Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

walt-disney-world-marathon-weekendConsisting of 4 races, 2 challenges and tons of other events, Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is the largest and most popular of all the runDisney race weekends. Every year on the first full weekend in January, over 100,000 runners and spectators from all over the world arrive at the Walt Disney World Resort for all of the festivities.

Whether you are a seasoned veteran or have only been pounding the pavement for a few months, you are sure to find an event for you during Marathon Weekend. The races include a Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and Kids Races for the little ones. If those single races aren’t enough for you, there is Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (Half & Full Marathons) and the Dopey Challenge (5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons) if you’re crazy up for it. There is also the Castaway Cay Challenge which involves a 4-night trip on the Disney Cruise Line after you run through the parks. Oh and let’s not forget the VIP Race Retreat and Runner’s World Challenge and the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo that kicks off the whole weekend!

The following is information on Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  Please refer to each individual event for more detailed information.  For all blog posts related to Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, click here.


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Events

Walt Disney World Marathon
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Walt Disney World 10K
Walt Disney World 5k
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Dopey Challenge
Castaway Cay Challenge
Kids Races
Health & Fitness Expo
Race Retreat
Runner’s World VIP
ChEAR Squad


Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Event Schedule

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
12:00 pm – 8:00 pm runDisney Health & Fitness Expo

Thursday, January 5, 2017
6:00 am Walt Disney World 5K
10:00 am – 7:00 pm runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
11:00 am runDisney Kids Races
12:30 pm One Mile Run

Friday, January 6, 2017
5:30 am Walt Disney World 10K
10:00 am – 7:00 pm runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
11:00 am runDisney Kids Races
12:30 pm One Mile Run

Saturday, January 7, 2017
3:00 am – 10:00 am Race Retreat
5:30 am Walt Disney World Half Marathon
10:00 am – 4:00 pm runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
11:00 am runDisney Kids Races
12:30 pm One Mile Run

Sunday, January 8, 2017
3:00 am – 10:00 am Race Retreat
5:30 am Walt Disney World Marathon


General Race Weekend Information

All race participants  MUST attend the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo to turn in signed waivers and pick-up race packets.

Click here to print your race waiver 
Click here for more information on the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo

Race-Transportaion-SignAll Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, including Shades of Green and the Swan and Dolphin are Host Hotels for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  Look for signs and runDisney officials for the location of your resort’s transportation.  Transportation times to the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo are as follows:

Wednesday, January 4
From Host Resorts to Expo: 11:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m. (For VIP Race Retreat Runners ONLY begins at 9:30 a.m.)
Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 8:30 p.m.

Thursday, January 5
From Host Resorts to Expo: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 7:30 p.m.

Friday, January 6
From Host Resorts to Expo: 9:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, January 7
From Host Resorts to Expo: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Transportation from Expo to Host Resorts concludes at 4:30 p.m.

Transportation methods and times for the races will vary per day and per hotel – please refer to each race for times.

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