The biggest single race of the weekend took place on Sunday morning as over 22,000 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 Disney Family Fun 5K on Thursday and the all-new 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 new Dopey Challenge tested runner’s endurance combining the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon for a total of 48.6 miles! Finishers of the Dopey Challenge 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!
In the male division, Fredison Costa of Piedade, Brazil became the 2014 Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna® Champion by completing the race in 2:21:39. Adriano Bastos of Sao Paulo, Brazil and Alfredo Arevalo of Guatemala followed to round out the top three male finishers.
For the women, Angela Brito of Guayaquil, Ecuador had the winning time of 2:47:44, while Brittney of Minot, ND and Julie Northrup of Jacksonville, FL finished second and third, respectively.
In the 13.1 Half Marathon race on Saturday through Magic Kingdom Park® and Epcot®, Mike Morgan of Lake Orion, MI completed the race in 1:09:39 and was the Top Male Finisher. David McCollam of Bridgeport, WV and Clint Verran of Rochester Hills, MI followed to round out the top three male finishers. The race officially finished 0.0 hours later.
For the women, Laurie Knowles of Charlotte, NC had the winning time of 1:17:59, while Lisa Bently of Clermont, FL and Leonora Petrina of West Babylon, NY finished second and third, respectively.
In the Top Overall Male & Female Wheelchair competition, David Nickelson of Winter Garden, FL completed the race in 1:32:24 and Terry Christ of Plant City, FL became the Female Wheelchair Winner with a time of 1:51:53.