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  • On Jul 22, 2022
    Jordynn from WI Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    Is there any way we could still participate in the Disney Run marathon weekend?

    Hiya Jordynn,

    Welcome to planDisney! What a great time to be visiting Walt Disney World Resort. Not only should you get a break from the summer heat, you will still be able to enjoy all the amazing adventures associated with The World's Most Magical Celebration! If that wasn't enough - it is Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. I am not sure if you know, but this year is the marathon's 30th anniversary, so Disney has pulled out the time machine and  is taking everyone back to the 90's to relive the past years of runDisney. It sounds like a fun weekend for the runners as well as the spectators. 

    Now, I have to admit, I am not a runner. I have tried (I tried even harder when my planDisney family figured out that the runDisney events were the perfect time for all of us to gather back at Walt Disney World and spend time together) but my two left feet and I were not meant for the thrills of racing. I have walked some pretty great runDisney 5K events however, and I can see why the races are so popular. Who wouldn't love to run your way through the theme parks and Disney roads with bands, fans and beloved Disney characters cheering you on?

    Unfortunately, the 2023 Disney marathon events are completely sold out. I just checked again hoping I could spread some pixie dust, but my wand was empty. While I know it may not be what you were hoping for, you could still take part in the marathon in a very important way - as a spectator and chEAR supporter. If you are a runner, you know how hard some of the miles can be when the energy tank approaches empty. I have had a number of my runner friends tell me that having me there with my funny signs, shiny pom-poms and smiling face has made a huge difference, and I am positive I had as much fun as they did (with less muscle aches) cheering everyone on. There are great places, both inside and outside the theme parks, for you and your enthusiastic cheers. 

    If you had your heart set on running, you may could check with a runDisney participating charity and see if they have any spots open. You would need to follow whatever fundraiser requirements they have in place, but they may still have bibs available for additional team members. One last option is to participate in the Virtual Walt Disney World marathon. You could register to run the race virtually from a course that you choose. Since you will be at Disney World during the race, you would need to make sure your path did not cross the actual race route, but I am sure you could map out a route that would work. 

    I hope one of these options helps get you "on track" for the marathon festivities. One last thought, if you would like to participate in future runDisney events, you may want to look in to Club runDisney. Members receive a number of special perks and rewards of which one is the opportunity to register for the extremely popular runDisney events before the general public. Now run like the wind Bullseye and if you have any additional planning questions, I hope you will stop back to see me

    With pixie dust, 

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Meet the Panelist: Margaret, Illinois

Hiya friends. I’m Margaret, mom to four young men and wife to my Prince Charming. Raised on the southside of Chicago, we have now moved our castle to the suburban cornfields. We are a pin trading, Hidden Mickey hunting, resort hopping family who loves to debate the best Disney World resort or attraction over the dinner table. I am thrilled to share some of our favorite tips and tricks in hopes it will add even more magic to your Disney World adventure. Learn More About Margaret

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