runDisney (formerly Disney Endurance Series and The Endurance Series at Walt Disney World Resort), is the road race division of Disney Sports Enterprises, a unit of Walt Disney Parks, Experiences and Consumer Products, a segment and subsidiary of The Walt Disney Company. The division is designed to get runners to plan a "runcation", a vacation planned to coincide with the race they signed up for.[1]

runDisney consists of 26 individual races with 163,000 runners.[2]


In 1994, Disney held the Walt Disney World Marathon, its first road race while adding addition races later.[3] There were only 5,588 runners at this inaugural race of what became the Disney Endurance Series.[4]

Disneyland Marathon and 5K were run in 1995 three weeks after the LA Marathon on March 26, 1995. The marathon included Anaheim Stadium and a loop around The Pond of Anaheim, while its 5K stuck to Disneyland taking in six of seven of the theme lands.[5]

By 1998, Williams was named Vice President of Disney Sports Attractions, overseeing a newly created sports & recreation division including its races.[6] In 1998, the first Donald Half Marathon is run at the same day as the WDW Marathon.[4] The first 10K Disney Classic race on October 3, 1999 kicked off Disney World's 15-month Millennium Celebration.[7]

On March 30, 2003, Sports Attractions held the first Disney Inline Marathon at the request of the International Inline Skating Association.[8] By 2005, a half marathon was added to this weekend.[9]

In 2004, Florida Half-Ironman Triathlon and Family Festival was started by Ironman North America and Disney Sports Attraction and was schedule only for two years. The festival was held May 22 to 23 which include the Florida Half-Ironman, a Kids Race, and an expo.[10]

Disney's 10K Classic was renamed the Race for the Taste 10K in 2005 and moved to October 9 to coincide with the Epcot International Food and Wine Festival, which then ran from September 30 to November 13. The Race for the Cure 5K was schedule for October 8 with proceeds benefiting the Susan G. Komen Breast Foundation while the Disney's Cross Country Classic was schedule on the seventh.[9]

In 2006, the Goofy race challenge was inaugurated[4] as the half and marathon were scheduled for separated days for the first time at the World Weekend. 3,000 runners applied for the challenge. By that year, a Fun Run 5K and Kids’ Races were added on Saturday, while a Health and Fitness Expo was held Thursday to Friday at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.[11]

From May 5 to 7, 2006, the inaugural Disney Minnie Marathon Weekend was held but no race was a marathon.[12] The first Wine & Dine Half-Marathon was run in 2010.[4]

The 2014 World Marathon Weekend added the Walt Disney World 10K plus the Dopey Challenge for completing all four weekend races.[13] An additional race, Castaway Cay Challenge, was added to the weekend series in 2015 with the 5K race taking place on Disney Cruise Line's Castaway Cay.[14] The first international runDisney weekend was Disneyland Paris Half Marathon in September 2016.[3]

RunDisney canceled all Disneyland Resort based races beginning in 2018 due to construction in both parks (Star Wars Land: Galaxy’s Edge) and nearby (The Disneyland Eastern Gateway and a new Downtown Disney hotel).[15] With the races not going through Galaxy’s Edge and none of the other projects started or stalled and the races going through Anheim, Disney may be using the loss of revenue to the city and nearby business as leverage to get the projects back on track.[16]

In the 2017 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon, which took place on November 5, 2017, a runner collapsed and died near the finish line in the Epcot parking lot. No other details were initially disclosed.[17]

Weekend series

Weekend series[18][19] month location Inaugurated Discontinued
Walt Disney World Marathon January Disney World 1994[3] N/A
Princess Half-Marathon February 2009[20] N/A
Star Wars Half Marathon
— The Dark Side
April 2016[20] N/A
Walt Disney World Inline March/April 2003[8][9] 2007
Florida Half-Ironman Triathlon and Family Festival May 2004 2005[10]
Tri-America Series Finale[10] No No
Danskin Women’s Triathlon Series[10] No No
Minnie Marathon Weekend May 2006[12] 2008
Expedition Everest Challenge May Disney's Animal Kingdom 2012 2015[21]
Walt Disney World Triathlon September[12] Disney World No No
Wine & Dine Half Marathon November 2010[4] N/A
Star Wars Half Marathon
— The Light Side
January Disneyland 2015[3] N/A
Tinker Bell Half-Marathon May 2012[4] N/A
Disneyland Half-Marathon September
(Labor Day weekend)
Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon November 2014[3] N/A
Disneyland Paris Half Marathon September Disneyland Paris 2016[3] N/A
Virtual Running Shorts Series May–June virtual/anywhere 2016 N/A


