4 Theme Parks and 26.2 Magical Miles

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DISNEY WORLD MARATHON WEEKEND

The Walt Disney World Marathon opens up for early registration today. If you are a DVC member, Annual Pass Holder or Disney Visa Card Member then you can sign up starting at Noon Eastern.

4 Theme Parks and 26.2 Magical is the weekend is all about, with the Walt Disney World marathon being the final race of the weekend. The course starts in Epcot and takes you through Magic Kingdom, then onto Disney Animal Kingdom, continuing through Disney’s Hollywood Studios before an unforgettable finish back at Epcot. This year there is an all new Micky Mouse finisher medal for you to commemorate the magic.

There are a quite a few events during the week for you to choose from…

Walt Disney World Marathon

Sunday, January 11, 2015

5:30 a.m.

Start/Finish: Epcot®

The most magical race on earth!
You’re a runner who loves adventure! Your priority in a race is the course. And now you’re about to head out on the most magical course on earth during the final race of the weekend — a 26.2 mile run that’ll take you through four Walt Disney World® theme parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports and the Walt Disney World® SPEEDWAY. From the Magic Kingdom® Park, home of Mickey, Minnie and the whole Disney gang and the wild adventure of Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park, to the show biz excitement of Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and incredible Epcot®, your Marathon adventure is unlike any other anywhere on earth.

Walt Disney World® Marathon Highlights

  • 26.2-mile course through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks, ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and theWalt Disney World® SPEEDWAY
  • Disney Characters and Entertainment on-course
  • Event Weekend Transportation for Walt Disney World® Resort guests
  • Family Reunion Area with live entertainment and characters
  • The Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney®

Walt Disney World® Marathon Participants Receive

  • Champion® Long-Sleeved Tech Shirt in Women’s or Men’s Cut* – View Size Chart
  • All new commemorative Mickey Mouse Finisher Medal*
  • Official Digital Event Guide*
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (Must register by October 10, 2014 for name to appear on bib)*
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race with live runner tracking sign up for friends and family
  • Personalized results website

Dates, times, prices and inclusions subject to change. All races are subject to capacity limits and may close at any time before the percentage can be updated. Registration fees are non-refundable.

* Participants must attend Packet Pick-up at Disney Health & Fitness Expo to receive their race packet, bib, and tech shirt. Finisher medals will be distributed to finishers during the race. None of these items will be mailed to registrants that did not participate.

 You must register for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge or Dopey Challenge to receive the challenge medals upon completion of all races within the pacing requirements.

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

Saturday, January 10 – Sunday, January 11, 2015

Start/Finish: Epcot®

Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – two days, four parks, 39.3 miles of fun!
There’s nothing Goofy about Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge! Its 39.3 miles and two-days of pure fun and Disney magic. Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge combines Saturday’s Half Marathon – over 13.1 miles through Disney’s Magic Kingdom® Park and Epcot® – with Sunday’s full Marathon which covers 26.2 miles through all four Walt Disney World® Theme Parks including Epcot®, Magic Kingdom® Park, Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Complete both races within the pacing requirements and you’ll earn the coveted Goofy Medal in addition to your Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse finisher medals. Registration for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge is required to receive the Goofy medal.

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Highlights

  • Half and Full Marathon courses through Walt Disney World® Theme Parks totaling 39.3 miles
  • Disney Characters and Entertainment on-course
  • Event Weekend Transportation for Walt Disney World® Resort guests
  • Family Reunion Area with live entertainment and characters
  • The Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney® (Sunday evening)

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge Participants Receive

  • Champion® Long-Sleeved Tech Shirt in Women’s or Men’s cut for the Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge* – View Size Chart
  • Special Goofy finisher medal, along with the Commemorative Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck finisher medals for completing the Marathon and Half-Marathon*
  • Official Digital Event Guide*
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (Must register by October 10, 2014 for name to appear on bib)*
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race with live runner tracking sign up for friends and family
  • Personalized results website

Walt Disney World 10K

Friday, January 9, 2015

5:30 a.m.

Start/Finish: Epcot®

Run in the newest Marathon Weekend event, the 10K!

