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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

If you are a fan of Disney and fitness, you don’t want to miss this year’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. This four day event takes place during January 8-12, 2020 and includes a variety of races for the whole family. Even if you aren’t participating in the races, you can still join in the festivities at the free runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. Read on to learn how you can be part of the magic at the 2020 Walt Disney World Marathon.

What makes runDisney events unique?

A runDisney race is much more than just a run, it’s an experience. The courses take you through the Walt Disney World theme parks, with Disney characters cheering you on along the way. Participants are encourage to dress up and it is not uncommon to see runner in tutus, fairy wings, and mouse ears. Because they are so unique, runDisney races fill up quickly. It’s best to reserve your spot early, so hop over to the runDisney website to register today.

Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Events and Challenges

Although it’s called a marathon weekend, there are several events to choose from so you can participate, regardless of your skill level. All events include a commemorative medal for finishers. If you really want to push yourself, sign up for one of the challenges.


  • January 9: Walt Disney World 5k
  • January 10: Walt Disney World 10k
  • January 11: Walt Disney World Half Marathon
  • January 11: runDisney Kids Dashes
  • January 11: runDisney Kids One Mile Run
  • January 12: Walt Disney World Marathon


  • Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

Run Saturday’s half marathon and Sunday’s marathon to complete this challenge. You’ll receive medals for both, as well as the Goofy Medal.

  • Dopey Challenge

Run all four races and you’ll receive 6 medals to take home – a medal from each race plus the Goofy Medal and the Dopey Medal.

  • Disney Castaway Cay Challenge

This challenge includes a bit of extra traveling. Complete one race during marathon weekend, then hop aboard the Disney Dream to cruise to the Bahamas. There, you’ll participate in another 5k on Castaway Cay, Disney Cruise Line’s private island.


In addition to the races, the Walt Disney World Marathon also hosts the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo. This expo is free and open to the public. It features official runDisney event merchandise as well as vendor booths with everything from running gear to nutrition and even fitness technology. You can shop for Disney-themed fitness apparel. An interactive zone will feature free yoga as well as other complimentary informative sessions.

Stay Near the runDisney Events

Most of these races start dark and early, so you’ll want to choose a hotel nearby to avoid rushing on race day. Rosen Inn Lake Buena Vista, a Walt Disney World Good Neighbor Hotel, is conveniently located less than 8 minutes from Walt Disney World. Plus, as our guest, you’ll enjoy amenities including free Wi-Fi, swimming pools and a splash zone for kids, and on-site dining. To book your stay, call 407-996-7236 or click on the red button at the top of the page.

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