10K & Dopey Challenge Added to runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

This past January, runDisney celebrated the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon with a race that included a new course and special 20th anniversary medal.  Out in Disneyland, runDisney added a 10K to Disneyland’s Half Marathon Weekend; runners completing the 10K and Half Marathon will conquer the inaugural Dumbo Double Dare and receive a special medal.  Not to rest on their laurels, runDisney has also added a 10K race to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, expanding the event to 5 days and 4 races.  In addition, runners who finish all four races during the weekend will tackle the Dopey Challenge and receive SIX medals total.  However, all those medals come with a price, and I’m not talking about just the training effort.  Registration fees for the inaugural Dopey Challenge will be $495, provided you register before June 18, 2013 (if it doesn’t sell out beforehand).  Registration for all races opens April 9th.  Continue reading for more details from runDisney’s press release.

runDisney Dopey Challenge

Photo by Ali Nasser, courtesy runDisney © Disney. All Rights Reserved

From runDisney’s Press Release

Lake Buena Vista, FL – After celebrating its 20th anniversary earlier this year, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna is getting even bigger next year and is offering runners another challenge that will be, well, Dopey.

The 2014 Disney Marathon Weekend, Jan 8-12, will expand to five days and will include a 10K, along with the Family Fun Run 5K, the Disney Half Marathon, the Disney Marathon and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge.  That creates the opportunity for an unparalleled proposition in the running industry: The Dopey Challenge – running all four timed events in successive days (48.6 miles) for the chance to earn an unprecedented six medals.

After the Disney Family Fun Run 5K on Thursday, runDisney’s new Walt Disney World 10K, a 6.2-mile timed event, takes place Friday, at Epcot.  Runners completing the race will receive a Minnie Mouse inspired medal.

2013 Walt Disney World Marathon

Photo by Debra Peterson


As in past years, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon will be run on Saturday followed by the Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday.  Runners who complete both – Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge – will receive a special Goofy-themed medal.  Add on the 5K and the 10K and runners can earn four medals, one for each race completed, plus the Goofy and new Dopey Challenge medals, for a total haul of six medals.

In addition to those four races, the Disney Marathon Weekend will feature runDisney Kids Races and the Mickey Mile, which both take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Special ticketed breakfasts with characters will be Thursday and Friday following the Family Fun Run 5K and 10K at Epcot, Pasta in the Park parties at Epcot and runners can celebrate their accomplishments from the weekend at the Cool Down Party at Downtown Disney on Sunday.

Walt Disney World Marathon Health and Fitness Expo

Photo by Debra Peterson


The expanded five-day race weekend begins on Wednesday with the start of Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo, giving runners extra time to pick up race packets, shop for the latest running apparel and technology, and meet experts such as runDisney official training consultant Jeff Galloway and runDisney nutritionist Tara Gidus.  The expo is free and open to the public.

Online registration for all Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events opens April 9, but runners can enter early by signing up for the Runner’s World Challenge starting April 2.  This limited opportunity allows runners to register for the Half Marathon, Marathon, Goofy Challenge or Dopey Challenge, receive customized training plans from Runner’s World magazine editors and enjoy VIP experiences throughout weekend.  The schedule of events for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend follows below.

Now I want your opinion.  What do you think of the expanded Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Dopey Challenge?  Are you excited about the opportunity?  Are you concerned about the cost?  Are you concerned about the crowds?  Please leave a comment with your thoughts below.

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2014 Schedule of Events

Jan 8 – 11, Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Jan 9, 6:30 am, Disney’s Family Fun Run 5K


Jan 10, 5:30 am, Walt Disney World 10K

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Jan 11, 5:30 am, Walt Disney World Half Marathon


Jan 12, 5:30 am, Walt Disney World Marathon


Jan 9, 10 & 11, runDisney Kids Races and Mickey Mile

ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Jan 9, 10 & 11, Pasta in the Park Parties


Jan 9 & 10, runDisney Family Reunion Breakfast


Jan 12, Cool Down Party

Downtown Disney

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.