17 May, 2012

New Course Announced for the WDW Marathon

First, just wanted to say hello!  I was supposed to be in Peru for two weeks exploring the country and hiking to Macchu Picchu but unfortunately had to come home a week early due to a health scare with my mom.  Please send the good thoughts this way!

I've heard great success stories about the Expedition Everest Challenge that just happened while I was away so hopefully I'll get a guest post up here at some point about it too.  I know I STILL have to throw the other guest posts from the races earlier in the year.  I didn't forget, promise!

But today I received a press release from runDisney about the new marathon course for January and I love it!  Looks like they made some great changes and can't wait to run it! From the turn by turn video at the bottom of this post, looks like there's no running through Epcot at the very start of the race, however you still run through Epcot for the last mile or so.  After passing the Polynesian, we head to the Speedway to run around the track and then continue on the old route to Animal Kingdom.  After AK we head towards ESPN Wide World of Sports and run around the baseball field there.  That's around Mile 20 where there's a spectacular section of the course with surprises, according to runDisney!  Hollywood Studios is next and then we continue on our way back to Epcot through the Yacht/Beach Club.  

Hurry up and register though if you guys are thinking about Goofy at least.  Goofy is already at 61% full!  The others are still less than 50% but I have a feeling that the new course might bump up some registration! 

Runners to Race Around the “High Banks’’ and “Bases’’ As Part of 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Course

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (May 16, 2012) - Runners in the 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon in 2013 will have the unique experience of running along a speedway and through a baseball stadium - in addition to Disney’s four theme parks - as part the latest enhancements designed to celebrate the event’s two decades of existence.

The 2013 Disney Marathon course will again start at Epcot. But runners will go through the Magic Kingdom and then, for the first time ever, run through the high-banked Walt Disney World Speedway where stock cars, Indy cars and exotic supercars typically roar around the one-mile tri-oval track. And later the course will take runners to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and through the complex’s Champion Stadium, a major-league style ballpark that’s the Atlanta Braves’ annual spring training home.

“Running through the speedway and the ballpark should provide quite a thrill for the runners,’’ said veteran race director Jon Hughes. “These very creative enhancements should make for a pretty memorable 20th anniversary marathon that people will probably be talking about for 20 more years.’’
The marathon’s commemorative route changes add to the new enhancements recently announced, including enhanced entertainment along Mile 20, a specially-designed 20th anniversary Mickey Mouse medal and a new post-race party at Downtown Disney.     

In addition to the 26.2-mile marathon, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna (Jan. 10-13) will feature events for the entire family such as Kids’ Races throughout the weekend, including the Mickey Mile, a Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday.  There is also Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge which involves running the Half Marathon and the full Marathon - 39.3 miles!  The Health and Fitness Expo runs throughout the weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and features the latest in running technology and fashion, as well as renowned running experts like Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney.

And here's a cute little video about the new course!


Also, for those that want to see a course map, here it is! You can also find it on the runDisney website, just click here.

3 comments

  1. I'm in the vast minority, but the new changes are less than thrilling for me. If it wasn't for the bling, I'd seriously debate even doing it.

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  2. I'm not running the marathon (will be running the Princess half) but it looks amazing!!

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  3. Cannot wait to run this course! I love the changes and for my third time through I think it will be amazing :)!

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