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The countdown has begun to the 20th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan. 13, 2013, and not surprisingly the runDisney folks are hard at work putting their creative juices together to come up with some fun new twists for their race.
So far they have added some special entertainment along the 20th mile to commemorate the 20th anniversary and added a post-race party at Downtown Disney. They are also working on the creation of a special 20th anniversary medal.
The latest development now involves some unique twists to the course. Here’s a hint: the 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon is going to have some “high-speed’’ elements that will knock this race “out of the ballpark.’’
Think you have it figured out?
Well, just check out this video for all of the new details about the fun enhancements to the 26.2-mile course that will go through the four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks – and a few other places you probably never dreamed about.
If you want to get in on the fun, just sign up at runDisney.com for the marathon or any of the other family-oriented races taking place here during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, Jan. 10-13.
- 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon Registration Now Open (chipandco.com)
- Fun Ways To Get Wet At Walt Disney World (chipandco.com)
Workout? While on VACATION? To many of us, this may seem crazy, an unheard of proposition, after all, a vacation means getting to relax and do what you don’t normally get to do (like skipping the gym!). But, for those of us who like to keep up with our fitness routine even when away from home, luckily, Disney understands and gives us some options to help keep us on track!
Fitness centers – Many Resorts have on site fitness centers, most include treadmills, stationary bikes, eliptical machines, and some basic weight machines. Most of the resorts that include a gym are Deluxe Level Resort (except for Coranado Springs which is a Moderate Resort), so if you aren’t sure if your WDW Resort has a fitness center, Check This List of WDW Fitness Center Locations
Bike Rentals – I can’t think of a more relaxing way to while away an afternoon than biking through the trails at Disney’s Fort Wilderness Campground – getting to experience all the nature surrounding me while getting some exercise at the same time! Fort Wilderness is my bike rental location of choice, but there are several places to rent bikes at WDW, check them out here
Jogging/Walking Trails – There are many of these located throughout the Walt Disney World Resorts (for a location listing click here, or visit your Resort’s front desk for maps of jogging trails). What better way to experience a different side of Walt Disney World than to get up early, lace up your running shoes, and jog the 1.4 mile trail along the Seven Seas Lagoon at Disney’s Grand Floridian Resort – where you can continue along the extended paythway for views of the wedding chapel and the Magic Kingdom. I know, getting up early while on vacation to exercise may seem nuts, but Walt Disney World really is a different place in the mornings, quiet, serene, and peaceful, and the perfect time and place for a powerwalk or run!
RunDisney – Looking to take your exercising to the next level while vacationing at WDW? You can sign up for a runDisney race like the Princess Half Marathon, or the Tower of Terror 10 MIler Weekend. For those of you who are distance runners this is a great way to integrate the magic of disney with your love of running. And for those of you who aren’t big on running, this can be a way to get into it, to give you a goal to prepare and train for, and when the event arrives, you will get to run through the Happiest Place on Earth – and what could be better than that?
Working out on vacation is something I personally like to do, mostly because the food at Walt Disney World is so amazing that I tend to eat too much of it and need sometime to help counteract all the yummy-ness!
If the above don’t exactly thrill you, keep in mind that you may still be getting in a lot of walking while vacationing at Walt Disney World – you can walk as much as 10+ miles in one day of touring the WDW theme parks! Check out tips on how to prepare for all the walking you will be doing Here. Also, you can (and should!) make some Healthier Food Choices when eating your WDW meals, just a few small changes can make a big difference in the long run!
- When is the Best Time to Visit Walt Disney World? (chipandco.com)
- Vacationing at WDW – WHEN to go? (livinginagrownupworld.wordpress.com)
Registration is now open for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend! Coming November 9 & 10, 2012
Join runDisney for a special event that brings the spectacle of the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival together with the magic of a Disney race. Start out by running through the theme parks under the stars with world-class Disney entertainment along the way to help the miles fly by. The icing on this cake? Finishing at Epcot® where an exclusive after-hours party inside the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival awaits. This race experience will be the ultimate “Runners’ Night Out!”
