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2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

logo.pngThe annual Walt Disney World Marathon takes place every January, and is actually several different marathons over the space of a weekend.

The Walt Disney World Marathon 

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Start/Finish: Epcot

The main marathon event, "The Walt Disney World Marathon" is a 26.2 mile track, taking you through all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Walt Disney World SPEEDWAY. The marathon starts at Epcot before continuing on to each park in addition to the Wide World of Sports and the SPEEDWAY, before reurning back to Epcot where the marathon ends. 

Disney provide entertainment on the course with characters making an appearance along the way. A family reunion area is also provided with live entertainment and more Disney characters.

Guests taking part on the full marathon will receive:

  • ChampionUnisex Long-Sleeved Marathon Tech Shirt in Women's or Men's Cut
  • All new commemorative Mickey Mouse Finisher Medal
  • Official Race Program Guide
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race with live runner tracking signup for friends and family
  • Personalized results website

Map layout from the 2013 event:

Walt Disney World 2013 Marathon Course Map

The Walt Disney World Half-Marathon

Date: Saturday, January 11, 2014
Start/Finish: Epcot

The half marathon event runs on the Saturday morning of the Marathon Weekend and takes you on a 13.1 mile course from Epcot, through the Magic Kingdom and then back to Epcot. Disney offer this as a great alternative to the full Marathon and ideal for those new to marathon running. As with the main event, Disney provide entertainment along the course, a family reunion area with live entertainment and access to the Sunday after party at Downtown Disney.

Guests taking part in the half-marathon will receive:

  • Champion Long-Sleeved Half Marathon Tech Shirt in Woman's or Men's Cut
  • Donald Duck Finisher medal
  • Official Race Program Guide
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race with live runner tracking signup for friends and family
  • Personalized results website

Map layout for the event:

2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon Course Map

Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge

Date: Saturday, January 11 - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Start/Finish: Epcot

Participants take place in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, in addition to the full marathon on the Sunday, completing a 39.3 mile adventure! If you complete both of the races within the pacing requirements, you are awarded the coveted Goofy medal, in addition to the Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse finisher medals. 

Guests taking part in Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge will received all items in both the full and half marathons, in addition to a special Goofy finisher medal.

Walt Disney World 10K (SOLD OUT)

Date: Friday, January 10, 2014 at 5:30 am
Start/Finish: Epcot

New for 2014, the Walt Disney World 10K Marathon is a 6.2 mile course through Epcot's World Showcase. The 10K is pegged as being ideal for runners of all skill levels, winding through the scenic surroundings of the World Showcase.

Guests taking part in the Walt Disney World 10K will recieve:

  • Champion Long-Sleeved Tech Shirt in Woman's or Men's Cut
  • 10K Finisher Medal
  • Official Race Program Guide
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race with live runner tracking signup for friends and family

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

Date: Thursday, January 9, 2013 at 6:15 am
Start/Finish: Epcot

A 5 kilometer (3.1 miles) family run, winding through an empty Epcot. The run starts in the backlot area of Epcot, you enter through the side of the Mexico pavilion, passing all the way around the World Showcase, before leaving the park through International Gateway, where you go behind the scenes and back through the Canada Pavilion. You then go thorough Futureworld, under Spaceship Earth, finishing up between the Universe of Energy and the (defunct) Wonders of Life pavilion.

This run is ideal for the family and lets you see Epcot in a completely unusual state - its empty! 

Guests participating in the Disney Family Run Run 5K will receive:

  • 5K Unisex T-shirt
  • 5K Finisher medallion
  • Official Race Program Guide
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • On-course and post-race refreshments

Stroller Walk Division

As part of the 5K course, guests with strollers can walk the 5K run with their children. Guests who take part in the Stroller Walk Division will receive:

  • One 5K Unisex T-shirt
  • Two 5K Finisher medallions
  • Official Race Program Guide
  • iGiftBag
  • One personalised bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • On-course and post-race refreshments

There is a pacing requirement for the Stroller Walk Division, and is the same as the 5K (maintain a pace of 16 minutes per mile or faster).

