Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

( 124 reviews )
100% of reviewers recommend this race
  • Orlando,
    Florida,
    United States
  • January
  • 3 miles/5K, 6 miles/10K, 13.1/Half Marathon, 26.2 miles/Marathon, Other
  • Road Race

Erin

Sydney, Australia
80 35
2016
"A fun 10K around Epcot! "
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Erin 's thoughts:

Expo: The WDW Marathon Weekend Expo is much bigger than anything you'll find at Disneyland, given they have much more space. Exhibitors take up two different locations at Wide World of Sports, and packet pickup/gear pickup is spread between three locations depending on your events. Dopey Challenge participants were able to pick up their bibs and gear in the same building. Once again, challenge runners need to get their picture taken at pickup so they're able to cross reference at the end of the final event.

Swag: You'll get the race technical shirt (6 shirts if you're competing in the Dopey Challenge), gear bag and a mini Clif Bar. There's plenty of product samples from painkillers to Clif products to bananas from the exhibitors on the floor.

Course: This course is an extension of the 5K around Epcot, however with some road running at the beginning and then heading out along the boardwalk towards the later kilometres of the race (about 4.5 miles/7.2km). Once you get into Epcot you are running around World Showcase starting from the China portion of the park and over to France. The boardwalk was quite interesting as someone who hadn't been to WDW before and running past Yacht & Beach Club Resorts gave us a preview of the higher priced hotels!

From here you bypass the remainder of the World Showcase by running backstage and pop out again up around Future World, then it's on the home straight past Spaceship Earth and onto the finish line!

Unfortunately it was raining the entire 10K event so it made parts of the course slippery, especially the Boardwalk. Extra care should be taken to make sure you remain upright!!

Aid Stations: There were three water stops and one medical tent along the course.
There were plenty of portaloos before the corrals and all restrooms are open in the park.

Atmosphere: There was music being played through the park's speaker system (playing the best of Disney of course) and characters were spread throughout the course. Earlier character stops were abandoned due to the rain, however appeared to come out with the later corrals.

Post-race: Disney are great for herding runners through the finish line area. Challenge runners do have to go through seperate tents once they've picked up their medal. Food-wise you do get a runner's box full of goodies plus a water (and Powerade if you please).

The Family Reunion area is large, so organise a meet-up before you run (especially if you're international like me and messaging is a crazy amount). The buses to resorts leave from the end of the reunion area, lines were pretty manageable.

This is a fun 10K which takes in the entire Epcot area plus the Boardwalk. Disney couldn't control the weather which unfortunately did impact the race experience, however on the whole this is a fun 10K course.

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