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Medal Reveal: Celebrating 25 Years of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Sarah Harris

by , Disney Sports Social Community Manager

We’re gearing up for an event weekend like no other as we get ready celebrate 25 years of the most magical race on Earth during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! Featuring our biggest race weekend of the season, with six races and three challenges hosted by some of our Fab Five friends and Dopey, participants will look forward to lots of fun and excitement and of course, MEDALS. This year’s medals commemorate the silver anniversary with colorful designs and lots of SPARKLE! Take a look at what you can earn this year, with limited spots still remaining for select races:

Walt Disney World Marathon 5K Medal

Starting off the race weekend celebration in the most “paw”-fect way is the Walt Disney World 5K. After an exciting run with fun for the whole family, earn a fetching medal featuring Mickey and his pal, Pluto.

Walt Disney World Marathon 10k Medal

Runners, rock those dots for a thrilling 6.2-mile run during the Walt Disney World 10K featuring hostess, Minnie Mouse. This year’s sparkly medal spotlights our favorite mouse couple together with the lanyard featuring Minnie’s signature white polka dots.

Walt Disney World Marathon Half Marathon Medal

Run, don’t waddle your way to the finish line during the Walt Disney World Half Marathon hosted by our beloved friend, Donald Duck. Enjoy a “quack”-tastic 13.1-mile course to earn this year’s medal featuring our feathered friend and his pal, Mickey Mouse.

Walt Disney World Marathon Medals

It’s a four-park celebration that’s been 25 years in the making as we end the weekend celebration with 26.2 magical miles during the Walt Disney World Marathon, with your host Mickey Mouse. This year’s spectacular medal design captures the excitement of the silver anniversary year while keeping true to the classic design elements of Mickey that have been featured throughout all the Marathon medals over the years. Don’t miss the fun spinning element in the middle of the medal!

Walt Disney World Marathon Medals

Our ‘Goofiest’ and ‘Dopiest’ participants, conquering either the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge by completing both the Half Marathon and full Marathon or the Dopey Challenge by completing the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and full Marathon, can look forward to earning these medals full of character! This year’s Dopey Challenge medal also incorporates a nod to its 5th Anniversary. Those runners looking to rack up even more miles can set sail aboard Disney Cruise Line and participate in the Disney Castaway Cay Challenge on January 10, 2018. Combine any Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend race with the Castaway Cay 5K, a 3.1-mile adventure around Disney’s beautiful private island in the Bahamas, and earn this medal showcasing the spirit of running from parks to paradise!

Walt Disney World Marathon Medals

Want to join in this year’s spectacular celebration? Limited spaces remain in select race events so check out our website to see how you can earn this exciting “bling”!

Let us know which race you’ll be participating in using the hashtag #WDWMarathon on our social channels! Follow runDisney on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram.

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  • Well… methinks I just found my next ‘Dream Goal’.

  • I hope I can get an answer by posting my question here … I’ve recently started doing virtual runs and would LOVE to be able to do that with your runs, too!! Please let me know if that is an option and tell me how to sign up!! Thank you! 🙂

  • I am on the Disney Fantasy cruise 30 Dec – 6 Jan. Will the new medals be available for the 5km run on Castaway Cay?

  • Marie..I did the same thing My first marathon was the 15th anniversary and I did the Goofy Challenge. On the 20th Anniversary I did my 20th marathon in the Goofy Challenge and my daughter did her 1st marathon. I stopped at mile 20 to get my picture with Mickey and friends for my famous 20-20-20. Now on the 25th Anniversary I will be doing my 1st Dopey Challenge. It will be my 45th marathon but even more special I will be running my 100th half marathon and my daughter-in-law will be running her 1st. The medals are FANTASTIC and the memories that go with them are priceless!!!

  • These are GREAT!! I’m so excited!!! My first marathon was the 15th anniversary; my 2nd, the 20th; and now my 3rd, the 25th! Gives me inspiration too for my training runs! Yeah runDisney!!

  • I have been waiting for this reveal and I LOVE them! Dopey is too cute and I love all the touches of glitter! I will be envisioning these during training to keep me motivated. 🙂 I wish there would be a video showcasing the medals like there was on the 20th anniversary. I couldn’t get enough of all the hype surrounding that one.

  • Do we have to wait until January to see the 2018 Coast to Coast medal? Love the 2018 marathon and Dopey medals but I picked up my C2C at DL over Labor day weekend and it is my favorite so far.

  • They look very good, thank you.

  • What’s on the other side of the spinner?

  • The medals look absolutely fantastic this year! I especially love the 25th Anniversary Marathon Medal and the Dopey Medal. This gives me fresh inspiration for my Dopey training!

  • Oh my goodness they are fabulous! – Erin (LoveDisneyRun)

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