Wednesday, January 7, 2009
IRunUltras.com previewed both events last December (see Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Preview and Walt Disney World Marathon Preview). Not much has changed since our prior previews, but, let's just take a quick look at the course for each event.
The Half Marathon start is located just outside of the Epcot parking lot. From the start, runners head up World Drive towards the Magic Kingdom Park. Once in the Magic Kingdom, the course passes through Tommorwland and Cinderella Castle, before returning to World Drive for the return trip to Epcot's Future World and the finish. Runners should enjoy their time in Magic Kingdom and Epcot, as the course, except for the brief jaunts through those parts of the Disney grounds, are entirely on roads. The course has nine (9) beverage aid stations (offering Dasani water and PowerAde). Clif products are provided at the 8.7 mile mark.
The Marathon is divided into two starts (blue and red). The blue and red starts run different routs for the first 3.4 miles in and around Epcot, before merging on the way to the Magic Kingdom. Upon arriving in the Magic Kingdom, runners will pass through Tomorrowland and Cinderella Castle before heading off to Disney's Animal Kingdom, where they will run past the Expedition Everest attraction. The brief stop in Disney's Animal Kingdom is followed by a trip towards Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex and then the lights, camera, and action of Disney's Hollywood Studios (where runners will run through Washington Square Garden, get a taste of the Big Apple on new York Street and pass by the Sorcerer's hat before exiting the park via Hollywood Boulevard). From there, it is on to the coastal village of Disney's yacht and Beach Club Resort, then back through Epcot for the finish. The course has twenty two (22) beverage aid stations (also offering Dasani water and PowerAde). There are also four (4) food stops along the way, offering bananas (mile 13.2), Clif products (mile 16), bananas and Clif products (mile 19), and candy (mile 23). Sponges are provided at mile 17.5.
On a side note, make sure to head over to iRunFar.com today for 2009's first edition of This Week In Running (Week of 1/10 & 1/11).
At left : Me and Peter after the 2008 Disney Marathon.