Join us for the inaugural Walt Disney World® 10K. This 6.2 mile course is the perfect distance for runners of all skill levels. Winding throughout Epcot® and the scenic World Showcase, it is the newest way to be part of the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.

The Walt Disney World® 10K features:

  • 10K course through Epcot®
  • Disney Characters and Entertainment on-course
  • Event Weekend Transportation for Walt Disney World® Resort Guests

Race participants in the Walt Disney World® 10K will receive:

  • Champion® Long-Sleeved Tech Shirt in Women’s or Men’s Cut* – View Size Chart
  • 10K Finisher Medal*
  • Official Digital Event Guide*
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (Must register by October 10, 2014 for name to appear on bib)*
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race with live runner tracking sign up for friends and family

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

Thursday, January 8, 2015

6:15 a.m.

Start/Finish: Epcot®

Take time to run together during Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K!
Invite the whole family and enjoy a great run the in the shadow of Disney’s spectacular Epcot® Theme Park during Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K. You’ll make your way through Epcot‘s® amazing Future World and then on to international World Showcase and a thrilling finish. It’s all part of the excitement during Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K that’s a perfect event for beginners, intermediates, or even racing veterans. Adults, teens, tweens – and everyone in between –is invited to join the family fun!

The Disney Family Fun Run 5K Highlights

  • 5K course through Epcot®
  • Disney Characters and Entertainment on-course
  • Family Reunion Area with entertainment and characters
  • Event Weekend Transportation for Walt Disney World® Resort guests

Disney Family Fun Run 5K Participants Receive:

  • 5K Unisex T-shirt*
  • 5K Finisher medallion*
  • Official Digital Event Guide*
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (Must register by October 10, 2014 for name to appear on bib)*
  • On-course and post-race refreshments

Dopey Challenge

Thursday, January 8 – Sunday, January 11, 2015

Start/Finish: Epcot®

Run 48.6 miles of fun in the Dopey Challenge!
Are you ready for the ultimate endurance challenge? Then take part in four days of fun for a total of 48.6 miles in the all-new Dopey Challenge! Participants will run the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon, and if you complete all four races within the pacing requirements you will be awarded the Goofy Race and a Half Challenge medal and the brand new Dopey Challenge finisher medal for a total of six pieces of “bling.”

You must register for the Dopey Challenge to receive the Goofy Challenge and Dopey Challenge medals upon completion of all four races within the pacing requirements. Registering for these four events individually will not enable you to receive the challenge medals.

The Dopey Challenge will feature:

  • Four courses through Walt Disney World® Theme Parks totaling 48.6 miles
  • Disney Characters and Entertainment on-course
  • Event Weekend Transportation for Walt Disney World® Resort Guests
  • Family Reunion Area with entertainment and characters
  • Indulge and unwind at the Downtown Disney® After Party (Sunday evening)

Race participants in the Dopey Challenge will receive:

  • Champion® Women’s or Men’s cut*Long-Sleeved Tech Shirts for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge & Dopey Challenge, and 5K cotton Unisex T-Shirt* – View Size Chart
  • Special Dopey finisher medal, along with the commemorative medals for the Marathon, Half Marathon & Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, 10K finisher medal and the 5K finisher medallion*
  • Official Digital Event Guide*
  • iGiftBag
  • Personalized bib (Must register by October 10, 2014 for name to appear on bib)*
  • On-course and post-race refreshments
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race
  • Personalized results website

runDisney Kids’ Races

Thursday, January 8 – Saturday, January 10, 2015

Kids Dashes: 11:00 a.m.

Mickey Mile: 12:30 p.m.

Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex

Every child’s a Winner during the runDisney Kids Races!

Every child 13 and under who participates in the runDisney Kids Races goes home a Winner with their very own Finisher Medallion! Children 13 and under are invited to participate in the runDisney Kids Races taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. Encourage your youngsters to participate and sign up for any of the Kids’ Dashes or the Mickey Mile during this fun-filled weekend. There’s even a Diaper Dash for crawlers! Space is limited.

