Runners return for 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

5K race steps off Thursday morning

2022 Disney Marathon Weekend begins. Jan. 5, 2022 (McReynolds)

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. – Walt Disney World is preparing to welcome back thousands of runners for its popular marathon weekend.

The 2022 event, which steps off Thursday morning, consists of a 5K, 10K, half-marathon, two-course challenge (Goofy’s Race, marathon and half marathon), and Dopey challenge (all races).

2022 Disney Marathon Weekend begins. Jan. 5, 2022 (McReynolds)

This year’s race celebrates Walt Disney World’s 50th anniversary celebration with race themes featuring some of Disney’s most popular characters.

According to runDisney’s website, all races, including virtual options, are sold out.

2022 Disney Marathon Weekend begins. Jan. 5, 2022 (McReynolds)

Race participants can begin picking up their race bibs and t-shirts Wednesday morning at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo at Disney’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

Health & Fitness Expo hours include:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 5: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Jan. 6: 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Friday, Jan. 7: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Saturday, Jan. 8: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
runDisney Health & Fitness Expo (McReynolds)

The expo is also the place where runners will grab some finisher merchandise including 50th anniversary-themed outfits, drinkware, car magnets and even an ornament.

2022 Disney Marathon Weekend begins. Jan. 5, 2022 (McReynolds)

Disney said while the races are underway, roads around the resort and theme parks may operate under traffic restrictions or be closed to accommodate.

Guests may see these closures Jan. 8-9 from 4 a.m. to 9 a.m.

Back in November, Disney welcomed back in-person running events since the pandemic began.

Future events include the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend and runDisney Springtime Surprise.

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