Crossing the Finish Line
  • On Apr 15, 2023
    Lee from 4 Ridge Lane Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Hey Magical Friend, We are taking part in the Dopey Challenge at the RunDisney Disney World Marathon weekend. To allow me to carry fluids, food, and also rain jackets are backpacks allowed to be carried by participants of the 1/2 and full marathon events?

    Welcome to planDisney, Lee! I'm in awe of your future achievement, as I know the Dopey challenge is no joke! Friends who have undertaken this challenge for many years have made life-long buddies with other participants in this event. There's a special energy in the water!

    The terms and conditions state that backpacks are prohibited from the course. That said, I have frequently seen back hydration packs similar in size to a small backpack. You might consider bringing this and a running waist belt or bag (essentially a bumbag) that could fit all your essentials for the race. Ultimately, you can rest assured that runDisney races are very well managed, with medical tents set up every couple of miles on the course, so you're in good hands. All you have to do is run, sleep, repeat!

    Top tip - There is special race transportation available for all Disney Resorts hotels, with dedicated buses running to and from the Race Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (this is also where you’ll pick up your bibs, t-shirts and any other race merchandise that might catch your eye) and to/from the race starting line and finish line.

    Lee, good luck with the Dopey Challenge - you can relish in all your new medal bling (6 in total) on the other side. Please let me know if I can help with anything further, Louise.
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Meet the Panelist: Louise, United Kingdom

Welcome to planDisney! I'm happiest in perpetual planning mode for our next Walt Disney World trip - it's my chance to catch a bit of Disney magic in-between visits.

Walt Disney World provides the ultimate sense of escapism! I understand how much guests want to get out of their trip, especially when travelling internationally. Please let me help you prepare a 'practically perfect in every way' journey so you can be truly whisked away by Disney magic!

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