Parents are allowed to run with their children. The event will follow a rolling start beginning with the 100m dash followed by the 200m, 400m and Diaper Dash. The One Mile will have a separate start location and time. All distances will utilize the same finish location.

runDisney Kids Races Age Groups

  • 12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
  • 1-3 years old – 100m dash
  • 4-6 years old – 200m dash
  • 7-8 years old – 400m dash
  • Mickey Mile – Open to all children 13 years old & under

runDisney Kids Dashes Race Participants Receive

  • runDisney Kids Races T-shirt*
  • Finisher medallion*
  • Personalized bib (Must register by October 10, 2014 for name to appear on bib)*
  • Post-race refreshments

Mickey Mile Race Participants Receive

  • Disney Kids Races T-shirt*
  • Finisher medallion*
  • Personalized bib (Must register by October 10, 2014 for name to appear on bib)*
  • Post-race refreshments
  • Mickey Mile Finisher Certificate
  • ChronoTrack B-tag timed race

Dates, times, prices and inclusions subject to change. All races are subject to capacity limits and may close at any time before the percentage can be updated. Registration fees are non-refundable.

* Participants must attend Packet Pick-up at Disney Health & Fitness Expo to receive their race packet, bib, and tech shirt. Finisher medals will be distributed to finishers during the race. None of these items will be mailed to registrants that did not participate.

Disney Health and Fitness Expo

Wednesday, January 7, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, January 8, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, January 9, 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, January 10, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Your one-stop Headquarters for Everything Marathon Weekend!

Headquarters for everything you need to prepare for race weekend is at Disney Health & Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The Expo is where you’ll pick up your official race number and packet, check out the newest OfficialWalt Disney World® Marathon Weekend Merchandise, and get a sneak peek at the latest in apparel and fitness equipment. The Expo will also showcase a Speaker Series that includes appearances by celebrity runners and seminars on training, racing, and nutrition featuring speakers and panelists from the world of running.

Disney Health & Fitness Expo Highlights

  • Packet Pick-Up (see Event Detail page for more info)
  • Official Race Merchandise
  • Latest in apparel and fitness equipment
  • Speaker Series
  • Runner tracking sign up for friends and family

Pasta in the Park Party

Thursday, January 8 – Saturday, January 10, 2015

Buffet Dinner 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth 9:00 p.m.

Location: Epcot® World ShowPlace Pavilion

Scrumptious dinner and breathtaking light, laser, and fireworks extravaganza!

The sun never sets on the fun during the Walt Disney World® Marathon weekend . Make a date to celebrate the race just run – or the race to come – at the Pasta in the Park Party evening event at Epcot®. It all begins with a runner friendly buffet dinner followed by Reflections of Earth – a spectacular light, laser, and fireworks extravaganza high above World Showcase Lagoon.

The Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot® Features

  • Entry into Epcot® at 6:30 p.m.
  • Buffett pasta dinner and desert
  • Disney character Meet & Greets
  • Music and Entertainment
  • Reserved viewing location of IllumiNations: Reflections of Earth

Note: Tickets are non-refundable and are not interchangeable – date purchased must be date attended. Entry into Epcot® before 6:00 p.m. will require a Theme Park ticket. All the above is subject to availability. To make a special dietary or food allergy request, please contact us at runDisney@disneysports.com.

Breakfast

Plan to join us for breakfast and re-fuel after the Disney Family Fun Run 5K and Walt Disney World® 10K. This special offering is a fun-filled way to continue your event weekend festivities during the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.

Thursday, January 08, 2015
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Epcot®

Friday, January 9, 2015
7:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Epcot®

Race Retreat

Saturday, January 10, 2015
3:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. (runners only)
5:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. (runners and Platinum ChEAR Squad only)

Sunday, January 11, 2015
3:00 a.m. – 5:30 a.m. (runners only)
5:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (runners and Platinum ChEAR Squad only)

Location: Family Reunion Area

Enjoy the magic even more with a VIP Race Retreat Package!

Want to add even more magic to your race experience? It’s easy with a VIP Race Retreat Package! Race Retreat is a great way for runners to prepare for their race, get pampered, and reunite with friends and family once the race is over.

