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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend By The Numbers

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is in full swing and over 100,000 runners and their families have descended upon the resort.  As someone who loves some good statistics, I enjoy seeing some of these fun facts about the race weekend…

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Check out the girl power!  57% of the participants are female…go ladies!!  I think what amazes me most about this race weekend is that even with all these people participating in 4 races over 4 days, everything seems to run effortlessly.  That’s what makes runDisney races so magical and what keeps us all coming back year after year.

Best of luck to all the participants this weekend!!

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For more fun Disney facts, head over to my friend Tony’s site Disney by the Numb3rs where you’re sure to be amazed by some of the Disney stats you will find.

Sneak Peak at the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Merchandise

Yesterday runDisney released a first look at some of the merchandise you will find at the Health & Fitness Expo during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. (Side note: Shouldn’t they just be calling it WDW Marathon WEEK by now??)  There are the usual shirts and hats, but there are also some fun new additions this year.  Let’s check it all out!

runDisney WDW Marathon Weekend 2016

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Right off the bat, I’m loving the use of the original Walt Disney World logo.  It gives everything a bit of a retro feel which this WDW enthusiast loves!  My favorite item at any runDisney race weekend is the glassware, pint glasses in particular.  I collect them from all the races I’ve done and use them as my daily water glasses.  It’s a fun daily reminder of those events!

WDW 5K, WDW 10K & Kids Races

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As usual, the merch for the Kids Races is the coolest!  Steamboat Willie is super cute and I just love the “Future Runner” shirt.  I might have to pick one of those up in the future for a certain little someone 😉

WDW Half Marathon

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Look…pants!  From the photo, they look like women’s capris, but it sounds like there will be both pants and shorts available for certain races.  Their a bit busy for my taste, but I like that they are adding new items.

WDW Marathon

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Goofy’s Race & a Half Challenge

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Dopey Challenge

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Come to think of it, all these designs are a bit busy this year.  What are your thoughts?  I’m sure this is only a fraction of what you will find at the Expo.  I can’t wait to see what the 2016 Vinylmation looks like!

If you are headed to the WDW Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo, make sure to arrive early if you have your heart set on a particular item.  Also, stay tuned for information in the next few days on the new runDisney New Balance shoe design that will be released at the Expo.

What do you have your sights set on?

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Registration Opens at Noon for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

It’s that time of year again…registration for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is upon us.  Let the chaos begin!!

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This HUGE race weekend takes place January 6 – 10, 2016 with over 50,000 runners descending upon the Walt Disney World Resort.  This is clearly the ultimate runner’s family vacation.  There is something for everyone!  From the youngest in the family to the Dopiest of runners, you are sure to find an event that fits you and your family.  Registration opens today at noon and you can click here to register for any (or all) of the events.   

Since these race weekends have been selling out in record time (as little as 25 minutes for some!), runDisney has shared some helpful tips for making sure you get into the race you want.  Mainly, be ready at 12:00 pm EST sharp and have everyone in your party register for themselves.

2016 WDW Marathon Registration Tips

Prices for the races have increased anywhere from 3-8% this year, with the exception of the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge and the Kids Races which stayed the same from 2015.  The prices are as follows:

Dopey Challenge

  • $550 by May 19, 2015
  • $580 between May 20 and June 9, 2015
  • $610 on or after June 10, 2015

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

  • $360 by May 19, 2015
  • $380 between May 20and June 9, 2015
  • $400 on or after June 10, 2015

Walt Disney World Marathon

  • $175 by May 19, 2015
  • $190 between May 20 and June 9, 2015
  • $205 on or after June 10, 2015

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

  • $175 by May 19, 2015
  • $190 between May 20 and June 9, 2015
  • $205 on or after June 10, 2015

Walt Disney World 10K

  • $110 by May 19, 2015
  • $125 between May 20 and June 9, 2015
  • $140 on or after June 10, 2015