2013 Walt Disney World Family 5K Marathon Course Map

Dopey Challenge

Date: Thursday, January 9 - Sunday, January 12, 2014
Start/Finish: Epcot

The Dopey Challenge is a new addition for 2014 and is pegged as the ultimate challenge. Take part in four days of fun, running a total of 48.6 miles. Participants will take part in the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon. If you manage to complete all races within the pacing requirements set for you, you will be awarded the Goofy Race and Half Challenge Medal, as well as the brand new Dopey Challenge finisger medal. Access to the Downtown Disney After Party on Sunday evening is also included.

Guests participating in the Dopey Challenge will recieve:

  • Champion Long-Sleeved Tech Shirt in Woman's or Men's Cut
  • Champion Cotton Unisex T-Shirt
  • Special Dopey Finisher Medal
  • Commemorative Medals for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, 10K finisher medal and the 5K finisher medalion (totalling 6 medals)
  • Official Race Program Guide
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race
  • Personalized results website

Runners World Challenge (SOLD OUT)

The Runners World Challenge provides entry to the Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge and the Dopey Challenge. This is the ultimate challenge, and includes a complete custom training plan, connections with Runner's World experts and editors. You can get full coaching by Runners World experts and editors as well as exclusive advice on training, nutrition and injury prevention, and be treated like a VIP during the race weekend.

Gusts participating in the Runners World Challenge will recieve:

  • Entry and preferred corral placement to the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge or the new Dopey Challenge (5K, 10k, Half and Marathon)
  • A membership in a 16-week training plan designed by The Runner's World Experts, and Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, who has coached hundreds of elites, celebs, and everyday runners
  • Weekly e-mails from Bart with guidance on training, nutrition, injury prevention, and motivation
  • One year of access to the Runner's World Challenge experts on nutrition, training, and injury-prevention
  • Access to a private Runner's World Challenge web site, where you connect with other runners training for the race
  • A copy of The Runner's World Complete Book of Running
  • A Runner's World Challenge tech shirt in time for your training to start
  • A four-month premium membership to Runner's World Personal Trainer, our interactive training log
  • Private packet pick-up for Runner's World Challenge participants at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
  • Pre-race course strategy session with the Runner's World experts and editors (on the afternoon of January 10, 2014)
  • Entry to the Pasta in the Park Party on Saturday night at Epcot where the Runner's World VIPs & editors will be in attendance (party includes buffet pasta dinner, live DJ, Disney characters and viewing of the fireworks spectacular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot)
  • Exclusive pre-race walkout to corrals for Runner's World Challenge participants.
  • Entry to the Race Retreat on Saturday or Sunday depending on race registration
  • Pre-race amenities include hot and cold beverages with fruit and bagels, dedicated stretching area, and private portalets & bag check
  • Post-race amenities include a nutritious buffet, massage, private portalet & bag pick up, and live results
  • Dopey Challenge participants will also receive entry into the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Breakfast in the Family Reunion Area after the 5K and 10K
  • VIP access to Post-race celebration on Sunday night at the Cool Down at Downtown Disney Area

runDisney Kids Races

Dates: Thursday, January 9 - Saturday, January 11, 2014
Kids Dashes: 11:00 am 
Mickey Mile:  12:30 pm
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex

The runDisney Kids Races take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track and Field Complex, and are great for the kids. Children aged 13 and under can take part in a number of different events and receive their very own finisher medallion. Events are based on the ages of each child, and are as follows:

  • Aged 12 months and under - Diaper Dash for crawlers
  • 1 - 3 years old - 100m dash
  • 4 - 6 years old - 200m dash
  • 7 - 8 years old - 400m dash
  • Mickey Mile - Open to all children, 13 years and under.

