San Diego Runner on Inspirational Journey Conquers Challenge at 2017 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

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Hayley Brown (San Diego, Calif.), who was involved in a plane crash, participated in the Disney Two-Course Challenge at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend presented by MISFIT™ (Nov. 4-5) at Walt Disney World Resort.

In June 2012, Brown, who was age 18 at the time, was traveling to volunteer at a medical clinic in Sinaloa, Mexico when her four-seat Cessna plane hit a power line, ripping off the wing and crashing the plane into a river.

Brown suffered internal injuries, broken bones, lacerations and a head injury that required her to be placed into a medically induced coma for a week.

After three months of recovery and missing her high school graduation, Brown returned to school and a more normal life with the help of running.

Brown, now 23, has run an ultramarathon, three marathons and countless half marathons, and she ran in the 10K and half marathon races during Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

She was among more than 35,000 runners who participated in the eighth annual Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which included runDisney Kids Races, 5K, 10K, half marathon races and the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo. This year, the expo featured a new Interactive Zone with Disney character meet and greets, yoga for runners, games and much more.