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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!

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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.

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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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Cigna Blogger Cook-Off During Marathon Weekend!

Besides missing all the races during big runDisney race weekends, there are so many other great events that I was pretty bummed to miss out on.  Like the Cigna Blogger Cook-Off, it sounded SO FUN!  Cooking in Disney with a bunch of running bloggers!  Well since I couldn’t attend, the first person that popped in my head was RAD contributor Hannah from Mission to Marathon.  I knew she would have a blast and it looks like she did…check it out!

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I was really excited to have the opportunity to attend the Cigna Blogger Cook-Off at Walt Disney World Marathon event!

The event was held at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at one of the outdoor tent/pavilion areas. Normally at Disney this would be an awesome location. Unfortunately, mother nature swooped in and gave us some chilly, damp weather that made it pretty cold and icky to be outside. But, cheers to CIGNA and Disney for finding some great blankets for everyone to use to keep warm!

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I was a little nervous because this was my first blogger event and I didn’t know anyone, but everyone was very friendly and two other bloggers came and sat down with me. Smitha, from FauxRunner.com was super nice. I forget the other woman’s name (I should learn to write things down, or take phone notes, oops!). Smitha was running Dopey and sounded a lot like me when I say, I’m not a runner, I just run, haha!

The event started with an intro and some info from Pascale Jean, Cigna’s Health Promotion Manager and nutritionist. She was great to hear speak and offered some tips on getting to the finish, especially if you were doing Dopey.

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We were then divided up into teams and assigned a chef from Disney. Our Chef was PJ who gave us lots of tips and told us all about being a Disney chef. He said he was working the Race Retreat and was telling us how they had to prep all the food overnight so it was ready for the morning. The food sounded so good! Maybe I’ll try race retreat for my next race?!

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We were given a “mystery” protein at each group and ours’ had beef. We got working pretty quickly and decided to do a beef stew (at the suggestion of PJ). There were tables with herbs, spices, starches, and vegetables. I was a little surprised I didn’t see potatoes. Up here in Pennsylvania, beef stew has potatoes in it, haha.

We ended up with a delicious beef stew made with red wine, herbs, and vegetables. On the side we had pan roasted vegetables and some rice. It smelled sooo good and tasted just as delicious. Two of the people in my group were from Pennsylvania so it was really cool to meet someone from home when I was so far away. Funny how that happens so often, right?

Because of the cold we ended up huddling around the cooking food to keep warm. Everyone was very friendly and talking about their races, training, food, and their blogs.

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The other groups had vegan/vegetarian protein (not sure what that was because they didn’t have a lot so it didnt’ end up on the final buffet), shrimp, chicken, pork, and turkey.

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Everything turned out so good! Once we were done cooking, Chef Mickey showed up for some photo ops! Yay for Chef Mickey!

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By then everything was done cooking and on the buffet so we could finally eat (I was starving)! Yum! The blogger prepped foods were very good and the buffet also included some rolls, salad and finished off with a chocolate chip bread pudding (sooo good) and berries.

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Before we left they handed everyone a gift bag with some Cigna branded products (chap stick, band-aid packet, etc) and a Disney Gift Card.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to attend this event. It made me feel re-invigorated and want to blog more, but also to seek out more bloggers to follow. I have my staples, but I’d love to read about what other people are doing.

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By the way, Cigna was promoting healthy lifestyle choices and celebrating the things that get runners to the start and finish line by using the Blippar App to Blipp images during the race weekend. I’m new to the whole Blippar thing so I’ll be spending some time figuring it out, but it looks pretty cool!

Thanks Cigna for a really cool event and thanks to Sarah for inviting me to attend!

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Hannah is an attorney from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. She started running in 2011 while preparing for the Bar Exam as a means of helping her focus on her studying. Hannah completed her first half marathon in October 2011 at the Nike Women’s Marathon in San Francisco. In 2013 she completed 13 running events including 5 half marathons, 2 10ks, 3 5ks and 3 fun races (2 color runs and a zombie run).  She enjoys setting goals and crossing things off of her “bucket list.” Follow Hannah at www.workorrun.com, where she blogs about her everyday goals and challenges.

 

Running Her First Marathon in This Year’s Goofy Challenge

The Goofy Race and a Half Challenge is just that…a BIG challenge!  Well imagine running your first marathon as part of the challenge…well that’s just Goofy!  Well that’s exactly what Gabby did this year and she killed both races!  Check it out…

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This year, during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend I completed the Goofy Challenge. Side note: this was also my first marathon! When runDisney released the Goofy Challenge 10 year anniversary medal I fell in love! I had already been considering the full marathon for 2015, but never considered Goofy until I saw the medal. I showed it to my husband and he then proceeded to convince me that not only could I complete it, but that he would do it with me (he had never run a half at this point), along with my best friend Em.

So we signed up in April and the three of us began our training in July. We modified the Jeff Galloway plan on the runDisney website. Our longest back-to-back run was 10 miles Saturday and 20 miles Sunday. Though the original plan had called for slightly longer distances, this worked for us and felt like enough training to get us to the finish line.

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Saturday morning finally rolled around and we were up at 3:30 a.m. for the half. We stayed at the Polynesian so that we could just hop on the monorail to Epcot at about 4:15 a.m. We stopped at the porta-potties and then made the cattle crawl to our corrals, while the National Anthem was being sung. I dropped back to corral M so that I could run with Em. We had about a 45-50 minute wait until it was our corrals start time. Despite the weather being colder than anticipated, I was so ready to run. I knew once I got going that I would warm up and that’s exactly what happened. I dressed up as Mr. Smee, but had to add a long sleeved shirt and capris to the outfit.

