wdw marathon weekend open registration


At 12:00 noon ET, be prepared to take log on and register for any or all of runDisney’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events! Open registration is today!

WDW Marathon Weekend Events

*prices listed do not include the 6.6% processing fee.
WDW Marathon Sunday, January 13, 2019 $188
WDW Half Marathon Saturday, January 12, 2019 $188
Goofy’s Race & a Half Challenge Saturday & Sunday $385
WDW 10K Friday, January 11, 2019 $125
WDW 5K Thursday, January 10, 2019 $85
Dopey Challenge Thursday, Friday, Saturday, & Sunday $585
Kids Races Friday, January 11, 2019 & Saturday, January 12, 2019 $20-30

Marathon Weekend kicks off with the Expo {located at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports} opening on Wednesday, January 9. The expo is open through Saturday, January 12. All race participants must attend the Expo before their race day(s) to pick up their bib(s). You are no longer allowed to pick up someone else’s bib either, unless of course you are a parent/guardian picking up for your minor child.

For children age 13 & under, there are Kids Races on both Friday, January 11 and Saturday, January 11.

  • 12 months & younger: Diaper Dash {for crawlers}
  • 1-4 year olds: 100 meter dash
  • 5-8 year olds: 200 meter dash
  • One Mile Run: this is open to all children 13 & under

The next distance up is the Walt Disney World 5K on Thursday, January 10. At 5:30 a.m. Yeah, I know, that’s crazy early, but it is what it is. Participants must be 5 years or older as of race day to register. Disney tends to bill their 5Ks as family fun runs, and indeed there isn’t even official timing for the 5K. This 3.1 mile course sticks close to home –errr, Epcot– with plenty of characters on course. And keep an eye out for Disney PhotoPass photographers for some great action shots.


After that is the Walt Disney World 10K on Friday, January 11. Yes, this one also starts at 5:30 a.m. Participants must be 10 years or older as of race day to register for this 6.2 mile race through Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk. I’m not gonna lie, there is a good chunk of road miles here but Disney makes up for that with tons of characters and music on course.

10K duffy
Not only are there the usual suspects on course, but there are also rare characters! Like Duffy Bear, who is no longer a regular character at Epcot.

The Walt Disney World Half Marathon is on Saturday, January 12. Participants must be 14 years or older as of race day to register… and guess what? That’s right, another 5:30 a.m. start time! But for your dedication, you get to run 13.1 miles through the Magic Kingdom and Epcot and Disney’s BoardWalk and the Ticket & Transportation Center and… yeah. This is a really cool course*. There is no race day magic to equal running down Main Street towards the Castle.

*of course there is always the chance that there will be course changes, but I really don’t think they’d take away the big deal locations.


And the ultimate runDisney distance, the Walt Disney World Marathon, is held on Sunday, January 13. Participants must be 18 years or older as of race day to register. Marathon Weekend is the only runDisney event weekend to have a full marathon, so if you want to tackle 26.2 miles ~Disney style~, now is the time to register! Not only is this the only full marathon that runDisney offers, historically this is the only runDisney race to go through all four parks in one day! No joke. When you take on a Disney marathon, you get to run through the Magic Kingdom, and Animal Kingdom, and Hollywood Studios, and Epcot. Shut up and take my money!


In addition to “just” individual events, runDisney also offers challenges! If you register for the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge you will be signing up to run both the Half Marathon and the Marathon! That’s right, if you’re feeling Goofy you get to run 39.3 miles all around Walt Disney World! And Goofy Challenge participants get an extra medal! But wait, there’s more! Runners can instead register for the Dopey Challenge, which includes the 5K, and the 10K, and the Half Marathonand the Marathon! That adds up to 48.6 miles! In 4 days! Through all 4 Walt Disney World parks! Truly, you’d have to be Dopey to tackle that {and you can read about my experience with the 2018 Dopey Challenge here}! But man, you get six medals if you do (the 5K, 10K, half and full medals, as well as the Goofy Challenge medal and the Dopey Challenge medal).

Please note that if you register for a challenge you do not register for the individual events as well. If you want to run Goofy you do not register for Goofy, the Half Marathon, and the Marathon. You will only register for Goofy. On the other hand, if you register for the Half Marathon and the Marathon instead of registering for the Goofy Challenge you will only receive the half and full medals. You would not receive the Goofy challenge medal. The same goes for the Dopey Challenge. So make sure you register for what you plan to run for!

Unlike in years past, registration will not take place through Active.com. Instead, participants will log in to their My Disney Experience account and register directly through runDisney! I started the registration process for Wine & Dine to test it out (I exited before actually registering!) and it was crazy easy. The only complaint I have is that when I was on my cell phone, some of the titles for the commemorative extras were cut off – but you could still see the list of what each bundle included. And on the computer itself nothing was cut off. This was seriously SO easy and I am so excited to actually get to register with this system one day. Sadly, it won’t be for this race, but I’m coming for Dopey 2020!

Question of the Day: Will you be participating in the 2019 WDW Marathon Weekend?

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