Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

January 3-January 7, 2018 -  Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida

Weekend Schedule

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Wednesday, January 3, 2018
Thursday, January 4, 2018
Friday, January 5, 2018
Saturday, January 6, 2018

Walt Disney World® 5K presented by Cigna

6:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 4, 2018

runDisney Kids Races presented by GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce on the Go

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
11:00 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018
11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018

One Mile Run

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
1:30 p.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018
1:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018

Walt Disney World® 10K presented by Cigna

5:30 a.m. on Friday, January 5, 2018

Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna

Start/Finish: Epcot®
5:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018

25th Anniversary Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna

Start/Finish: Epcot®
5:30 a.m. on Sunday, January 7, 2018

Race Retreat

Epcot® Imagine Lot
3:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 6, 2018
3:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.* on Sunday, January 7, 2018
*Tent will close between 5:00am – 5:30 a.m. ChEAR Squad members will not have access until after 5:30 a.m.

All event information is subject to change.

Official Digital Event Guide

The Official Digital Event Guide contains all of the information you need for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.

Virtual Goody Bag

Your virtual goody bag is filled with great offers and special items just for race weekend participants. As the event draws near, be sure to check here for a link to your virtual goody bag.

Event Communications

Three months prior to the race, event weekend emails will be sent to all participants with information about your event. Event emails will be posted here once they have been sent. Please note, if you are not receiving event communications, it may be due to opting out of any official The Walt Disney Company emails.

Corral and Bib Assignment

  • If a runner is seen without their bib number while running on the course, they will be removed from the course for security and safety reasons.
  • Please remember to fill out the Emergency Medical Information on the back of the bib number.
  • The letter on your bib will determine your assigned corral. Letters are assigned based on proof of time provided for the half marathon or your estimated finishing time. Letters are based on anticipated pace per mile for the 5K and 10K.
  • Each runner will be issued a race bib at Packet Pick-Up. It is the responsibility of the runner to wear the bib during the race.
  • No corral changes will be made at the expo.


  • Waivers will be provided online approximately two weeks before the race.
  • You must have your signed waiver and a Photo ID with you to pick up your race packet.
  • A parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the waiver for any participant under 18 years old. No exceptions will be made.

Packet Pick-Up

  • You must pick up your own participant packet which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device) during regularly scheduled hours. Individuals will no longer be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others.
  • Download and complete your personalized race waiver online (available approximately two weeks prior to event).
  • Visit the Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports to pick up your Race Packet.
  • You must have a valid ID in order to pick up your packet (driver's license, passport, Military ID, Government issued ID.)
  • If you do not have a valid photo ID we cannot issue you your race bib. No exceptions will be made.

gEAR Bag Check

  • gEAR Bag Check is available for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.
  • A clear plastic bag will be issued to you at Packet Pick-Up to be used for gEAR Bag Check service. No other bag will be accepted.
  • If you choose to check a bag, a bag check sticker will be given to you at the gEAR Bag Check Tent on race morning.
  • At race completion, your race number will be used to verify your bag when you pick it up.
  • Valuable items should not be checked.
  • The Event Staff is not responsible for any lost, damaged, or stolen items.

Please remember, Proof of Time must be provided by October 3, 2017.

runDisney Proof of Time Guidelines:

If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 2:45 hours or the Marathon in less than 5:30 hours, proof of time is required for start corral placement. Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge and Dopey Challenge participants should adhere to Full Marathon proof of time requirements. Proof of time is not required for the 5K and 10K races. Please reference the Pacing Requirements below for finish times and associated pacing per mile. Please note we do not accept self-timed, training, or virtual runs as proof of time.

  • Proof of time must be provided from an officially timed race reflecting results after January 1, 2016 and must be one of the below listed distances. Runners will be placed in the last corral if the appropriate race distance is not submitted for Proof of Time.
    • Half Marathon – 10K, 12K, 15K, 10-Mile, Half Marathon or Marathon
    • Full Marathon – 10 Mile, Half Marathon or Marathon
  • A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following*:
    • Name of Race
    • Distance
    • City
    • State
    • Date
    • Finish time
    • Link to Results

*For example, Walt Disney World Marathon, 26.2, Orlando, FL, 1/8/16, – 3:35

  • For starting corral placement, proof of time must be submitted by the participant for each individual race.
  • If proof of time is not provided by October 3, 2017, data provided is incomplete or cannot be verified, you will be placed in the last start corral.
  • No corral changes will be made after October 3, 2017.
  • Past runDisney races may be used as proof of time, however they are not automatically input for your race registration.
  • Proof of time submissions must be made within your account and cannot be accepted via email.
  • Click here to update your proof of time on your account.
  • To update the proof of time for a minor only, please email
  • For any questions regarding proof of time, please email

Pacing Requirements

  • 16-minute-per-mile pace for all athletes in the Marathon, Half Marathon and 10K.
  • Runners unable to maintain the pace may be picked up at any point along the course and transported to the finish line.
  • A training pace of 15-minute-per-mile pace is recommended.
  • Pace Cyclists will be on the course indicating when runners are behind pace by waving light wands or flags at each mile markers according to the official pace time. If you reach a mile marker with a light wand or flag waving, please note you are behind the required 16-minute-per-mile pace and can be picked up at any time and transported to the Course Pick-Up Tent.

