Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

  January 9 - January 13, 2019  -  Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida Walt Disney World® Resort, Florida

Weekend Schedule

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (Driving Directions)
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, January 10, 2019 – 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, January 11, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Walt Disney World® 5K presented by Cigna

Thursday, January 10, 2019 – 5:30 a.m.

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

Friday, January 11, 2019 and Saturday, January 12, 2019
100m Dash – 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.*
200m Dash – 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.*
Diaper Dash – 12:30 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.*
One Mile Run – 1:00 p.m.
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex – Track & Field

*Races will have multiple starts throughout the designated race timeframe listed above.

Walt Disney World® 10K presented by Cigna

Friday, January 11, 2019 – 5:30 a.m.

Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna

Saturday, January 12, 2019 – 5:30 a.m.

Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna

Sunday, January 13, 2019 – 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 and will be available approximately one month out from the race.

Virtual Goody Bag

Your virtual goody bag is filled with great offers and special items just for race weekend participants. The Virtual Goody Bag will be available approximately one month out from the race.

Event Communications

Event weekend emails will be sent to all participants with information about your event. 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 Race Bib 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 bib.
  • A parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the waiver for any participant under 18 years old. No exceptions will be made.

Race Bib Pick-Up

  • You must pick up your own participant Race Bib during regularly scheduled Expo hours, which includes your event-issued bib number and timing device (no timing device for the 5K).
  • Download and complete your personalized race waiver online (available approximately two weeks prior to event).
  • Parents or legal guardians must download and complete the personalized race waiver for minors and pick up their race bib.
  • Visit the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo to pick up your race bib. (Driving Directions)
  • You must have a Valid Photo ID in order to pick up your race bib (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.
  • The payer or registrant may pick up ChEAR Squad packets.

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 Race Bib 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 9, 2018.

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, 2017 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, 1/7/18, – 4:35

  • 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 9, 2018, 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 9, 2018.
  • 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 participant account and cannot be accepted via email.
  • Click here to update your proof of time in your participant account.
  • 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 who dress like Characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests
  • 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
  • For runDisney participants ages 13 and under:
    • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
  • For runDisney participants ages 14 and older:
    • Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
    • Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g. Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.
    • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
    • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
    • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
    • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
    • Guests may not wear masks of any kind.

Please note that while costumed attire may be worn during runDisney events, Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumed attire in the theme parks. As a result, Guests may need to change their attire prior to visiting the parks after participating in a runDisney race.

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.


Overall Half Marathon male, female and wheelchair winners Family Reunion area, Saturday, January 12, 8:30 a.m.

Overall Marathon male, female and wheelchair winners Family Reunion area, Sunday, January 13, 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.

Celebrated Charity


runDisney is thrilled to make an independent donation to The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS) in honor of the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. Your registration and participation in the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend will not affect the amount donated by runDisney to LLS. 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.

All event volunteers serve as part of the Volunteer Ambassador Team supporting LLS for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World® Resort. Learn more here.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS)

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is the world's largest nonprofit fighting blood cancer. Since 1949, LLS invested more than $1.2 billion in research, leading to breakthroughs in cancer treatment. In fact, the treatment approaches pioneered in the blood cancers are now helping patients with other cancers and diseases. LLS is also the leading source of free education and support services for patients, and is the voice for all blood cancer patients seeking access to quality, affordable, coordinated care. LLS is leading the way to cancer cures. To learn more, visit


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