Participants in the Kids' Dashes receive:

  • Disney Kids Races T-shirt
  • Finisher medallion
  • Personalized bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • Post-race refreshments

Participants in the Mickey Mile will receive:

  • Disney Kids Races T-shirt
  • Finisher medallion
  • Personalized bib (if registered before Nov 1 2013)
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Mickey Mile Finisher Certificate
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race

2013 Walt Disney World Mickey Mile Marathon Course Map

Disney's Health & Fitness Expo

Dates:

  • Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 11:00 am to 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, January 9, 2014 - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Friday, January 10, 2014 - 9:00 am to 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, January 11, 2014 - 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, the Disney Health and Fitness Expo holds seminars, training and nutrition events. There are a number of speakers and panellists from the world of running. You can also pick up your race number and runners pack when at the expo. A large selection of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Merchandise is also on offer in the large hall.

Events at the expo include:

  • Speaker Series - Celebrity runner appearances with seminars on training, racing and nutrition. Each seminar lasts approximately 45 minutes.
  • Packet Pick-Up - All runners must attend the expo to collect their race number and race packet.
  • Official Race Merchandise - A large selection of marathon merchandise is offered, including commemorative items.
  • Runner Tracking Signup - Sign up your friends and family so they can track you during your run.

Pasta in the Park Party

Dates:

  • Thursday, January 9, 2014
  • Friday, January 10, 2014
  • Saturday, January 11, 2014

Buffet Dinner: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Illuminations: Reflections of Earth: 9:00 pm
Location: Epcot World ShowPlace Pavilion

Pasta in the Park Party is an evening event held for those attending any of the marathons. Guests attend a Buffet Dinner at Epcot, followed by a live DJ, and a reserved viewing area for IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth.

Menu items at the Pasta in the Park Party Buffet Dinner in 2013 included:

  • Herb Balsamic Potato Salad
  • Mixed Greens with Lite Vinaigrette and Cucumber Yogurt Dressing
  • Herb Roasted Chicken
  • Wheat Penne Pasta with Marinara Sauce
  • Bowtie Pasta with Grilled Vegetables and Basil Pesto
  • Parmesan Cheese
  • House-made Focaccia Bread with Butter
  • Whole Bananas
  • Chocolate Brownies
  • Ice Water with Lemons and Limes
  • Lemonade
  • Fruit Punch
  • Cash Bars

Ticket prices for Pasta in the Park Party in 2013 were:

  • Adults (ages 10 and up): $47.50
  • Children (ages 3-9): $28.35
  • Ticket prices do not include theme park entry, which will need to be purchased seperatly.

Breakfast

Re-fuel after your run with the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Breakfast. The breakfast is held after the 5K and 10K runs and offers a full breakfast buffet along with Disney character meet and greets, with autograph signings and photo opportunities. 

(Note a ticket for breakfast is required)

Race Retreat

Dates:

  • Saturday, January 11, 2014
    • 3:00 am - 5:30 am (runners only)
    • 5:30 am - 10:30 am (runners and Platinum ChEAR Squad only)
  • Sunday, January 12, 2014
    • 3:00 am - 5:30 am (runners only)
    • 5:30 am - 1:30 pm (runners and Platinum ChEAR Squad only)

Location: Family Reunion Area

Race Retreat allows you to experience the races as a VIP, offering amenities for runners and their family. The package includes:

  • Pre-race bagels, fruit, coffee, water and PowerAde
  • Temperature-controlled tent with lounges and outdoor seating
  • Padded stretching area
  • Private restrooms and bag check
  • Internet access to check race results
  • Brunch with hot and cold drinks
  • Changing tents
  • Self-treatment station
  • 10 minute massage ($10 per 10 minutes)
  • Family and friend meeting area
  • 2013 Marathon Weekend branded socks
  • Disney character greetings
  • Live video feed of the finish line
  • Information Station

Pricing for the Race Retreat is dependant on the marathon that you take part in:

  • Walt Disney World Half Marathon - $120
  • Walt Disney World Marathon - $120
  • Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge - $200

Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney

Date: Sunday, January 12, 2014
Location: Downtown Disney

Relax after your weekend of running at Downtown Disney at the Cool Down Party. Enjoy delicious food, great music and pick up some last minute runDisney merchandise to remember the weekend. Admission is open to race participants, their guests and the public. Special offers are available at select locations when you show your finisher medal.

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