Race Pacing Chart
Half Marathon
Full Marathon


Safety Reminders

  • All runners, Guests, costumes, and bags are subject to screening prior to entering the event staging areas.
  • Weapons of any kind, or objects that appear to be actual weapons, including toy guns, are not allowed for any participants.
    • See Costume guidelines for examples of acceptable toy accessories.
  • For everyone's safety, selfie sticks, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, skates, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks, and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. Violators will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.
  • Headphones are discouraged due to audio messages that are placed throughout the course to ensure runner safety.
  • runDisney can offer human guides to assist registered participants with disabilities. Please contact, no later than 90 days in advance of the event.
  • Any children under the race age requirement will not be permitted in corrals, on course, or in runner-only areas. Unregistered individuals will be denied entry into race corrals. Only registered athletes are permitted in runner only areas.

The guidelines for flags at a runDisney race are as follows:

For the safety of all of the spectators and runners, the following items will be prohibited from the start/finish staging areas and the race courses.

  • Flags of any kind that are larger than 3' x 5' regardless of how flag is intended to be carried.
  • Flag poles cannot be longer than 4 feet or have a diameter of more than 4 inches.
    • Pole can be made of wood, plastic, and/or PVC. Poles made of metal are not allowed.
  • Only poles with rounded or flat ends are allowed.
    • No decorative or sharp ends will be allowed.
  • Flag harnesses will be permitted if the participant bib is not covered and the harness does not pose a safety hazard.

Please review the appropriate park rules for further details:

While runners are welcome to take pictures, selfie sticks are prohibited in any runner and spectator areas at runDisney events.


Disney reserves the right to deny admission to or remove any person wearing attire that we consider inappropriate or attire that could detract from the experience of other Guests. All participants and their Guests may dress as their favorite character, but must follow these guidelines as determined solely by Disney:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent
  • Guests may not wear masks of any kind
  • Guests who dress like Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests
  • Costumes may not drag on the ground
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons which resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon
  • Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, a race or any race related event/activity unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards

Please consider not bringing unnecessary bags with you on race day. All items will be inspected. Items, costumes, and props in violation of safety requirements will be denied entry.


The race will be held rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area, the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be cancelled. The determination will be made by the Event Management staff.

As a reminder, the registration fees are non-refundable.

The Walt Disney World® Resort Lightning Policy

Event operations will shut down when lightning is 10 miles out from the event areas. Event operations will not resume until the lightning is 10 miles out moving away from the event areas. The Sports Manager will determine this using the Flash to Bang Rule* and weather radar. The Sports Manager will consult with Walt Disney World® Resort Management on a course of action to utilize the operational rain plan, delay the event, or cancel the event.

*Flash to Bang Rule* is applied by measuring the time (in seconds) between a visual lightning "Flash" and hearing the resulting "Bang". This time is then divided by a factor of "5" to obtain distance in miles. For example, 50 seconds between "Flash" and "Bang" divided by "5" equals 10 miles.

Celebratory Charity


The Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend benefits The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS), an organization dedicated to the fight against blood cancers. With the support of thousands of volunteers and participants in LLS's Team In Training program, the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend will help blood cancer patients live better, longer lives.

LLS uses theWalt Disney World® Marathon Weekend as both a platform to create awareness of this life saving cause and to raise much needed funds for research.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS)

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS), headquartered in White Plains, NY, with 61 chapters in the United States and Canada, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The LLS mission: Cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, LLS has invested more than $550 million in research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, LLS made 5.1 million contacts with patients, caregivers and healthcare professionals. To learn more, visit


Overall Half Marathon male, female and wheelchair winners Family Reunion area, Saturday, January 6, 8:30 a.m.

Overall Marathon male, female and wheelchair winners Family Reunion area, Sunday, January 7, 9:30 a.m.

The following awards will be presented on-site at the Awards Ceremony. Please note, overall awards are based on Gun Time.

  • Top 6 Overall Male & Female Marathon/Half Marathon Finishers
  • Top 2 Overall Male & Female Marathon/Half Marathon Wheelchair Winners (push rim only)

Masters, Military, and Age Group Awards

The Masters, Military and Age Group awards listed below for Marathon, and Half Marathon will be distributed by mail after the event. (Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.) Because of the number of people who participate in each event, it can often take several minutes to cross the start line. In the interest of fairness, the Masters, Military, and Age Group awards will be based on Net Time. Note: A runner will not receive two awards for the same race result.

  • Top 5 Male and Female Marathon/Half Marathon Military finishers
  • Overall Male and Female Masters Champion*
  • 2nd and 3rd place wheelchairs winners (push rim only, based on gun time)
  • Top 5 Age Groups (Male and Female)**
14-17 30-34 45-49 60-64 75-79
18-24 35-39 50-54 65-69 80+
25-29 40-44 55-59 70-74

Walt Disney World® 10K

10K awards will be distributed by mail after the event. Please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Because of the number of people who participate in each event, it can often take several minutes to cross the start line. In the interest of fairness, Military and age group award winners will be based on Net Time. Masters (40 and over) who place in the overall division will receive that overall award only.

  • Top 3 Overall Female Finishers
  • Top 3 Overall Male Finishers
  • Top 3 Overall Female Wheelchair Finishers (push rim only)
  • Top 3 Overall Male Wheelchair Finishers (push rim only)
  • Overall Female Masters Champion
  • Overall Male Masters Champion
  • Top 3 Female Military Finishers
  • Top 3 Male Military Finishers

The top three male and female runners will receive awards in the following age groups:

10-13 25-29 40-44 55-59 70-74
14-17 30-34 45-49 60-64 75-79
18-24 35-39 50-54 65-69 80+

*Masters (40 and over) that place in the overall division will receive that overall award only.

**Age Group awards are individual awards and will only be awarded in the Marathon and Half Marathon events.

All information is subject to change.