Runner Takes On RunDisney Dopey Challenge at Walt Disney World While Undergoing Chemo

The Dopey Challenge with RunDisney is a 48.6 mile challenge during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna.  The race weekend recently passed and we learned about an amazing participant.  Completing 48.6 miles during the weekend events, which means completing the 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon events, is a challenge for anyone.  For this participant, it is even more impressive since they are also undergoing treatment for cancer.  Ron Wertley from Tampa, Florida is the name of this amazing participant.  He was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow,  and given a 40% change of survival.  He found out this new just after completing the Dopey Challenge in 2018.  He wanted to participate again and train for the race while going through his chemo treatments. He has participated in the challenge multiple times, running with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team in Training and raising more than $22,000 for the cause.

Check out this video for more of Ron’s inspiring journey:

RunDisney events are amazing and the people are participate in them are even more amazing!  If you are interested in RunDisney events you can check out all of the amazing options and book your next race!

Congrats to Ron and we wish you the best in your continued treatments!

Photo and Source Credit:  Disney Parks Blog

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I am a diehard Disney fanatic! I fell in love with all things Disney from an early age and that only increased once I first visited Walt Disney World! It led me to complete a yearlong Disney College Program working at merchandise locations within Disney’s Hollywood Studios (Disney-MGM Studios at that time) and I worked for Disney Parks & Resorts Technology in Project/Program Management. Now I get to write about Disney and help others plan their magical vacations! Disney holds a special place in the hearts of my entire family as my husband proposed there, we honeymooned there, took trips while pregnant with each of my boys and have visited with them many, many times from 8 weeks old through now. One of my favorite memories from each trip is always the look on my kids’ faces the first time they see the castle. I’d love to help you plan your magical vacation! Request a free quote at or look for me on Facebook at Have a magical day!