Registration for the Walt Disney World Marathon 2017 Weekend opens Tuesday, April 26 at 12 p.m. ET at runDisney.com. Disney’s original running event kicks off the new year from January 4-8 at Walt Disney World in Florida.
The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna is one of the largest running festivals 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.
The Walt Disney World Marathon 2017 weekend also includes the free runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, ticketed Race Retreat for pre- and post-race pampering, and Runner’s World VIP race package, which includes race entry, coaching, welcome party, Race Retreat, and other perks.
The Walt Disney World Marathon takes runners through all four theme parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Walt Disney World Half Marathon, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2017, tours Magic Kingdom and Epcot. And the 10K and 5K run around Epcot and environs.
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge includes the half-marathon and marathon on back-to-back days with a Goofy-themed medal waiting at the finish line. 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 a 4-night Bahamas cruise from January 9-13, run a 5K race or longer at the Walt Disney World Marathon 2017 weekend, and complete the Castaway Cay 5K on Disney Cruise Line’s private island. Participants must book their cruise before registering for the challenge.
Marathon weekend is also runners’ first chance to buy the newest edition of the coveted New Balance runDisney shoes. New styles of the shoes have debuted at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend every year since 2013. The shoes aren’t available online and can only be purchased at runDisney race expos.
Walt Disney World Marathon 2017 Registration Fees
Dopey Challenge presented by Cigna
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge presented by Cigna
Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna
Walt Disney World Half Marathon presented by Cigna
Walt Disney World 10K presented by Cigna
Walt Disney World 5K presented by Cigna
runDisney Kids Races presented by GoGo squeeZ Applesauce on the Go
- Dashes – $20
- 1-Mile Run – $30
Disney Castaway Cay Challenge
Race Retreat Packages
- $120 Half Marathon Package
- $120 Full Marathon Package
- $230 Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Package
- $230 Dopey Challenge
Runner’s World VIP Package
- Dopey Challenge – $1,150
For more information or to register, visit runDisney.com.
Walt Disney World Marathon Race Reports
I ran the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon and returned in 2014 to run the Walt Disney World 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, along with hotel recommendations.
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