Monday, December 17, 2012

runDisney News



Disney's Marathon Weekend
More than 55,000 runners from throughout the United States and beyond will lace up their running shoes and head to Walt Disney World Resort for the sold-out Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, Jan. 10-13.  Several celebrities including Drew Cary (‘The Price is Right,’) Sean Astin (‘Goonies’ and ‘The Lord of the Rings,’) and Alison Sweeney (‘The Biggest Loser,’) will join the celebration as runDisney marks the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon.

To mark two decades of the Walt Disney World Marathon, runners will enjoy several unique features, including a special 20th anniversary medal, course enhancements taking runners onto the track at Walt Disney World Speedway and through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, a Mile 20 spectacular featuring special entertainment and a new post-race party at Downtown Disney.

Marathon weekend features runDisney Kids’ Races, a Family Fun Run 5K on Friday, the Half Marathon on Saturday and the Marathon on Sunday.  Thousands of runners will run Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which involves running the Half Marathon and the full Marathon – 39.3 miles!  The Health and Fitness Expo runs throughout the weekend at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and features the latest in running technology and fashion, as well as renowned running experts like Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney. For more information, visit rundisney.com.

Disney's Princess Half-Marathon Weekend
A royal celebration is planned for the 5th anniversary Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort, Feb. 22-24.  Runners completing the 13.1 mile course though the Magic Kingdom and Epcot will be awarded a special commemorative 5th anniversary medal fit for a princess.

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend is one of the largest women-specific running events in the country and focuses on healthy active lifestyles for women and young girls.  After nearly 7,500 runners ran the inaugural 2009 event, the popularity had grown considerably with more than 19,000 competing in 2012, and more than 20,000 runners expected for 2013.

Weekend events include the Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K and runDisney Kids’ Races on Saturday, followed by the Half Marathon on Sunday.  The weekend also includes the Disney Fit for a Princess at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, featuring the latest running apparel and equipment, as well as a speaker series involving running experts like Jeff Galloway, the official training consultant for runDisney. For more information, visit rundisney.com.