Disney Marathon Kicks Off Today

by on January 5, 2012

Disney World MarathonThe ever popular Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA, kicks off today and runs through January 8.  This year features two new options for the Disney World Marathon, including a relay and a new medal.  Runners in the 26.2 mile Disney Marathon can now join a buddy for the Disney World Marathon Relay.  Unlike other marathon relays, runners at Disney will each run 13.1 miles through Walt Disney World’s four theme parks.  The first runner will travel through Epcot and Magic Kingdom, while the second runner goes through Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios before finishing at Epcot.  Both runners receive official half-marathon times as well as a combined team time, plus the new Chip and Dale medal – the first new character medal for Disney World Marathon Weekend since the Goofy medal was introduced in 2006.  The Disney Marathon Relay will be run simultaneously with the Disney Marathon and share the same course.

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon also will offer a new feature – a special edition Donald Duck medal to commemorate the 15th anniversary of the race.  The Disney World Marathon Weekend will include a variety of events, including the Disney Family 5k Fun Run (Jan. 6), Disney Kid’s Races (Jan. 6-7), and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (Jan. 7-8).  There’s also Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo (Jan. 5-8) at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which will feature the latest in running merchandise, equipment and products, plus health and fitness seminars by leading authorities such as renowned marathon trainer Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney.

If you are running the Disney World Marathon or Half Marathon, leave a comment with your name and bib number.  We will be there cheering on the runners, so we will be sure to watch for you and cheer when you go by!

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