Next Event Scheduled: January 8-11, 2015
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 four main races, there is are kids' races and a health and fitness expo. The Expo and kids' races take 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.
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History and Trivia
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.
The Dopey Challenge was added in 2014 and is usually the first registration category to sell out.