience at a runDisney event. Do not think about setting personal best records. If you run that best race of the day, it will happen and the personal best record will follow. Take lots of pictures before, during and after the race. There will be lots of memories that you will have at the race. It is best to captures those moment and memories with photos and videos! You are never alone at a runDisney event. These races give you an opportunity to make new friends, meet with people that you have been following in social media, and talk with people that you have common interests with. Thank all the volunteers. They take time out of their busy lives to make this event magical for all the runners.
Once you have completed a runDisney event, what is your favorite Disney place to go?
Ken: I do not have a particular place on Disney property that is my “go to” place after a runDisney event. I just like going around the Disney property proudly wearing my finisher medal relaxing and enjoying the rest of my day.
The French fairytale written by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and technology shown in the movie of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast seems to be set in the time period between 1740 and 1870. Based on your time travels, can you provide insight on the year?
Ken: To me, Beauty and The Beast seems to have occurred in 1760. The year definitely had to been before the American Revolution and the French Revolution.
Also in Beauty and the Beast, the song “Be Our Guest” featured countless dishes and platters. Lumiere implores Belle to “try the grey stuff,” it’s delicious. Do you like the grey stuff? Is it delicious and do you have a recipe?
Ken: I have a confession…….I have never tried the Grey Stuff! Here’s another confession…..I have never had a meal at Be Our Guest yet 🙂
More than 1.6 million turkey legs are consumed at Disney parks every year. Are these good for runners? Are you a turkey leg fan?
Ken: I personally would not eat turkey legs during a race because I would not be able to comfortably digest it and continue running. I have enjoyed eating turkey legs when I am not running. I actually enjoy eating the pork shank at Gaston’s Tavern even more. Sadly, I hear that pork shank is not being served there now 🙁
What is your favorite #KenThumbsUp fan moment?
Ken: When I waited in Corral J of the 2015 Princess Half Marathon, I met a group of runners that followed my running journey. From that point, we all became good friends and continue to follow each other on Facebook. We have nickname for our group: “The Jazzy J’s”.
3.5” Virtual Run Medal
Includes Dye Sublimation Lanyard and a
Team RWB Charity Donation
THANK YOU TO ALL WHO PARTICIPATED!