Walt Disney World Marathon 2014: Run the Marathon, Half, 10K or Dopey Challenge for Charity

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Runners pass a Mickey Mouse hot air balloon at the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida. (Photo: Todd Anderson/runDisney)

Want to run the Walt Disney World Marathon 2014 presented by Cigna or even the Dopey Challenge? You still can. The races may be sold out, but a limited number of charity and tour group entries are still available for runDisney fans who want to toe the line in Walt Disney World in Florida from January 8-12.

I ran the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2013, courtesy of runDisney, and had the most fun I’ve ever had at a marathon. And I’ve run six of them including “bucket list” races like the ING New York City Marathon and Bank of America Chicago Marathon. My husband and I got in the runDisney spirit and ran the race in costume as Cinderella in Rags and Jacques the Mouse. It was like a 26.2-mile roving street party with Disney characters, music, and more.

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2013 Walt Disney World Marathon winner Adriano Bastos (left) and runner-up Fredison Costa pose with Mickey and friends. (Photo: Preston Mack/WDW photo)

So it’s no wonder that the Walt Disney World Marathon 2014 sold out in less than four months, compared with five months last year. More than 13,500 runners will tackle the marathon course that takes participants through Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World Speedway, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and more. A total of 26,000 runners are set to participate in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Part of the excitement was a round of changes to the Walt Disney World Marathon 2014 Weekend that runDisney announced earlier this year. Most notably, they added the new Walt Disney World 10K and the Dopey Challenge, where runners to compete in the 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon on four consecutive days. Disney also reduced the number of runners in the marathon and half-marathon combined by 2,000 to reduce on-course crowding, among some other tweaks as well. It all added up to extra buzz among runners who raced to register for the 10K, Dopey Challenge and all the other races.

Of the seven running events at the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend—Walt Disney World Marathon, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, Disney Family Fun Run 5K, runDisney Kids Races, Dopey Challenge and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge—only two events still have regular registration spots available. Runners can still sign-up for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which dares participants to complete both the half marathon on Saturday and marathon on Sunday, and the runDisney Kids Races. All the other events are now sold-out.

But runners can still get in on the action by registering through one of the race’s official charity or tour groups. Here’s the scoop.

Walt Disney World Marathon 2014 Weekend Charity Groups

Runners who don’t mind doing a little fundraising can register for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend through on of the race’s 25 charity partners.

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The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training (TNT) is the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend’s major beneficiary. (Photo: runDisney)

Fundraising minimums range from $600 to $3,000 depending on the charity and the race. Some charities have bibs for every single race including the marathon, half marathon, 10K, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and Dopey Challenge. Many charity groups also offer perks like training programs, team shirts, discounted or complimentary hotel rates, and, of course, a team of like minded people who want to do some good. Runners interested in running for a charity must register through one of the official charity groups:

  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • A-T Children’s Project
  • ACE Pay it Forward
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Autism Speaks
  • Block Institute
  • Caleb’s Crusade
  • Catch-A-Lift Fund
  • Children’s Tumor Foundation
  • Covenant House
  • Give Kids The World
  • Homes For Our Troops
  • JDRF
  • Lazarex Cancer Foundation
  • Magic Foundation
  • Noah’s Light Foundation
  • Orlando Orthopedic
  • Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
  • Scott Carter Foundation
  • St. Jude Heroes
  • The Fit and Flourishing Foundation
  • Tourette Syndrome Association/Team TSA
Walt Disney World Marathon 2014 Weekend Tour Groups

Don’t want to raise money? Get a bib into the sold-out Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend races through a travel provider.

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Runners pass Mickey’s Sorcerer Hat at Disney’s Hollywood Studios during the 26.2-mile run. (Photo: Todd Anderson/runDisney)

Many tour companies offer specially priced race packages that include race entry, hotel and park tickets for runners traveling from around the glob. Tour providers based in the U.S., Canada, Brazil, Japan, Mexico, Colombia, U.K. and Australia serve runners from all over the world. Check with each individual tour provider to find out what race packages they still have available.

  • Acclaim Travel
  • Agaxtur Turismo
  • CVC Brasil
  • Dream Come True
  • Dream Travel
  • Galaxy Vacations
  • GET Travel Sports & Events
  • Kaluah Tours
  • Kamel Turismo
  • Kintetsu
  • LC Tour
  • Maneki Tours
  • Marathon Tours
  • North American Destinations
  • Personal RGE Tours
  • Play Sports
  • Plaza Maratones
  • Rent A Tour
  • Sporttravel
  • Sports Tours International
  • TAM Viagens
  • T-Gallery USA, Inc
  • Travelling Fit
  • Uniglobe Premier Travel
  • Xtravel Agencia

For more information about running with a charity or tour group visit runDisney.com.

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 Policy.


08 2013