Walt Disney World Marathon Changes For 2014 Race

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The 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend featuresmany changes to improve runners’ experience. (Photo: runDisney)

Registration opens today at noon EST for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna from January 8-12, 2014.

Last month, runDisney announced the addition of the Dopey Challenge and the Walt Disney World 10K.

Now, Disney’s running branch has announced Walt Disney World Marathon changes for the 2014 edition of the race, and a video to explain it all.

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The 2013 Walt Disney World Medal (Photo: runDisney)

All New Medals

All the races including the half marathon, marathon and Goofy’s Race and A Half Challenge will get all new medals. This is in addition to the brand new Dopey medal, which will be inspired by the dwarf himself, and Walt Disney World 10K medal fashioned after Minnie Mouse.

Women’s Cut Tech Shirts

For the first time in 20 years, more women than men ran the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon, accounting for 57 percent of the field. So this year, instead of solely the unisex (read: men’s) tech shirts, women’s cut tech shirts will also be available for the 10K, half, full, Dopey Challenge and Goofy Challenge.

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The 2013 Walt Disney World Half Marathon (Photo: runDisney)

Less Crowding on Course

In response to runner comments about bottlenecks on the course and crowding in corrals, runDisney is implementing a few new changes to help give runners more room to breath:

They are lowering the number of entrants for the weekend by 2,000 runners overall, allocated mostly to the half marathon.

The vast majority of runners must supply a proof of time. Any runner who plans to finish the half marathon in 3:15 or less or the marathon in 6:30 or less must verify their anticipated time. More detailed information will also be required for the proof of time. This will help ensure that runners of similar abilities will be corralled together, and fewer bottlenecks will form on course.

No corral changes based on proof of time will allowed after November 1.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, additional corrals will be added to disperse runners throughout the course more evenly and to help ease crowding.

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The 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon course. (Photo: runDisney)

Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon Course

The 2014 marathon course will remain the same as the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon, which included the addition of the Walt Disney World Speedway and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to the race route for the 20th anniversary celebration of the race. Both proved to be popular enhancements to the course.

The Family Fun Run 5K and Walt Disney World Half Marathon courses will also be the same as last year.

Details for the new Walt Disney World 10K course in Epcot are still being finalized, and have yet to be revealed.

2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Video

Faron Kelley, the Director of Communication and Marketing for Disney Sports, talks about these changes and the reasoning behind them in this video:

For more information or to register, visit runDisney.com.

As a member of the running media, runDisney provided me with complimentary race entry, hotel, park tickets, airfare and some meals for the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. But as always, all opinions are purely my own. I really do believe in being honest about my experiences and Disney is no exception. For more information read my Disclosure

Karla Bruning


Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the New York City Triathlon + contributor to Shape, Redbook, Runner's World + other publications. She used to report for Newsweek but spent her free time squeezing in workouts. Now it's her job. She's run 8 marathons, 30 halves, 10 triathlons + open water swims. When she's not running, talking about running or writing about running, she's snuggling her baby, spoiling her dog + compulsively traveling.


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    I’m registered for Dopey! And it’s a family affair – my dad is doing the half, mom’s doing the 5 & 10k’s and my sister is doing the 10k and half!

    I’m glad to hear about the women’s cut shirts too :)

    • Karla Bruning

      Fun! My fam did that for Princess 2012. My husband and I did the half, my sis and I did the 5K, and my niece and nephew did the kids races. It was SO much fun to do the whole weekend as a family. And amen to the women’s cut shirts. I wear my Princess and Tink shirts all the time. All my “unisex” cut shirts–rarely. I always reach for the women’s cut shirts first!
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  2. Brandon #

    When do you think I would need to sign up by, and when should I start training?

    • Karla Bruning

      Hi Brandon, The race is currently 64% sold. Last’s year’s race sold out in early September, so I’d sign up some time this summer if you want to run it. As for training, most marathon training plans start 16 weeks out from race day. But if you’re a newer runner, you’ll want to make sure you’re slowly building your mileage between now and September, when you 16-week plan would start. Good luck!
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