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

  • $65 per participant by June 9, 2015
  • $75 on or after June 10, 2015

runDisney Kids’ Races

  • $15 per child by June 9, 2015
  • $20 on or after June 10, 2015

Mickey Mile

  • $30 per child by June 9, 2015
  • $35 on or after June 10, 2015

Disney Castaway Cay Challenge

  • $75  (A reservation on the January 11, 2016 Disney Dream 4-Night Bahamian Cruise is required in order to participate)

Race Retreat Packages

  • $120 Full Marathon
  • $120 Half Marathon
  • $230 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
  • $230 Dopey Challenge

Pasta in the Park Parties

  • $54 per adult
  • $30 per child

Family Reunion Breakfast

  • $40 per adult (ages 10 and up)
  • $30 per child (ages 3 – 9)

Don’t forget that DVC members receive a discount on runDisney events!  Make sure to visit your member page to obtain the discount codes.

As usual for most runDisney events, packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning Wednesday, January 6th.  There are so many other great events over the weekend, like the Pasta in the Park Party, Cool Down Party and more!  Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend.

Looking for a hotel room for the Marathon Weekend?  Kingdom Magic Vacations can lock in 2015 rates for you now and by booking with them you will get tons of extra perks!  Click here to get a FREE quote.

Check out some posts from the past few WDW Marathon Weekends to get you excited for the big weekend!

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So what race will you be running over Marathon Weekend?  

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The 2015 Walt Disney World 10K

While Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend has been around for over two decades, the Walt Disney World 10K is still in it’s infancy.  Heather is a veteran of Marathon Weekend and knew after seeing the Minnie medals at last year’s inaugural race, she had to have one of her own.  

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Marathon weekend is one of my favorite Disney trips of the year. Last week marked the 3rd year my family participated and the first time I did the 10k. Last year I walked the half marathon and was incredibly jealous of the adorable Minnie Mouse medals, so I knew I had to get my hands on it this year.

It started out at packet pickup on Thursday which went smoothly, no lines and we picked up 3 packets in about 15 minutes. (My husband’s 1/2 marathon, kids race and 10k). We even ran into Sean Astin! Sean was running the Dopey and was such a sweet guy chatting with my husband and I as we took a ton of pictures.

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Once that excitement was over we made our way through the expo.  Sadly I could find no merchandise for the 10k. While I understand that most people running are also running the Dopey it would have been nice to have some Minnie merchandise for the 10K runners. I started to feel at the expo that the 10K was the ugly stepsister of the weekend.

My morning started with my 2:15 am wake up call and our group (my dad and sister plus picture taker hubby) was up and out the door by 3:00 am. Since we were staying close but off property we wanted to make sure we got there early in case parking was an issue. Thankfully it was not and I was thrilled to have a warm place to hang out for a few minutes since it was 46 degrees out. I am from Miami so any dip below 70 is sweater weather so I was thankful I brought some sweaters I picked up from Goodwill to toss once I warmed up on the course. (Great tip! Goodwill is a good place to get inexpensive throw away clothes for chilly race mornings!) 

wearing 3 sweater and 2 shirts

Once we decided that we could brave the cold we headed to the pre-race party where the DJ had a ton of people dancing and energy was pretty high. There were tons of great costumes and TONS of Dopey bibs. There was a nice photo background for people doing the dopey challenge but the only one for us was the Disney marathon weekend background, I would have really liked to have a 10k background. There were no professional photographers there so you were free to take pictures with your own camera.

pre race photo

pre race

It was freezing before the race and some racers found their way into a large white tent. I asked a few people what it was and no one had an answer but it turns out it was the tent set up for massages following the half and full marathons. For the 10k though it was a perfect place to try and warm up.

dancing to stay warm

I was in corral E and knew that I would be walking this race and only stopping to meet characters or pictures of something awesome or someone I never see around the parks. I had done the 5k and the 1/2 marathon in the past which had some great stops so I was hopeful to see some hard to find characters on this course too. I only planned on stopping at something I had not seen before because I always get super paranoid about pace requirements which I always come close to thanks to nerves and lines at bathrooms.

