Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Details

by All Things Mouse Staff on January 6, 2014
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With the  Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend just around the corner, perhaps it is time to review a few details of the event. This is not necessarily meant for those participating in the marathon activities as they receive their own specific information, it is more meant as a heads-up for those who are just planning on being at the Walt Disney World Resort during the days of the events.

For starters, activities surrounding the marathon commence on Wednesday, January 8, 2014 and continue through Sunday, January 12, 2014.  Effects on the parks and roadways vary depending upon which event is being held. Still, with tens of thousands of participants, plus their family and guests, your visit to Disney World will be affected even if you are not near an event.

The information provided below is taken from the RunDisney.com website and should help you to plan your days in Disney World accordingly:

Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna®

Sunday, January 12, 2014 – 5:30 a.m.  Start/Finish: Epcot®

The most magical race on earth!  You’re a runner who loves adventure! Your priority in a race is the course. And now you’re about to head out on the most magical course on earth during the final race of the weekend — a 26.2 mile run that’ll take you through four Walt Disney World® theme parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Walt Disney World® SPEEDWAY.

Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna®

Saturday, January 11, 2014 –  5:30 a.m.  Start/Finish:Epcot®

Saturday starts with a thrilling 13.1 run through Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot®. It’s Saturday morning and excitement fills the air as you take your place for the start of the Walt Disney World® Half-Marathon presented by Cigna®. This amazing 13.1 mile course is a runner’s delight, taking you through the magic, wonder, and sheer charm of Magic Kingdom® Park, then on to Epcot®, home of international World Showcase and Future World.

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

Saturday, January 11 – Sunday, January 12, 2014  Start/Finish: Epcot®

Take on Goofy’s Challenge – two days, four parks, 39.3 miles of fun!  There’s nothing Goofy about Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge! Its 39.3 miles and two-days of pure fun and Disney magic. Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge combines Saturday’s Half Marathon – over 13.1 miles through Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® – with Sunday’s full Marathon which covers 26.2 miles through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks including Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

Walt Disney World® 10K

Friday, January 10, 2014 – 5:30 a.m. – Start/Finish: Epcot®

Run in the newest Marathon Weekend event, the 10K! Join us for the inaugural Walt Disney World® 10K. This 6.2 mile course is the perfect distance for runners of all skill levels. Winding throughout Epcot® and the scenic World Showcase, it is the newest way to be part of the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

Thursday, January 9, 2014 – 6:15 a.m. – Start/Finish: Epcot®

Take time to run together during Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K! Invite the whole family and enjoy a great run the in the shadow of Disney’s spectacular Epcot® Theme Park during Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K. You’ll make your way through Epcot‘s® amazing Future World and then on to international World Showcase and a thrilling finish.

Dopey Challenge

Thursday, January 9 – Sunday, January 12, 2014 – Start/Finish: Epcot®

Run 48.6 miles of fun in the Dopey Challenge! Are you ready for the ultimate endurance challenge? Then take part in four days of fun for a total of 48.6 miles in the all-new Dopey Challenge! Participants will run the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon, and if you complete all four races within the pacing requirements you will be awarded the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge medal and the brand new Dopey Challenge finisher medal for a total of six pieces of “bling.”

runDisney Kids Races

Thursday, January 9 – Saturday, January 11, 2014

Kids Dashes: 11:00 a.m.

Mickey Mile: 12:00 p.m.

Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex

Every child’s a Winner during the runDisney Kids Races! Every child 13 and under who participates in the runDisney Kids Races goes home a Winner with their very own Finisher Medallion! Children 13 and under are invited to participate in the runDisney Kids Races taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.

Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo

Wednesday, January 8, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, January 9, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, January 10, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 11, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Your one-stop Headquarters for Everything Marathon Weekend! Headquarters for everything you need to prepare for race weekend is at Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Expo is where you’ll pick up your official race number and packet, check out the newest Official Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend Merchandise, and get a sneak peek at the latest in apparel and fitness equipment.

Pasta in the Park Party

Thursday, January 9 – Saturday, January 11, 2014

Buffet Dinner 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth 9:00 p.m.

Location: Epcot® World ShowPlace Pavilion

Scrumptious dinner and breathtaking light, laser, and fireworks extravaganza! The sun never sets on the fun during the Walt Disney World® Marathon weekend presented by Cigna®. Make a date to celebrate the race just run – or the race to come – at the Pasta in the Park Party evening event at Epcot®.

Breakfast

Thursday, January 09, 2014 – Friday, January 10, 2014

7:00 AM – 9:00 AM

Location: Epcot

Plan to join us for breakfast and re-fuel after the Disney Family Fun Run 5K and Walt Disney World 10K. This special offering is a fun-filled way to continue your event weekend festivities during the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.

Race Retreat

Saturday, January 11, 2014
3:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. (runners only)
5:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (runners and Platinum ChEAR Squad only)

Sunday, January 12, 2014
3:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. (runners only)
5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (runners and Platinum ChEAR Squad only)

Location: Family Reunion Area

Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney®

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Location: Downtown Disney®

Join the Cool Down Party and Celebrate a Race Well Run! You’ve worked hard and did your best during this year’s Marathon weekend. Now, it’s time to join family and friends for an evening of fun, relaxation, and good times at the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney®.

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