Run the sold out Walt Disney World Marathon for charity

The 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon may be sold out, but runners can still register through a charity or tour group. Photo: Walt Disney World Marathon-runDisney

NEW YORK, August 9, 2013 — The 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna sold out in record time. However, a limited number of charity and tour group entries are still available for runners who want to tackle the 26.2-mile course through Disney’s parks near Orlando, Fla., on January 12.

The signature race in the runDisney series of events sold out in less than four months with 13,500 runners registered to run the course that takes participants through Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and more. Nearly 26,000 runners are registered to take part in the weekend’s races, which also include a half marathon, 10K, 5K and kids’ races. The Walt Disney World Half Marathon, Walt Disney World 10K, Disney Family Fun Run 5K and the Dopey Challenge all sold out earlier this year. 

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Fueling the registration rush was a slate of changes for the race weekend from January 8-12, including the addition of the new Walt Disney World 10K and the Dopey Challenge, which dares runners to complete the 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon on four consecutive days. Disney also reduced the number of runners in the marathon and half-marathon combined by 2,000 to reduce on-course crowding, which added to the registration crush. 

Spots are still available in Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge, where runners complete both the half marathon and marathon on consecutive days, and the runDisney Kids’ Races.

But runners who want to tackle “just” the marathon or half marathon can still register through one of the race’s official charity or tour groups.

Charity Groups

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend partners with 25 charities that give runners guaranteed entry into the race in exchange for fundraising a set amount of money for the non-profit. Fundraising minimums range from $600 to $3,000 depending on the charity and race you choose to run. Runners interested in running for a charity must register through one of the official charity groups:

  • The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
  • A-T Children’s Project
  • ACE Pay it Forward
  • Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation
  • American Liver Foundation
  • Arthritis Foundation
  • Autism Speaks
  • Block Institute
  • Caleb’s Crusade
  • Catch-A-Lift Fund
  • Children’s Tumor Foundation
  • Covenant House
  • Give Kids The World
  • Homes For Our Troops
  • JDRF
  • Lazarex Cancer Foundation
  • Magic Foundation
  • Noah’s Light Foundation
  • Orlando Orthopedic
  • Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy
  • Scott Carter Foundation
  • St. Jude Heroes
  • The Fit and Flourishing Foundation
  • Tourette Syndrome Association/Team TSA

Tour Groups

The Walt Disney World Marathon takes runners through Disney’s Hollywood Studios. (Photo: runDisney)

The Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend also partners with tour providers for runners traveling to runDisney races from around the U.S. and abroad.

Many tour providers offer specially priced race packages that include race entry, hotel and park tickets. Check with each individual tour provider to find out what race packages they still have available.

  • Acclaim Travel
  • Agaxtur Turismo
  • CVC Brasil
  • Dream Come True
  • Dream Travel
  • Galaxy Vacations
  • GET Travel Sports & Events
  • Kaluah Tours
  • Kamel Turismo
  • Kintetsu
  • LC Tour
  • Maneki Tours
  • Marathon Tours
  • North American Destinations
  • Personal RGE Tours
  • Play Sports
  • Plaza Maratones
  • Rent A Tour
  • Sporttravel
  • Sports Tours International
  • TAM Viagens
  • T-Gallery USA, Inc
  • Travelling Fit
  • Uniglobe Premier Travel
  • Xtravel Agencia

Runners who register for Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend through a charity or travel partner will be able experience all of the weekend’s free events including Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and the Cool Down Party post-race at Downtown Disney, along with special tickets events like a race retreat, character breakfasts and Pasta in the Park parties at Epcot.

For more information about running with a charity or tour group visit

Karla Bruning is host of On The Run, New York Road Runners’ show about running. She has finished six marathons, three triathlons and trains with the New York Harriers. Follow Karla at, The Washington Times Communities, Facebook and Twitter@KBruning.

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Karla Bruning

Karla Bruning is the host of On The Run, a TV and web show from New York Road Runners. Her work has appeared in Newsweek, American Athlete Magazine,,, The Philadelphia Inquirer, San Francisco Chronicle, Orlando Sentinel, and two dozen other outlets including ESPN2, Universal Sports and ABC in New York. She and her work have also received mentions from The New York Times, Runner's World, Fox Sports, Canadian Running, The Baltimore Sun, and PBS among others. She also covered the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver for The Washington Times.


A former Newsweek reporter, Karla has won a Fulbright scholarship for American journalists and reporting grants from the Scripps Howard, Carnegie and Knight Foundations. Karla holds degrees from Amherst College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism.


When not pounding the pavement as a reporter, Karla is pounding the pavement as a runner. She has completed seven marathons, four triathlons, trains with the New York Harriers and is a member of New York Road Runners. She is a writer, editor, and on-camera reporter dedicated to covering the sport of running from a runner’s perspective. Find Karla on, Twitter@KBruning, Facebook and Google+.

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