WDW Marathon Weekend

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runDisney offers Walt Disney World guests the opportunity to participate in a number of races ranging from 100-meter dashes to full marathons.

In recent years the crown jewel of the Endurance Series has been the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend held in January. This weekend has spawned two other notable weekends, the Princess Half Marathon Weekend in the spring and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend in the fall.

The Endurance Series half and full marathon races offers guests the chance to not only test their endurance but also gives them an opportunity to do so while running through the Walt Disney World theme parks.

Persons who complete one WDW Marathon or Half Marathon AND the Disneyland Half in the same year get a special "Coast to Coast' medal, which features Walt and Mickey at the Partners Statue.

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile race. Its course takes runners from Epcot to Magic Kingdom and back to Epcot. In recent years it has seen about 20,000 participants, who are required to complete the race in 3.5 hours (a 16 minute per mile pace). The Half Marathon tends to reach registration capacity before the full marathon. This race takes place on Saturday of Marathon weekend. Those who finish within the 3.5-hour time limit receive a Donald Duck medal.

The Walt Disney World Marathon is a 26.2-mile race with a course that takes runners through all four Disney theme parks. This is a very popular race with also almost 20,000 registered participants every year. The pace requirement is 16 minutes per mile. This race takes place on Sunday of Marathon weekend. Those who finish within the 7-hour time limit receive a Mickey medal.

Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge invites those who are "Goofy" enough to do it to run both the Half Marathon and the Marathon. Runners who successfully complete both races within the 3.5 hour and 7 hour time limits receive an additional "Goofy" medal in addition to the Donald and Mickey finisher medals.

In addition to the longer races there are shorter races geared to the whole family:

The Family Fun Run 5K on Friday morning and the Mickey's Marathon Kid's Fest on Friday and Saturday. The 5K takes place at Epcot and the Kids' Races take place at the Wide World of Sports complex. Kids' events are for those ages 13 and under and include the "Mickey Mile", 100m, 200m and 400m races, and a "Diaper Dash".

In conjunction with Marathon Weekend, specially priced theme park tickets are available for on-line purchase to those registered for an event, as well as their family and friends. These tickets are usually very nicely discounted - up to $80 savings. The tickets are only valid for a period of time before or after the event. The time period is not specified, but is at least a week before/after the Marathon.

Typically Disney provides the necessary link and a password code in one or more of the race update email messages they send out periodically to registered participants.

Please visit The Official Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Page for more information on this event.