Weekend Events will include:
- Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- Disney Family Fun Run 5K
- runDisney Kids’ Races
- Disney Health & Fitness Expo
- Finish Line Party
Traditionally, the Wine and Dine Half Marathon is held during the first weekend in October. This year, the race will be held November 9-10, 2012 so be sure to make a note of that on your calendar
- Another Sold Out Field to Compete in Princess Half Marathon Weekend (chipandco.com)
- Rachel Booth Claims Disney’s Princess Half Marathon and Historic “Coast to Coast” Victory (chipandco.com)
The First Race of the 2012 Princess Half Marathon has finished and we are eagerly anticipating the start of the kids races and the Princess Half tomorrow morning. I’m so excited to be covering it for my site www.tipsfromthedisneydiva.com, Chip and Company AND doing live updates for Sorcerer Radio. You can also follow my photo updates on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tipsfromthedisneydiva or Twitter @wdwdisneydiva
We just happened to be in a GREAT SPOT as all the runners were coming PAST us! So I was holding up this sign as 5000 runners came past! And there were a ton of them! All in great costumes and many pushing strollers.
Along the race route characters are stationed for runners to take pictures with and my husband tells me this year had Shang and Mulan together as well as other “sweethearts”.
As we waited at the finish line for the first finisher to cross 1000s of friends and family members cheered from the stands and the announcers kept us posted on where the lead runners were in the park.
I kind of felt sorry for him to be honest because the weekend is so heavily women-centered the announcers almost seemed irritated that it was a male and not a female crossing the line first. Especially when he was a full minute faster than the second place runner.
But I did think it was interesting that they noted that the first finisher and the last finisher ALL get the same race medal.
Not long after we had our first female to cross the finish line and they made a celebration of it!
Both the second and third place females also got a big round of applause
As I was taking a random picture of people crossing the finish like I realize.
THAT’S MY SON!!
This is made even more amazing by the fact that it is STILL UNDER THE 30 MINUTE MARK!!!!
And then I got REALLY EXCITED because they announced about 30 seconds LATER that JEFF GALLOWAY, official run Disney marathon training consultant, was just crossing the finish line.
I faster than HIM
Which pretty much MAKES MY LIFE COMPLETE!!
Oh and by the way he SMOKED his papa (dad) by as much as 4 minutes!
So a good time was had by all! The race was a huge success and I’m loving doing coverage for my site, Chip & Co and Sorcerer Radio. Tune in to Sorcerer Radio online to get live updates from all the races from me! http://srsounds.com/joom_15/
Wish me luck as I run the Princess Half Marathon Tomorrow! Wish you were here!!
- Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend Celebrates Women’s Health, Active Lifestyle in February 2012 (chipandco.com)
- Running through the World – No Pressure! (chipandco.com)
If you’ve read my previous posts about running around the world and marathon training and still don’t consider yourself athletic enough to try, I highly recommend considering running in one of runDisney’s Family Fun 5k’s.
When planning ahead for the just past 2012 WDW Marathon Weekend, I knew that I would be 25 weeks pregnant come race weekend and wanted to find an alternative to the previously scheduled half marathon. For me personally, I wanted to continue running in my pregnancy, just not very long distances. Had they offered a 10k (6 miles), I would have happily accepted, but instead, I signed up for the Family Fiesta 5k!
Themed differently for every event – even the annual races have different themes – these races are fun for all. Strollers are allowed – technically only for walking and are expected to start behind the runners – and even those in the strollers earn the medal! Like the other races, they recommend a 16 minute-per-mile pace or faster, but there were no timers and I highly doubt anyone was swept.
- Celebrities and Wounded Veterans Join Record Disney Marathon Weekend (chipandco.com)
- Runners Set Their Sights New Features for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (chipandco.com)