2009 WALT DISNEY WORLD®
January 8 - 11,
Disney’s Wide World of Sports® is proud to announce the
launch of its newly redesigned, interactive website
enhancements include ease of use, simplicity of navigation and a
broad use of media. Bookmark this link for quick access to all
of the Marathon Weekend event details as you prepare for your
trip in January!
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER!
The full marathon only has 400 entries remaining in the 2009 field.
The 2009 Marathon Finishers will be the first to receive the brand
new Mickey Medal. Convince your friends to run with you and to
secure their spot today!
REGISTRATION VERIFICATION AND ELECTRONIC WAIVER
Verify your registration in the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon and
Half Marathon. With the new electronic waiver system, make sure to
update your information in order to expedite the waiver process.
Verify your registration and information to ensure that everything
is set to compete in January! Keep an eye out for the link to the
electronic waiver in the next newsletter and on the website in
HEALTHY HOLIDAYS FROM CIGNA
GOOD FOOD FOR GREAT RESULTS
It’s no secret that food affects our bodies and impacts how well
we function every day. But did you know that proper nutrition can
be the key to success in your athletic performance as well?
foods such as whole grains, fruits, vegetables, fish, chicken,
yogurt, nuts and seeds (rather than supplements) are highly
recommended to achieve optimal results,” says Susan Welter, R.D.,
registered dietician with CIGNA and marathon runner. “They provide
the best source of fuel to the body to promote maximum muscle
endurance, strength, and recovery throughout training for sporting
event.” Read more.
EXPO AND SPEAKER SERIES
Race participants, their families and friends will begin their
Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend at Disney’s Health & Fitness
Expo! The three-day show will be bigger and better than ever at
Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Complex! Packet Pick-Up for all
of our races and our world-class Speaker Series will be in the Milk
House. The Speaker Series will feature the annual Goofy’s Race and
a Half Challenge session for all you Goofy runners! Jeff Galloway,
designer of the walk-run, low mileage marathon training program,
will spend the time necessary to answer the questions of beginners,
recreational runners, aspiring marathoners and time goal runners.
Our T-Shirt and Goody Bag Pick-Up and our expanded Expo will be just
across the Promenade at the brand-new Jostens Center! The Expo will
also include expanded hours: Thursday, January 8, 12pm – 8pm,
Friday, January 9, 9am – 8pm and Saturday, January 10, 10am – 7pm.
Enjoy visiting over 75 booths offering the latest in footwear,
apparel and electronic training devices. Featured exhibitors
include CIGNA, Spira, Champion, Clif Bar, Yamaha, Florida Hospital,
Sharpie, Odwalla. At the Jostens Center you will also find the
Official Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Merchandise Store.
We look forward to seeing you in January!
Spira Footwear is proud to be the Official Performance Footwear
Sponsor of the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend and the sponsor
of Dick and Rick Hoyt of "Team Hoyt" who will be participating in
the Speaker Series and in the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Half Marathon.
Find out more about their inspiring story at teamhoyt.com and cheer
them on at the finish line, January 10, 2009, as Rick celebrates his
COURSE – BEVERAGE & FOOD STOPS
Twenty-two beverage stations will be set up along the Marathon
course, offering Dasani water and PowerAde. There will be four Food
Stops located along the course. Bananas will be available at Mile
13.2, Clif product will be distributed at Mile 16, sponges will be
provided at Mile 17.5, bananas and Clif product will be at Mile 19,
and candy will be available at Mile 23.
beverage stations will be set up along the Half Marathon course,
offering Dasani water and PowerAde. Clif product will be distributed
at 8.7 miles.
Click here to check out the course maps!
Sharpie "Road Siders" are back to keep your mind alert on this 26.2
mile journey of exhilaration at the Walt Disney World®
Resort! To get you through this week’s training just ponder these
thoughts on your runs… Why don't you ever see the headline "Psychic
Wins Lottery"? Do Lipton employees take coffee breaks? And last but
not least, "Always try to be modest, and be proud of it!" Keep your
eyes on the road for more inquiring and inspiring thoughts from
CLIF BAR PACE TIP - Marathon Pace
pace in shorter races – Find a 5-mile, 10K or half-marathon and run
it at your marathon pace. DO NOT RACE! This will help you get a feel
for the pace in a race situation but won’t leave you too tired for
pace in longer runs – During your final long runs, throw in 3 miles
at marathon pace at the end of the run. This will give you an idea
of what marathon pace feels like when you are tired (and help you
understand that the pace team leaders on race day really aren’t
speeding up at the end of the marathon, it only feels that way!).
