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Original Walt Disney World Marathon Finisher Medal

runDisney Throwback: Celebrating 25 Years of the Walt Disney World® Marathon

With less than a month until the 25th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna, we wanted to highlight some of the fun that was had during the inaugural race in 1994!


Mickey Mouse at the Walt Disney World Marathon in 1994


Growing over the years from 8,200 runners to now well over 55,000, the course has expanded from running through just three theme parks to now weaving the magical 26.2 miles through all four Walt Disney World® theme parks plus ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Check out the original course map!


Original Walt Disney World Marathon Course Map from 1994


As is runDisney tradition, each runner that completed the marathon on January 16, 1994, was awarded a finisher medal – a design that also has changed over the 25 years!


Original Walt Disney World Marathon Finisher Medal


Walt Disney World Marathon medals


Here are few more fun highlights:


Start of the first Walt Disney World Marathon in 1994


Runners prepare for the first Walt Disney World Marathon in 1994


Fireworks at the start of the Walt Disney World Marathon in 1994


Who's excited for the 25th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon? We would love to see your race photos! Share your magical moments with us using #WDWMarathon25!


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