Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend – Spectacular Races in the Most Magical Setting in the World, January 7- 10, 2010

The Disney name is synomous with quality entertainment for the whole family. And they bring that same standard of excellence to road racing and sports. Walt Disney World is a magical place where children of all ages enjoy surroundings with the magic of Mickey, Minnie, Donald, Snow White, Cinderella, Dumbo, Pinocchio and Peter Pan. It is the place where the fun never stops! It will be your favorite place to run! These events provide a high voltage weekend filled with fun and competition for the whole family. You can take home an exclusive Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck or Goofy medal to keep the magic alive.

Event Highlights
One of the best aspects of the WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon Weekend is that there is a race option here for runners of all ages and abilities. You are sure to find one that is just the right challenge for you and every member of your family! Marathon and Half Marathon participants will receive many unique extras including commemorative Champion Race Technical shirts, especially themed Kodak single use cameras, Disney entertainment, custom finisher’s certificate, goody bags, post race refreshments, a personalized Disney theme bib (register by 11/1/09), and more!

Runners in the full marathon traverse the delightful 26.2-mile course that winds through four theme parks. The course Starts at Epcot, where fascinating discoveries of science and technology meet in a remarkable combination of amusement park and world’s fair. Runners continue through the Magic Kingdom, the heart and soul of Walt Disney World with its sparkling sidewalks and beautifully landscaped grounds. Home to many major crowd pleasing attractions as well as Disney character meet-and-greet locations, the Magic Kingdom is not a small world after all. Marathoners are in for a treat as they continue their wonderful journey to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park, with acres and acres of savanna and a wildlife preserve. One sight that is sure to inspire runners is the magnificent Tree of Life that rises 145 feet, towering over all other trees. Next stop is Disney’s Hollywood Studios, a re-creation of Hollywood as it might have been in the good old days complete with art deco storefronts, palm trees, pastel buildings and flashy neon. Runners can expect an exhilarating marathon finish at Epcot with inspirational music on the home stretch, and the highly coveted Mickey Mouse medal at the finish.

The half-marathon is the perfect distance for first timers as well as more seasoned runners. If you want to get your hands on the Donald Duck medal, this is the way to go! Half marathoners will take their mark and draw their inspiration from Donald Duck on Saturday, January 9th for the 13.1-mile course through Walt Disney World as they step into a world of fantasy and timeless adventures starting at the Magic Kingdom and finishing at Epcot, a fitting tribute to a world in which you can touch tomorrow and travel the world fueled by the power of imagination.

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Looking for a running challenge that is off the charts? Let Goofy be your guide in this two-day race format. Run both the half-marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday for a combined total of 39.3 miles. It is only fitting that this kind of endurance and bravery should be rewarded with the one and only, and now most coveted Goofy medal.

Family Fun Run
Why not get the whole family involved in the fun and fitness of running? The 2010 Family Fun Run on Friday, January 8th is the perfect way to let everyone get in on the action and thrills. This 5K course in the Walt Disney World Resort has no shortage of magic and adventure. Participants will receive finishers medallions, Disney theme t-shirts, post race refreshments, goody bags and more.

Mickey’s Marathon Kids’ Festival
You will be delighted to watch the young ones have their healthy fun in these just-for-kids races. Get ready to smile as those triumphant faces cross the finish line. Children 13 and under can participate in races ranging from the Mickey Mile to the Diaper Dash. All kids’ races take place at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday, January 8th and Saturday, January 9th starting at 11:00 a.m. Participants will receive a Disney themed t-shirt, finisher’s medallion, goody bag and more.

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