Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Mickey Mouse and friends (runDisney)

The Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Weekend presented by Cigna kicked off January 6 and runs, literally, through the title event on January 10 at Walt Disney World in Florida.

The four-day extravaganza is one of the two largest running festivals in the U.S. with five main events: Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, Walt Disney World 5K and runDisney Kids Races. That includes runners doubling, tripling, or quadrupling their fun with the Dopey Challenge, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, Castaway Cay Challenge, and Runner’s World Challenge.

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New Balance debuted their 2016 Limited Edition runDisney Collection of shoes at the Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Weekend, with designs that pay homage to The Little Mermaid Ariel, Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Minnie Mouse, and, of course, Mickey Mouse.

Plus, runDisney brought together 100 race directors, media execs, and former Olympians for the first State of the Sport forum at the new runDisney Race Director Series on January 7, held at Disney’s Contemporary Resort.

Highlighting the event was a panel discussion with race directors from all of the World Marathon Majors, including Peter Ciaccia (TCS New York City Marathon), Tom Grilk (B.A.A. Boston Marathon), Tad Hayano (Tokyo Marathon), Hugh Brasher (Virgin Money London Marathon), Carey Pinkowski (Bank of America Chicago Marathon) and Juergen Lock (BMW Berlin Marathon), and moderated by Runner’s World editor-in-chief David Willey.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Walt Disney World Marathon medals (runDisney)

The State of the Sport forum kicked off runDisney’s new Race Director Series, which brings race directors from around the U.S. to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend for special access and insight into the operations of the four-day event. And it wouldn’t be runDisney without a challenge thrown in—the Race Director Challenge, a friendly competition during the Walt Disney World Half Marathon.

Next year, Walt Disney World Resort will host the 2017 Running USA Industry Conference during the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, hosting sessions on best practices, panel discussions, industry awards, and more.

That’s not all. Special guest Paula Radcliffe, women’s marathon world record-holder and four-time Olympian, is running the 5K, 10K and half marathon at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend this year.

It all adds up to one big event. So take a look at Mickey Mouse’s favorite race weekend by the numbers.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Walt Disney World Marathon (runDisney)

Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

1,100,000—combined miles adults will run at Walt Disney World Marathon races this weekend (like running around the Earth 46 times)

209,000—runners who take part in runDisney events each year

100,000—medals that will be distributed throughout the weekend including race and challenge medals

100,000—runners (many tackling multiple events) and spectators expected at Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

82,000—registrations for the Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 Weekend

26,000—runners registered for the Walt Disney World Marathon

26,000—runners registered for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon

12,500—runners registered for the Walt Disney World 10K

12,500—runners registered for the Walt Disney World 5K

7,500—Dopey Challenge registrants

3,000—Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge registrants

5,000—kids registered for the runDisney Kids Races

100—participants in runDisney’s first Race Director Series and State of the Sport forum, including race directors, media execs, and former Olympians

79—age of the oldest participant running the Walt Disney World Marathon

63—countries represented among runners

57—percentage of female runners

43—percentage of male runners

54—U.S. states and territories represented (50 states plus Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, and U.S. Virgin Islands)

48.6—miles Dopey Challenge participants will run over four days

26.2—miles Walt Disney World Marathon finishers will complete

23—years the Walt Disney World Marathon has been run

18—age of the youngest participants running the marathon

10—races and challenges taking place during the weekend (marathon, half, 10K, 5K, kids races, Dopey Challenge, Goofy Challenge, Castaway Challenge, RW Challenge, Race Directors Challenge)

6—styles of shoes in the New Balance 2016 runDisney Collection for adults and kids

4—theme parks runners go through at the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna: Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and EPCOT.

1—race that runs through all four Walt Disney World theme parks. The one, the only, Walt Disney World Marathon.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2016 By The Numbers

Mile 20 with Minnie, Pluto and Mickey (RunKarlaRun.com)

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As a member of the running media, Disney sometimes provides me with complimentary attendance at runDisney events. 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 Policy.

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Karla Bruning is a race announcer at the TCS New York City Marathon + other major events, TV host for the Panasonic New York City Triathlon + regular contributor to Shape + Redbook online. 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, spoils her dog + travels compulsively.

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  1. 1

    Holy Moly! Those. Are some impressive #s!

    I think I am finally going to try to sign up the family for 2018.

    Have a great time this weekend!

    • Karla Bruning
      2

      Thanks, Tamieka! Sounds like a great vacation to look forward to!

  2. Mike #
    3

    Great story Karla. I have a question that maybe you can help me with. I’ve done all three dopey challenges thus far. Do you have any idea how many legacy runners like me are left for dopey?
    Thanks!
    Mike

    • Karla Bruning
      4

      That’s a great question, Mike, and not a stat I’ve seen runDisney release anywhere yet. If I happen to come across it, I’ll definitely report back. My guess is they’ll save a first official legacy number for the 5th anniversary at the earliest. Congratulations, by the way! That’s an impressive feat!
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