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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, January 7, 2018
2017: Sunday, January 8, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Pancake Flat
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 58°F (14°C)
Average High: 68°F (20°C)
Average Low: 48° F (8°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.59
Course Score: 99.74

Race Size

2017: 17,729 Finishers
2016: 19,851 Finishers
2015: 20,093 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 1.6%
2016: 0.9%
2015: 1.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Walt Disney World Marathon course is very flat. and travels through four Walt Disney World Theme Parks (Epcot, Magic Kingdom, Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios and then back to Epcot). However, the majority of the course consists of the roads connecting the parks. The course has quite a few turns, but is very flat with just a few overpasses serving as gentle "hills."


Marathon Rankings

The Walt Disney World Marathon was the 6th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 7th largest in 2015.

This year 1.6% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 0.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Walt Disney World Marathon the 483rd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 215th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.74 ranks it as the 52nd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th fastest course in Florida.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are slightly above the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Walt Disney World Marathon a PR Score of 99.59. This PR Score ranks it as the 50th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 2nd fastest in Florida.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 105 feet (32m)
Min Elevation: 75 feet (22m)

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Recent Walt Disney World Marathon Reviews

4.5 Stars from 18 Reviews
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review of 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Perfect for first time marathoners like myself! Clearly marked and flat course. Water stations and medical stations every mile and some form of entertainment every mile, even when not actually running through one of the parks. Makes the miles fly by! Would definitely recommend it and would definitely do it again!

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Arrive early! As with anything related to Disney world, traffic is awful!



review of 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

2 / 5 Stars

Review

Fun first marathon, lots of support on course although there have been a few relatively long stretches that were a bit lonely. Weather was very cold and windy. Lots of fluid and fuel stations on course, bathrooms, as well. Race starts very early and the wait in the morning is tough.

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review of 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Entertainment, Lots of water/Gatorade, restrooms, and first aid stations.

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review of 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars

Review

Pancake flat with only a few overpasses to add any "hills". You absolutely need to submit proof of time if you want to run a decent race. Even then, you'll have traffic around you. I was on the line in corral B, and even though there were only about 300 runners in corral A, and they started 1 minute ahead of me, I caught them within a half mile, and some were walking already! The traffic was thin enough to get through without much bobbing and weaving, but still a little frustrating nonetheless. Plenty of support with water and Powerade along the course, and tons of characters and music to keep you entertained. The weather was nice and cool at the start (38 degrees) but we could've done without the 15 mph winds. A quick trip to Walmart the night before got us some $5 sweatshirts and sweatpants to toss at the start. After about a mile in, I had warmed up so except the the occasional wind blast, it was perfect running temp.

Race Tips

The course runs mostly on roads, long boring roads with the occasional detour into a park. The area around Wide World of Sports is the worst. LOTS of turns around all the playing fields. Difficult to keep up speed around all those 90 degree turns. I've run this race 7 times since 2008 when we didn't do this section. Better back then. Also this year, because of the demolition of the backlot area at Studios, the course was radically changed to divert us around this area. Someone really should've done a better job measuring the new course. I had 26.60 miles. Again, I was up front (315th finisher overall) without excessive traffic, so I wasn't running around people, and I took every tangent and clipped every corner that I was allowed. At the finish, I asked everyone around me what they had, and all were at least 26.59. I continued to ask others for the next 2 hours as I waited for my girlfriend to finish. EVERYONE was long. This much extra distance is ridiculous. It added 3 minutes to my time and although I qualified, it hurts my under for actually getting into Boston. My advice to you? Plan on running faster than you thought if you're hoping to hit your goal. Do the math at every mile marker because they get exponentially longer every mile.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You absolutely must stay on property the night before the race. Vehicle traffic is insane morning of the race. Stay the night, take the bus to the start. Running 4 races in 4 days isn't the hardest part, it's getting up at 3am to catch the bus that's the hard part. Disney wants you in and out of the parks early so we don't upset the "regular" guests or get in their way. This is a great marathon for first timers, but it can also be good for the faster crowd if you run smart and account for the distractions and obstacles on the course.



review of 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars

Review

Was in half cancelled weather. I was given a marathon bib. Training for Boston so was a workout race. Ran a 339 a BQ as need 340. I found the course awful. Concrete, million turns in and out of parks, 530 am start in dark. Course long as 26.7! GPS and by mile 50 yards off already. I'm on the button most times in 3 miles out too soon tangents. It's a good beginner race. 1 percent BQ should show you not a popular race for good runner.

Race Tips

Don't run the full to BQ do the half

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Not a BQ race and I've run 6 bostons 235 best and BQ 12 X out of 15 Mara total



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