More exciting than ever before, the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna® took place January 8th through 11th and welcomed over 60,000 participants and spectators during four fun-filled days chock full of thrilling races, special events, and Disney entertainment. Throughout the weekend, Disney entertainment and cheering fans encouraged the runners along the courses.
The biggest single race of the weekend took place on Sunday morning as 20,000 runners gathered at Epcot® for the start of the Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna®, a 26.2 mile run through four Walt Disney World® theme parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Walt Disney World® SPEEDWAY.
On Saturday, 20,000 runners participated in the 13.1 mile Walt Disney World® Half Marathon through Magic Kingdom Park® and Epcot®. Participants of all ages enjoyed the Walt Disney World® 5K on Thursday and the Walt Disney World® 10K on Friday.
The return of Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge bundled the Marathon and Half Marathon races for 39.3 miles, and the Dopey Challenge tested runner's endurance combining the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon for a total of 48.6 miles! Finishers of both Challenges earned the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge Medal and the new Dopey Challenge Medal for a total of six pieces of "bling!"
As the sun set on the fun on Sunday evening, with their heads filled with races well run and memories made, runners and spectators were already planning for next year's races. Begin planning your run on the most magical place on Earth right now!