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20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Starts Today!


It’s here…it’s finally here!  The 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend starts TODAY!!  The Health & Fitness Expo opens at 9:00 am at the ESPN Wide Wold of Sports Complex with vendors and great speakers.  The races kick off tomorrow with the 5K, followed by the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday.

Make sure to review all the details in the final race instructions, as it includes transportation information, corral start times and more!  You should also check out this handy dandy pace calculator that Jenn over at Eat, Sleep, Run Disney put together.

runDisney has also provided these fun (and slightly cheesy) videos full of important information for the weekend.

Update 1/21/13: Videos have been removed from the runDisney YouTube channel.

If you are reading this first thing in the morning, I am probably on a plane headed to MCO.  My plan is to head directly to the Health & Fitness Expo and then check in to my hotel for some relaxation time!  I’m actually not feeling so hot…I think a head cold is underway 🙁  So I’m going to be doing a lot of resting and hydration prior to the big race on Sunday.

Hope you all have a safe journey to Walt Disney World and I hope to see you over this exciting weekend!

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Final Race Instructions

Final race instructions are now available for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!  It starts in only 2 weeks…I’m freaking out a bit!


The following instructions include all of the information you will need about the Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge.  Let’s take a look (click on the image for a larger version):



If you are looking for information on some of the other events during the weekend, you can find instructions here:

The Health & Fitness Expo kicks off the weekend on Thursday, January 10th.  The Expo will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS) and the hours are as follows:

  • Thursday, January 8th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Friday, January 9th: 9:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 10th: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

All race participants  MUST attend the expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick-up race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt, and goody bag.  The goody bag also doubles as the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration.  If you are unable to attend the expo, instructions are included on how to have someone pick-up your packet for you.  As a reminder, packet pick-up is located in the HP Field House along with the speaker presentations and official race merchandise.  Pick-up for your race shirt and goody bag are located in the Jostens Center with all of the exhibitor and sponsor booths.

Also included on the first page of the race instructions are some helpful race etiquette tips like how to handle water and food stations and how it is important to keep moving so other runners can get by.  We don’t want any runner crashes!

The following is all of the information you will need for Race Day.

  • Host Resort Transportation  All Walt Disney World resorts, including Shades of Green and Walt Disney World Swan and Dolphin Resort, will have transportation available to bring participants to and from ALL events during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  The only event that transportation will NOT be provided for is the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney.
    • Monorail service will be available for guests staying at the Contemporary, Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts beginning at 3:00 am.  You will need to transfer monorails at the Transportation & Ticket Center, so make sure to leave enough time to get to Epcot.
    • All other resorts will have bus service that will begin at 3:00 am and runners must be on a bus by 4:00 am to ensure they make it into their corrals by the 5:00 am cut-off time.  I have heard many horror stories about traffic around events this weekend, so I would say the earlier the better.  Shuttle service will be suspended between 5:00 am and 7:00 am because of road closures, but will recommence for spectators after 7:00 am.
  • Driving Directions  If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation to all events.  Event Disney says EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS!  Road closures will begin at 3:30 am, so you will want to try to arrive at Epcot before that.  If that isn’t possible, be sure to arrive at Epcot by 4:30 am since it is about a 20 minute walk to the starting corrals from the parking lot and you must be in there by 5:00 am.
  • Costumes This is one of the best parts of Disney races…the costumes!  Runners get so creative and it’s so fun to see.  Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.
  • Bag Check  Participants must use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  The bag check tents are located in the Family Reunion Area in the Epcot parking lot.  All bags must be checked by 4:30 am prior to walking over to the start corrals.  Bags must be picked up by 10:30 am for the half marathon and by 2:30 pm for the marathon at the same location.
  • Start Corrals  The start corrals are located on Epcot Center Drive.  It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the starting corrals from the holding area, so you will want to head over there no later than 4:30 am.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.   You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.  I will be in Corral G for the marathon, so make sure to come say hi!

