Posts Tagged by WDW Marathon Weekend
|January 8, 2016||Posted by Running at Disney under WDW Marathon Weekend|
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…
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!!
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.
|January 2, 2016||Posted by Running at Disney under Health & Fitness Expo, runDisney Merchandise, WDW Marathon Weekend|
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
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
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
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.
Goofy’s Race & a Half Challenge
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?
|April 28, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under WDW 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!!
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.
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:
- $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
- $30 per child by June 9, 2015
- $35 on or after June 10, 2015
- $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!
- The 2015 Walt Disney World Half Marathon
- A Race Retreat From the Cold
- Running Her First Marathon in This Year’s Goofy Challenge
- 2015 WDW Marathon Weekend Kids Races!
- The 2015 Walt Disney World 10K
- Mission to Marathon: 2015 WDW Marathon Recap
- Traveling from Australia for a Dopey 50th Birthday
- The Health & Fitness Expo – A Runners Dream!
- Dining During Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
- 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Family Fun 5K
- The Secret to WDW Marathon Expo
- Completing Your First Marathon – The BEST Feeling EVER!
- The runDisney ChEAR Squad Experience
- Lessons Learned from the Walt Disney World Marathon
- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Health & Fitness Expo
- A Plan to Be Perfectly Dopey!
- The Family Reunion Breakfast Experience
- Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney
- Dopey Challenge: Four Days of Disney Running
- Polynesian Club Level Experience During the 2014 WDW Marathon Weekend
- Inaugural Walt Disney World Minnie Mouse 10K Race Recap
- Marathon Weekend Eats in Walt Disney World
- Disney Marathon VoluntEARing: A Runner’s Perspective
- Kids Races at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
- 2014 Disney Family Fun Run 5K Race Recap
- Reflecting on my Walt Disney World Marathon While Finding Inspiration in Others
- 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Race Recap – Part 1
- 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Race Recap – Part 2
- The Days Leading Up to the 20th WDW Marathon
- 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Recap
- WDW Marathon Weekend runDisney Meet Up
- The Walt Disney World Marathon Perfect 20
So what race will you be running over Marathon Weekend?
|February 4, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under WDW Marathon Weekend|
I’m often asked if Race Retreats are worth the extra cost. While I’ve haven’t experienced one first hand, every time I see what they entail I think it might be in my future for an upcoming race. Besides the warm area to wait for the race to start, there is tons of food, character photo ops and a stretching area.
You might remember Jenn recently from The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend where she covered the Villain’s Bash and gave some great tips on prepping for a night race vs. a morning race. Well she’s back with a look inside the Race Retreat from this year’s Walt Disney World Half Marathon! I’d love to hear what you think about the Race Retreat and if it’s something you will be doing for a runDisney race.
Well, another fantastic WDW Marathon weekend has come to a close. Marathon Weekend is my favorite race in Walt Disney World. The excitement is palpable throughout the entire weekend, and I love how every runner is so supportive of one another. I have attended these weekends for 3 years straight, and I have experienced something new each time; and this year was no exception. First, I attended as a ChEAR Squad participant, watching my husband run his first half marathon. My second year, I attended both as a runner and a ChEAR Squad Member; there was no way I was ready to run 26.2 miles with my brave hubby! This year, I attended as a runner in the half marathon.
If you have been to any Disney races, you may be aware that many of them feature a Race Retreat. This is an optional extra that runners can purchase, and space is limited. The Race Retreat is open to runners and Platinum level ChEAR Squad participants, and I must say, it offers quite a few perks!
First, a description: the Race Retreat is in essence a very large, climate-controlled tent. It is set up near the finish line, and it is open for both the Half-Marathon and the Full Marathon. This option is not provided for the Family 5K or the 10K. Within this space, there are several different areas, each providing comfort and convenience to the runners and spectators who have purchased access. You notice tables and chairs set up throughout the space, and as you may imagine, there is a nice spread of breakfast food available.
The retreat also features changing areas, gEAR bag check, and private port-a-potties – and if you’ve ever participated in any race, Disney or not, you know how important port-a-potty access can be!
The retreat opens at 3am for runners, stays open until 5am when the runners head to the corrals, and then re-opens at 5:30am for Platinum ChEAR Squad Members and runners. It stays open until 10am for the half-marathon, but of course, it’s ope later for the full. There are real-time updates on the runners available for spectators, as well as, you guessed it – food!
Speaking of food, you may be wondering what exactly is served. Before the race, runners can enjoy bagels, fruit, juice, coffee, water, and hot chocolate. There were mini-Cliff granola bars scattered on the tables, and muffins were also placed out about an hour after the retreat opened. And don’t worry – if you, like my mother, will only eat a toasted bagel, there are toasters available! There is also an assortment of jams, peanut butter, and cream cheese available as spread for your bagel.
Of course, you are running in Disney, so there is bound to be some Disney magic, right? Right! Each year, the Race Retreat features character meet-and-greets! This year, in honor of the release of Toy Story 4 this coming April, we got to meet Buzz Lightyear, Woody, and Bulls-Eye!
