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runDisney Unveils ‘90s Retro-Themed Medals for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Sarah Harris

by , Disney Sports Social Community Manager

Get ready to lace up those (not-so high-top) sneakers and prepare for a totally rad runDisney race weekend as we throw it back for the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by State Farm! It’s a four-park running celebration that’s been 30 years in the making and we invite you to join us for a weekend with a dose of 90’s retro vibes, iconic characters and a glimpse into the runDisney of years past.

Featuring our largest 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 30 years of runDisney with colorful designs paying homage to the decade this race weekend got its start. Get a first look at what will be awaiting runners at the finish line:

Walt Disney World 5K Medal

Walt Disney World 5K

Starting the race weekend off on the right paw, Pluto joins runners for a ‘paws’itvely exciting event for the Walt Disney World 5K. Runners will be keepin’ things cool on a 3.1-mile course that’s perfect for the entire family to enjoy.

Walt Disney World 10K Medal

Walt Disney World 10K

Watch out for double trouble as Chip ‘n’ Dale make their way for the Walt Disney World 10K. Miss out on an exciting 6.2-mile course through the theme parks? AS IF!

Walt Disney World Half Marathon Medal

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Why you oughta … gear up for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon with this year’s race highlighting our fine feathered friends, Donald and Daisy Duck. Join these two on a rad 13.1-mile course and bounce to the finish line.

Walt Disney World Marathon Medal

Walt Disney World Marathon

A race event that’s been 30 yEARs in the making, Mickey and Minnie join runners in celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon! Make your way through the Walt Disney World Resort on a 26.2-mile course and earn this fabulous BLING.

Walt Disney World Goofy Race Medal

Goofy Race and a Half Challenge

Up for a challenge? Runners taking on both the Walt Disney World Half and Full Marathons in a 39.3-mile adventure can do so along with everyone’s pal Goofy during the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge.

Walt Disney World Dopey Challenge Medal

Dopey Challenge

What’s the 4-1-1 on running all four races? The Dopey Challenge, of course. Finish all four race events for a total of 48.6 miles and earn some serious bling!

For those wanting to add a little character to their at-home miles, join us virtually and run on a course of your choosing! Whether you take to your favorite local trail, jog around your neighborhood or even run on a treadmill for 3.1 to 48.6 miles, you’ll be part of the magic. Learn more about Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events here.

Which finisher medal are you majorly excited to earn? Let us know at @runDisney on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using #WDWMarathon.

Comments

  • WOW!!!!! 🥳Just read runDisney will return to DISNEYLAND 2024

  • Really miss having an actual race around the park at Disneyland. Wish you brought back runDisney to California.

  • Excited to start my New Year off this way and hope to join more 5ks!!!

  • I think these medals look great. I can’t wait to run in January!!

  • These are awful. Seriously, someone is going to run four races and get this pile of garbage? It’s insulting. They look like they are for a little children. Disney you could’ve done better. So disappointed and probably won’t be doing this again.

  • I have enjoyed doing the Challenges. I can only do the virtual. I have to admit that these medals look plastic with rubber on them. I won’t be doing that one. DIsney has so many Characters and they keep using the same ones. If your going to use the same ones, please try Beauty and the Beast , Lion King What about a Dog Challenge or cat again. As far as the princesses go. I dont like the new images that Disney did with the new style. Because of that new sickly style the characters I just can’t bring myself up to it anymore and I won’t participated in any more. Until they make changes back . I will say that Disney has had the most gorgeous medals Dont change them for worst

  • I have enjoyed doing the Challenges. I can only do the virtual. I have to admit that these medals look plastic with rubber on them. I won’t be doing that one. DIsney has so many Characters and they keep using the same ones. If your going to use the same ones, please try Beauty and the Beast , Lion King What about a Dog Challenge or cat again. As far as the princesses go. I dont like the new images that Disney did with the new style. Because of that new sickly style the characters I just can’t bring myself up to it anymore and I won’t participated in any more. Until they make changes back .

  • Love the medals. Marathon and Dopey are especially exciting. My 10th Dopey and excited to get the 10!!!

  • Love them! Looks so cute! Can’t wait to participate in the half!

  • At least they got rid of the Ugly Oswald medals as a theme. I kind of like the Chip & Dale and Pluto Medals. Agree the rest are hideous.

  • So much critique of the design. This will be my 30th consecutive WDW marathon…every medal is unique…but more unique is the experience. The medal is simply the cherry on top😊 EnJOY the journey and the medal…it’s well deserved!

  • Hideous.

  • Can I get last years instead? These are so ugly. Lived the 90’s was not a fan the first time.

  • I am looking forward to earning my first 5k medal in January, even though it’s virtual and will probably be in the snow! 🙂

  • I can’t wait to earn my 1st medal with Pluto on it even though I have to do it virtually and probably in the snow! So excited!

  • Not a fan. Not at all.
    I have done 4 Goofys and 1 solo marathon. I still have all my Disney medals. These look like they still in a cartoon and made of plastic (I expect they will actually be medal). Not a fan of the theming for 2023 at all (I love my set from 2022).

  • I can’t wait to earn these medals in January! I’ll be back for my fourth Dopey challenge!

    Quick question though, the article mentions, “six races and three challenges,” during the marathon weekend. Aren’t there only four races and two challenges?

  • Medals continue to disappoint while prices go up. Easy math for me to skip events