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Disney Marathon Donations Spread Warmth Across Central Florida

Kathleen Prihoda

by , Manager, Communications & Public Affairs

Hi everyone! I have a great story to share that starts with people literally taking the clothes off their backs and ends with helping a good cause.

The 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon

Participants in the 2011 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna left behind some special clothing donations that are helping thousands of Central Floridians bundle up during winter months.

Over the past two weeks, Disney has distributed more than 7 tons of clothing to those in need through Orange County Public Schools, Osceola County Public Schools, Covenant House and other Central Florida non–profit organizations. The nearly 25,000 items, such as coats, sweaters, long sleeved t-shirts and gloves, were collected by Walt Disney World Marathon organizers along the race routes on January 8 and 9.

Runners typically wear layers prior to the marathon to keep warm in the early morning hours and shed items as they make their way through the 26.2- and 13.1-mile courses. Disney textile services laundered all of the gently used items before giving them to Central Florida charities.

Disney Marathon Donations Keep Central Florida Children Warm


  • I didn’t run the race this year, but have done it many years. I always love seeing all the castoffs on the side of the roads knowing Disney will be collecting all of it for donation.

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