Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Walt Disney World marathon weekend is the big event in the runDisney series. The event has grown over the years since the first marathon was run in 1994, expanding to separate days for the half and full marathons. Runners who complete the half marathon receive a Donald Duck medal, those who complete the full marathon receive a Mickey Mouse medal, and those who sign up in a special third category to do both events on consecutive days receive a Goofy medal. Both races begin and finish in the Epcot parking lot, and both pass through the Magic Kingdom and Cinderella Castle. The full marathon runners also run through Animal Kingdom, Disney Hollywood Studios, the Beach Club/Boardwalk area, and around the World Showcase. Full course maps may be found on the official event page.
- Next Event Scheduled: January 10-13, 2013
- Frequency: Yearly, on the second weekend of January.
- Location: Half marathon passes through Magic Kingdom and Epcot; full marathon passes through all four parks.
- Event Began: January 16, 1994
- Park Admission Required: No.
In conjunction with the half and full marathons, there is a family 5K fun run/walk, kids' races, and a health and fitness expo. The Expo takes place at the Wide World of Sports complex, and includes vendors of all kinds of race merchandise, exhibits from race sponsors, and official runDisney race merchandise. Participants must pick up their race materials at the Expo prior to their respective races.
The inaugural Walt Disney World marathon was run on January 16, 1994 with approximately 8,000 participants.
The half marathon race was added in 1998, and moved it to a separate day in 2006 to accommodate growing crowds.
The Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge was added in 2006 after the race was split, and had to be capped at 3,000 that first year after only a few days of registration.
Offsite Links (we can not vouch for their accuracy or timeliness)
Official Page — Disney's event page, for links to registration, course maps, event schedule and runner tracking information.
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