January 4, 2016

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Info

This week, thousands of runners will be descending upon the land of the mouse to run races during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.  Starting on Thursday with the 5k and culminating with the Mickey marathon on Sunday, there will be lots of carbo loading and anxious runners on all the Disney properties hoping for speedy feet and perfect weather.

Christine and I have enjoyed several marathon weekends, starting with my first running the now retired Chip and Dale Relay in 2012. We have also done the half marathon, Goofy Challenge and in 2014, the Dopey Challenge.  The races are fun but the morning wake up calls mean early bedtimes. These are a must if you hope to have a successful time on the clock when you cross the finish line.  With three prior years of this race weekend, I feel funny to "only" be running the marathon.  Who says only when running a marathon?  Well at Disney it can be "only" because the marathon can also be part of the Goofy Challenge and the Dopey Challenge when you run multiple races on consecutive days.

After completing the Dopey Challenge in 2014, Christine and I each took turns writing reviews for those who might be taking on the challenge in the future.  So if you would like to read about those races, you will find links below.

Disney Family Run 5k
This race ended up being very crowded, but it is always a fun one for costumes since you are running such a short distance.  Click here for all the details.

Minnie Mouse 10k
The Minnie Mouse 10k starts and ends in Epcot and includes some nice character stops along the way after leaving the Epcot parking area.  For more info click here for our race recap.
Our one character photo from the race!
Donald Half Marathon
The half marathon course is the same one used for the Princess Half Marathon and one that we find interesting and fun.  During our Dopey Challenge weekend in 2014, we planned to run this race for fun, knowing that we had many miles ahead of us the following day. We planned to just ran easy with the goal of getting off our feet as quickly as possible leaving plenty of energy for the marathon on Sunday. You can read our recap from the 2014 race here.

Mickey Marathon
The final race Sunday is the marathon and any marathon that includes running through 4 amusement parks is always fun.  The behind the scenes look at the parks is also a part of certain areas you pass and also a way to keep you entertained.  My favorite part of the course is Hollywood Studios when you are nearly finished and the crowd is cheering loudly. Read about our 2014 race here - Christine's recap and mine.



Other information we have compiled for marathon weekend includes:
Packing List
- Dopey Challenge tips and some specific tips on packing and eating for Dopey Challenge including Christine's great idea to pack each race outfit in a ziplock bag.
10 Reason to Love WDW Marathon Weekend

Race Retreat: This option was extremely useful for us during the Dopey Challenge and wanted anyone trying to decide if they wanted to splurge what we thought of the cost  versus value received.  We definitely loved it!
- ChEAR Squad Recap: Send this to any of your family and friends planning to spectate
- Infographic on overcoming roadblocks to get to the finish line
Dopey Challenge wrap-up post

Please let us know if you have any questions or something to add to help out other runners heading to Walt Disney World for their first marathon weekend race experience.
(Pam)

20 comments:

  1. So excited, but SO nervous because of my knee! Can't wait to see you!

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    1. Hope the knee is feeling better this week Danielle. See you soon.

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  2. Have a great time. I know you will do great! Happy New Year!

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    1. Thanks for the vote of confidence Darlene. I am excited but a little nervous too.

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  3. You're going to rock that marathon Pam! It was so much fun running through all 4 parks! Wish I was going to be there but I'm only allowed one runDisney weekend a year due to my budget. So I'll be at Princess weekend.

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    1. Thanks Mindy. I know you love Princess weekend with your girls. I am going to miss it this year, but hopefully back in 2017

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  4. I can't wait to run marathon weekend again!! It's definitely one of my favorites! :) Have so much fun with the marathon, Pam!

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    1. Me too Karen. I think I like it best of all the race weekends.

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  5. SO excited! Definitely my absolute favorite race weekend. Hope to see you there!! :-D

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    1. Hope to see you too Jennifer. I'll be at the expo Friday afternoon.

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  6. I loved Marathon weekend!! Hugs to you Pam! What an awesome weekend it will be. Can't wait to read your race recap and see your pictures.?

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    1. Thanks Sarah. Super excited to get to Florida and race.

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  7. Have fun! I know I did when I ran the half 5 years ago!!!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, the Disney races are always fun.

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  8. I don't know how you have done so much..after a race I usually take a break...that's awesome though

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  9. The new blog looks great, ladies! I won't be there this coming weekend (whomp, whomp) but I'll be loudly cheering from New Jersey. xo

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    1. Thanks Meridith. I was really excited that Christine picked such pretty colors for the nee page. I am electronically challenged and she handles everything behind the scenes.

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  10. I haven't had a chance to do the January race weekend at Disney yet but it's definitely on my bucket list :) I hope you guys have a fun weekend!

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  11. I'm so jealous of every going this weekend! WDW Marathon weekend just had a different feel to it than other race weekends. I think I might tackle the marathon next January! Hope you have a wonderful time!!

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