The race stated with 10 minutes between each corral so even using the bathroom before getting into my corral I knew I had to stop at the first one. I was near the front of my corral since I always seemed to miss the fireworks and I didn’t want that to happen this time. Once we got the go ahead we started and I was already wishing the bathroom was closer. The first one wasn’t until around the 1 mile mark and lines were long so I kept going. It would have been awesome to have a few more potties at that stop as there were tons of men and women running toward the trees because lines were 10 people deep.

The course was a bit boring for first 3 miles which was only street and back lot, with a couple of character stops but it was pretty light on the music and had no crowd support. Thank goodness for voice command, I called my husband around 3 miles to pump me up mid way through the race. It worked I was got the support I needed and then the streets started to get familiar until finally around mile 3.5 we got to Epcot!

heading back into epcot

Once we got into the park it was an entirely different race. You can almost feel the excitement from the crowd and everyone’s pace gets a little faster with that extra pep in their step. Running through the parks never gets old! Entering Epcot and walking through the countries was great and there were tons of professional photographers along that stretch of the race. I was sure to keep a smile on my face since you never know when the camera is pointed at you. Once you make your way through he countries you head out onto the boardwalk. This was the first race that I would be on the Boardwalk and I was super excited, I was hoping for some good crowd support and the people there were just what I needed for the last mile or so. Leaving the Boardwalk and heading back into Epcot I started to get a little teary because I could hear the excitement at the finish, music was pumping and everyone around me was bursting with energy. I was thrilled to see my runner hubby at the finish and he got some photo proof I actually finished.

almost there

Once I crossed the finish there were lots of volunteers giving medals and I finally got my hands on the Minnie Medal! The medal is really nice and has a really vibrant ribbon.

proof i am almost there

finish line

got my minnie medal

Overall I would probably do the 10K again because it is a doable distance that I could walk with little or no training. There were tons of walkers and kids on the course and lots of smiling faces. You could tell people were having a blast through the course. There were enough water stops and no fuel on this course but there was food for purchase at the start and finish.

I am thrilled that there is a race distance in between the 5K and 1/2 marathon distance and hope the 10K grows so it has a strong pack of 10K participants in a sea of Dopeys.

Of course the best part of participating in Disney Marathon Weekend is walking around the park wearing the race shirt and the medal. No mater what the size or shape of the person who is wearing the medal there is a sense of unity and accomplishment and it’s amazing to be a part of. The true highlight though is the family picture of all the racers wearing their medal in front of the castle, it’s pure Disney Magic.

back at the expo

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Melissa Rubenstein is a Family Chiropractor in Miami and a Homeschooling Mom.  She is married to a streak runner and has completed numerous runDisney races. 

Contributors Needed for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!

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Are you running one (or all) of the races over Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend next week?  Will you be at the resort as a spectator?  Are your kids running in a race?  If so, then I need YOU!

I’m looking for runners, walkers, spectators and Disney enthusiasts of all kinds to cover the variety of events over that weekend!  Here are the some ideas for posts:

  • Race Recaps
    • Disney Family Fun Run 5K
    • Walt Disney World 10K
    • Walt Disney World Half Marathon
    • Walt Disney World Marathon
    • Kids Races
  • The Dopey Experience
  • The Goofy Race and a Half Experience
  • Castaway Cay Challenge 5K
  • A Spectator’s Point of View
  • Health & Fitness Expo
  • runDisney Speaker Series
  • First Time Disney Runners
  • Race Weekend Dining
  • New runDisney New Balance Running Shoes
  • Pasta in the Park Party
  • The Cool Down Party
  • And anything else you can think of…

Choice of topic will come on a first serve basis, so email me at sarah@runningatdisney.com if you are interested in covering one or many aspects of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend for Running at Disney…the more the merrier!!

Best of luck to everyone running and I can’t wait to hear from you!

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