Marathon Corral Assignments Goofy Corral Assignments Half Marathon Corral Assignments

  • Starting Times  The following are scheduled start times for both the marathon and half marathon:
    • 5:30 am – Wheelchair Start
    • 5:35 am – Corral A Start
    • 5:42 am – Corral B Start
    • 5:49 am – Corral C Start
    • 5:56 am – Corral D Start
    • 6:03 am – Corral E Start
    • 6:10 am – Corral F Start
    • 6:17 am – Corral G Start
    • 6:24 am – Corral H Start
  • Race Bibs  Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible…oh and smile for the camera 🙂
  • Pacing Requirements Remember, you must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line.  Keep this in mind if you a planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Participants If you are participating in this challenge, you will need to proceed to the Goofy Tent after you complete the marathon for verification in order to receive your medal.  You can find the ten in the map below.


Looking for the course map?  You can find the details here!  More information is also available over on the runDisney website.  Can’t wait to see you there 🙂

A Look at the Walt Disney World Half & Full Marathon Courses

We are now just under a month away from the start of the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!  I’m not sure if I’m excited or incredibly nervous about running my first full marathon…maybe a little of both with some “what the hell was I thinking” thrown in there.

I received a few questions about elevation for the race, so I thought I’d take a look at both the half and full marathon courses and map out their elevations using Map My Run.  Let’s take a look:

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

I haven’t run this race, but I did run the Princess Half Marathon which is on the same course.  It is mainly flat with a few hills on the overpasses, but they are manageable.

Miles 1 – 4 are almost completely flat with a small downhill going onto World Drive.  This is a great stretch to start the race with because it is fast and there is usually a good amount of entertainment on World Drive.

Pirate Ship on World Drive During Princess Half Marathon

You will encounter your first hill just before Mile 5 as you go under the waterway between Seven Seas Lagoon and Bay Lake.  Be careful here because the course is narrow and it tends to get very crowded.  Good news is you’re about to enter the Magic Kingdom!  Sadly, you are only in the Magic Kingdom for about 1 mile, but it’s the best mile of the race.  You will hit Mile 6 while in Frontierland and by the time you leave the park you will be halfway done!

**TIP: Make sure to use the bathrooms while you’re in the park to avoid the Porto Johns!!  You will thank me for this later :)**

Miles 7 – 9 continue to be flat.  Here you are heading down Floridian Way, past the Grand Floridian and Polynesian Resorts and back onto World Drive.  After Miles 10 & 11 are where you will hit your next set of hills…it’s like a cruel joke that these come towards the end.  The first is the worst.  It’s a slanted, circular on ramp leading to the overpass that takes you back towards Epcot.  Then just after Mile 11 you come across an even steeper overpass…yikes!  But that’s it, you’re now in the home stretch and get to run through Future World and to the finish line.  Don’t forget to enjoy the gospel choir right at the end…they are amazing!

Walt Disney World Marathon

From the looks of it, the marathon course seems to have a lot more elevation changes…oh boy!  As if I wasn’t worried about the distance, now I have hills to worry about!  Ok, maybe I’m overreacting here…humor me 😉

Miles 1 – 8 are basically the same as the half maraton above.  During mile 8 you enter a new part of the course, the Walt Disney World Speedway.  My hope is that it will be on the inside portion of the course that is flat and not along the banked track…that wouldn’t be fun.

After the Speedway, the next 3 miles are spent on Bear Island Road heading towards Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  I’ve never been down this road, but from Google Maps it looks very wooded and isolated.  You also run past some sort of environmental treatment plant…nose plugs anyone?  My hope is that they will have a fair amont of entertainment back here to keep us occupied on this long stretch.

Just after mile 12 you enter Animal Kingdom in a backstage area near Rafiki’s Planet watch.  The next mile is spent running through Asia, past Expedition Everest (take a ride if you dare!), through Dinoland USA and out into the parking lot.

Expedition Everest During Mickey’s Halloween 5K

Good news is, you’ve just completed a half marathon.  Bad news is, you have to do it all again!  Hopefully a 2nd (or 3rd or 4th) wind will kick in at this point and you will continue on strong for the next 4 miles as you head out of Animal Kingdom and down Osceola Parkway towards the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Be warned that the steepest overpass of the entire course is here on Osceola Parkway, so pop that Gu before hand! 🙂

The ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is new to the marathon this year for the 20th anniversary celebration and we will be spending 3 miles here winding all throughout the complex.  runDisney has been tight lipped about the 20th mile celebration that they have promised for the 20th anniversary which will be taking place in Champion Stadium.  I know I can’t wait to see what this surprise celebration is…any guesses on what it will be?!

