Registration is Now Open for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Registration is now open for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!  2013 marks the 20th anniversary of this race weekend in which time it has grown to the largest racing weekend in the country.  For the weekend of January 10 – 13, around 55,000 participants  will descend upon the Walt Disney World Resort for a unique chance to run through the theme park and resorts.

Mickey Mile Map

Over the course of 4 days, runDisney will host a slew of races for participants of all ages and athletic ability.  The weekend actually begins on Thursday with the opening of the Health & Fitness Expo and various kids races in the afternoon, including the Diaper Dash and the Mickey Mile.  All of these events will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the kids races will continue through the weekend.  If you are going to be in the area on Thursday, this is probably your best day to go to the Expo.  Since this is such a busy weekend, this is sure to be the least busy of all of the days.

Family Fun Run 5K Map

The Family Fun Run 5K will take place on Friday morning.  The course will take participants through Epcot and have Disney entertainment along the way.  This is a great race for character pictures and fun with the whole family since the race is not officially timed.  This is the same course as the Tangled Royal Family 5K I participated in in February.  Read my race recap here to see more about the course.

Half Marathon Map

Saturday marks the beginning of the competitive races with the Walt Disney World Half marathon.  This course will take participants through the Walt Disney Resort, into the Magic Kingdom, through Cinderella’s Castle and finishing at Epcot.  This is a fantastic course and in true Disney style, there will be a wide array of entertainment along the way.  Check out my recap of the Princess Half Marathon here which is on the some course.  This race is also the first day of the Goofy Challenge, where runners take part in both the half marathon and the marathon the follow day.  That is seriously goofy!

The race weekend culminates with the 20th Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday morning.  This grueling 26.2 mile race is made more bearable when you get to run though all 4 Disney parks and past many of the gorgeous resort areas.  If you have enough time, you may even get to ride some attractions.  I know a few people who rode Expedition Everest during this year’s race!  Since this is the 20th anniversary of race, there is sure to be some great bling for everyone who participates.  That alone is making me think of doing it!

Inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon Medal

In 2012, runDisney introduced the Chip & Dale Marathon Relay during the Walt Disney World Marathon.  This seemed to be a popular event, but it will not be returning this year.  I do not have specific information as to why, but I’m assuming it was logistically challenging.

Don’t forget that DVC members receive a discount on runDisney events!  Make sure to visit your member page to obtain the discount codes.  You will find the runDisney logo at the bottom of the home page.

Pricing for the races are as follows:

Walt Disney World Marathon

  • $150 by June 19, 2012
  • $170 between June 20 and September 25, 2012
  • $190 on or after September 26, 2012

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

  • $150 by June 19, 2012
  • $170 between June 20 and September 25, 2012
  • $190 on or after September 26, 2012

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

  • $320 by June 19, 2012
  • $350 between June 20 and September 25, 2012
  • $380 on or after September 26, 2012

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

  • $55 per participant
  • $60 per Stroller division participant

runDisney Kids’ Races

  • $10 per child

Mickey Mile

  • $25 per child

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 Thursday, January 10th.  Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend.

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