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runDisney Announces Enhancements for Runners as Registration Opens for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Presented by Cigna

posted on April 9th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director of Non-Leisure Marketing and Sales Strategy

By now I hope you have heard about the Dopey Challenge and the Walt Disney World 10K that we will be kicking off next January as a part of the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. In addition to new medals for those races, new medals are currently being designed for the half marathon, marathon and Goofy Challenge. But we also have more good news coming as a part of our flagship runDisney weekend. In an effort to make sure runDisney events provide the best possible experience for our guests, the team will be introducing the following changes for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend:

  • We are reducing the number of runners that we are registering for the weekend, in an effort to allow more space on the course.
  • We are asking the vast majority of our runners to provide proof of time (if they have it), so we can accurately place runners of the same pace in the same corral.
  • We are adding additional corrals, with fewer people in each corral, to spread the runners across the course.
  • We are keeping the marathon course that was introduced last year for the 20th anniversary.
  • And we will now be offering women’s cut tech shirts (in addition to the men’s cut) for the 10K, half, full, Dopey Challenge and Goofy Challenge.

This year promises to be the best marathon weekend ever! And no matter what distance you are running – from 5K to the 48.6 miles of the Dopey Challenge – we are working hard to make every mile magical.

Registration opens today at noon EDT for all Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events. Dopey is off and running; are you?

Keep running!

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yulady from FL on April 9th, 2013 at 12:09 pm

When will we see the medal for the 10K and the course? It says that it’ll be around Epcot, will it be very similar to the 5K? It’s 3 more miles


Jon on April 9th, 2013 at 12:54 pm

Just registered for the 10K. This will be my first running event of any kind, so I’m pumped!


Julie on April 9th, 2013 at 3:14 pm

Sounds like some great changes! Hooray, especially, for women’s cut shirts! Regarding the corral changes, do you know if there will be improvements to the trip between the bus drop-off and the start corrals as well? 2013 was my first runDisney half, and while it was a fantastic experience overall, some members of our group weren’t able to start with their assigned corrals because the sheer mass of people walking over to the start line prevented them from making it in time.


Ashley on April 9th, 2013 at 8:55 pm

Please please please make the 5k a PLUTO medal. I really want to earn the fab five with my dopey!


Shona from SK on April 9th, 2013 at 9:28 pm

All of the changes sound great to me! I think I’m going to have to try the Dopey.


Erin from RI on April 10th, 2013 at 8:41 am

Boy runDisney…you really know how to get a runner excited! The new changes sound fantastic! All those new medals make me blush with excitement just thinking about earning them! I am going to earn them alright…all six of them! This runDisney lover is “officially” going Dopey! Bring on the races, bring on the fun, it’s time to get ready to run, run, run, run!!!!

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