runDisney: Rehire Rudy Novotny!

runDisney: Rehire Rudy Novotny!

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Heather Posey started this petition to runDisney

Monday August 5th, professional race announcer Rudy Novotny shared the news on his facebook page that **none** of us wanted to hear...he was "out" at runDisney as their race announcer. Rudy assured us of what we already knew -- the decision was not based on his performance.

Shock, sadness, and anger resounded through the thousands-deep runDisney community of runners -- those that are dedicated and devoted participants at runDisney events at Walt Disney World in Florida. Many of these runners consider Rudy Novotny to be the "voice" of runDisney, in the same way that James Earl Jones is the voice of Darth Vader & Mufasa. (Can you imagine anyone else in those roles?)

The reactions from Rudy's followers and fans has been PALPABLE. There is a general sense of disbelief, and an emerging sense of "why should I spend my money at runDisney in the future if they continue to cheapen the experience?" Dozens have written on runDisney's official facebook wall begging them to #BringRudyBack or #RehireRudy.

Only a few participants in the elite corrals actually go to these races to win. The rest go to have a top-to-bottom amazing experience running in the Most Magical Place on Earth. Taking away Rudy Novotny makes about as much sense as taking away Mickey Mouse himself. Rudy cares deeply about runners, is a runner, and works to preserve the integrity of the sport. 

Disney, please reconsider Rudy's contract, and bring him back to the microphone for Wine & Dine, and every runDisney event that follows! 

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