11 April, 2012

runDisney Announces Extras for Marathon Weekend

Who jumped on the bandwagon and registered immediately for marathon weekend?

It's looks like it's turning out to be another fun filled weekend already!  I received a press release about the activities and, while there isn't a whole lot of detail announced yet, we did get a small sneak peak of what to expect.

Since 2013 is the 20th anniversary of the marathon, runDisney is adding a few unique events and extras along the way.  We have already heard about the special 20th anniversary medal, which has everyone excited.  runDisney is known for their fabulous medals and their anniversary ones are usually even better.  Also, Donald and Goofy runners MIGHT also have a new medal for the half to look forward to.  After an anniversary year (2012 was the 15th anniversary) a new medal is usually released. 

There has also been talk that there will be a special surprise at Mile 20 of the marathon (get it? 20th anniversary, surprise at Mile 20...yea yea yea lol).  All news has been fuzzy as to what exactly the surprise will be but we were told we'll have "enhanced entertainment."  And for anyone else that has ran the full, that little stretch around Mile 20 (the out and back before Hollywood Studios) could use a little more pep! 

Also new for this race weekend is a post race party!  Again, not much info has surfaced yet about the party but it will be the Sunday of the marathon from 4pm - 8pm at Downtown Disney.  There has never been a party at DtD before, from what I remember, but correct me if I'm wrong please!  Usually it's at a theme park after hours.  There is no information about whether it will be free with race registration, or only open to marathon runners (like Marathon Monday was a few years back), etc, etc.  I'll be sure to keep you guys updated if I hear anything new!

I have a feeling the marathon is going to sell out fairly quickly.  With an expected cap of more than 20,000...that's a lot of runners!  If I remember correctly, the half marathon usually has a cap of around 25k or 27k and the full was usually slightly under 20k.  Again though, I could be wrong.

Here's an easy breakdown of the weekend's events:


EVENT
DAY
TIME
Disney's Health and Fitness Expo
Thursday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Friday
9:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Saturday
10:00 AM -5:00 PM
runDisney Kids' Races
Thursday
3:00 PM

Friday
11:00 AM

Saturday
11:00 AM
Mickey Mile
Thursday
4:30 PM

Friday
12:30 PM

Saturday
12:30 PM
Disney Family Fun Run 5K
Friday
6:30 AM
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Saturday
5:30 AM
Walt Disney World Marathon
Sunday
5:30 AM
Downtown Disney After Party
Sunday
4:00 PM - 8:00 PM


As well as an easier breakdown of the race prices and price increases:


EVENT
April 10 – June 19
June 20 – Sept. 25
Sept 26 – Jan. 13
Full Marathon
$150
$170
$190
Half Marathon
$150
$170
$190
Goofy Challenge
$320
$350
$380
Family Fun 5K
$55
$55
$55

** All information provided by runDisney PR.

10 comments

  1. Thanks for the info! My brother is doing the 1/3 & my DSIL the 5K, so I am planning on going down to see them.

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  2. Twist my arm, why don't you? :) I ran the half this year (my first!) and plan on going down (in flames) for the 2013 Goofy. May Mickey have mercy on my soul.

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  3. I read somewhere the after party is free and open to runners, spectators, and the public. It was on the runDisney site, just cant pinpoint it at the moment!
    Jenn Lawrence

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  4. Sad times...no more Marathon Monday? That was fun!!! Oh well!
    Goofy, here I come!!

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  5. The after party at Downtown Disney is new as far as I know...previous parties were done at theme parks...but this party is free to everyone, from the runDisney website:

    Downtown Disney® After Party
    Downtown Disney Westside
    4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, January 13, 2013

    After all that training and mileage, it's time to indulge and unwind! Runners, join us at Downtown Disney Westside to celebrate your finish with friends and family. Enjoy food, music and last minute commemorative merchandise shopping. Admission to the Downtown Disney® After Party is open to race participants, their guests and the public.

    And I totally agree that something special at mile 20 will be much appreciated :)!

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  6. Can't wait for Goofy 2013!
    Love the new look of your blog, too!
    :-)

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  7. This will be my first Marathon - totally a new runner and figured a magical run would be a great way to break me in! I will be bringing my family to cheer me on and plan on visiting all of the theme parks. Do you recommend seeing the sights before or after the run?

    Your blog is awesome by the way.

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  8. @Hedy... Spectators sometimes have an even better time than the runners! Enjoy! :)

    @quirks... awesome! You're seriously going to love it!

    @anonymous (jenn)...thank you! I hunted down the info after your comment and you're right, thanks for clearing it up!

    @Karen...I'll be right there Goofy with ya :)

    @Amanda... Definitely can't wait to see what's at 20. Do you think you'll head to DtD for the party?

    @Twins...Thank you!! :) Can't wait to see you down there!

    @Ashley... Disney was my first marathon and it was definitely amazing and wouldn't have asked for a better course. I, personally, like doing the majority of the theme park adventures after the race. Before the race you'll be too worried about staying off your feet, eating correctly, and resting. After the race you can run (or hobble) around the parks as much as you want and show off your bling! (Definitely wear your medal around the parks!)

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  9. I see that the post race party is free....but what does that mean as far as food???? I highly doubt it would be free food..!! any details on what will happen other than people getting together and chatting...spending money, etc.

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    1. Hi Annabel, I'm honestly not sure what the party entails yet. They haven't really released much info about it yet!

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