NEWS: Ch’EARS to a Weekend of Miles and Memories During the 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

This past weekend thousands of runners participated in the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend. It’s the second race weekend in the runDisney race season and the signature event in the series, which is one of the largest and most popular in the nation. One runner had an especially fantastic race weekend. Learn more below.


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Sarah Harris:

Every mile was truly magic this past weekend during the runDisney 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! Filled with runners donning their EARidescent best and courses running through The World’s Most Magical Celebration, there were many memories and fairytale finishes made. The premier endurance race weekend featured four events, including the Walt Disney World Half Marathon which celebrated its 25th anniversary, and two multi-race challenges putting runners to the test.

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Speaking of testing skills, it was a historic runDisney weekend with one finisher of the Dopey Challenge running into the record books. The Dopey Challenge is the ultimate challenge, having runners complete 48.6 miles in four consecutive days through a 5K, 10K, Half, and Full Marathon.

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With an impressive final finish at the Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday, Colorado runner Brittany Charboneau won the women’s division of all four events making her the first person to complete a four-race sweep in the challenge’s nine-year history. “This is so special. I mean, it’s once in a lifetime. I won’t get this ever again,’’ Charboneau said. “Honestly, I will treasure this forever. This is going to go down as one of the biggest highlights ever.’’

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2022 is off to a running start as the second runDisney race event of the season comes to a close. A big congratulations to all runners of the 2022 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend! You can still join in the runDisney race weekend fun with two more upcoming events, the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by CORKCICLE (Feb. 24-27) and the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend (March 31 – April 3). Both weekends have limited availability remaining so head to runDisney.com to register today.

Did you join us this past weekend? Be sure to share out your event photos on social using #WDWMarathon. To learn more about runDisney events, visit us here.

In the Men’s Division, Vanilson Neves of Sao Paulo, Brazil was the overall winner of the 26.2-mile race that took runners on a magical journey through all four Disney theme parks – EPCOT, Magic Kingdom, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Neves finished the race comfortably ahead of the rest of the field, winning in 2:30:37. David Gramlich of North Canton, Ohio was second (2:40:31) and Mathieu Frechette of Quebec, Canada was third (2:42:24).

RELATED ARTICLE: NEWS–runDisney Announces Race Calendar for 2022-2023 Season

Calling all runDisney runners! Disney has released the race calendar for the 2022-2023 race season and we couldn’t be more excited. Catch the schedule below!


Here are all the details from Disney Cast Member Sarah Harris:

Every mile, still magic! Whether you’re ready to experience the magic of your first runDisney event, or are gearing up for your fiftieth race, you can start planning now because we are excited to reveal the 2022-2023 race season schedule.

With entertainment moments, beloved characters, and Disney magic at every mile, runDisney races are memorable experiences for runners of all ages and skill levels. They’re also the only opportunity for runners and Disney fans alike to run through the Walt Disney World Resort theme parks with unique courses. Plus, with the Walt Disney World 50th Anniversary celebration lasting 18-months, you’ll have the opportunity to celebrate your accomplishments during The World’s Most Magical Celebration!


We are equally excited to share the return of the runDisney virtual events for those who are not able to travel to Walt Disney World Resort. With distances available for all running types and abilities, a runDisney Virtual Race is a great way to have fun while staying in shape from the comfort of your home.

Take a look at the weekend dates for each runDisney event in 2022-2023 below:

2022 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend powered by AfterShokz

      • November 3 – 6, 2022

2023 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend

      • January 4 – 8, 2023

2023 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by CORKCICLE

      • February 23 – 26, 2023

2023 runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend

      • April 13 – 16, 2023

Want to make your ‘run’cation extra magical? Plan to stay at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel during your race weekend and experience benefits such as race day transportation, post-race relaxation and close proximity to the theme parks for celebrating your racing achievements. Head over to the runDisney Blog to learn more about staying at a Walt Disney World Resort Hotel.

Start marking your calendar and be sure to check back to runDisney.com for news and updates, including on sale dates for our upcoming events!

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After years of multiple Walt Disney World vacations, Cindy and Chad's dream of living in Orlando came true in 2010. After friends and family made them their go-to-people for Walt Disney World advice, Cindy and Chad launched DisneyLists.com in August 2015 to share their knowledge and love of Disney. Chad and Cindy have been Disney World Annual Passholders for years, DVC members, together have raced more than 70 runDisney races, and particularly love cruising on the Disney Cruise Line. Chad and Cindy also regularly represent DisneyLists.com at Walt Disney World media events. While attending these events, they get an insiders view of all the new things that have come to Walt Disney World. These experiences have helped them gain knowledge and expertise they happily pass on to their followers. They still can't believe how lucky they are to have such an amazing opportunity and will continue to share Disney with anyone who will listen!
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