Race [18][19] Weekend Inaugurated Discontinued Additional info
Walt Disney World Marathon Walt Disney World Marathon 1994[3] N/A
WDW Half Marathon 1998 N/A originally called the Donald Half Marathon[4]
Family Fun Run 5-K[13] N/A
Walt Disney World 10K 2014[13] N/A
Castaway Cay Challenge 5K 2015[14] N/A
Inline Marathon WDW Inline 2003[8][9] 2007
Inline Half Marathon by 2005[9] 2007
Florida Half-Ironman Triathlon Florida Half-Ironman Triathlon and Family Festival 2004 2005 [10]
Kids Race
National Kidney Foundation of Florida Gift of Life 5K Fun Run/Walk[10] N/A N/A N/A
Women Run the World 15K Minnie Marathon Weekend 2006[12] 2008
Go Red For Women 5K
Princess Half-Marathon Princess Half-Marathon 2009[20] N/A
Enchanted 10K N/A
Princess 5K N/A
Kids Dashes & One Mile N/A
Star Wars Half Marathon Star Wars Half Marathon
— The Dark Side
2016[20] N/A
Star Wars 10K N/A
Star Wars 5K N/A
runDisney Kids Races N/A
Race for the Taste 10K Race for the Taste/Food & Wine Festival (October) 1999 2009 originally the 10K Disney Classic until 2005,[7][9] replaced by Wine & Dine Half
Disney's Cross Country Classic[9]
Wine & Dine Half-Marathon Wine & Dine Half Marathon/
Food & Wine Festival
2010[4] N/A
Wine & Dine 10K 2016 N/A
Disney Fall Feast 5K 2005 N/A formerly Race for the Cure 5K,[9] Mickey's Holiday 5K (-2016), Halloween 5K and Jingle Jungle 5K; ran in Animal Kingdom
runDisney Kids Races N/A N/A
Half Marathon Tinker Bell Half-Marathon 2012 N/A
Tinker Bell 10K N/A N/A
Never Land 5K N/A N/A
Kids Races N/A N/A
DL Half Marathon Disneyland Half-Marathon 2006 N/A
Disneyland 10K 2013 [22] N/A
5K N/A N/A
Kids Races N/A N/A
Half Marathon Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon 2015[3] N/A
Thor 10K N/A N/A formerly Dr. Strange 10K
Spider-Man 5K N/A N/A formerly Captain America 5K
Kids Races N/A N/A
Half Marathon Star Wars Half Marathon
— The Light Side
2015[3] N/A - the Light Side appended in 2016 with the additional of the Disney World base Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side
Star Wars 10K N/A N/A
Star Wars 5K N/A N/A
Kids Races N/A N/A
DLP Val d’ Europe Half-Marathon Disneyland Paris (DLP) Half Marathon[23] 2016[3] N/A
Paris 5K Family Run 2016 N/A
Paris 10K 2017 N/A [24]
runDisney Kids Races 2016 N/A
Expedition Everest Challenge 2012 2015 nighttime 5K: part race, part obstacle course, and part scavenger hunt. The hunt clues lead to after race party.[21]
Yellow Shoes 5K Virtual Running Shorts Series 2016 N/A
Red Pants 5K N/A
White Glove 5K N/A

Race for the Taste

The Race for the Taste, formerly Disney Classic, was a 10K route that started at Disney's Wide World of Sports Complex, then went through Disney-MGM Studios' new attraction, Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show, then went along Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Resorts, and finished at the World Showcase in Epcot, where the Food and Wine Festival is taking place. A ceremonial toast kicked off the race while music and entertainment lined the route. Runners were required to maintain a 15-minute mile.[9]

Athletes enjoyed a ceremonial toast to start the race. During the run, participants were entertained by festive music and entertainment. A "Go the Distance" Expo was held October 7–8 which in 2005 had a special wine debut, Miles of Magic, a California Syrah wine.[9]

Race Challenges

Earn addition medals for completing multiple races.

  • Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend
    • Fairy Tale Challenge: run the 10K and half marathon[25]
  • Walt Disney World Weekend
    • Goofy Challenge: run the half and full marathons[13]
    • Dopey Challenge: run all four Disney World weekend races[13]
  • Disneyland Half-Marathon Weekend
    • Dumbo Double Dare (2013—) running the 10K and the half marathon[22]
    • Coast-to-Coast: run a half marathon in Orlando and in Anaheim in a single calendar year[22]
  • Disneyland Paris (DLP) Half Marathon Weekend
    • Castle to Chateau Challenge (2016-) in the same calendar year run one of the half marathon at Disneyland, the halfmarathon at Walt Disney World or the marathon at Walt Disney World plus run the half marathon at Disneyland Paris [23]
    • Bibbidi Bobbidi Boo Cinderella (2017-) run both Paris 10K and a half marathon races[24]


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