Rachel Booth a Louisiana runner establishes record time and becomes first to capture women division titles of runDisney events at Walt Disney World Resort in Florida and Disneyland Resort in California.
Booth of Mandeville, La., led from start to finish Sunday to win Disney’s Princess Half Marathon in record time 1 hour, 18 minutes and 11 seconds. On top of that, Booth, the first woman across the finish line at the Disneyland Half Marathon the past two years in Anaheim, Ca., became the first runner to win titles at runDisney events on both coasts.
“This was a lot of fun to have my two children there to enjoy the whole experience and just to see mommy cross the finish line with Minnie and Mickey,” Booth said. “To do it at both Disneyland and Disney World, it really distinguishes it from other races. It definitely has a little bit of a special place in my heart.”
Booth, 31, started fast and steadily pulled away from the pack, finishing well ahead of Brittney Christianson of Burlington, ND, who was second, and Heather Sipsma of West Hartford, CT, who was third. Booth’s winning time eclipsed the previous record set by Liza Galvan in 2009, but it was a tad slower than Booth’s winning times at Disneyland in 2011 and in 2010. “I just wanted to go out with the rest of the girls, and that first mile I felt really good,” said Booth, who attended graduate school at Florida State University. “The weather was perfect and it felt like a good morning run.”