For years, runDisney fans have been creating their own challenge over Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend by doing the 5K, Half Marathon and Full Marathon. This has been know in the community as the Dopey Challenge. Well it seems that runDisney has picked up on the popularity of this challenge and has made it an OFFICIAL event for 2014!
But of course they have taken it one step further! Along with the Dopey Challenge comes a brand new race for WDW Marathon Weekend…a 10K with a brand new Minnie Mouse medal! This is following in the footsteps of the popularity of the Disneyland 10K that was announced earlier this year and the requests for other race lengths from the running community. To accommodate this new race, WDW Marathon Weekend will be starting a day earlier (Wednesday, January 8th) in 2014. The 5K will now be on Thursday, the 10K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Full Marathon on Sunday.
So back to the Dopey…if you are crazy enough to accept the challenge (I know I am not!), you will need to complete the 5K, 10K, Half marathon and Full marathon. That’s 48.6 miles in 4 days. That is seriously Dopey! Oh and you can do it all for the bargain basement price of $495 when registration opens on April 9th. Ok…now pick your jaw up off the floor.
I have mixed feelings about this addition, with the safety of this much running over 4 days being my main concern. There are many people who will want to do this for the bling…you will leave the weekend with 6 medals (yes, 6 medals!) which is pretty cool, but just think of the toll that takes on ones body. But I guess with the proper time and training, anything is possible! I think I need to let all this sink in a bit…
What do you think of the new Dopey Challenge? Will you be attempting it??
Here is the official press release from runDisney:
Dopey Challenge Among Dizzying Enhancements for 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend
Four-racechallenge will produce six-medal opportunity for runners; New Walt Disney World 10K expands weekend event to five days; popular Runner’s World Challenge returns
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (March 22, 2013) – After celebrating its 20th anniversary earlier this year, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna is getting even bigger next year and is offering runners another challenge that will be, well, Dopey.
The 2014 Disney Marathon Weekend, Jan. 8-12, will expand to five days and will include a 10K, along with the Family Fun Run 5K, the Disney Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge. That creates the opportunity for an unparalleled proposition in the running industry: The Dopey Challenge – running all four timed events in successive days (48.6 miles) for the chance to earn an unprecedented six medals.
After the Disney Family Fun Run 5K on Thursday, runDisney’s new Walt Disney World 10K, a 6.2-mile timed event, takes place Friday, at Epcot. Runners completing the race will receive a Minnie Mouse inspired medal.
As in past years, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon will be run on Saturday followed by the Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday. Runners who complete both – Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – will receive a special Goofy-themed medal. Add on the 5K and the 10K and runners can earn four medals, one for each race completed, plus the Goofy and new Dopey Challenge medals, for a total haul of six medals.
Inaddition to those four races, the Disney Marathon Weekend will feature runDisney Kids Races and the Mickey Mile, which both take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Special ticketed breakfasts with characters will be Thursday and Friday following the Family Fun Run 5K and 10K at Epcot, Pasta in the Park parties at Epcot and runners can celebrate their accomplishments from the weekend at the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney on Sunday.
The expanded five-day race weekend begins on Wednesday with the start of Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo, giving runners extra time to pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology, and meet experts such as runDisney official training consultant Jeff Galloway andrunDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus. The expo is free and open to the public.
Online registration for all Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events opens April 9, but runners can enter early by signing up for the Runner’s World Challenge starting April 2. This limited opportunity allows runners to register for the Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy Challenge or Dopey Challenge, receive customized training plans from Runner’s World magazine editors and enjoy VIP experiences throughout weekend.
For more information and to register for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events and otherrunDisney races, go to www.runDisney.com.