Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Registration Opens

Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Registration Opens

The 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon start. (Photo: Preston Mack/Disney)

It’s no secret that the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is one of my favorite race weeks of the year alongside the TCS New York City Marathon. And registration for the 2015 race opens Tuesday, April 22 at 12 p.m. EST.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Weekend

The Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Weekend will run from January 7-11 at, you guessed it, Walt Disney World in Florida. The weekend is the largest running festival in the U.S. with 60,000 finishers in five races and two race challenges: Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, Disney Family Fun Run 5K, runDisney Kids’ Races, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and Dopey Challenge. Plus, the 2015 races and challenges will all have new medals.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Registration Opens

The medal haul from the Dopey Challenge. (Photo: runDisney)

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge dares runners to complete the half-marathon and marathon on back-to-back days, and will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2015 with a special 10th anniversary Goofy medal. The Dopey Challenge, in its second year in 2015, asks runners to take on the 5K, 10K, half-marathon and marathon on four consecutive days for a special Dopey-themed medal.

The Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 weekend also includes the free Disney Health & Fitness Expo, free Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney, ticketed Pasta in the Park Party, ticketed breakfasts after the 5K and 10K, ticketed Race Retreat before the half and full marathons, and Runner’s World Challenge race packages.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Registration Opens

Dopey Challenge runners come into the finish at Epcot. (Photo: Preston Mack/Disney)

If you want to run with Runners World, get in there now. Registration for the Runner’s World Challenge is already open and 99 percent full, as of press time. Registration for all the other events will open Tuesday, April 22 at 12 p.m. ET.

The weekend is usually runners’ first chance to buy the newest edition of the coveted New Balance runDisney running shoes, as well. In both 2013 and 2014, new styles of the shoes went on sale for the first time at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. The shoes aren’t available online and can only be purchased at runDisney race expos.

The 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon sold out in August in just under four months, with most of the other races filling more quickly. The Dopey Challenge? Yep, it sold out faster than you can name all seven dwarfs. Expect the 10th anniversary edition of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge to reach capacity quickly this year too, even though it was the last to fill in 2014. You may have a bit more time to contemplate the 5K, 10K and half-marathon, but not much. Most runDisney races are selling out faster and faster year over year, and I’m sure the Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 will be similar.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2015 Registration Opens

With Lady Daisy and Knight Donald at the 2014 Walt Disney World Half Marathon. (Photo: RunKarlaRun.com)

I ran the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon, dressed as Cinderella in Rags with Jacques the Mouse by my side, and had a crazy fun time. In 2014, I returned to run a hat trick of the Disney Family Fun Run 5K, Walt Disney World 10K and Walt Disney World Half Marathon—all in costume, of course.

I’ve now run every single adult race at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. If you want to read more about them, check out my race reports. I give you the lowdown on what to expect from every aspect of the event, including the differences between being in the front, middle or back of the pack. (Yes, you’ll have a different experience in each.)

Race Report: Walt Disney World Marathon
Race Report: Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Race Report: The Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K
Race Report: Disney Family Fun Run 5K

For more information, pricing or to register for the Walt Disney World Marathon 2015, visit runDisney.com or Active.com for the direct link to registration.

Disney gave me race entries, hotel, and some park tickets for these events. But all opinions are purely my own and are, frankly, honest. That’s not just some legalese. Don’t believe me? Read my race reports. I tell it like it is. For more information, read my Disclosure Policy.

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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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  1. 1

    I am so excited – I’ll be running Dopey in 2015!! And I love the anniversary Goofy medal!

  2. 3

    I can’t wait! I will be registering tomorrow for the Marathon! My first Disney race experience ever :)

  3. 5

    Can’t run the Disney Marathon next year. Maybe some day!
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  4. 7

    I’m all signed up for the Goofy…first full marathon EVER! What the hell was I thinking?!?! lol

  5. 9

    Excited! Last year it was Dopey, and this year I’m going Goofy. Love that anniversary bling! :)
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  6. Josefe #

    Very much would like to do the Goofy or Dopey, but Disney’s pricing scheme is out of whack.

    $170/105/60 for a Half/10k/5k on its face is absurd, but add in that the two challenges cost significantly more than the aggregate of the already over-priced included races, and one has to really think that money could be better spent on any other event.

    • Karla Bruning

      It’s easily the most common complaint about Disney races. Sadly, big ticket races are increasingly coming with big ticket prices due to demand and ballooning logistical costs as events get bigger. The Nike Women’s Half in DC cost $175! I guess it’s something every runner has to answer for themselves: is the money worth it? There are certainly many other awesome races out there that cost a lot less. My favorite? The world-class & festive Brooklyn Half for $75. Yup, it sold out right away. I think the bump-up in cost for the Disney challenges is essentially the price of the extra medal and shirt. Again, worth it? Yes for some people, no for others.
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  7. Jess #

    Did the Disney 5k, 10k, and half really sell out in a few days? Do you know if there is a way to get in with a charity? My mom was going to use the 10k as her first ever race.

    • Karla Bruning

      Not only did the 5K, 10K, and half sell-out in a few days, they sold out in 24 hours! But entries are still available through charity groups and official travel partners. You’ll find the list of all of them at rundisney.com/disneyworld-marathon under the “Registration” tab. Hope she gets a spot! My mom did the 5K there as her first and loved it.
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  8. 15

    Hello Karla’s,
    I’m so thrilled to have found you. I hope to run my first half at Disney in 2017. I’m a newbie to running and yes I’m an obsessive planner. I would greatly appreciate any info on planning my running vacation in 2017 (lodging, dining, events, free and ticketed events).
    Thanks so much!


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