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New Twists and Turns Coming to 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Course

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

The countdown has begun to the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan. 13, 2013, and not surprisingly, our runDisney folks are hard at work putting their creative juices together to come up with some fun new twists for the race.

So far they have added some special entertainment along the 20th mile to commemorate the 20th anniversary and added a post-race party at Downtown Disney. They are also working on the creation of a special 20th anniversary medal, which I’ll reveal later.

But the latest development that I can share with you now involves some unique twists to the course. Here’s a hint: the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon is going to have some “high-speed’’ elements that will knock this race “out of the ballpark.’’

Think you have it figured out?

Well, just check out this video for all of the new details about the fun enhancements to the 26.2-mile course that will go through the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks – and a few other places you probably never dreamed about.

If you want to get in on the fun, just sign up at for the marathon or any of the other family-oriented races taking place here during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, Jan. 10-13.

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  • I hope that with the changing of the course and getting to Animal Kingdom earlier that the option to ride Expedition Everest will still be available to some of us. It has been my goal to get to that point so I could ride it and still finish on time. I know that that spot is a very important thing to lots of the Full Marathon runners.

  • I’m happy to see the new course. I’d love to see maps on display at the expo of the evolution of the marathon course over the years, especially going back to before Animal Kingdom – what was the route back then?

  • I’ll be there! Looking forward to earning that Marathon medal with the big Mickey Mouse ears… I’m really, really hoping that the special anniversary medal will have that classic Mickey silhouette shape (like it used to a few years back!)!

  • This will be my 5th Disney Race and my first Full Marathon! I’m so excited to run on Disney Speedway and through WWOS. Can’t wait to see all my fellow Run Disney enthusiasts out there! Less than 8 months to go!

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