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A Roller Coaster Ride for Many runDisney Participants

If you are a Disnerd like we are, or just a plain old gym rat who likes to stay in shape, then you probably know all about the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon that is scheduled to take place from January 4 to January 8, 2023. 

This year is particularly special because it marks the 30th Anniversary of the marathon, which has taken place every year since 1994, except in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In honor of this milestone, the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon will be 90s themed.

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The amazing event will see runners have the opportunity to venture on a course that will take them through the four Disney Parks with possibly the best grouping of meet and greets ever assembled. Imagine sprinting by Cinderella Castle in the Magic Kingdom or passing your friends at the Tree of Life at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and then your friends retaking their lead in the UK Pavillion in EPCOT.

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Walt Disney World Marathon participants will also have the opportunity to train with a running legend. Olympian Jeff Galloway will help train participants through the runDisney website with his proven techniques such as his Run-Walk-Run Method. This is a tremendous opportunity for both novice and veteran runners alike.

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Early registration for Club runDisney Gold and Platinum members began on April 12, 2022, with general registration due to begin on April 19, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. If you haven’t guessed where this is going by now, then we will tell you – things did not go as planned.

Hopeful participants were able to enter the queue as planned at 9:45 a.m., but shortly after, the runDisney website crashed. Guests were then stuck waiting in the virtual queue. At 10:37 a.m., the runDisney queue had a message stating:

“We are working on runDisney.com and appreciate your patience as we correct the issues. We will provide an update when available. Please remain in queue.” 

To the delight of many runDisney lovers, the website reopened at approximately 12:30 p.m., but that happiness was short-lived as all open Walt Disney World Marathon spots were sold out by 1:30 p.m.

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While many of us will have to wait until the next signup, this may be a good time to remind you what races the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon will offer and how much the cost was to register. Guests are able to choose from a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon. The pricing for each race is as follows:

5K Marathon

  • If purchased before September 19, 2022, it will cost $103.40
  • If purchased between September 20, 2022, and December 19, 2022, it will cost $114.06

10K Marathon

  • If purchased before September 19, 2022, it will cost $146.04
  • If purchased between September 20, 2022, and December 19, 2022, it will cost $156.70

Half Marathon

  • If purchased before September 19, 2022, it will cost $213.20
  • If purchased between September 20, 2022, and December 19, 2022, it will cost $223.86

Marathon

  • If purchased before September 19, 2022, it will cost $218.53
  • If purchased between September 20, 2022, and December 19, 2022, it will cost $229.19

Guests can also choose to participate in special challenges in order to receive a special medal for each completed challenge. Goofy’s Challenge will consist of both a half marathon and a full marathon. Participants who choose to complete the Dopey Challenge will need to complete all 4 races, including the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Marathon. Wow! The pricing for attempting these challenges is as follows:

Goofy’s Challenge

  • If purchased before September 19, 2022, it will cost $431.73
  • If purchased between September 20, 2022, and December 19, 2022, it will cost $442.39

Dopey’s Challenge 

  • If purchased before September 19, 2022, it will cost $660.92
  • If purchased between September 20, 2022, and December 19, 2022, it will cost $671.58
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Participants of the Walt Disney World Marathon will not just receive medals, a personalized bib, a participant shirt, and a downloadable Finisher Certificate. They will also earn that sense of a major accomplishment.

We would like to say good luck to all of you who participate in this incredible experience. We will be waving to you from the sideline as you run by.

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