runDisney announces cancellation of 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend

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runDisney has announced the cancellation of in-person races for both the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend and Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

As with the 2020 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend, both events will be converted to virtual events. The Marathon Weekend was scheduled for January 2021 and the Princess Half was scheduled for February 2021.

Participants who registered through will have the option of receiving a full refund for the race. Those who are registered with a U.S. mailing address may convert their existing registration to the new virtual event that can be completed from home, a local running track or favorite running trail.

Eligible runners who participate in the virtual race will receive a medal for each distance they complete and the option of a race shirt. Registered participants will receive an email beginning September 23 with instructions on how to make their registration selection before October 7, 2020.

Learn more about the refund details at runDisney.

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Article Posted: Sep 22, 2020 / 2:27pm ET
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LastoneOn8 hours ago

All I know is that it was going to be a lot of miles and I'm kind of sad/glad about the whole thing. But i've been told by my very personal trainer "don't worry dear, there's always next year" sigh

Demarke1 day ago

Yeah, I was wondering what on earth was going on there too. Perhaps they were going for gritty realism by displaying Dopey’s real life math skills? EDIT: I’m thinking it’s probably an animator’s error. I compared the animation from the reveal today: (No 3.1 or 6.2 visible) With the photo of the medals from the runDisney blog post when they announced the event would go virtual: (It appears that both the 3.1 and 6.2 are on this version)

Rteetz1 day ago

I posted this in various places but Disney has a math typo here. 3.1 + 6.2 does not equal 12...

Surferboy5671 day ago

Beat me to it :)

Demarke1 day ago

Medal Monday: they put out a teaser for the Dopey medal today. Looks like an interesting movement, not sure if it is a spring, or hinge, or some kind of magnet set up, but looks like it has some freedom of movement almost like a bobblehead. Dopey Medal on Twitter

LAKid537 days ago

Really a glutton for punishment, aren't we. 😉

Demarke7 days ago

We just did a Charleston and Edisto weekend two weeks ago so I’m hoping she’ll be happy taking one of the girls along instead. Plus, confidentially, since the race is Sunday morning, I kind of want to stick around Columbia for the Auburn game (lots of family connections to AU) before heading toward the beach.

LAKid538 days ago

I see lots of chocolate & roses in your future, lol.

Demarke8 days ago

I just signed up! Now the difficult part will be telling my gf I’m not making it with her to Edisto for the weekend. I’ll just count it as essential training for the Disney Virtual Marathon 😁

Schema8 days ago

I just returned from Ocean Lakes, which is at the Southern end of Myrtle Beach, near Surfside Beach. From what I experienced, there is no reason to believe the Myrtle Beach Mini Marathon will have any issues with proceeding as planned. The pandemic seemed to be a distant memory there. The only evidence of anything being different than pre-COVID was the nearby Chick-fil-A still being drive-through only.

Demarke8 days ago

Yeah, I like the big spinner on this one compared to the multiple little spinners on last year’s Goofy. I just can’t realistically convince myself that I would do a half and full on back-to-back days without organized races and I wouldn’t feel like I had earned the challenge if I split them up. Sticking with just the full this time, which it appears I’ll be doing lots of virtually in 2021 as Charleston Marathon just went virtual too 😫. Keeping my fingers crossed that Myrtle Beach Marathon stays live, there’s a live half marathon there this weekend, so I’m hoping that’s a good sign!

surfsupdon8 days ago

I thought it was a great medal to actually spin around, unique. Wish I were getting it, but not enough to virtually get it.

Surferboy5678 days ago

runDisney just did a medal spotlight on the Goofy Challenge medal. It spins with the arrow pointing to each distance.

Rteetz12 days ago

Wouldn’t make sense to require it since they don’t even do that for the actual races.