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Lots of ‘Run ‘n’ Fun’ at Disney Parks: Last Call for Entries in Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Events

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

Mickey Mouse Marathon Medal
Today, we take a look forward and a quick look back at the new runDisney series of endurance events.

Looking ahead, it’s last call to register for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA®, which takes place Jan. 6-9, 2011. It’s a weekend of “run ‘n’ fun” all across Walt Disney World Resort.

Three of the weekend’s featured events — the Walt Disney World Marathon, the Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge — are more than 90 percent filled, so athletes wanting to run these magical miles should sprint (not jog) over to for the latest registration information. There’s even a new Mickey Mouse medal for Marathon finishers this year.

While at, you can even learn from one of the most famous marathon trainers in the U.S. — former Olympian Jeff Galloway. Jeff has been running more than 40 years — that’s a lot of miles! — and has loaded the site with training videos, tips and even printable training programs.

Finally, as we look ahead to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, let’s take a quick look back at Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon, our most recent runDisney event. Starting at 10 p.m., this late-night race ended with a post-race party at Epcot World Showcase.

Gary, our “Grape-on-the-Go,” took on the 13.1 miles wearing a special costume, an homage to the inaugural endurance event and the “spirits” of the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.

Take a look at the latest runDisney fun, and let us know in the comments if you’ve ever conquered one of the endurance races at Disneyland or Walt Disney World.


  • I love doing the Disney races- I’m done just about all of them over the years: Half, Full, and Goofy in January, all of the Princess Halfs, 3 of the Disneyland Halfs, Everest Challenge, the now discontinued Minnie Marathon 15k, and Tower of Terror 13k, and most recently the Wine & Dine.

    In January I start my “year of half” as I walk a half marathon each month to celebrate turing 50 and my first half of the year will be Disney which coincidentally was also the first half I ever did- 11 years ago!

  • Is there an after party in the evening at one of the parks? Or is the Marathon Monday (which does me no good because I bought Park Hoppers)the thing this year….I think the after party is a great idea – marathoners (& fam) only in the parks – though I can see how it is costly for Disney…wait, why am I worried about costly for Disney?…they have lots of $$$$$$

  • I saw him on the course and wondered why he was wearing that get-up. Now it makes sense. I passed him during the race because I would have been depressed if someone wearing that woudl have passed me! Kudos to Disney for all the great races all year.

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