The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend has become a huge event in the Disney calendar. The details of the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend have now been released. The full marathon is just one of a number of race events to be held over the weekend of 9th to 12th January 2012.
What is the appeal of the Disney Marathon Weekend? The location of course! The races are run through the Disney parks, and of course there will be Disney characters around the route to help you on your way.
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The Walt Disney World Full Marathon
What better location to run your first or even your 20th marathon than the Walt Disney World resort! The full 26.2 mile marathon sponsored by Cigna® takes you through all 4 of the Disney parks. The full marathon starts in Epcot, goes to Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios before reaching the finish line back in Epcot.
This is the final race in the Marathon Weekend and is held on Sunday, January 12, 2014 with a 5:30 a.m. start.
Here is the Official Walt Disney World Marathon site and contains lots of very useful information about all of the events of the 2014 weekend.
For those not taking part in the Disney Marathon Weekend be aware that due to the number of competitors and their families staying at the resort for the event this will be a very busy weekend at the parks.
If you complete the marathon you are awarded the Mickey Mouse finisher medal.
Walt Disney World Half Marathon
Not quite ready for the full marathon? Want to take the 13.1 mile challenge? The Walt Disney World Half Marathon will be held on Saturday, January 11, 2014 with a 5:30 a.m. start. Just like the full marathon this will also start and end in Epcot.
If you finish you are awarded the Donald Duck finisher medal.
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
Looking for more of a challenge? The Goof’s Race and a Half Challenge covers both the full and the half marathon. Run the half on the Saturday and then take on the full marathon the following day.
If you finish both events you will receive the Goofy Medal in addition to your Donald Duck and Mickey Mouse finisher medals.
Walt Disney World 10K
This is a new event for 2014. The 10K or 6.2 mile race will start on Friday, January 10, 2014 at
The 10K Disney World race will take place in Epcot. This one sounds like a great starting point to get involved in the Disney Marathon Weekend.
Disney Family Fun Run 5K
The Disney Family Fun Run kicks of the Marathon Weekend on Thursday, January 9, 2014 with a start at
6:15 a.m. Good luck getting the kids up for that time! This 5K course through Epcot is a lot of fun with any age able to participate.
The Dopey Challenge
Love the name they chose for this event! The Dopey Challenge is the ultimate Disney Marathon Weekend event. Participants will run in all of the events except the 5K family challenge! That is a total of 48.6 miles over the Thursday to the Sunday.
Finishers will get all of the medals awarded for the other events, plus a very special Dopey Challenge Medal.
We wonder how many of these medals will be handed out!
If you are interested in any of these races you can see details of how to enter at
In years past these events, particularly the shorter distances and family events, fill up very quickly.
Have you ever competed in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend? Leave me a Comment!
Alison Meacham is the founder of EverythingMouse Disney Blog. For over 15 years she has shared her love of Disney Parks, Disney Cruises and Universal Orlando. In over 30 years of Disney Travel she has spent countless months in Disney Parks and has sailed on over 45 cruises. A British native and now a United States resident she splits her time between California, Florida and the UK. And spends a serious amount of time sailing the seven seas. She helps over 200,000 people per month follow their Disney travel dreams.