January 7, 2015

Top 10 reasons to love WDW Marathon Weekend

While we won't be there this weekend, we LOVE marathon weekend and are so excited for all of you that are running and cheering. We thought we would share our top 10 reasons to love marathon weekend. Have FUN!

10. There are runners everywhere! We've been to Disney for non-race and race weekends alike and it's hard to imagine a bigger celebration of running than marathon weekend. It simply seems that everyone at Disney World during the second weekend in January is there to run.

9. Classic character inspiration: we're suckers for the big 5 when it comes to Disney characters so we love the traditional character medals. 

8. There's a race for everyone. From kids races to a 5k to a marathon to challenges, there really is a race for every interest, age, and fitness level.

7. The expo is top notch. Maybe it's the number of runners or the diversity of runner, but we have found the marathon weekend expo to be amazing, so get your credit cards ready!

6. The marathon hits all 4 parks plus the speedway and ESPN Wide World of Sports. It's incredible. Unless you are on a crazy mission, you would likely NEVER see all of these things in the span of several hours on foot. It's an amazing experience.

5. The weather is usually not too heinous. I mean it is January, so there is potential for it to be cooler and less humid. I will say a prayer that the weather is good for this weekend! 

4. You can really eat and drink your way through the parks post-race guilt-free.  After you run 13.1 or 26.2 or 39.3 or 48.6 miles, it's time to celebrate folks! Last year, we enjoyed some libations in EPCOT and a fantastic dinner at Chefs de France. It was the perfect way to celebrate our Dopey Challenge completion.

3. You will see friends, meet people, and make new friends. I never ever imagined that I would meet some of my dearest friends through runDisney but I have. It's the only race that I would ever consider traveling to solo because once you're there you're bound to make friends and have companionship everywhere you go.

2. Characters! In what other 5k/10k/half marathon/marathon can you stop for a photo in front of a castle or with the big cheese, Mickey?

1. Where else can you wear your medal(s) around post-race (and not get weird looks) with plenty of people congratulating you?!

Wishing you a weekend of magical miles!
{Christine}

17 comments:

  1. Love all of these things about the marathon weekend! I'm excited to get there and sad you won't be there this year!
    Karen @karenlovestorun

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    1. Hope you have a wonderful time, Karen! :)

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  2. Ahhh...I'm getting SO excited, I LOVE Marathon Weekend! Fingers crossed the weather's not too bad, I keep seeing reports of high of 80 for Sunday and I'm having flashbacks to 2013 which was BRUTAL!

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    1. I am SO excited to hear all about your trip and I'm so sad we won't be down there this year. I have my fingers crossed for some cooler temps - I remember the forecast looked a lot warmer for Sunday last year and it ended up being cooler, so hopefully it will be similar this year.

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  3. LOVE all those things about marathon weekend!!! SO much fun!

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    1. It is definitely one of our favorite race weekends - hopefully we'll be back there another weekend (and you too!) :)

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  4. Chefs de France is a favorite of ours! There are so many good restaurants at EPCOT. I do think the expo is top notch, but oh so crowded. I wish they would have it in a bigger space so you could walk around easily. I wish I was running the marathon. By the time I checked, it was sold out. {sad face}

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    1. I was surprised when I went there and actually really enjoyed it. The atmosphere is definitely very French and the food is good.

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  5. I love all your reasons! Can't wait to splurge on Sunday after finishing the races. The only problem I will have is deciding which restaurant to go to, as there are so many great ones to chose from. -L

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  6. You definitely hit my favorite things about running at disney!

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  7. Disney is the best place to run a marathon, especially the first time marathon!

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  8. Love this! WDW Marathon is the only marathon I'm considering running again in the future (despite the fact that I said no more marathons! Lol). I love the energy at that event.

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  9. You are right Christine- WDW Marathon Weekend is the jewel in the runDisney crown. Once you've hit the Expo during this event, all others seem sparse by comparison. I'm hoping to hit that "all 4 parks" marker one day, but until then any race with a castle in it makes my day!

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  10. I really loved the spirit of Marathon weekend! As a first time marathoner, there was so much about the experience that truly was magical! Thanks for linking up with #MagicalMonday!

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  11. Having just worked my way up from a 5K to a 10K-you are totally right-there is nothing quite like the energy that Marathon Weekend brings. The Coast to Coast is in my dreams

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  12. Very true! Marathon Weekend is so exciting and fun for all ages and levels.

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