Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Aug 26, 2021
    Duane from WI Asked

    Will be arriving in January for the Disney marathon. Could you tell me which of your hotels will be the closest to the start? Also where will the expo for the marathon be held?

    Hi Duane!

    runDisney throws the best events! Few experiences top running through all four theme parks and seeing the sunrise over Walt Disney World. Oh wait, receiving your glorious, shiny finisher medal tops everything!

    Typically the full marathon race begins in the Epcot parking lot. runDisney has not yet released the course map, so the route could be different for 2022. Resorts walking distance to Epcot access the back International Gateway, which will be closed during the dark, early premarathon hours and a far, far walk to the starting point, so you will need to take bus transportation to the race. Disney's Boardwalk Inn, Disney's Beach Club Resort, and Disney Yacht Club Resort are the hotels closest to Epcot. These deluxe resorts are walking distance to TWO parks and the Beach and Yacht Club share the fabulous pool complex Stormalong Bay.

    The monorail runs between Epcot and the Ticket and Transportation Center, easily accessible from any of the monorail resorts-Disney's Contemporary Resort, Disney's Polynesian Village Resort, and Disney's Grand Floridian Resort and Spa. The monorail can be a crazy wait on early race mornings, so you still consider taking a bus to the starting point. Typically runDisney provides bus transportation from select resorts to the expo and the race.

    Though we know the hours and dates, the expo location has not been announced yet, but the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex is a common spot. I've attended expos at Disney's Coronado Springs Convention Center as well.

    Run like the wind!
    Elisabeth

      
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