Register for either the Half Marathon or Marathon Pace Team today!
start zone for both the Half Marathon and the Marathon is located in
the Wonder Parking Lot at Epcot®. Please plan on at least a
20-minute walk from the start zone to your corral. The number on
your race number will correspond with your assigned corral. Signs
and event personnel will help you find your corral. For safety
reasons, and as a courtesy to others, please line up in the
appropriate corral. Measures will be taken to prevent unofficial
runners from starting.
January 10 runners will toe the start line at Epcot Center Drive
for the WALT DISNEY WORLD® Half Marathon presented by CIGNA. These
are the start times for Saturday:
5:45 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
5:50 a.m. – Wave 1 Start
6:00 a.m. – Wave 2 Start
6:15 a.m. – Wave 3 Start
runners will meet up Sunday, January 11 at the Epcot Center Drive
start line for the 16th WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon
presented by CIGNA. The start times are as follows:
5:45 a.m. – Wheelchair Start
5:50 a.m. – Runners Start
Monorail transportation will be provided to those participants
staying at Disney’s Contemporary Resort, Disney’s Grand
Floridian Resort and Spa, and Disney’s Polynesian Resort
beginning at 3:00 a.m. The Monorail will transport you to the Ticket
and Transportation Center where you will board a second Monorail
that will transport you to Epcot®. Participants must board
Monorails by 4:00 a.m. to be on time for the start. Special
Marathon Weekend Transportation will begin departure from all other
WALT DISNEY WORLD® Resorts at 3:00 a.m. Buses will be indicated by
Marathon Weekend Transportation signs placed in the front windows.
Participants must board buses by 4:00 a.m. to be on time for the
WHAT WILL YOU CELEBRATE?
When you think about it, there’s so much in life worth celebrating.
Birthdays. Anniversaries. Reunions. Personal Triumphs. Or
promising new beginnings. All deserve to be wrapped in magic and
transformed into magnificent memories that will live forever in your
heart. We want to know what you will be celebrating at the 2009
WALT DISNEY WORLD Marathon Weekend.
Complete this quick form so we can incorporate your celebrations
into the weekend.
You train hard to race at your best. Give yourself an extra edge
with a Race Retreat package! Before the race you will have private
restrooms, bag check and designated stretching area and awaiting you
after the race will be a limited edition Marathon Weekend workout
towel and flip-flops, a full brunch, Disney Character greetings,
concierge level treatment and more! You will even have an exclusive
opportunity to register for the 2010 Marathon, Half Marathon and the
5th Anniversary Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge before
everyone else! Space is limited, so
register today! Packages will be available for pick up at
Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo.
EAT & GREET WITH YOUR FAVORITE DISNEY CHARACTERS
Greet your Favorite Disney Characters while enjoying a nutritious
buffet - conveniently located at Disney’s Wide World of Sports®
Complex and adjacent to Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo. Character
dining opportunities at the parks and resorts only have limited
availability, but you can take advantage of this newest addition to
the 2009 WALT DISNEY WORLD® Marathon Weekend. Spaces are filling up
sign up today to ensure your
MICKEY’S MARATHON KIDS’ FEST
Time is running out to sign your little runners up for Mickey’s
Marathon Kids’ Fest. Registration is at 85% of capacity for the
400m, 200m, and 100m races and 80% for the inaugural Mickey Mile, a
chip-timed one mile race open to children ages 13 & under. Sign
them up today for their very own Marathon Weekend event January 9 -
10, 2009 at Disney’s Wide World of Sports® Track & Field
Complex. The event will feature games and activities guaranteed to
get you warmed up for Disney's Kids' Races. We have the perfect
distance for each age group and all participants earn their own
shirt and Finisher Medal.
CAPTURE YOUR RACE MEMORIES
Enjoy the thrill of the race long after it’s finished.
OurHubbub by Jostens offers a great way to remember, share and
celebrate your marathon story with a Photo Memory Book. Our
exclusive 2009 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend cover and page
designs will turn your photos into something amazing. Create your
book at OurHubbub.com and tell your story today! Prices start as low
as $44.99. 100% Satisfaction is guaranteed!
OurHubbub by Jostens is the Official Provider of Photo Memory Books
for the 2009 Walt Disney World® Marathon.