Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Sep 10, 2023
    Michelle from ME Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    My daughter is running the Run Disney marathon in Jan 7 '24. We are traveling with her and will be staying at Saratoga Springs Resort. My wife and I would like to physically watch her at the finish line. How, logistically can we do this?

    Hey there, Michelle!

    Welcome to planDisney. I'm so glad you've stopped by with your Walt Disney World Resort vacation planning question! Michelle, I'm honored that you've turned to me for help with your question about spectating at a runDisney event. Over the years, I've had the opportunity to enjoy runDisney races - both as a participant and as a spectator! I'm happy to share my experiences with you to help your family have a very special and memorable race-cation.

    Michelle, it's wonderful to hear that your daughter will be taking on the Walt Disney World Marathon! You and your wife must be extremely proud. This race is the most demanding of the runDisney events offered, leading participants on an exciting 26.2-mile journey throughout the theme parks, Disney Resort hotel areas, and roadways connecting these locations. Although the course maps for the 2024 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend haven't been released quite yet, in previous years, the finish line for the marathon has been located in the parking area at EPCOT. (Stay tuned to the runDisney website, as the course map for next year's marathon should be posted within the weeks leading up to the event!)

    Depending on your daughter's pace and corral placement, it's likely that she will cross the finish line during the theme park's operating hours. Therefore, you should be able to utilize bus transportation to get from Disney's Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa to EPCOT! I recommend arriving at the theme park approximately 45 minutes before your daughter's estimated finish time. This will provide ample time to walk from the bus drop-off location to the finish line (usually located near the parking area). Generally, runner tracking is offered, so keep an eye on the Spectator Information page for the event for more information as the race date approaches. However, for more accurate tracking, I encourage your daughter to enable location sharing with you during the race. That way, you can track her in real-time on the race course! (I did this when tracking a friend on the Walt Disney World Marathon course this past January and was able to send her encouraging messages each time she passed through a theme park or reached a race milestone!)

    Michelle, I hope you've found this information helpful as you continue to plan a magical race-cation with your family. I wish your daughter the very best of luck with her training and race preparation! If you have any additional planning questions, please hurry back over to planDisney anytime. I'm here to help your family make the most of your runDisney race weekend!

    Wishing you miles of magic,

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Meet the Panelist: Lauren, Michigan

Hello friends! I'm Lauren M. from the Mitten State. I'm a mom, scientist, runDisney enthusiast, Disney Vacation Club Member, and self-proclaimed connoisseur of Disney snacks! For my family, it's a mix of both new and nostalgic that keeps us returning to the Walt Disney World Resort year after year. Throughout my life, I've been fortunate enough to experience many milestones and unforgettable moments at Disney Destinations and I can't wait to help you make magical vacation memories of your own! Learn More About Lauren

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