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Race Dates

2017: Sunday, January 8, 2017
2016: Sunday, January 10, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 58°F (14°C)
Average High: 68°F (20°C)
Average Low: 48° F (8°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.59
Course Score: 99.74

Race Size

2016: 19,851 Finishers
2015: 20,093 Finishers
2014: 19,235 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: 0.9%
2015: 1.7%
2014: 1.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**2016 Results

The Walt Disney World Marathon course is very flat. and travels through four Walt Disney World Theme Parks (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot). However, the majority of the course consists of the roads connecting the parks. The course has quite a few turns, but is very flat with just a few overpasses serving as gentle "hills."


Marathon Rankings

The Walt Disney World Marathon was the 7th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 7th largest in 2014.

This year 0.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 1.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Walt Disney World Marathon the 457th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 444th highest percentage so far in 2016.


Its Course Score of 99.74 ranks it as the 47th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 5th fastest course in Florida.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Walt Disney World Marathon a PR Score of 99.59. This PR Score ranks it as the 48th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Florida.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 105 feet (32m)
Min Elevation: 75 feet (22m)

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Ratings & Reviews for the Walt Disney World Marathon

4.9 Stars from 10 Reviews



review of 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Well organized but too many people. First 5-6 miles were slow because people were walking & stopping. I did not get into a groove until mile 7-8. Very hot & humid too. Lots of bathrooms though! The start is too early in my opinion.

Race Tips

Arrive early.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay at a host hotel



review of 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

WDW Marathon Weekend is magical if you love Disney, Characters, music etc. Don't expect to set a PR here...the courses for all of the events are crowded and walkers tend to spread out, blocking faster participants. The entertainment is the best bar none...Disney goes all out in this regard.

Race Tips

If your finishing time is important to you, you need to submit a Proof of Time to runDisney by the date indicated to get into an early corral. If you do not, you will be in the back of pack and you'll be frustrated trying to pass thousands in front of you. You need to arrive early on race day either via car or shuttle bus since there is a fairly long walk to the corrals.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

To savor the full experience, one should stay at a Disney Hotel, but if saving money is higher on the list, there are many hotel/condo options nearby. If you review all the race instructions regarding race logistics you'll set up to have a wonderful weekend.



review of 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

I loved everything about this race. I was in corral D and crowds were not really an issue except when running thru the magic kingdom when certain spots were tight. Crowd support was amazing and love the fact it started early to avoid the heat later in the morning. Lots of characters and lots of entertainment.

Race Tips

If you have a chance to purchase the race retreat I highly recommend it. It was well worth the money to have a place to relax that was comfortable and private portapotties. They provided a light breakfast as well, plus brunch after the race and place to change clothes.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I highly recommend staying at a host hotel if you can. They provide transportation to the race and even though it was not the greatest thing having to get up at 2 a.m., I didn't mind getting up that early and getting to Epcot without having to worry about traffic jams closer to race time.



review of 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


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review of 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is a perfect marathon for first-timers, as long as people are aware it's not all about the running. There are a lot of distractions on the course, with rides and characters, etc. For some, that might be an awesome and needed distraction while running. For those that are serious (or too serious) about running, it might get in the way of a "perfect run" but I can't imagine anybody not enjoying this marathon. The course is pretty flat, which is also nice.

Race Tips

The course is flat, a couple of small hills to look out for, and the journey through the Wide World of Sports gets a little tedious, but all in all it's a very runnable course, perfect for newbies. Be aware that it is VERY crowded at the beginning, no matter what corral you are in, so you likely will have a tough time running the pace you want right out of the gate as you are packed in so much.

The weather could be somewhat of a factor too. We had nearly 100% humidity the day of our race in 2016 (Dew Point of 70) and coming from training in Minnesota, made for a very tough day. But the very next day, the weather didn't get above 50 degrees, and it wasn't humid. So weather could be hit or miss!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Traffic getting to the start line is atrocious. We stayed at the Pop Resort which (like all Disney properties) have shuttles to the start line which are really nice.



review of 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Unless you're a Disney fan, you can skip this marathon. Not really worth the price, otherwise.

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review of 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Expo was a amazing. Swag, race support and medal are all top notch!

Race Tips

It's disney but it is still a marathon. Train train and train. Don't let the relaxed vibe of this race fool you.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Stay on property! Easy transportation to and from expo and race!



review of 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

A must for any Runners and especially if you like Disney. Goes thru most of the parks. As much Fun as you can get from a marathon experience!!!

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review of 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Disney runs a well organized race with plenty of on course entertainment and water stops. Flat course and great for first timers.

Race Tips

Run a qualifying time to get in a fast corral. The slower corrals have too many walkers.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




Finish Time Equivalent

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