This question comes from Marcia, who asks “Is there a racewalkers division at the marathon?”
Marcia, thanks for your question and for reading the site. There are no race walking divisions in Disney marathons, although you may race walk the event. Disney marathons, of which there are now several big events including the January half and full-marathon, the princess marathon in early spring, and various races in the fall for Food and Wine, used to be regarded as very beginner friendly events. Pace wasn’t so much of an issue. In recent years, Disney has implemented a very strict policy that participants must maintain a 16-minute mile or be taken out of the race. However, how you arrive at that pace is your own business: Walk, jog, run or any combination of the three. Keep in mind that Disney knows how to throw quite a party. There will be distractions during the race, such as character meet and greets, so try to factor in the possibility of meeting Goofy during the race as well as a quick bathroom break.
During marathon weekends, Disney usually schedules a 5K fun run. These races are about fun, not meeting a certain pace and are a good way to get your feet wet if you’re worried about making the 16-minute mile in the other races.
Good luck and please send us an email and let us know how it works out if you decide to try one of the marathons.
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