• On Mar 25, 2012
    Jacqueline from FL Asked Note: This answer was provided prior to the change to planDisney and may still contain references to Disney Parks Moms Panel.

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    so i wanna do the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA in 2013 for my 19th birthday but i have no clue what to expect i have never done any thing like that before, do you have to run? can you walk? help please

    Hi Jacqueline!  That is awesome that you want to do this for your birthday!  It is also an anniversary for the Disney World Marathon.  It will be the 20th year, so the marathon has been around longer than you!
    The marathon will be 26.2 miles long and will wind throughout the Disney World property (including through all four parks!).  You do not have to run the whole time.  In fact, a lot of people don't.  I do what is called the run/walk/run method of training.  It was developed by Disney's official trainer, Jeff Galloway.  You will run for an interval, then walk for an interval, repeating it throughout the race.  Definitely check out that link above to the Jeff Galloway method on Disney's website.  He will even create a customized marathon training program for the 2013 Disney marathon.  You do have to maintain an overall pace of a 16 minute/mile for the race. 
    You can expect a lot of things for the Disney marathon.  Many people wear costumes, there will be runners of ALL levels, and some people will speed-walk the entire race.  There will also be a lot of inspirational runners.  The race course is filled with Disney magic like character greetings, videos, music, fireworks, and much more.  RunDisney races are so much more than just a race.  It is more of an awesome adventure!
    I hope this helps you!  Please feel free to send me any more questions you may have about runDisney! I hope to see you at the marathon in January!!
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Meet the Panelist: Lori, Indiana

I am currently a homeschool, soccer mom to two active teenage boys. My family loves everything about Disney! Walt Disney World, Disneyland, runDisney, Disney Cruise Line and Disney Vacation Club have been a part of countless magical memories for us through the years. I cannot wait to help you make your own magical memories at Walt Disney World! Learn More About Lori

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