Race Retreat Package Features

Pre-Race Amenities

  • Pre-race bagels and fruit, plus coffee, water and PowerAde
  • Temperature-controlled tent with lounges
  • Private restrooms and bag check
  • Padded stretching area
  • Disney character Meet & Greets
  • Self-treatment and First Aid station
  • Breakfast (Half)
  • Brunch (Full)

Post-Race Amenities

  • Internet access to check live results
  • Brunch with hot and cold beverages
  • Changing tents
  • Self-treatment and First Aid station
  • 10-minute massage for only $10 (based on availability)
  • Designated location to meet friends and family to celebrate your accomplishment!*
  • Disney character Meet & Greets

Other Amenities:

  • Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend commemorative giveaway items
  • Disney Character meet & greets
  • Live video feed from the Finish Line
  • Information Station

Race Retreat Pricing

  • Walt Disney World® Marathon – $120
  • Walt Disney World® Half Marathon – $120
  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge or Dopey Challenge – $200

*Race Retreat will open to friends and family beginning at 5:30 a.m. Each Guest or spectator in your party must purchase a Platinum Level ChEAR Squad Package separately to gain access to Race Retreat. ChEAR Squad Packages are subject to availability and we recommend purchasing pre-arrival via the ChEAR Squad tab.  Children 3 and under do not need to purchase a ChEAR Squad package.

Packages are subject to capacity limits and can close at any time before the percentage can be updated. Brunch and pre-race menu items are subject to change without notice. Packages are priced per person and subject to availability and capacity limits. Offer subject to availability and registration is required. Restrictions apply. Offer may be withdrawn and modified at any time without notice. Serving times to be determined.

Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney 

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Location: Downtown Disney®

Join the Cool Down Party and Celebrate a Race Well Run!
You’ve worked hard and did your best during this year’s Marathon weekend. Now, it’s time to join family and friends for an evening of fun, relaxation, and good times at the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney®. Enjoy delicious food, great music, and get a chance to pick up some last minute keepsake merchandise to remember the weekend. Admission to the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney® is open to race participants, their guests and the public. Special offers are available at select locations by showing your finisher medal*!*Medal must be presented to receive discount. Discount valid only on January 11, 2015 from 4:00 p.m.- 10:30 p.m. All members of the party must be present at the time of purchase. Discounts and offerings are at the discretion of each operating participant. All offers are subject to change.ChEAR Squad presented by Transitions adaptive Lenses

Now’s here’s something to ChEAR about! As a spectator, you can be a part of the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend when you join the ChEAR Squad and support your runner ! You’ll even get inside information and tips about race weekend and much, much more. Choose your ChEAR Squad package today!

ChEAR Squad – BRONZE Package includes:

  • E-newsletter detailing all of the weekend events to make your experience truly magical!

ChEAR Squad – SILVER Package includes:

  • The E-newsletter included with the Bronze Package plus…
  • ChEAR Squad gear kit which includes:
    • Waterproof Stadium Blanket
    • Mickey clappers (exclusive to ChEAR Squad!)
    • ChEAR Squad t-shirt
  • ChEAR Squad – GOLD Package includes*:
    • All of the Silver Package amenities plus…
    • Reserved ChEAR Zone viewing location along the course (first-come, first-served)
    • Entry into the Finish Line ChEAR Zone which includes:
      • Reserved grandstand seating (first-come, first-served)
      • Hot and cold beverages
      • Private restrooms

    ChEAR Squad – PLATINUM Package includes:

    • All of the Gold Package amenities plus…
    • Entry into the Race Retreat** which includes:
      • Disney Character greetings
      • Brunch plus hot and cold beverages
      • Temperature-controlled tent with indoor lounges & family style dine seating
      • Internet access to check live results
      • Private Restrooms
      • Information Station
      • Live video feed from the Finish Line
      • Breakfast (Half)
      • Brunch (Full)

*Reserved seating/viewing locations may vary and are subject to change. Guest must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled event to ensure reserved seating/viewing — actual location within the reserved seating/viewing areas is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating/viewing amenity is available for the registered ChEAR Squad member only. Each Guest will need to purchase a package for entry to the designated areas.

**Race Retreat will open to friends and family beginning at 5:30 a.m. Runners participating in Half, Full, or Goofy Challenge must purchase Race Retreat package separately and are subject to availability.ChEAR Squad Packages are priced per person. Offer subject to availability and pre-purchase is required. Restrictions apply. Offer may be withdrawn or modified at any time without notice. ChEAR Squad Packages are not needed for children 3 and under.

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