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

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Wine Dine MarathonHayley Brown (San Diego, Calif.), survivor of a plane crash, will participate 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 was among the survivors, but 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 will run in the 10K and half marathon races this weekend at Disney.

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