You will pass the mie 20 marker as you are leaving the complex and the next 2.5 miles take you over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  There is a great downhill here (of course followed by an uphill) so use that to your advantage as you start fading at this point.  Well maybe you won’t be fading, but I know I will be!  You enter the Studios by Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, run up the Streets of America, past the Great Movie Ride and down Hollywood Boulevard as you exit the park.  There is only about 1 mile that is run through here and most of it is backstage, which is a bit disappointing since they got about 3 miles out of the Studios for Wine & Dine.

Sorcerer’s Hat During the Tower of Terror 10-Miler

Only 2.5 miles left as you exit the Studios and head along the pathway towards Crescent Lake and Epcot!  The pathway narrows as you pass the Boardwalk and gets congested with spectators, so be prepared to slow down a bit here.  I love this resort area in the morning as they are waking up and it is starting to get bright out.  Unfortunately, I probably won’t come through here until close to noon so it will be lunch time for me!  But for you fast runners, make sure to appreciate the sights for a second as you zoom through.


Two final (and killer!) uphills here.  The first is as you are leaving the Beach Club resort and heading into Epcot, and the second is after you pass through the International Gateway and up into World Showcase.  Good news is that there is only 1 mile left after this and it is all spent through Epcot.  The course heads right and you get to run around all of World Showcase.  By this time, the park will be open when most of us are going through so I know having all of those spectators in there is really going to help push me though!

Running Through World Showcase During the Wine & Dine Meet Up

You exit Epcot in the same area as the half marathon and out into the parking lot to cross the finish line!! Oh and don’t forget about the gospel choir 🙂  I have a feeling that those last .2 miles are going to be the longest ever.

Well I don’t know about you, but after going through the course in detail and seeing all of the amazing things that are in store, excitement is actually taking over!!!  Yes, I haven’t been training like I should be but I still think I can do this!  Who’s with me?!?!

What are you most looking forward to on either the half or full marathon courses?

**Don’t forget to enter my giveaway for a bunch of runDisney and RAD swag!!  You have until Sunday morning to enter…do it now!**

Walt Disney World Marathon 20th Anniversary Dooney & Bourke Commemorative Bags

Say it ain’t so!  Special Walt Disney World Marathon 20th anniversary Dooney & Bourke bags!!!  Following in the footsteps of the Tinker Bell and Princess Half Marathon’s earlier this year, the 20th Anniversary Marathon Weekend will have special commemorative Dooney & Bourke bags.  Check em out!

The great thing about these is that you are able to pre-order them, unlike the prior races where you had to show up at the Expo early and cross your fingers they weren’t sold out in the first 5 minutes.  The letter carrier is $200 and the satchel is $280.  Click here to place you’re order!

I’m still on the fence about getting one.  I’m not completely in love with the design, but this will be my first (and probably only) marathon, so what better way to remember it than with a Dooney 🙂  I do have a soft spot for satchels…

What do you think?  Will you be getting a WDW Marathon Disney Dooney?


RAD Reads & Weekly Review: September 16, 2012

More big runDisney news this week!  On the heels of the Walt Disney World 20th Anniversary Marathon selling out, the Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge also sold out!  With over 58,000 runners participating in Marathon Weekend in 2013, it is sure to be full of excitement…I can’t wait!  Make sure to check out my full runDisney update over on WDW for Grownups!

Oh and did you hear, they are going to start serving beer and wine in the Magic Kingdom at the new Be Our Guest Restaurant.  It’s only been on EVERY Disney blog out there.  This has caused quite the debate among Disney fans and it’s been interesting to watch how emotional people are getting over it.  I think the folks over at Parkscope said it best.  I’ll just leave it at that…

Booze in MK wasn’t the only interesting thing in the blogosphere this week.  Take a look at these RAD Reads:

Running & Fitness Posts
Eat, Sleep, Run, Disney has great recaps of the Disneyland runDisney Meet-Up & Run and the Disneyland Half Marathon.  Jenn kicked ass with her 3 minute PR!  There are other great recaps over on Running with Sass and The Unlikely Competitor as well.

Running Toward the Prize had some pretty funny thoughts during her training run this week.  I need to start remembering the strange things I think about when running…it could be quite amusing.

I Run For Wine finished her first “official” 10K last week…congrats!  Megan also has a contest going for compression shorts and a $25 coupon is listed in the post!  Win!

Dr. Rachel Runs has eleven random running tips for us.  She always has the best advice!

