runDisney Race Season dates for 2023 - 2024 including the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon

Jan 03, 2023 in "Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend"

Posted: Tuesday January 3, 2023 1:06p ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

If you plan to participate in the runDisney race event in the coming years, you now have the perfect opportunity to set some goals.

Disney has today released the full calendar of events for the 2023 - 2024 runDisney races at Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resort.

West coast runners will be pleased to see the return of the Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend in January 2024, taking place January 11 - 14.

The return of the Disneyland Half also means a return of the runDisney Coast to Coast Challenge. Disney says that more information about the Challenge and how to qualify will be available later this month.

runDisney 2023-2024 Calendar of Events

2023 runDisney Virtual Series

General Registration: April 25, 2023

2023 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

November 2-5, 2023
Club runDisney Registration: March 14, 2023
General Registration: March 21 2023
Virtual Event Registration: March 24 2023

2024 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

February 22-25, 2024
Club runDisney Registration: June 13, 2023
General Registration: June 20, 2023
Virtual Event Registration: June 23, 2023

2024 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

January 3-7 2024
Club runDisney Registration: April 4, 2023
General Registration: April 11. 2023
Virtual Event Registration: April 14, 2023

2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend

April 18-21 2024
Club runDisney Registration: August 15, 2023
General Registration: August 22. 2023
Virtual Event Registration: August 25, 2023

2024 Disneyland, Half Marathon Weekend

January 11-14 2024
Club runDisney Registration: February 7, 2023
General Registration: February 14, 2023
Virtual Event Registration: February 17, 2023

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surfsupdonJan 03, 2023

I am so perplexed! Marathon Weekend conjoins with New Years Week crowds. Bizarre and a shame. Then the following Weekend is already Dland??! And Coast to Coast is needed in the same calendar year, so tell us about W&D 2024 dates bc I should not get C2C with a ‘23 race coupled with a ‘24 race. Correct??

RunningKoenJan 03, 2023

I know, it is just the easiest combo for those who would travel internationally for rD ;-) Not sure if I can make this fit in any way. Combining WDW and DL isn’t ideal in that period, but just DL is almost just as bad (and no C2C).

LAKid53Jan 03, 2023

It ended when races resumed in 2021. Priority now is only for Club rD Platinum and Gold members.

LAKid53Jan 03, 2023

No, it didn't. Why rD did this is puzzling.

Weather_LadyJan 03, 2023

You're absolutely right. It makes no sense. They also like to schedule running events during February break (President's Day week, when most schools in the northern U.S. have a vacation). I don't understand the logic: it's just taking a time of year that's already overcrowded (because Disney always acts SHOCKED that the crowd surge is happening again, and never increases staffing or park hours to make it more bearable), and making it exponentially worse. Once upon a time, we foolishly attempted to visit the Magic Kingdom on a half-marathon day during February break week, turning what should have been a 20-minute trip into a 60+-minute slog, stuck standing up on a packed bus watching "runners" comprised of masses of people of unremarkable fitness, in tutus and various costumes, WALKING SLOWLY, pass us by. Once at MK, all modes of transportation except the monorail were completely unavailable until after mid-morning because of the road blockages that prevented the buses from going anywhere. We vowed, "never again," and we stuck to it! The next year we wanted to travel during February break, we went to Universal. ;)

ToTBellHopJan 03, 2023

So they’ve ended priority registration for DVC?

DopeyRunnerJan 03, 2023

The coast to coast didn’t require back to back weekends though. Plus with Castaway basically being brushed aside (it’s still possible to do it, just is a logistics nightmare), seems like they could have arranged it better. Stacking marathon the same week as new years makes things rough. It feels like the old Disneyland half race weekend would be more appropriate, reserving January for a potential Star Wars return.

LAKid53Jan 03, 2023

But coast to coast would be any of the WDW halfs, not just Marathon weekend.

LAKid53Jan 03, 2023

So they can get runners to do back to back WDW and DLR races. That weekend in January was when SW Might Side was run. However, they're missing $$$ from runners who would do the Castaway Challenge, then want to do DLR Half.

RunningKoenJan 03, 2023

We’ll, it’s possible to do WDW and DL back to back. Looks like an easy coast to coast thing aswell. The dates in January kinda suck

DopeyRunnerJan 03, 2023

Why stack marathon weekend on top of new years? It’ll be extremely crowded, and potentially difficult to secure a room. Interested to see how that will play out.

DznyGrlSDJan 03, 2023

Disneyland...LETS GO