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Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®

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January 6-January 10, 2016 -  Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida
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Spectator Resources


Spectators help runners by motivating them during their training and cheering them on during their runs. As a spectator, you play a huge part in the success of your runner. The ChEAR Squad offers several spectator packages from reserved viewing areas to VIP treatment in the Race Retreat.


Be sure to read the helpful tips on arriving to the race and parking on race day as well as the additional information about viewing your runner in the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks.


ChEAR Squad


Now's here's something to ChEAR about! As a spectator, you can be a part of the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend when you join the ChEAR Squad and support your runner! You'll even get inside information and tips about race weekend and much, much more. Choose your ChEAR Squad package today!


ChEAR Squad – SILVER Package includes:


  • ChEAR Squad gear which includes:
    • Waterproof Stadium Blanket
    • Mickey clappers (exclusive to ChEAR Squad!)
    • ChEAR Squad T-shirt

ChEAR Squad – GOLD Package includes*:


  • All of the Silver Package amenities plus...
  • Reserved ChEAR Zone viewing location along the course (first-come, first-served)
  • Entry into the Finish Line ChEAR Zone which includes:
    • Reserved grandstand seating (first-come, first-served)
    • Hot and cold beverages
    • Private restrooms

ChEAR Squad – PLATINUM Package includes:


  • All of the Gold Package amenities plus...
  • Entry into the Race Retreat** which includes:
    • Disney Character greetings
    • Hot and cold beverages
    • Temperature-controlled tent with family style dine seating
    • Information Area to check live results
    • Private Restrooms
    • Live video feed from the Finish Line
    • Breakfast (Half)
    • Brunch (Full)

*Reserved seating/viewing locations may vary and are subject to change. Guest must arrive at least 15 minutes prior to scheduled event to ensure reserved seating/viewing -- actual location within the reserved seating/viewing areas is on a first-come, first-served basis. Reserved seating/viewing amenity is available for the registered ChEAR Squad member only. Each Guest will need to purchase a package for entry to the designated areas. Runners will not be able to meet their guests inside the reserved Finish Line ChEAR Zone unless the runner has purchased a ChEAR Squad Package.


**Race Retreat will open to friends and family beginning at 5:30 a.m. Runners participating in Half, Full, or Goofy Challenge must purchase Race Retreat package separately and are subject to availability.



Runner Tracking


Family and friends will be able to track participants with live online runner tracking for the full marathon & half marathon. Participants will have the opportunity to send split times via email, text messaging, and PDAs by registering for this service on the website. You can also sign up for runner tracking at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.



Viewing Your Runner


There are a number of different areas along the Marathon and Half Marathon course including the Walt Disney World® Theme Parks and the Finish Line area where you can view your runner.


Magic Kingdom® Park

Spectators will be able to see their runner run through the Magic Kingdom® Park near Cinderella Castle (Mile 5.3 for the Half Marathon and Marathon). This location will be open at 5:30 a.m. You do not need a ticket to enter the Magic Kingdom® Park, but to enter the ChEAR Zone area, you will need a ChEAR Zone wristband.


To reach the Magic Kingdom® Park spectator area from Epcot®, walk from the start of the monorail station at Epcot® and ride it to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Exit the monorail, walk down the ramp and follow the overhead signs for the monorail to Magic Kingdom® Park. Ride the monorail to Magic Kingdom® Park and exit the platform heading towards the Magic Kingdom® Park entrance. Proceed through the entrance and Main Street U.S.A. toward Cinderella Castle, where you will find the spectator area.


Other Walt Disney World® Theme Parks

To watch your runner in another Walt Disney World® Theme Park, you will need to purchase a Theme Park ticket once that park is open for the day. Transportation to these parks is available through the monorail and bus system at the Walt Disney World® Resort.


Finish Line


There will be a limited number of complimentary viewing seats along the Finish Line available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserved seating is available for purchase through our ChEAR Squad.


The Finish Line is located in the Imagine Lot of Epcot®. To reach the finish line from Magic Kingdom® Park, take the monorail back to the Transportation and Ticket Center. Exit the monorail and follow the signs for the monorail to Epcot®. Ride the monorail back to Epcot® and upon arriving, walk down the ramp and exit to your left towards the parking lots. The Imagine Lot and Finish Line area will be on your right.



Parking


Athletes and spectators should plan on arriving at Epcot® by 4:00 a.m. on Half Marathon or Marathon race morning. The main entrance of Epcot® from World Drive will be closed to all traffic from 5:00 a.m. to 7:00 a.m. on the mornings of the Half Marathon and Marathon. All traffic will be directed to the Magic Kingdom® Park Parking Lot where they will be transported to Epcot® via monorail. Traffic will not be affected for the Walt Disney World® 5K.

Parking at Epcot® is free before 7:00 a.m., and if you arrive afterward, you will be charged the daily parking fee.