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Walt Disney World Unveils New Marathon Course to Celebrate 20th Anniversary (Video)

The Walt Disney World Marathon is getting a course facelift to help celebrate the 20th anniversary of the popular race.  The changes should please many veterans of the popular Florida race.

Earlier today WDW released a video, featuring Mickey Mouse, that highlights the biggest changes to the course for 2013.

The most noticeable changes will be removing one of the big loops around EPCOT to start the race. Instead the race will go from EPCOT straight to the Magic Kingdom where runners will run through Cinderella’s Castle just before Mile 6. This will be roughly 4 miles sooner than in past years.

Runners will also be running through the Disney Motor Speedway this year, around the NASCAR track, instead of outside of the facility, before rejoining the traditional course that then goes to the Animal Kingdom.

The last major difference will be that instead of the unpopular out and back at Mile 20 from previous WDW Marathons, runners will instead run to the Disney Wide World of Sports where they will run around the inside of Spring Training stadium of the Atlanta Braves.

Runners will then head to Hollywood Studios before finishing back at EPCOT.

The 2013 Walt Disney World Marathon will take place on January 13, 2013 in Orlando, Florida.

The WDW Half Marathon takes place the day before in the same location.  

Runners can complete both races in what is called the Goofy Challenge. The GC does fill up fast.

2013 Walt Disney World Race Maps (January)

If you are wanting to do your first marathon or half marathon then Disney is a great place to do it. It’s one of my favorite races that I go back to every year.

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Joshua Holmes has completed 150 marathons/ultramarathons while running 100+ miles 31 including races such as the Badwater 135, Western States 100, The Last Annual Vol State 500K (3x). His favorite races to date are the Vol State 500K, Badwater 135, Catalina Eco Marathon, Chimera 100, Across The Years, Savage Gulf Trail Marathon, Strolling Jim 40 Miler, Tunnel Hill 100, RUTS, EC100 and the Flying Monkey Marathon in his home state of Tennessee. Follow @bayou Google+

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