In the next few blog entries, I will highlight aspects of running races at the Disney parks. Enjoy.
Imagine a day of fun, magic, characters, and visiting the theme parks of Walt Disney World. You may think this is just the average day in Orlando, but for some this day includes lifelong achievement. Crossing the finish line at the Walt Disney World Marathon can be the highlight of your year. In some cases, it may be the highlight of your life. On January 11, 2009, I lived such a dream. It was something that I never dreamed possible. Not only had I finished a marathon, but the Walt Disney World Marathon. Excitement was an understatement.
The Walt Disney World Marathon is one of several events that are held during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. Usually held the second weekend in January, Marathon Weekend includes a Family Fun Run 5K, Kids Races, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon (13.1 miles) and the Walt Disney World Marathon (26.2 miles). For some very brave individuals, they may attempt to finish both the Half Marathon and the Full Marathon which is called the Goofy’s Challenge. Upon completion of these races, there is some serious bling involved. Donald Duck is the sponsor of the Half Marathon and his image is emblazoned on the medal. Mickey Mouse heralds the Full Marathon as his race with the Mickey medal as the prize. For those “crazy” enough to attempt the Goofy Challenge, they receive not only the Donald and Mickey medals for their races, but also the coveted Goofy medal for completing both within the time guidelines.