Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

January 6 – 10, 2016

 

All About the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Whatever your running ability, you won’t want to miss the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend. This weekend’s events are as magical as they are memorable, from Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo to running through all four Theme Parks in the Marathon. Complete with medals of Mickey Mouse and his friends, you’d be, well, goofy to miss it!


2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Race Info

  Walt Disney World Marathon Race Events Registration and Discounts  Race Information Spectator Information

Walt Disney World Marathon Race Events

Weekend events will include:

  • Disney Family Fun Run 5K
  • runDisney Kids’ Races
  • Walt Disney World 10K
  • Walt Disney World Half Marathon
  • Walt Disney World Marathon
  • Health & Fitness Expo
  • Pasta in the Park Party
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
  • Dopey Challenge
  • Disney Castaway Cay Challenge
  • Family Reunion Breakfast
  • Race Retreat

Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo

Wednesday, January 6, 2016, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Thursday, January 7, 2016 – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Friday, January 8, 2016 – 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, January 9, 2016 – 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo, which is is a four-day celebration focused on health and fitness, will begin the weekend. The event involves celebrity runner appearances, seminars on training, racing, and nutrition featuring speakers and panelists from the world of running. You’ll also have the opportunity to experience the latest in running and fitness equipment. Make sure you stop by the Official Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Merchandise shop at the Expo to purchase your race apparel and other commemorative items. The expo takes place at HP Field House and Jostens Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

Pasta in the Park Party

Thursday, January 7, 2016 – Saturday, January 9, 2016
Buffet Dinner, Special Goofy Themed Celebration 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth 9:00 p.m.
Location: Epcot World ShowPlace Pavilion
Kick off the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend with the Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot! This event is a great way to relax and be entertained before your big race. The party includes a buffet pasta dinner with self seating, a live DJ and Disney Characters eager to meet you. Following dinner at the World ShowPlace Pavilion, racers and their family will be escorted to Worldview Plaza to watch IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth, a mesmerizing fireworks, laser and water show put to music.

Family Reunion Breakfast

Thursday, January 7, 2016 – Friday, January 8, 2016
6:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Location: Epcot
Enjoy breakfast and re-fuel after the Walt Disney World 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.

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 7, 2016
Location: Epcot
Disney Family Fun Run 5K will be held at Epcot. Adults, teens and tweens can experience a 5K course that winds through a Disney Theme Park with an unforgettable finish! Look for Disney entertainment on-course. All ages are welcome to compete. All athletes entering the Half Marathon must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race.

Disney Kids’ Races

Thursday, January 7, 2016 – Saturday, January 9, 2016
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports
Kids Dashes: 11:00 a.m.
Mickey Mile: 12:30 p.m.
Kids can participate in a festival of fun and earn their very own finisher medallion. Disney Kids’ Races are divided into age groups and will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex. Mickey’s Mile race is open to all children 13 years old and under.
Race events are open to children in the following age groups:

  • 12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
  • 1-3 years old – 100m dash
  • 4-6 years old – 200m dash
  • 7-8 years old – 400m dash
  • 13 years and under – Mickey’s Mile

Walt Disney World 10K

5:30 a.m. on Friday, January 8, 2016
Location: Epcot
The Walt Disney World 10K will be held at Epcot. 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. Runners will be awarded the new Minnie finisher medal. To compete you must be 10 years of age or older. All athletes entering the Half Marathon must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race.

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

5:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, 2016
Location: Epcot
The Walt Disney World Half Marathon puts runners to the mark for a 13.1 mile course. Taking runners to the Magic Kingdom Park and then to an exhilarating finish in Epcot, this race is perfect if you are a first timer or a veteran. Look for Disney entertainment on-course and in the Family Reunion Area. Runners will be awarded a Donald Duck finisher medal. To compete you must be 14 years of age or older. All athletes entering the Half Marathon must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race.

Goofy’s ‘Race and a Half’ Challenge

Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Sunday, January 10, 2016
2 Races / 2 Days / 39.3 Miles / 4 parks / 3 Medals
Location: Epcot
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge is the ultimate test of endurance. A 39.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Half Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the coveted Goofy medal in addition to your Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse finisher medals. To compete you must be 18 years of age or older. All athletes entering the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout each race. Registration for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge is required to receive the Goofy medal upon completion of both races within the pacing requirements.

Walt Disney World Marathon

5:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 10, 2016
Location: Epcot
The Walt Disney World Marathon is the final race of the weekend. Runners will compete on the most magical 26.2 miles on Earth. The course takes you through all four Walt Disney World Theme Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Walt Disney World SPEEDWAY. Look for some fun entertainment along the way and Family Reunion Area with live entertainment and characters. Finishers will be awarded a commemorative Mickey Mouse Finisher medal. To compete you must be 18 years of age or older. All athletes entering the Marathon must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race.

Dopey Challenge

Thursday, January 7, 2016 – Sunday, January 10, 2016
4 Races / 4 Days / 48.6 Miles / 6 Medals
Location: Epcot
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.” To compete you must be 18 years of age or older. All athletes entering the Marathon must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace or faster throughout the entire race. Registration for the Dopey Challenge is required to receive the Goofy Challenge and Dopey Challenge medals upon completion of all four races within the pacing requirements.

Race Retreat

Saturday, January 9, 2016 – Sunday, January 10, 2016
3:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Runners only)
5:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. (Runners and Premium ChEAR squad only)
Location: Imagine Lot at Epcot

The Race Retreat is a great way for runners to prepare for their race, get pampered, and reunite with friends and family once the race is over.

Pre-Race Amenities

  • Pre-race bagels and fruit, plus coffee, water and PowerAde
  • Temperature-controlled tent
  • Private restrooms and bag check
  • Padded stretching area
  • Disney character Meet & Greets
  • Self-treatment and First Aid station
  • Breakfast (Half)
  • Brunch (Full)

Post-Race Amenities

  • live results Information Area
  • Breakfast or Brunch with hot and cold beverages
  • Changing tents
  • Self-treatment and First Aid station
  • 10-minute massage for only $10 (based on availability)
  • Designated location to meet friends and family
  • Disney character Meet & Greets

Other Amenities

  • Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend commemorative giveaway item
  • Live video feed from the Finish Line
  • Information Station

Race Retreat Pricing

  • Walt Disney World Marathon – $120
  • Walt Disney World Half Marathon – $120
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge or Dopey Challenge – $230

Disney Castaway Cay Challenge

Wednesday, January 13, 2016
Location: Castaway Cay
The Disney Castaway Cay Challenge is an ultimate running adventure, combining one 5K event or longer during the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (January 6-10, 2016) and then follow up with running the Castaway Cay 5K on Disney Cruise Line’s private tropical island, Castaway Cay, in the Bahamas the following week. On Monday, following Marathon weekend, Guests will set sail on board the Disney Dream for a 4-night Bahamian Cruise from Port Canaveral. It’s a runner’s paradise on a spectacular island oasis. Plus, experience all the magic of a Disney Cruise with entertainment and activities for every member of your family.

To register, you’ll need to book your January 11th, 2016 cruise aboard the Disney Dream, then register for the Castaway Cay Challenge on Active.com and use the promotional code RUN at the time of booking your Disney Cruise Line vacation. You’ll also need to be sure to enter your Cruise reservation number when registering for the race. In order to receive a personalized bib, you must be registered for the Castaway Cay 5K Challenge by November 15, 2015.

Registration and Discounts

Registration is available on the RunDisney website.

Disney Vacation Club members can typically register early and may receive a discount on select races.  Check with Member services for details.

Annual Passholders can register typically register early and may receive a discount on select races.  Check the Disney Annal Passholders website.

