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  • On Jan 1, 2012
    Cynthia Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

    advise for disney marathon weekend

    Hi Cynthia!

    I'm not sure if you want general theme park advise with regards to visiting Walt Disney World during Marathon Weekend or advice on running, so I'm going to assume you are looking for advice as a runner. However, if this isn't what you are really looking for, just write back!

    If you are running, I recommend monitoring the weather the day before you leave! In 2010, Marathon Weekend was very cold and some runners even saw sleet and snow during the race! You will want to make sure you arrive at Walt Disney World with the right running gear for the weather!

    You should also be prepared to wake up very early.  Lay out all of your race gear the night before your race; you don't want to have to think about what you need early in the morning. A lot of guests have trouble adjusting so you might consider "practicing" getting up earlier and earlier a couple of nights before. 

    I also recommend taking it relatively easy the day before your race. Most guests running will still want to visit a theme park; I suggest visiting Disney's Hollywood Studios the day before your race. That is because the Studios is relatively compact.  I do not recommend visiting Epcot or Animal Kingdom until after you run!

    A marathon at Walt Disney World attracts all kinds of runners, from very hardcore runners to just casual runners. A lot of runners do their first ever half or full marathon at Walt Disney World.  Disney provides a little bit of pixie dust throughout the course. Thus you might consider bringing a camera with you. There will be some unique characters out on the course, and part of the fun of a Disney race is interacting with those unique characters.

    If you are worried about the run itself, just remember to trust your training!  Don't run faster just because others might be running a little faster than you. On race day, you want to run the way you trained!

    Have a great run and have fun!
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Meet the Panelist: Bernie, Maryland

I am an engineer with NASA with prior Air Force service. My wife and I have two boys, ages 13 and 8. At home, I'm known as the "Disney Guy" and I've enjoyed helping guests plan their Walt Disney World, Disney Cruise Line, and Disneyland vacations. Learn More About Bernie

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