Lace ‘em up! It’s Marathon Weekend at Disney World!

Walt Disney World Marathon ©Todd Anderson

Walt Disney World Marathon ©Todd Anderson

Disney Vacation Guide to Marathon Weekend

Runners from all over are strapping on their sneakers and getting their keisters to Disney World for the mega popular Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

The race takes place from January 5-8 and has a couple of new features this year; a relay and a shiny new medal.

Disney Marathon Relay

The new Disney Marathon Relay will take place the same time as the regular Disney Marathon, sharing the same course. But in the relay, rather than running the full race yourself, you’ll run 13.1 miles through two of Disney’s four theme parks and your buddy runs through the other two to complete the rest of the 26.2 mile circuit.

If you’re the first runner to go, you’ll get to run through Epcot and the Magic Kingdom. Your partner will then travel through the Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before finishing up and meeting you back in Epcot where you’re heartfully cheering him or her on.

When you finish, you get not only your very own super official half-marathon time, but you’ll also each get to put the new Chip and Dale medal around your necks.

Speaking of new medals, a new special edition Donald Duck medal will be given to runners of the WDW Half Marathon as a commemorative keepsake of the 15th anniversary of the big race.

Other goings on

In a family of runners? Take part in the Family 5k Fun Run or let the little ones take part in the Kid’s Races. Or you’ve eaten your spinach and are feeling like a tremendous athlete, check out Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge! This is where you run the Half Marathon on Saturday and the full Marathon the next day. Yup! That’s 39.3-miles over two days. Gawrsh! That sure is a lot of running.

If you’re interested in marathons, chances are you’re interested in fitness and health and would love to check out the Health & Fitness Expo taking place this weekend at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. There’s all kinds of interesting stuff going on there from seminars to deals on the latest in running equipment, products and merchandise.

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