There were also some Green Army Men running around posing for pictures. One of them was particularly enamored with my husband’s fake Capt. Jack Sparrow dreds.
Fair warning: the line for the character greet can get long, so you may want to do this first thing when you arrive.
Another fabulous area is a relaxation center, which features a TV and bean bag chairs. You can view a Disney movie in comfort here, and it is a popular space for kids once the ChEAR Squad is permitted to enter. It was completely full by 3:30am…runners like bean bag chair too, apparently!
Of course, you are actually at the Race Retreat to run, so Disney has thought of many conveniences for race prep. I have already mentioned the private port-a-potties, which are located just outside the tent, but it is worth adding that there were no lines for this amenity. They also featured a hand wash station in addition to the hand sanitizer, which I personally appreciated.
One of the amenities inside the tent is a First-Aid Self-Treatment area. The table has an array of handy items, like band-aids, Bio-freeze, Tylenol, Vaseline, Skin Lube, and sunscreen.
So if your gEAR bag is missing some important item, there’s a good chance it is here at the self-treatment station.
In addition to the First-Aid station, there is a Stretch Area. You can see in the picture that there are small tables around the perimeter. That is because this area is also utilized after the race for massages; you can pay $10 for a 10-minute massage.
The stretch area got pretty full at around 4:30am, since that is prime time to check gEAR bags and prepare for the walk to the corrals.
Speaking of corrals, let’s talk about the walk to get there. The Race Retreat is a convenient distance from the finish line, which I definitely appreciated after 13.1 miles, but it is a solid 10-15 minute walk to get to the corrals. Since runners are supposed to be to the corrals by 5am, you need to plan accordingly to ensure you are on time (and to make sure you can use the non-private port-a-potties, if necessary).
By this time, it’s just about race time!
As I mentioned earlier, the Race Retreat is actually closed to all runners/spectators from 5-5:30am. It then re-opens with an additional spread of food. This spread is more substantial than the pre-race goodies. Scrambled eggs with cheese (and salsa or ketchup, if you like), breakfast potatoes, turkey sausage, oatmeal with accompaniments, muffins, mixed fruit, granola, and greek yogurt are all available.
Of course, there is also coffee a-plenty – thankfully! Juice, water, and hot chocolate are also available. The food is tasty, and the workers do a great job keeping it replenished. Speaking of the workers, they are fabulous! They are friendly, helpful, and just all-around good people.
It is worth noting that Race Retreat runners get a “goody-bag”. This year, it was a drawstring bag promoting the new Disney movie, “MacFarland U.S.A.”, Champion socks, and a marathon sweat towel.
So, is it worth it? In my opinion, it absolutely is! Particularly this year, with temperatures in the upper-30s, it was fabulous to be warm while waiting for the race to begin. In other races where I have not utilized the retreat, I remember how long it felt while waiting in the corrals. I can only imagine how long that felt this year with the cold! I also liked that I didn’t need to worry about remembering to buy my pre-race food the evening before. It was nice being able to eat at a leisurely pace, and I was able to time it nicely with my start time.
Without the Retreat, I sometimes feel like I am forced to eat earlier than I otherwise would prefer to. The food offerings were exactly what I like to have, and so it took the guesswork out of my morning preparations. My parents enjoyed the Retreat as ChEAR Squad Members, and they were grateful for a warm place to sit and watch the finish line.
I am so glad that I was able to take advantage of the Race Retreat this year, and honestly, I will always purchase it from here on in – especially since next year MAY just be my year to brave 26.2!
Jenn has been a lifelong Disney fan. Her passion for the Mouse has only increased throughout the years. She visits Disney Parks 2-3 times per year, often in conjunction with Disney Races. In addition to being a fan, she plans Disney travel for others, hoping to share the Magic with everyone. Through her Disney-themed blog & Facebook pages, she regularly tracks new and exciting changes to the Disney parks so she can share them with others. Check out Jenn’s blog DISining Memories and follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!
|September 19, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under WDW Marathon Weekend|
Earlier this week runDisney announced the Goofy Giveback for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. According to Faron Kelly, Director of Marketing & Communications for Disney Sports, they had an overwhelming number of people reach out on social media after watching an inspiring episode of Extreme Weight Loss. People wanted to participate in a race during 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend after seeing a father-daughter team run the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon, but they were disappointed to find most of the events sold out.
So runDisney decided to do something about it and split up a few of the remaining Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (both the half and full marathons) spots and allow more people to register for the individual races.
The slots will be open until October 24th, but I have a feeling they will be gone long before that. As of the time of this post, here is the availability for 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend:
- Walt Disney World Half Marathon – 95% full
- Walt Disney World Marathon – 90% full
- Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – 95% full
This is a great opportunity for anyone who got block out of one of the races and was hoping to participate, but HURRY and register now!
Here is the official video announcement from runDisney: