Over 60,000 runners took to the streets and parks of Walt Disney World® Resort January 6th through 10th for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®. It was an exciting four days as runners and spectators enjoyed thrilling races, special events, and Disney entertainment.
The excitement kicked off with the Walt Disney World® 5K on Thursday, where participants of all ages joined together and ran through Epcot® en route to earning their Finisher’s Medallion. Epcot® was once again filled with runners on Friday during the Walt Disney World® 10K. On Saturday, over 20,000 runners participated in the13.1 mile Walt Disney World® Half Marathon, which took them through Magic Kingdom Park® and Epcot®.
The culminating event of the weekend took place on Sunday morning as over 25,000 runners took on the Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna®. Participants started their 26.2 miles outside Epcot®, and then proceeded to Magic Kingdom Park®, where they ran through Cinderella Castle and then headed towards Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Theme Park. After passing the half-way point, the runners continued on to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and then headed into the movies at Disney’s Hollywood Studios®. The final leg of the race took runners though Epcot® and to the finish line, where they received their Walt Disney World® Marathon Medal.
Runners looking for an even bigger challenge took on Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge or the Dopey Challenge. Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge required runners to finish the Marathon and Half Marathon totaling 39.3 miles, while the Dopey Challenge required runners to run in all 4 races throughout the weekend, totaling a whopping 48.6 miles in 4 days! Finishers of both Challenges earned extra 'bling' for their accomplishments.
As Sunday evening drew to a close, runners and spectators looked back on a weekend filled with fun races and amazing memories for all who participated. And with Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna® complete, it’s time to begin planning your next run in the most magical place on Earth!