Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Registration Opens

Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Registration Opens

Minnie cheers runners at the Wat Disney World Marathon. (Photo: runDisney)

Registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Weekend opens Tuesday, April 28 at 12 p.m. ET. Disney’s signature running event kicks off the new year from January 6-10 at Walt Disney World in Florida. The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna is the largest running festival in the U.S. with more than 65,000 finishers in five races and three race challenges: Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, Walt Disney World 5K, runDisney Kids’ Races, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, Dopey Challenge, and Disney Castaway Cay Challenge.

Race Report: Walt Disney World Marathon 2016

Runners dash through Cinderella Castle. (Photo: Todd Anderson/runDisney)

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge dares runners to complete the half-marathon and marathon on back-to-back days in order to earn a Goofy designed medal. The Dopey Challenge asks runners to take on the 5K, 10K, half-marathon, and marathon on four consecutive days for a special Dopey-themed medal. The Castaway Cay Challenge is for runners who opt to add on a 4-night Bahamas cruise from January 11-15, run a 5K race or longer at the Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 weekend, and complete the Castaway Cay 5K on Disney Cruise Line’s private island.

The Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 weekend also includes the free runDisney 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.

Registration for the Runner’s World Challenge is already open and 50 percent full as of press time. Registration for all the other events will open Tuesday, April 28 at 12 p.m. ET.

New Balance Releases New Disney Shoes For Princess Half

The 2015 New Balance runDisney Retro Collection

The weekend is usually runners’ first chance to buy the newest edition of the coveted New Balance runDisney running shoes, as well. In 2013, 2014, and 2015 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.

For more information about the races, pricing, or to register for the Walt Disney World Marathon 2016, visit runDisney.com.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Weekend Sell-Out Times?
Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Registration Opens

The Magic Kingdom archway (Photo: runDisney)

The 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend broke all of the event’s previous sell-out records. The Dopey Challenge, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K and Walt Disney World 5K all sold out within 24 hours. The Walt Disney World Marathon filled up in 21 days, shattering the nearly four months it took the 2014 race to sell out.

Only Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and runDisney kids races had availabilities lingering longer.

Runners can safely expect this year to match or beat last year’s sell-out times. Since then, runDisney has shuttered two of Walt Disney World’s other running events—The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, which ran its last race in 2014, and Expedition Everest Challenge, which makes its final run on May 2, 2015—sending demand for the 2015 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon skyrocketing into a record sell-out. The Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 could easily be the same.

Race Reports
Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Registration Opens

Fun running the Walt Disney World Marathon. (Photo: Marathon Foto

I ran the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon 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.

If you want to read all about it, check out my race reports. I give you the lowdown on what to expect from every aspect of the event.

Race Report: Walt Disney World Marathon

Race Report: Walt Disney World Half Marathon

Race Report: The Inaugural Walt Disney World 10K

Race Report: Walt Disney World 5K

Hotels For Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

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Karla Bruning

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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’m soooo sad not to be signing up for 2016. We’re doing W&D instead, and as much as I’d love to do both, it doesn’t look like it’s in the cards. It is the BEST. MARATHON. EVER. :)
    Jennifer @ The Final Forty recently posted..Race Recap: New Jersey MarathonMy Profile

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    We have guaranteed entry into all events for the the 2016 Disney World Marathon Weekend. Canadian pricing! We also have guaranteed entry into the Princess, Tinker Bell and Star Wars events!
    Dream Travel recently posted..Replacing Cubicle Walls for the Plains of the SerengetiMy Profile



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