As soon as WDW Marathon weekend 2012 came to a close, runDisney has been hinting that the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2013 will have some big surprises in store for those ready to “go the distance” and tackle the 26.2 mile race on its… Read More »Walt Disney World Marathon to Celebrate 20th Event with New Course
Jason Garcia at the Orlando Sentinel talks with the folks at runDisney and looks at how it’s become a real profit generator for the mouse house. All of them are ultimately designed to feed into one another. Disney says nearly 120,000 runners signed up for… Read More »The Business of runDisney
Here is a pretty interesting concept to promote the Disney’s Princess Half Marathon. runDisney TV’s Dennis Marsico receives a make over from the Fairy Godmother before he meets Cinderella ahead of Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend. What did you think? Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend… Read More »Cute runDisney Princess Half Marathon Video
Disney’s popular runDisney division has some big news… a return of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror event. It features a new 10-mile race that will echo the original Tower of Terror 13K race held in 2009. The new race debuts Sept. 29, 2012 and is the sixth signature runDisney event and the second nighttime race at Walt Disney World. In order to make room for this event, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend will shift to early November.
Reviving the scarily popular Twilight Zone Tower of Terror theme, runDisney unveiled its newest race today, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend, which debuts next year at Disney’s Hollywood Studios theme park at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando. As with all runDisney events, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror race weekend will involve a variety of events, including a 5K and Kids’ races, plus a Health and Fitness Expo, at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Disney.
Watching this footage from the 2009 Tower of Terror 13K race, I hope they’re able to capture what everyone says was a great atmosphere throughout the park.
It’s the sixth year of record turn out for the Disneyland Half-Marathon. The Labor Day weekend races include a course through the parks, special medals, and this year will feature a couple of Hollywood celebrities. Hollywood actors Drew Carey and Megyn Price are expected to… Read More »Disneyland Half-Marathon Draws Big Names, Full Participation
Every year when the Walt Disney World marathon passes through EPCOT thousands of runners also pass a statue of Grete Waitz a Marathon runner from Norway who won 9 New York City Marathons. That statue will now take on new significance as Waitz died today… Read More »Grete (Andersen) Waitz, runner with statue in EPCOT, dead at 57
It’s a big time for sports at Walt Disney World. ESPN WWOS has been hosting spring training for MLB and pre-season matches in professional soccer. The Princess Half-Marathon was run today and ESPN the Weekend starts mid-week. Congrats to all the 17,000 runners. I hope… Read More »Florida Runner Wins Princess Half-Marathon
Congratulations to Paul Ngeny, 31, of Auburn, CA, who led a record field of more than 14,000 registered runners Sunday at the fifth annual Disneyland Half Marathon, by crossing the finish line first with a time of 1:07:24, beating the fastest Disneyland Half Marathon time by 41 seconds.
“The course was very nice and comfortable,” Ngeny said. “I liked running through the parks and all the music. I could keep on going for a hundred miles.”
Finishing just behind Ngeny was Eric Marenburg, 27, of San Diego, CA, with a time of 1:12:10. Kevin Broady, 48, of Brea, CA, finished third with a time of 1:12:43.
Rachel Booth, 29, of Mountain View, CA, claimed the title of 2010 women’s champion with a time of 1:15:19, beating the fastest women’s finisher time in the history of the Disneyland Half Marathon by 00:04:04. Booth, who performed better than she expected, finished just 18 seconds off of an Olympic trial qualifier time.
“It was great. Magical,” Booth said. “It’s in Disneyland and it’s just a happy day. Always enjoyable. Everyone was so loud and cheering.”
The women’s second-place finisher was Theresa Lowry, 36, of San Diego, CA, with a time of 1:19:05. Susan Loken, 47, of Phoenix, AZ, took third place with a time of 1:19:13.
Other notable finishers of the 2010 Disneyland Half Marathon are Jon Megeff, 47, of Rancho Palos Verdes, CA, who won the men’s Master’s Division (age 40+) with a time of 1:16:57, Merryt Jackman, 41, of San Diego, CA, who topped the women’s Master’s Division (1:28:16) and Scott Parson, 51 of San Jose, CA,(00:56:45), and Sandi Rush, 49, of Oceanside, CA, (1:17:06), winners of the men’s and women’s wheelchair divisions.