Dangerous Weather Threatens Disney Marathon Weekend

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Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend is the top runDisney event of the year. This week, thousands of runners headed down to Walt Disney World to participate in the 2024 runDisney weekend. After months of training, runners could have their race impacted drastically by the weather this weekend.

One Orlando-based news site, Click Orlando, looked intensely at the solid cold front heading into the area as the weekend nears. This cold front could have a significant impact on the runs that are scheduled to take place this weekend at Walt Disney World.

The front is expected to hit the area Saturday morning. This is when the half-marathon is scheduled throughout the Walt Disney World Resort. Predictions are that strong and possibly severe storms and lightning will enter the area Saturday morning.

Damaging winds, small hail, and even a chance of tornadoes could all be part of the storm front.  Since the half-marathon is set to begin Saturday at 5:00 a.m., the concern is that this storm could drastically impact runners.

The forecast indicates the storm should move through the area into Sunday afternoon and evening. Hopefully, the full marathon might see rain but won’t see severe storms.

Guests in the area should ensure notifications are allowed in their My Disney Experience account, as Disney will push out information through their app.

nighttime, magic kingdom in the rain, reflections in the puddles

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The weather has impacted runDisney events in the past. Storms have canceled runs, and heat has shortened courses to keep runners safe. We know that runDisney and the Walt Disney World cast members will work to make sure all runners and spectators remain safe before, during, and after the race.

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Disney Marathon Weekend

Disney Marathon Weekend takes place each year during the first part of January. This week, the event occurs from Thursday, January 4, through Sunday, January 7. The marathon weekend includes four races of different lengths.

Runners can run a 5k, 10k, half-marathon, and full marathon throughout the race weekend. As the most popular race of the year at Disney, around 20,000+ runners head down to participate each year.

runDisney marathon weekend

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runDisney hosts a variety of other events throughout the year. Princess Half-Marathon Weekend will take place from February 22-26, 2024. Springtime Surprise Weekend is a fun, themed event from April 18-21. Finally, from November 2 to November 5, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon has a fun after-party where runners can experience EPCOT under the lights.

runDisney is a great way for Disney fans to experience Walt Disney World slightly differently.

We send all the runners and spectators all the magic and pixie dust as they head into the weekend.

About Jennifer Retzlaff

My name is Jennifer Retzlaff and I became a lifelong Disney fan during my first trip to Walt Disney World in 6th grade. From that moment, Disney became a big part of my life. I live in Iowa with my husband and two kids who are growing up too quickly for my liking. I started introducing my love for Disney early to my family with a Disney honeymoon and then trips when our youngest of 18 months. Since then, our family has been to Walt Disney World over five times and we continue to plan and dream for the next trip. I love the magic that Disney brings to people through the theme parks, cruises, adventures and movies they create. As a teacher, I try to bring that magic into my classroom to help kids believe that “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It.” I recently reached a dream of mine as I joined Magic Vacation Planner as a personal travel advisor. With this team, I can now help others plan magical vacations. As a passionate writer, I also have my own blog at magicalvacationsbyjen which is also where you can follow me on instagram for trip reviews along with tips and tricks for your next magical vacation.