FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Walt Disney World Marathon Reaches Finish Line with Sell-Out
Limited Number of Spots Available Through Charity and Tour Groups;
Registration Remains Open for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (August 8, 2013) – The 2014 Walt Disney World
Marathon presented by Cigna crossed the finish line strong, reaching its
runner capacity in just under four months, marking one of the fastest
marathon sell-outs in runDisney history.
In comparison, the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon sold out in five months.
For 2014, nearly 26,000 registered runners will participate in the Disney
Marathon Weekend with more than 13,500 of those runners signed up
specifically for the 26.2-mile marathon.
The marathon race joined the other Disney Marathon race weekend events
which sold out quickly, including the Dopey Challenge, the Half Marathon,
the 10K and the 5K. Registration remains open for Goofy's Race and a Half
Challenge (running the Half Marathon and Marathon). And a limited number of
individual registrations are still available for the marathon andhalf
marathon through charity and tour groups. For a list of charity and travel
providers, visit www.runDisney.com.
The 2014 event will be the first time Disney Marathon Weekend (Jan. 8-12)
will be a five-day event with the recent addition of the 10K and the Dopey
Challenge (running the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon), giving runners
who register for the challenge the chance to earn as many as six finishers
After the Disney Family Fun Run 5K on Thursday, runDisney's new Walt Disney
World 10K, a 6.2-mile timed event, takes place Friday at Epcot. Runners
completing the race will receive a Minnie Mouse inspired medal.
The Walt Disney World Half Marathon will be run Saturday followed by the
Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday. Runners who complete both – Goofy's
Race and a Half Challenge – will receive a special Goofy-themed medal. Add
on the 5K and the 10K and runners can earn four medals, one for each race
completed, plus theGoofy and new Dopey Challenge medals, for a total haul
of six medals.
Disney Marathon Weekend features other races and events geared towards the
entire family. runDisney Kids Races and the Mickey Mile, both take place at
the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Special ticketed breakfasts with characters will be Thursday and Friday
following the Family Fun Run 5K and 10K at Epcot. Pasta in the Park parties
will take place in Epcot and runners can celebrate their accomplishments
from the weekend at the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney on Sunday.
Schedule of Events
Disney's Health and Fitness Expo: Jan. 8 – 11
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Disney's Family Fun Run 5K: Jan. 9, 6:30 am
runDisney Kids Races and Mickey Mile: Jan. 9, 10 & 11
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Pasta in the Park Parties: Jan. 9, 10 & 11
runDisney Family Reunion Breakfast: Jan. 9 & 10
Walt Disney World 10K: Jan. 10, 5:30 a.m.
Walt Disney World Half Marathon: Jan. 11, 5:30 a.m.
Walt Disney World Marathon: Jan. 12, 5:30 a.m.
Cool Down Party: Jan. 12
runDisney is a series of seven event weekends providing runners unique
opportunities to run various distances through Disney theme parks. Race
participants earn Disney-themed medals, experience legendary Disney
entertainment and guest service and ultimately celebrate their
accomplishments with a Disney vacation. The original event in the series,
the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, takes place in
January followed by theDisney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February,
Expedition Everest Challenge in May, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
10-Miler in October and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in
November. Disneyland hosts the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in
January and the Disneyland Half Marathon in September during Labor Day
Weekend. More than 125,000 running enthusiasts participate in runDisney
events each year. For more information, visit www.runDisney.com and
follow us on Facebook (runDisney) and Twitter @runDisney.