Double Amputee was the 4th Runner to Cross the Finish Line in the Disney Princess Half Marathon

Hard work pays off and Marko Cheseto is the perfect example of this! Check out his triumphant story that unfolded at the Disney Princess Half Marathon in Walt Disney World. Video and details below from DisneyParksBlog:


Marko Cheseto celebrated with some joyful dance moves after being the fourth runner to cross the finish line at the Disney Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort this past weekend. For him, finishing fourth was almost like winning, given that 11 years ago the Orlando-based runner lost both of his feet to frostbite. 

Marko Cheseto at the Disney Princess Half Marathon

Born in Kenya, Cheseto moved to the United States to run competitively at the University of Alaska-Anchorage. He had to have both feet amputated after getting lost for three days in the woods during a run, during which it snowed more than a foot. Cheseto didn’t let that stop him from doing what he loves, though. He was fitted for running blades and continues to run competitively, holding the double amputee marathon world record of 2:42:24. 

Marko Cheseto at the Disney Princess Half Marathon

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“The only disability we have as human beings is the way we think,” Cheseto said after finishing the Disney Princess Half Marathon in 1:17:45 this morning. “But a physical disability that we have does not prevent one from achieving great things in life.”

The Disney Princess Half Marathon was one step on his journey to his next marathon, the Boston Marathon in April. He said running through the Walt Disney World theme parks was an incredible experience, especially running past icons like Cinderella Castle. 

The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend was truly enchanting, from the Moana-themed 5K on Friday, to the Pocahontas-themed 10K on Saturday, and the Cinderella-themed Half Marathon on Sunday. Sunday’s winner, Kelly Wehman from Georgia, finished the half marathon with a time of 1:24:26, inspired by her 6-year-old son’s journey through Down syndrome and cancer.

“He’s my hero,” she said, after crossing the finish line. “That’s what I think about when I’m running. That’s what pushes me.”

Check out the video of Cheseto’s incredible race, and be sure to visit for information on upcoming runDisney races and how to register.

Source: DisneyParksBlog

About Mike and Jamie Sylvester

We are Disney nerds. Two kids at heart who love the magic and the memories of Walt Disney World! We follow all things Disney and have great experiences with Disney Vacation Club and runDisney events in particular. We enjoy the vacations, day trips, weekend getaways, and geek out over the planning of such events. From lodging to dining we have a spreadsheet for every occasion. Mike’s frivolous Disney goal is to acquire a magic band of every style while Jamie’s goal is to experience as many Disney desserts as possible. There isn’t a day that passes without some discussion of the master plan of our next trip to the happiest place on earth. Most people think we’re normal – until they travel to Disney with us. We have been married for 18 years and are blessed with a daughter and a son who have already learned the importance of planning ahead! As a family, we thoroughly enjoy the magic and the memories at Walt Disney World and are here to help others experience the magic as well.