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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Spectacular Races in the Most Magical Setting in the World, January 7- 10, 2010
Your magical celebration awaits you from the moment you cross the starting line! Join thousands of athletes from around the globe as they lace up their running shoes during the WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA. In addition to the marathon, the weekend features a half-marathon, Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K, Mickey’s Marathon Kids’ Festival and a first rate Health and Fitness Expo at the state-of-the-art Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Spectacular Races in the Most Magical Setting in the World, January 7- 10, 2010


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By Noreen Cohen
Posted Tuesday, 21 July, 2009

The Disney name is synomous with quality entertainment for the whole family. And they bring that same standard of excellence to road racing and sports. Walt Disney World is a magical place where children of all ages enjoy surroundings with the magic of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Snow White, Cinderella, Dumbo, Pinocchio and Peter Pan. It is the place where the fun never stops! It will be your favorite place to run! These events provide a high voltage weekend filled with fun and competition for the whole family. You can take home an exclusive Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or Goofy medal to keep the magic alive.

Event Highlights
One of the best aspects of the WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon Weekend is that there is a race option here for runners of all ages and abilities. You are sure to find one that is just the right challenge for you and every member of your family! Marathon and Half Marathon participants will receive many unique extras including commemorative Champion Race Technical shirts, especially themed Kodak single use cameras, Disney entertainment, custom finisher’s certificate, goody bags, post race refreshments, a personalized Disney theme bib (register by 11/1/09), and more!

Runners in the full marathon traverse the delightful 26.2-mile course that winds through four theme parks. The course Starts at Epcot, where fascinating discoveries of science and technology meet in a remarkable combination of amusement park and world’s fair. Runners continue through the Magic Kingdom, the heart and soul of Walt Disney World with its sparkling sidewalks and beautifully landscaped grounds. Home to many major crowd pleasing attractions as well as Disney character meet-and-greet locations, the Magic Kingdom is not a small world after all. Marathoners are in for a treat as they continue their wonderful journey to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, with acres and acres of savanna and a wildlife preserve. One sight that is sure to inspire runners is the magnificent Tree of Life that rises 145 feet, towering over all other trees. Next stop is Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a re-creation of Hollywood as it might have been in the good old days complete with art deco storefronts, palm trees, pastel buildings and flashy neon. Runners can expect an exhilarating marathon finish at Epcot with inspirational music on the home stretch, and the highly coveted Mickey Mouse medal at the finish.

The half-marathon is the perfect distance for first timers as well as more seasoned runners. If you want to get your hands on the Donald Duck medal, this is the way to go! Half marathoners will take their mark and draw their inspiration from Donald Duck on Saturday, January 9th for the 13.1-mile course through Walt Disney World as they step into a world of fantasy and timeless adventures starting at the Magic Kingdom and finishing at Epcot, a fitting tribute to a world in which you can touch tomorrow and travel the world fueled by the power of imagination.

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Looking for a running challenge that is off the charts? Let Goofy be your guide in this two-day race format. Run both the half-marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday for a combined total of 39.3 miles. It is only fitting that this kind of endurance and bravery should be rewarded with the one and only, and now most coveted Goofy medal.

Family Fun Run
Why not get the whole family involved in the fun and fitness of running? The 2010 Family Fun Run on Friday, January 8th is the perfect way to let everyone get in on the action and thrills. This 5K course in the Walt Disney World Resort has no shortage of magic and adventure. Participants will receive finishers medallions, Disney theme t-shirts, post race refreshments, goody bags and more.

Mickey’s Marathon Kids’ Festival
You will be delighted to watch the young ones have their healthy fun in these just-for-kids races. Get ready to smile as those triumphant faces cross the finish line. Children 13 and under can participate in races ranging from the Mickey Mile to the Diaper Dash. All kids’ races take place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th starting at 11:00 a.m. Participants will receive a Disney themed t-shirt, finisher’s medallion, goody bag and more.

Health and Fitness Expo
Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex is certainly worth the trip alone! This 220 acre facility is host to more than 170 amateur and professional events each year. This three day Expo is a real crowd pleaser complete with celebrity runner appearances, seminars on training, racing, nutrition, and the latest in running and fitness equipment.

The Expo will feature a Speaker Series with celebrities of the sport interacting with all who attend. There will be a Questions-and-Answers session as well as time to get your favorite celebrity runner’s autograph!

All runners will attend the expo for race number, T-shirt, and packet pick up.

For more information regarding dates and times for any of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events, please visit the race website at for additional information.

There will also be a variety of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend merchandise for sale. You can also check the race website for information about a variety of commemorative items to help you celebrate your special accomplishment, including limited edition pins, collectible posters featuring your running picture, fine art prints and personalized plaques engraved with your name and chip time. Official race photos on the course and at the finish line will be posted one week after the event.

The long standing Disney commitment to produce unparalleled recreational and entertainment experiences will exceed your wildest imagination during the entire Marathon Weekend. Count on Disney to create a one-of-a-kind running experience that offers creative fun, unique and thrilling attractions, and of course, magic galore. This world class marathon event lives up to the Disney name in every way possible. Depend on Disney for the utmost in pre-race planning, race organization, and their amazing array of amenities in the world’s number one vacation destination—a magical experience for all before, during, and after the races!

Welcome to Walt Disney World
With 47 square miles, Walt Disney World is twice the size of Manhattan! It contains four major theme parks plus water parks, and other attractions. And although a visit there figures prominently in every kid’s wish list, you don’t have to be a kid to have a great time. There are many decidedly grown-up amenities, including golf courses, spas and fine hotels and restaurants.

Thousands of visitors fly into Orlando, the point of arrival for most Disney vacationers. It is easy to get to with an abundance of flights from all around the country. Located two hours from Tampa to the west, St Augustine to the northeast, it is within one hour of the Kennedy Space Center and many Atlantic beaches. The area has many other interesting offerings including nature and wildlife viewing, historic and cultural activities, and other recreational activities that are a part its unique vibrancy.

Register Today
Registration is currently open for the Walt Disney World Marathon, Goofy Race and a Half Challenge, Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K, and Mickey’s Marathon Kids’ Festival. These races are filling up quickly so don’t delay, your happy ending is just waiting for you. There has never been a better time to bring the whole family to celebrate everyone’s achievement. This is one racing opportunity where the fun doesn’t end when you cross the finish line. Take advantage of this unique experience to participate in a world class sporting event and enjoy all of the amenities of the world’s number one vacation destination; a place and a race where dreams really can come true.



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