Experience Disney for Runners
Walt Disney World and Disneyland Paris both offer marathon races for runners. These popular events occur at various times of the year. Disney Resorts also have unique running experiences for those passionate about getting a few kilometers of running in while on vacation. Participants also usually receive a unique medal for each race as a special keepsake, along with the chance to purchase special runDisney merchandise for the event.
To find out more about Disney Marathons, as well as the new Club runDisney (a club designed for runDisney), a great resource is the runDisney website.
Club runDisney is a membership-based club designed around runDisney.
Membership consists of three (3) membership levels (Silver, Gold, and Platinum) which range in price from $265.43 USD to $851.73 USD to join for the year, which begins on October 1, 2022 and runs through to September 30, 2023.
To find out more, visit the Club runDisney website.
EVENTS AT DISNEY PARKS AND RESORTS
The following are running events from around Disney Parks and Resorts:
The following are running events held at Castaway Cay, Disney’s private island in the Bahamas:
Castaway Cay 5K (various times throughout the year)
Passengers on the Disney Cruise Line that stop at Castaway Cay, are welcome to join a 5-kilometer run while on the island. This popular activity requires advance registration at Guest Services on board the ship, which you should do as soon as you board your cruise.
The following are running events held at Disneyland Paris:
Disneyland Paris Princess Run (TBD)
WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT
The following are running events held at the Walt Disney World Resort:
Resort Running Trails
There are many trails at Walt Disney World Resorts which include the path around Hourglass Lake between Disney’s Art of Animation and Disney’s Pop Century Resorts, along with the many other paths at other resorts (such as Disney’s Port Orleans and Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort).
There is a word of caution though when running at a Walt Disney World resort hotel, signs may be posted (particularly along bodies of water) to be aware of your surroundings as there may be snakes and alligators (we’re not kidding) around them and so it is important that you remain on the lookout for them.
Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (January 4-8, 2023)
Test your mettle at your chosen skill level—from the 5K to the Marathon—while you trek your way through the Disney theme parks. When you participate in the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, you’ll become part of something incredibly special.
Not only is the 50th Walt Disney World Resort Anniversary celebration underway, but this year will mark the 30th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Presented by State Farm! Come relive decades of healthy competition with a dose of 90’s retro vibes, iconic Characters and a glimpse into the runDisney of years of past.
To find out more, visit the official Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend website.
Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (February 23-26, 2023)
The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is the second event of the Run Disney year. With several races, this event is also designed for runners of all ages and experience levels held over the four (4) day event, it is a must for anyone interested in a Disney race.
To find out more, visit the official Disney Princess Marathon Weekend website.
Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend (November 3-6, 2022)
The Disney Wine and Dine Weekend is the fourth event of the Run Disney year and the last one of each year. With several races, this event is also designed for runners of all ages and experience levels held over the four (4) day event, it is a must for anyone held as part of the EPCOT Food and Wine Festival.
To find out more, visit the official Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend website.
runDisney also offers virtual races during the year in which runners register and can complete the race on their own at a location of their choosing.
Walt Disney World Virtual Marathon
(January 5-8, 2023)
Be a part of a one-of-a-kind runDisney weekend as we celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon! Be one of thousands of runners and participate virtually on courses of your choosing. So, whether you take to your favorite local trail, jog around your neighborhood or even run on a treadmill, you’ll be part of the magic.
To find out more, visit the website.
Disney Princess Virtual Half Marathon (February 23-26, 2023)
The 2023 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend is celebrating the inspiring athletes participating in the events—both at Walt Disney World Resort and throughout thousands of virtual locations—as well as those that support them. It truly does take a village, and we’re proud to be a part of yours!
To find out more, visit the official website.
Springtime Surprise Marathon
(April 14-16, 2023)
In 2023, the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend celebrates the power of friendship and the magic of Pixar. Racers are encouraged to celebrate the running buddies that keep them going, the support systems that cheer from the sidelines and the iconic characters that lift each other up time and time again.
To find out more, visit the official website.