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The plan was to take it easy during the half to save our legs for the full marathon the next day. Em and I felt great after running 2:45 at Wine and Dine so that was our goal. We always run at least the first mile straight at Disney races so that the crowd thins out a little, before converting to our 4:1 run-walk intervals. Well, the crowds didn’t really thin liked we’d hoped it would after a mile (spoiler alert: it was like this the entire race!). Unfortunately, we ended up having to do a lot of weaving and dodging to get around people the duration of the race.

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These guys did a great job cheering. “Pumpin Up the Party” was playing and I find that song so catchy!

My favorite part of the half marathon is miles 4-7. You go under the Magic Kingdom sign and then through the transportation and ticket center. The energy level of the spectators there was incredible! Definitely a highlight from the races on both Saturday and Sunday. People had some hilarious signs at the TTC that also kept me chuckling. I gave out lots of high fives here.

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Then we then came up on the tunnel that takes you to the Contemporary. The DJ on top of the bridge is pretty awesome and keeps your energy level up. Then before I knew it we entered a backstage area and were headed towards Main Street USA! I couldn’t believe everything was still decorated for Christmas!

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The crowds were ok until we got to the castle where we had to walk because people just weren’t moving. I took the opportunity to get a shot looking down Main Street from the Castle.

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We headed past the Grand Floridian and Polynesian and back down World Drive. I really enjoyed the music that they were blasting between miles 11-12 prior to entering Epcot. They had a large screen with cartoons on it that kind of went with the music.

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We didn’t stop for a picture with the Mime or Genie and Abu because the lines were crazy, but here are some random people with them.

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Right before entering Epcot there was a DJ blasting “I Wanna Dance with Somebody” by Whitney Houston and that gave me a huge burst of energy and I was ready to finish strong! We dashed through Epcot in what seemed like a few seconds, passed the Gospel Choir and there it was – the finish line! We finished in 2:59:32 and were feeling great! One third of the Goofy Challenge was now complete. After lots of stretching we headed back to the Poly to relax for the rest of the day.

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We once again woke up at 3:30 am, but were definitely dragging a little more than the day prior. After getting dressed and going outside we were pleasantly surprised that the weather was much warmer than the day before! So we walked to the TTC and boarded a monorail directly to Epcot. I was a ball of emotion the day of the marathon.

The first 8 miles of the course are the same as the half. I was excited to see what the speedway had in store for us. First of all, I was not expecting the steady decline that was immediately followed up by a steady incline to get onto the speedway. Overall, the speedway wasn’t bad. I just had no idea just how huge it would be from the inside!

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Mile 11 brought the smelliness of the water treatment plant on Disney property. I found it hilarious that they had signs with fun facts all along the road where the treatment plant was. I guess they thought it would occupy our minds from the smell.

Next up was Animal Kingdom! Outside of Animal Kingdom they had some animals with signs/bibs on. It was adorable! It felt like Animal Kingdom went by in the blink of an eye. Before I knew it, we were crossing the split timer for the half marathon!

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Miles14-17 lead us to ESPN wide world of sports. Around mile 16 there was a DJ blasting the best songs at the top of a slight hill. Cameron and I loved this part of the race! My husband teaches 3rd grade and his kids love Phineas and Ferb. When we saw them around mile 16 with no line we knew we had to stop. (I’ve never even seen the show, haha!)

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ESPN was pretty boring, which I had already mentally prepared myself for. Around mile 18 I started to struggle which continued through mile 22. There was a weird hill/slant combo between miles 21-22 that was awful. My legs just weren’t having it and hurt pretty badly.

 

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When we got to Hollywood Studios I was expecting there to be a mass amount of people cheering, but it turned out that not many people were in the park at that time. The disco tunnel had flashing lights, but no music playing which was really strange. Leaving Hollywood Studios there were a lot of people lining the course outside of the park which was awesome! I love this part of the course when we get to run around the boardwalk and towards Epcot. I saw two girls from #TeamSparkle cheering by the slight uphill heading toward Epcot. It was exactly what I needed to get me through the last portion of the race.

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Photo Credit: Sparkle Athletic

We saw the mile 25 sign and I told Cameron I just wanted to run the rest of the race and he agreed. Epcot was a complete blur I just wanted to see that finish line so badly. When we hit the 26th mile marker I was holding in tears because I knew I wouldn’t be able to breathe if I started crying. We crossed the finish line and all of the built up emotion hit me and I broke down. It was an incredible moment.

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Finishers

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Goofy Challenge Overview

Doing the Goofy Challenge as my first marathon was definitely risky. Prior to the start of training the longest run I had ever done was 14 miles. Luckily, my body adapted well to running longer distances. I feel that if you train properly (logging enough miles, stretching, icing, foam rolling) then Goofy Challenge is an attainable goal, even as your first marathon. Just be prepared that your life will revolve around training on the weekends. Completing the runs scheduled for Saturday and Sunday is the key to completing Goofy Challenge as it preps your body for what is to come.

Something new this year with the Goofy Challenge is that they took your picture with your bib at the expo. Then after you finished the half and full you also had your picture taken as proof of finishing (along with your time). After the full marathon they used a computer to type in your bib number and verify that you qualified for the Goofy medal. Dopey Challengers did the same thing. This replaced the prior armband system.

Overall, WDW Marathon weekend was an awesome experience and I’m so lucky to have been present two years in a row! The feeling of being surrounded by so many people who have the same passion that I do is indescribable. I now wonder what it would be like to run a marathon on fresh legs…hmmm. Hopefully I’ll find out someday!

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Celebrating with Goofy was a must!

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My name is Gabby and I blog over at The Running Goober. I live in Virginia and work as a Registered Nurse. Running and strength training are my favorite ways to stay active. I started distance running in the fall of 2013 and ran my first half marathon at Disney World in January 2014. Since then I have completed 5 more half-marathons and 1 full marathon.

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