Race Information

Entry Fees and Deadlines

Dopey Challenge

  • $550 by May 19, 2015
  • $580 between May 20, 2015 and June 9, 2015
  • $610 on or after June 10, 2015

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

  • $360 by May 19, 2015
  • $380 between May 20, 2015 and June 9, 2015
  • $400 on or after June 10, 2015

Walt Disney World Marathon

  • $175 by May 19, 2015
  • $190 between May 20, 2015 and June 9, 2015
  • $205 on or after June 10, 2015

Walt Disney World Half Marathon

  • $175 by May 19, 2015
  • $190 between May 20, 2015 and June 9, 2015
  • $205 on or after June 10, 2015

Walt Disney World 10K

  • $110 by May 19, 2015
  • $125 between May 20, 2015 and June 9, 2015
  • $140 on or after June 10, 2015

Walt Disney World 5K

  • $65 per participant by June 9, 2015
  • $75 on or after June 10, 2015

runDisney Kids Races

  • $15 per child by June 9, 2015
  • $20 on or after June 10, 2015

One Mile Run

  • $30 per child by June 9, 2015
  • $35 on or after June 10, 2015

Disney Castaway Cay Challenge

  • $70

Race Retreat Packages

  • $120 Half Marathon Package
  • $120 Full Marathon Package
  • $230 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Package
  • $230 Dopey Challenge

Pasta in the Park Party

  • $54 Adult
  • $30 Child

Family Reunion Breakfast

  • $40 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $30 for Children (ages 3 – 9)

Eligibility

  • Participants for Walt Disney World Marathon, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and Dopey Challenge must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Participants for Walt Disney World Half Marathon must be 14 years of age or older.
  • Participants for Walt Disney World 10K must be 10 years of age or older.
  • All ages are welcome to compete in the Disney Family Fun Run 5K.
  • Children 13 and under can participate in the Mickey Mile.
  • Other runDisney Kids Race distances are determined by age group.

Proof of Time

If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 3:15 hours or the Marathon in less than 6:30 hours, proof of time is required for start corral placement. Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and Dopey Challenge participants should adhere to Full Marathon proof of time requirements and submit a 10Miler distance or longer. Proof of time is not required for the 5K and 10K races.

  • Proof of time must be provided from an officially timed race reflecting results after January 1, 2014 and must be one of the below listed distances. Runners will be placed in the last corral if the appropriate race distance is not submitted for Proof of Time.
    • Half Marathon – 10K, 12K, 15K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon or Marathon
    • Full Marathon – 10 Mile, Half Marathon or Marathon

A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following:

    • Name of Race
    • Distance
    • City
    • State
    • Date
    • Finish time
    • Link to Results

For example, Walt Disney World Marathon, 26.2, Orlando, FL, 1/13/15, – 3:35

Keep in mind that if proof of time is not provided by October 6, 2015, or information is is incomplete or cannot be verified, you will be placed in the last start corral. Also keep in mind that no corral changes will be made after October 6, 2015.

Please note that self-timed, training, or virtual runs are not accepted as proof of time.

Pacing Requirements

All athletes entering the Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon, 10 K and 5K must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace throughout the race. Anyone not able to maintain the respective paces may be picked up and transported to the finish. You may be picked up at any point along the course and transported for not maintaining pace. It is suggested that you train at a 15-minute per mile pace.

Cancellation & Deferrals Policy

Entry for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events are non-refundable. If you register for the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend you may defer your registration to the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend subject to availability, on or before January 5, 2016. Deferrals are not allowed for the Walt Disney World 5K or runDisney Kids Races. Deferral requests are on a first-come, first-served basis and are subject to capacity limits. Once deferral capacities are full, no further deferrals can be taken and no exceptions can be made. Deferral requests will be assessed a $55 processing fee.

Safety

For everyone’s safety, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. Violators will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area. Also, event operations will shut down when lightning is 10 miles out from the event areas and not resume until the lightning is 10 miles out moving away from the event areas.

Costumes

New rules have been laid out for 2016 for costumes on the race course. Guests may dress as their favorite character during the races, but must follow these guidelines:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • For runDisney participants ages 13 and under:
    • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
  • For runDisney participants ages 14 and older:
    • Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
    • Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g. Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.
    • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
    • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
    • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
    • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
    • Guests may not wear masks of any kind.

