Sunday, July 15, 2012

runDisney Runner's World Challenge

We were the 1st to join runDisney's Runners's World Challenge when registration opened and we are very excited! This will be our 2nd "Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge" but our 1st time running "Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge" together for Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation for Childhood CancerDetails about the Runner's World Challenge are listed below and on the runDisney website.  An added bonus for us - we got a welcome tweet from Bart Yasso! :-)

Will you participate in runDisney's Walt Disney World Marathon weekend?

Will you run the Mickey Mouse & Minnie Mouse Family 5k, 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon, and/or Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge? 

Will you join the Runners's World Challenge?

Don't wait too long to register for a race, registration is filling up fast!

  • July 9, 2012 – Walt Disney World® Marathon – 70% Full
  • July 9, 2012 – Walt Disney World® Half Marathon – 61% Full
  • July 9, 2012 – Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge – 85% Full

Runner’s World and runDisney Partner on VIP Challenge Experience, Training for 20th Anniversary Walt Disney Marathon Weekend (Source: Press Release)

Disney Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy Challenge Jan. 12-13, 2013 Become Part of Runner’s World Challenge

JULY 9, 2012 – (New York and Lake Buena Vista, Fla.) - Imagine a weekend where you run through Disney theme parks, experience Disney entertainment and are rewarded with a unique Disney medal, all while running side-by-side with Runner’s World editors who helped you train and encouraged you along the way.

The 20th anniversary Walt Disney World Marathon, Half Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, which are part of Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, are the latest races to be designated Runner’s World Challenge events. Participants will virtually train with Runner’s World editors leading up to race weekend, and then on race weekend have the opportunity to enjoy an exclusive VIP race experience with Runner’s World editors all hosted by runDisney at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, FL.

The weekend consists of the Half Marathon Jan. 12, 2013 and the Marathon Jan. 13. Those who choose to can run the Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, where participants must complete the Half Marathon on Saturday, followed by the Marathon on Sunday to qualify for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge medal.

More excitement awaits runners taking on the challenge of the Disney Marathon, which marks two decades of magical miles of Disney entertainment, one-of-a-kind medals and family memories. The 20th anniversary race will feature a new course routing through the Walt Disney World Speedway and Champion Stadium ballpark at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; enhanced entertainment at Mile 20 to celebrate the 20th anniversary; a commemorative 20th anniversary Mickey Mouse medal and a new post-race party in Downtown Disney.

Those interested in signing up can click on the Runner’s World Challenge icon at for registration information or can call 407-939-7781.

“We’ve planned 2013 to be the biggest year ever for the Runner’s World Challenge, and we’re excited to be collaborating with a great new partner for this kick off in January at Walt Disney World for the 20th anniversary Disney Marathon Weekend,” said David Willey Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief and Rodale Inc. Active Living Group General Manager.  “Our editors are already gearing up training plans, logging miles, and preparing for this unique event.  As with all of the Runner’s World Challenges, our readers can count on receiving expert advice and personal engagement with our editors while training for this special weekend.”

“The opportunity for our runners to have personal access to some of the leading minds in the running industry through the Runner’s World Challenge is going to be hugely beneficial to anyone running our half marathon and marathon that weekend,’’ said Faron Kelley, Director of Sports Marketing and Communication at Walt Disney World. “With so many races taking place around the country, partnering with the running experts at Runner’s World will further differentiate our Disney Marathon Weekend and noticeably enhance the overall race weekend experience for the thousands of runners who are expected to participate in our 20th anniversary event next year.”

Challenge participants will have exclusive access to a Challenge-only website where they can ask questions that will be answered by Runner’s World editors. They can also share their best tips on nutrition, injury prevention, health issues and other essential training topics as they get ready to run at Disney.

Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna

To Book: Call 407-939-7781
Sign up for the Runner's World Challenge at the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna and you will receive:
  • Entry to the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World® Marathon, Half Marathon, or Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge with preferred corral placement *
  • A 16-week training plan designed by Runner's World Chief Running Officer Bart Yasso, who has coached hundreds of elites, celebs, and everyday runners (celebrity/VIP appearances subject to change or cancellation without notice)**
  • Weekly e-mails from Bart with guidance on training, nutrition, injury prevention, and motivation
  • One year of access to the Runner's WorldChallenge experts on nutrition, training, and injury-prevention
  • Access to a private Runner's World Challenge web site, where you connect with other runners training for the race
  • A copy of The Runner's Rule BookGoing Long, orThe Runner's World Guide to Road Racing (your choice)**
  • Runner's World Challenge tech shirt**
  • A four-month premium membership to Runner's World Personal Trainer, our interactive training log
*Registration subject to availability. Dates, times, and prices subject to change. All races and corral placement are subject to eligibility requirements and capacity limits. Registration fees are nonrefundable. Runners who've already purchased entry to the Marathon, Half Marathon or Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge will have their registration fee refunded if they purchase a Runner's World Challenge package.
**Runner’s World Challenge membership is subject to the Runner’s World Challenge Terms and Conditions at, and is nonrefundable. Runner's World reserves the right to substitute a product of equal or greater value. Please allow four to eight weeks for delivery of the tech shirt.
Your VIP package will also include:
  • Three (3) night consecutive stay in a double-occupancy (standard) room at Disney's Yacht ClubResort or Disney's Beach Club Resort, subject to availability with check-in on January 11, 2013 and check-out on January 14, 2013. (Check-in time is usually between 3 and 4 p.m., and check-out time usually between 11 a.m. and 12 Noon.
  • Private packet pick-up and hospitality suite at a location in the Walt Disney World® Resort (to be determined)
  • Commemorative 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend keepsake gift
  • Pre-race course strategy session with the Runner's World experts and editors (on the afternoon of January 11, 2013 for the Half Marathon/Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge runners, or on January 12, 2013 for the Marathon/Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge runners)
  • Entry to the Pasta in the Park Party on Saturday night at Epcot® where the Runner's World VIPs & editors will be in attendance (party includes buffet pasta dinner, live DJ, Disney characters and viewing of the fireworks spectacular Illuminations: Reflections of Earth at Epcot®)
  • Private group motorcoach or similar transportation to and from the start and finish lines from the hotel (exact type and schedule of such transportation to be determined by Disney)
  • Entry to the Race Retreat
    • Pre-race amenities include hot and cold beverages with fruit and bagels, dedicated stretching area, and private portalets & bag check
    • Post-race amenities include a nutritious buffet, massage, private portalet & bag pick up, and live results
  • Post-race celebration on Sunday night at the Cool Down at Downtown Disney Area
  • Packages start at $1,649.00 for the Marathon and Half Marathon while packages start at $1,899.00 for Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge†
A limited number of packages are available for this exclusive VIP experience!
To book your Runner's World Challenge package for the 20th Anniversary Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend, call 407-939-7781.
†Rates valid for a three night stay (January 11-14, 2013). All rates are per person based on double occupancy. Dates and number of rooms allocated for packages may be limited. Rates listed are for Standard room types. Other room types are available at varying rates. Minimum length of stay requirements may apply. No group rates or other discounts apply. Additional charges apply if more than 2 adults stay in a room. Advance reservations required. All events and event elements (including but not limited to Pasta in the Park Party the Cool Down at Downtown Disney® Area), including but not limited to location, menus, attractions and entertainment are subject to availability, and may change or be canceled without notice. Items not included as part of the Package are the responsibility of the Guest that include, but are not limited to: air or other transportation to Orlando International Airport, unspecified meals, travel insurance; room service; laundry service; spa treatments; alcoholic beverages; local and long distance telephone calls; merchandise and souvenirs; incidental expenses; additional tips and gratuities; income taxes; and all other costs and expenses not otherwise mentioned herein.

About runDisney
runDisney is a series of events providing runners unique opportunities to run various distances through Disney theme parks.  Race participants earn Disney-themed medals, experience legendary Disney entertainment and guest service and ultimately celebrate their accomplishments with a Disney vacation.  The original event in the series, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, takes place in January followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler in September and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November.  Disneyland hosts the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in January and the Disneyland Half Marathon in September during Labor Day Weekend.  More than 100,000 running enthusiasts participate in runDisney events each year. For more information, visit and follow us on Facebook (runDisney) and Twitter @runDisney.

About Runner’s World
The mission of Rodale’s Runner’s World, recognized as the worldwide authority on running information, is to inform, advise and motivate runners of all ages and abilities. Named to Adweek’s Hot List in 2011 and 2010, Runner’s World aims to help runners achieve their personal health, fitness and performance goals while inspiring them with vivid, memorable storytelling. Runner’s World offers the award-winning Runner’s World Challenge, allowing readers to interact with editors while training for races and run races with the magazine’s staff, and the brand recently launched the Runner’s World Half Marathon and Running Festival, to be held in Bethlehem, PA, Oct. 19-21 ( Runner’s World publishes 15 international editions: Australia/New Zealand, Belgium, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, The Netherlands, Philippines, Poland, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom and the United States. For up-to-date running news, visit, and get instant updates on Twitter (@runnersworld) and Facebook (Runner’s World Magazine). Runner’s World is also available as a mobile app on the iPhone and iPad.


challengedandrunninginthebikelane said...

Wow, that sounds like a lot of fun. I will not be participating in this event but it's going to be cool reading about your experience!

TWINS RUN in our family said...

We'll definitely post about our experience! Thanks!