New Fun For The 20th Anniversary Disney World Marathon

The marathon weekend takes place January 10-13, 2013.  If registration goes as it has in the past, all 20,000 slots for the events will sell out well in advance.

Marathon weekend actually compromises several different events, including a Kids’ run, a Family 5k run, a half marathon on Saturday and the big event – the full marathon – on Sunday.  In addition, there is the “Goofy Challenge” – which lives up to its name for those who want to run both the half marathon and the full marathon on two consecutive days.


Early registration for the full marathon goes through June 19, 2012 and costs $150.  The price goes up to $175 through September 25, and then climbs to its final cost of $190.


Runners participating in the full marathon can pick up their packet at the ESPN Wide World Of Sports complex sometime between Thursday, January 10, 2013 at 9am and until it closes at 5pm on Saturday, January 12, 2013.  Note that runners must pick up their packet before the day of the race to get their race number.

The race itself starts at 5:30am on Sunday, January 13, 2013.  With the time needed to get from your hotel or home to the race starting line at Epcot, you will need to plan for a very early day!  Disney requests that you get to the starting line by 4:00am, and the main entrance road to Epcot (World Drive) closes from 5am to 7am.  In a nice twist, parking at Epcot is free before 7am.

Spectators Are Welcome

Disney provides a service where runners can register to send split times by e-mail and text message to their friends and family.  And an online spectator planning tool (Source) helps you determine where and when you might see your runner based on their estimated pace or finish time.

The ESPN Club at Disney's Boardwalk is sure to be a popular spot on race weekend.
The ESPN Club at Disney’s Boardwalk is sure to be a popular spot on race weekend.

The 2013 after race part will take place at Disney Springs on Sunday from 4-8pm.  It will include food and music, and it is open to both the race participants and the general public.