The 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend advanced registration window for Disney Vacation Club members is now open!
Starting at 12 noon ET on Tuesday, April 14, DVC members can begin registering for 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend events. The marathon and its accompanying races will be held January 6 – 10, 2016 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Early event registration is a perk made available to Disney Vacation Club members. Note that there are limits to the number of registrations which will be accepted during the early sign-up period. Popular events often fill-up within hours of the start of early registration.
For a link to the early registration page, visit DVCMember.com and click on Membership Magic then Special Offers.
Information contributed by www.dvcnews.com.
My running partner was at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler race weekend at Walt Disney World last week. She took a few pictures of some of the race medals for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon.
As you can see there isn’t much change from last year, except for Goofy. The Goofy Race and a Half Challenge will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, so they have made a different medal to celebrate.
UPDATED: Here is the official picture of all the medals from RunDisney.
Have you ever wondered what the differences are with the Run Disney Challenges? Well here is a great article that breaks them down for you. It tells you when they are, what events are required, and the uniqueness & difficulties of each.
Magic Miles – Choosing your RunDisney Challenge
We have arrived at Walt Disney World for the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. It was nice leaving home at 38 degrees and arriving at Disney at 73; however, it has been a rainy day.
After checking in at our resort, Disney’s Beach Club Villas, we headed to the EPSN Wide World of Sports for the Marathon Expo.
Inside at the Expo they had things very well organized. This is my 3rd year doing Marathon Weekend, and 2nd doing to Goofy’s Race And A Half Challenge, and things seemed to move far smoother. They have the Goofy & Dopey Challenge bib pickup area in a separate area from the individual races pickup.
The big hype for the Expo has been the RunDisney New Balance Running Shoes. The hype started before you even got inside the expo.
Because of the hype and 80,000 runners here, they lines were insane, so I passed on getting a pair here. I decided to wait until the Disneyland Half Marathon in September to purchase my Goofy’s. I had a friend, Michael who left Charleston at midnight, to be in line at 6am, for an 8:30am expo opening, to get their shoes. They were 30th in line and were successful! I will try and post a video of how joyous their son was to get his Goofy’s.
My running partner is at Disneyland, CA this weekend to run the Disneyland Half Marathon. While at the expo, she found that they have revealed the medals designs for the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.
Without any further wait:
Here is the new Minnie 10k race medal:
Here is the Donald Half Marathon medal
Here is the Mickey Marathon medal
Here is the Goofy medal you get for running the half marathon (Saturday) and the full marathon (Sunday), and the events I will be participating in. This is a total of 39.3 miles in 24 hours.
Finally, the new event, call the Dopey. You will get all the above medals, including this one, when you run the 5k on Thursday, 10k on Friday, half marathon on Saturday, and full marathon on Sunday for a grand total of 48.6 miles.
So a friend of mine text me last night that I was on a Disney Running article yesterday. I thought he had seen an article on the Dopey Challenge and was being funny. However, it was true.
If you scroll down the article linked above, I am in the center of the picture below “Weather, Weather, What’s the Weather Report?”, running with Jeff Galloway.
This was a picture from the 2012 Jeff Galloway Meetup at the WDW Marathon Weekend!
Thought I would share….Enjoy!
After the 2012 Walt Disney World Marathon, my wife and I were in line for a ride at the Magic Kingdom that Sunday night. Behind us was a lady that had a Goofy medal on. The significance of the Goofy medal is that you complete the half marathon (13.1 Miles) on Saturday and then complete the full marathon (26.2 Miles) on Sunday. After completing the marathon, I needed a new challenge, so based on the encouragement from this unknown lady in line I committed to running the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Goofy Challenge, and that I did. I did over 700 miles of training runs in 2012 to prepare for this weekend!
Last week we traveled down to Walt Disney World to take on this mission. We went down on Thursday (10th) and stayed until Tuesday (15th). We stayed at Disney’s Beach Club Villas, in a 1 bedroom villa, which was nice as it had a full kitchen, walk in shower, and jacuzzi tub, which was great for the ice baths after the races. On Thursday we met up with my running partner and friend Becky and her family for a little while, then we went to the race expo. Disney really knows how to put on a race expo, and races too for that matter. When we got to the expo, we went and got our bibs. Prior to going we found out we were in Corral B, which we wanted to change to Corral A. We took proof of our former races to race relations and they easily put us both in Corral A, success! We then got our race package with our shirts, 3 shirts for the 3 events (new wardrobe!). We then walked around the expo visiting with the various vendors for about an hour. We finished off Thursday evening in Epcot park, and had dinner at Via Napoli for some carb loading. We got back to the room a little before 9pm, so we could watch Illuminations firework show over at Epcot from our balcony. I queued up this You Tube video on my iPad to synch up with the fireworks show, and was able to get the audio from the fireworks show at our balcony, it worked so awesome.
On Friday (11th) we went to Magic Kingdom for the day. Later that evening we went over to Downtown Disney with Becky and her family and had dinner at Portobello Italian Trattoria for some carb loading. This was our first time eating at this restaurant, and we were not particularly impressed. There was no taste to the food, but we got in our carbs for the races. We also met friends Michael, Tara, & Christopher Bell at dinner. They were there with some of their friends eating as well. Great times. We had dinner early, since we had to be up pretty early Saturday morning for the half marathon, so I was in bed by 9PM.