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, a race or any race related event/activity unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

Please note that while costumed attire may be worn during runDisney events, Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumed attire in the theme parks. As a result, Guests may need to change their attire prior to visiting the parks after participating in a runDisney race.

TheMouseForLess Tips:

For those staying at Disney resorts, most will have a quick service dining location open with special modified hours, as well as special marathon dining offerings, including Pasta Specials and Runner’s Breakfast Boxes.

Spectator Information

Spectators are an important part of the race process. They help runners by motivating them during their training and cheering them on during their runs. As a spectator, you play a huge part in the success of your runner.

Discounted Resort Rates

The Magic for Less Travel has exclusive discounts for spectators wanting to ChEAR on the runners.  Contact The Magic for Less Travel for a free no-obligation quote.

ChEAR Squad

AAs a spectator, you can be a part of the Walt Disney World Marathon weekend when you join the ChEAR Squad and support your runner! You’ll even get inside information and tips about race weekend and much, much more. There are three different ChEAR Squad packages to choose from!

ChEAR Squad SILVER Package:

  • ChEAR Squad gear which includes:
    • Waterproof Stadium Blanket
    • Mickey clappers (exclusive to ChEAR Squad!)
    • ChEAR Squad T-shirt

ChEAR Squad GOLD Package:

  • All of the Silver Package amenities plus…
  • Reserved ChEAR Zone viewing location along the course (first-come, first-served)
  • Entry into the Finish Line ChEAR Zone which includes:
    • Reserved grandstand seating (first-come, first-served)
    • Hot and cold beverages
    • Private restrooms

ChEAR Squad PLATINUM Package:

  • All of the Gold Package amenities plus…
  • Entry into the Race Retreat which includes:
    • Disney Character greetings
    • Hot and cold beverages
    • Temperature-controlled tent with family style dine seating
    • Information Area to check live results
    • Private Restrooms
    • Live video feed from the Finish Line
    • Breakfast (Half)
    • Brunch (Full)

ChEAR Squad Package Pricing:

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge or Dopey Challenge

  • Sliver Package – $39
  • Gold Package – $85
  • Platinum Package – $180

Marathon

  • Sliver Package – $39
  • Gold Package – $65
  • Platinum Package – $120

Half Marathon

  • Sliver Package – $39
  • Gold Package – $65
  • Platinum Package – $120

Race dates, times and prices subject to change.

Runner Tracking

Family and friends will be able to track participants with live online runner tracking for the half marathon and marathon. Participants will have the opportunity to send split times via email, text messaging, and PDAs by registering for this service on runDisney’s website. You can also sign up for runner tracking at Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo.

Sign up here for Runner Tracking or text ” wdw [bib number]” to 72147.

Viewing Your Runner

You can view your runner in a number of different areas along the Marathon and Half Marathon course including the Walt Disney World Theme Parks and the Finish Line area. Spectators will be able to see their runner run through the Magic Kingdom Park near Cinderella Castle (Mile 5.3 for the Half Marathon and Marathon). This location will be open at 5:30 a.m. You do not need a ticket to enter the Magic Kingdom Park, but to enter the ChEAR Zone area, you will need a ChEAR Zone wristband. To watch your runner in another Walt Disney World Theme Park, you will need to purchase a Theme Park ticket once that park is open for the day. There will be a limited number of complimentary viewing seats along the Finish Line available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Finish Line is located in the Imagine Lot of Epcot.

Parking

Spectators should plan on arriving at Epcot by 4:00 a.m. on Half Marathon or Marathon race morning. Parking at Epcot is free before 7:00 a.m., however if you arrive afterward, you will be charged the daily parking fee. The main entrance of Epcot from World Drive will be closed to all traffic from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on the mornings of the Half Marathon and Marathon. All traffic will be directed to the Magic Kingdom Park Parking Lot where they will be transported to Epcot via monorail. Traffic will not be affected for the Disney Family Fun Run 5K.

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