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Celebrating 30 Years Of The runDisney Walt Disney World Marathon!

As we get ready to welcome in a new year, here in Central Florida the first weekend of a new year always brings the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend to Orlando, with this Januaries event running from January 4 - 8, 2023.


It was back in January of 1994 that the very first Walt Disney World Marathon that took place, can you believe that this coming marathon weekend in January will be the 30th anniversary of this iconic event?


Walt Disney World 30th Anniversary 1994

To celebrate the 30th anniversary, the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, runDisney are promising a weekend full of 90’s retro vibes, iconic characters and a glimpse into the runDisney of years past!


Walt Disney World 30th Anniversary 1994

In celebration of this momentous anniversary year, runDisney have shared a look back at the very first Walt Disney World Marathon that took place in January of 1994, and it was quite different from the mega events that runDisney produce now throughout the year.


Walt Disney World 30th Anniversary 1994

The event has grown over the years from just one endurance race to now four races and two challenges, the course has expanded from running through just three theme parks to now weaving the magical 26.2 miles through all four of Walt Disney World’s current theme parks.


Walt Disney World 30th Anniversary 1994

Runners lined up and kicked off their 26.2 miles at the start line near EPCOT with spectacular fanfare.


Walt Disney World 30th Anniversary 1994

No runDisney race would be complete without a themed finisher medal. Though the design has changed over the years, one thing has remained – a nod to one of our favorite characters to celebrate, Mickey Mouse!


Walt Disney World 30th Anniversary 1994

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