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Disney — By Jenni Ingersoll on June 6, 2009 at 4:14 am

Disney’s Endurance Series

When you hear the phrase Disney’s Endurance Series, what comes to mind?  No, it is not arriving at Magic Kingdom for the Morning Extra Magic Hours and staying until the final Wishes Nighttime Spectacular.  The Endurance Series is actually a variety of recreational athletic events held around Walt Disney World.

From marathons to road races to triathlons, athletes of all ages and abilities and from across the country compete to achieve personal goals.  Popular events in the Disney Endurance Series include:

  • Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon – (January)
  • Disney’s Princess Half Marathon – (March)
  • Disneyland Half Marathon – (September)

Want the ultimate test of Disney Endurance?  Then the Coast to Coast Challenge is for you.  If a participant completes both the Walt Disney World Marathon or Half-Marathon AND the Disneyland Half-Marathon in the SAME calendar year, an extra medal will be issued to celebrate the  achievement.  Entry in the Coast to Coast Challenge is automatic with your entry and completion of both events.

Although registration for the 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon and Half-Marathon is already full, you still have a chance to complete the Coast to Coast Challenge.  Simply grab your glass running shoes, complete and receive an official time for the Disney’s Princess Half-Marathon and the Disneyland Half-Marathon, and that extra medal is yours.

Earn even more bonus medals through the Fall Race Challenge by completing two of the three fall endurance events at Walt Disney World.  Participants in the fall challenge will receive a bonus medal in addition to the two individual event medals.

The fall line-up for the Disney Endurance Series includes:

  • Expedition Everest Challenge (September 26, 2009) – classified as an urban adventure race, this is a two-person team competition featuring a 5K, scavenger hunt and an obstacle course designed to challenge runners physically and mentally.  An exclusive post-race party at Disney’s Animal Kingdom will be held for the finishers.
  • Disney’s Race for the Taste (October 11, 2009) – This 10K race takes runners through Disney’s Hollywood Studios and around the 11 pavilions of Epcot World Showcase. A new 3K race has been added for casual runners and those entering their first endurance event.  A post-race picnic will include food samples from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, live entertainment, music, games and face painters.
  • The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K – Also featuring a 5K race, this nightime road race consists of a haunting course through the vacant streets of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The themed event includes an exclusive post-race party with family and friends.

Registration is open for these and other events. While I have never been a runner, with some serious training, I might be up for the challenge of the Race for the Taste 3K.  Then again, I am an excellent cheerleader ….!!!

Photo courtesy of WDW News


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