In news that is sad, but is also not surprising, both the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January and the 2021 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February have been cancelled at the Walt Disney World Resort and will instead be run virtually.
Disney says that they have based this decision on the “unique circumstances of hosting a road race experience on this scale under the current environment.”
Participants who registered for the event will have the option of receiving a full refund for the race or converting their existing registration to the new virtual event that can be completed from home. Those who participate in the virtual race will receive a medal for each distance they complete and a race shirt. Registered participants will receive an email beginning September 23 with instructions on how to choose which option they will prefer and will need to make their decision before October 7.
For those runners who select the refund option, they will receive a refund back to their original form of payment, or if their original form of payment isn’t available, they will be refunded via check or a Digital Disney Gift Card.
More details can be found on runDisney’s website.
With the move to a virtual race for both weekends, this will likely decrease crowds that descend on the parks normally on these weekends. Were you planning on running one of these two races? If so, are you going to still consider visiting that weekend anyway? Or will you be skipping visiting the Resort?