Disney lovers, it’s not too late the run the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna on Jan. 13. The Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge may be sold-out, but there are still a few ways to get in on the runDisney action.
A record 58,000 runners have registered for the event, with 27,000 toeing the line in the half marathon and 25,000 in the Disney marathon. A whopping 10,000 participants will tackle both races as part of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which dares runners to complete the half-marathon on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday during the Walt Disney Marathon Weekend.
If you’d like to be one of them, you still can by registering through a group, charity, or the Runner’s World Challenge, which give runners access to training advice from Runner’s World editors along with other VIP amenities.
I ran the ING New York City Marathon for a charity in 2007, and can attest to the warm, fuzzy feelings running for a good cause can give you. All charity entries have a required minimum amount runners must fundraise on their behalf ranging from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000. But many also include other perks like free park tickets, special hotel and transportation packages, racing gear, training programs, discounted race entry fees and more. Check with each charity to confirm their race packages.
Disney Marathon Charities
The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training is the official charity partner and race beneficiary for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. They have entries for the marathon and half-marathon available.
A-T Children’s Project has spots for the Disney marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge.
So is The MAGIC Foundation, which I was surprised to discover used a photo of my very adorable nephew showing off his Disney Kids’ Races medal on their registration page. If that face doesn’t convince you to run for a children’s charity, I don’t know what will.
Autism Speaks had two Disney marathon and nine half-marathon entries available at press time, and Team JDF, Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation and the Tourette Syndrome Association’s Team TSA have half marathon entries up for grabs.
Other charities that participate in the Disney marathon include Covenant House, Team Diabetes, Caleb’s Crusade and American Liver Foundation. For a complete list of charities participating in the 2013 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Weekend, check here.
Regular registration is still open for the Family Fun Run 5K, runDisney Kids’ Races and the Mickey Mile. But you can run many of those through charity too. Chances are, you’ll be glad that you did.
Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, two triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at RunKarlaRun.com, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.
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That is an INSANE number of runners for that race!
I did the Donald 1/2 in 2011. The start wasn’t TOO bad. My problem came with the walkers , 3-4 across, in area where they took up the whole road. I had one yell at me that maybe I shouldn’t be running so fast..