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Disney World Marathon 2022: Start time, course map, live stream, favorites to win

The Disney World Marathon takes place on Sunday, January 8. We break down how to watch, what the course looks look, and who the favorites are to win.

A view of a topiary display of Goofy with Spaceship Earth in the background during the Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot at Walt Disney World in Orange County, Florida on May 30, 2022. Walt Disney World is celebrating its 50th anniversary all of 2022. Photo by Joseph Prezioso/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Known as the “Happiest Place to Race,” the 2023 Walt Disney World Marathon will take place on Sunday, January 8. The marathon is put on by runDisney, which hosts various sporting events throughout the year at the many amusement parks around Orlando, Florida. This race is unique in that it is common for participants to dress up in fun and wacky costumes, and they will often be cheered on by various Disney characters along the route.

Start time

This marathon gets started bright and early at 5 a.m. ET time at the EPCOT amusement park’s parking lot.

How to watch

You can use the runDisney tracker to track the progress of specific participants. It also gives you an idea of where you can watch the race as a spectator with designated spectator viewing locations around the course.

Course map

You can find a course map at the participant tracker link above. There is also a more detailed map that includes mile markers, medical tents and water and food stops.

The course will begin and end in the EPCOT parking lot. The course will weave through a plethora of amusement parks, including Hollywood Studios, Magic Kingdom and Animal Kingdom.

Weather

The forecast at AccuWeather looks pretty good for a race day. The weather description reads, “nice with plenty of sun.” The high is projected to be 74, with a low of 52. There is only a 6% chance of participation. Luckily, the wind shouldn’t be a factor at 6 mph, with gusts only increasing to 9 mph.

Prize money

There isn’t any prize money for this marathon. There are awards that can be earned from top finishes in a variety of categories.

Who won the last race?

The men’s winner from 2022 was Vanilson Neves from Brazil, who finished in 2:30:37. The race wasn’t held in 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The 2020 race was won by Nicholas Hilton (2:22:19), with Fredison Costa winning the 2019 race in 2:18:45.

The fastest women’s finisher was Brittany Charboneau, who won last year in 2:45:15. Brazilian competitor Giovanna Martins won the race five times between 2015 and 2020. In 2019, she finished in 2:45:24 and then in 2:54:19 a year later.