FitFluential provides the top five ways to prevent (running) injuries.  I should really listen to these…

Disney Posts
This Happy Place Blog finished the really fun Dapper Day series with a guest post by Melissa from Mouse on the Mind, who actually attended Dapper Day at Disney Hollywood Studios.  She looked so cute!!!

Imagineering Disney takes us on a photo tour of EPCOT Center 30 years ago.  Short shorts and knee socks were all the rage in the early 80s.  This is only part 1…I can’t wait to see the rest!

Disney Bound puts together the cutest outfit inspired by Marie from the Aristocats (my all time favorite movie!).

A Pinch of Pixie Dust takes an in depth look at the peanut butter cupcake at the Main Street Bakery.  This looks sooooo good!!

Weekly Review
I haven’t felt 100% this week.  I’ve mentioned this before, but if you are a new reader you might not realize that I suffer from Ulcerative Colitis (UC).  I don’t talk about it often because I try to forget about it in times that I’m feeling ok.  Then out of the blue a flare will come on and I’ll feel like I’ve been hit by a freight train.  Besides the obvious physical symptoms that I’ll spare you the details on, I get incredibly fatigued.  For example, I slept for 10 hours last night and was ready for a nap by 2 pm.  Blech.  I haven’t had a serious flare in over a year, so it’s very frustrating considering how I’ve really been focusing on my health lately.  I recently started drinking whey protein shakes after my workouts to speed muscle recovery and I’m wondering if this is the cause.  I’m going to cut them out this week and see what happens…fingers crossed this calms down.

Despite feeling crappy, I completed 4 CrossFit workouts this week, and I think I’ve become officially obsessed.  I want to be at the box every day.  I want to be challenged.  I want to be impressed by other people’s strength.  I want to FEEL GOOD!  I love being able to fit in a killer workout in 60 minutes and feel like I just ran a half marathon.  I’m also getting more familiar with the WODs and realizing that I’m not alone in being semi-clueless.

Yesterday morning, my UC was in full swing, but I still decided to go to CrossFit.  The class was TOUGH…full of thrusters, farmer’s carries and 400m runs.  I was the last one to finish, but I finished and boy did it feel good.  Some days it’s ok to be last…I still felt like I won.  Yes, I came home and crashed for an hour, but it was well worth the accomplishment.  Oh and look at these calluses…

Never in my wildest dreams did I think I would be excited about calluses, but I can hardly contain myself!

Here’s my full week of training. To see my full WODs head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Rest
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Back Squats, KB Rows & 12 min amrap
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour  – Lots of amrap (.87 miles running)
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Bench Press & Springs (.5 miles running)
Friday: Rest
Saturday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Thrusters & Farmers Carry (1 mile running)

Not too shabby for not feeling 100% 🙂

Now on to some non-Disney and some non-fitness fun.  We were visited by a giant skunk this week while making dinner.  We were using the grill like we do most nights and B was about to go get our chicken…until we saw him!  Waddling around checking out what smelled so good.

Mr. Skunk holding our chicken hostage

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ll know that the new iPhone 5 was announced this week and pre-sales began on Friday.  B and I set our alarms for 2:50 am to make sure we were up for the 3 am pre-sale.  I sadly to interrupt this love fest in order to grab my laptop…so sad.

Yes, this is right next to my pillow…it’s clear why I occasionally don’t sleep well

We then set in for 30 minutes of annoyance, reloading and error messages, but we were finally able to order our phones through the Apple Store app on our phones.  There is something comical about the fact that the way to purchase an iPhone is on a iPhone.  Go figure.  All I know is I’m counting down the days until I have home button that works!

And finally, last night B and I went to the local Irish festival to have some good beer, good food and take in some good music.  It was a lot smaller than I expected, but we still had a good time.  I got my favorite Half & Half (Harp & Guinness) and we waited on line for about 30 minutes for a corned beef ruben.  Probably not the best thing to have during a UC flare, but sometimes my head wins.  I knew I would pay for it later, but in the moment I didn’t care.

B was making me laugh…I take horrible pictures!

Yum, Yum & Yum!

The music was fun, but we decided to leave just before dark and walk through town a bit.  We found the cutest bridge and caught a gorgeous sunset.  It wasn’t a perfect week, but it sure ended on a high note 🙂

B and the Bridge



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