ChEARs to 30 Years of the runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon!

Sarah Harris

by , Disney Sports Social Community Manager

It’s been 30 years of runDisney miles, memories and magic and it all started with the Walt Disney World Marathon. We’re less than one month away until the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by State Farm and we’re gearing up for a weekend full of 90’s retro vibes, iconic characters and a glimpse into the runDisney of years past! Speaking of years past, in celebration of this momentous anniversary year, we’re sharing a look back at the very first Walt Disney World Marathon that took place in January of 1994!

Mickey Mouse at the very first Walt Disney World Marathon in January, 1994

Growing over the years from just one endurance event to now four races and two challenges, the course has expanded from running through just three theme parks to now weaving the magical 26.2 miles through all four of Walt Disney World’s current theme parks. Check out the original course map:

The original course map for the very first Walt Disney World Marathon in January, 1994

What a start-line moment! Runners lined up and kicked off their 26.2 miles at the start line near EPCOT with spectacular fanfare.

The very first Walt Disney World Marathon in January, 1994

No runDisney race would be complete without a themed finisher medal. Though the design has changed over the years, one thing has remained – a nod to one of our favorite characters to celebrate, Mickey Mouse!

Who’s excited for the 30th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon? We would love to see your event photos! Share your magical moments with us on social using #WDWMarathon.

For more information on this year’s and other runDisney events, click here


  • Que emoción!!!, será mi decima participación del Weekend y viajando desde Argentina.

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