20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Scores a Sellout Hat Trick

What an exciting week it’s been for runDisney!  First, the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon sold out in record time on September 6th.  25,000 runners will be participating in the marathon – the largest event ever!  This sell out came on the heels of the excitement around the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend.  runDisney race season has officially begun!

Then just yesterday, both the Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge reached capacity as well.  In total, there will be more than 58,000 people participating over Marathon Weekend, including 10,000 for the Goofy.  I guess those new medals really got everyone excited 🙂

That number is hard for me to wrap my brain around!  That is a lot of people descending on the Walt Disney World Resort for one weekend.  If you haven’t made hotel reservations yet, you should probably do so VERY soon.  I’ve heard that all DVC rooms are booked already.  This large number of participants also concerns me about transportation on the morning of the races.  I recall hearing horror stories of runners being trapped on busses for hours trying to get to the starting lines.  Disney always seems to improve on issues from prior years and let’s hope that’s the case in 2013 as well.

If you missed out on registering, there are still a few ways to do so.  You can register through the Runner’s World Challenge or with one of various charities that are fundraising for the race, such as Team in Training.  Registration is still available for the Family Fun Run 5K , runDisney Kids’ Races and the Mickey Mile, but those are filling up fast as well. Visit www.rundisney.com for more information.

See you in January!!

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  • Can’t believe they sold out so quickly! I’m nervous — not just about running my first marathon, but also for how crowded it will be! Hopefully everything will go smoothly!

    • Wow, that sold-out fast! I’ve done the past 4 marathons (including the blizzard of 2010) and have never had a delay on the bus ride from my Disney resort (All-Stars) to the starting area. Last year’s half-marathon, however, was a problem. My brother-in-law was on the bus from Port Orleans for more than an hour (he could have walked from his hotel room to the starting line in 10 minutes – although Disney highly discourages this!) I agree with Sarah that Disney is likely to have improvements to the transportation this January.

      I don’t know the numbers for this year, but there have always been far more runners for the half than the full – and the full has always been more relaxed in this regard. Another detail that will stress-out some first timers is that Disney usually states that you MUST be in your corral by a certain time if you want to run. This is not true, so don’t sweat it if you arrive a bit late (like me). But do count on taking about 20 or 30 minutes just to walk from the bag check-in area to your corral.

      I recommend getting a good rest the night before the race (yes, sleep might be difficult) and not worrying much about the crowds or the logistics. Disney wants you to have fun – and you will!

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