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2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon is Officially Cancelled Due to Weather and Lightning

Unfortunately, Disney has officially announced that all runDisney events on Saturday, January 7th will be cancelled.  The cancellations was made due to expected inclement weather and the increased likelihood of lightning on the race course.  The news of the cancellation has been made on the runDisney website as well as the addition of signs to all of the Walt Disney World Resorts and other locations around property.  This will be extremely upsetting to those that trained and traveled to participate in the race.

The full statement from Disney on their Run Disney Facebook page is as follows:

“In an abundance of caution, the Walt Disney World Resort has cancelled all running events on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 due to weather conditions.  This includes the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the Disney Kids Races.  In addition, the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will delay opening until 11 a.m. While we share our Guests’ obvious disappointment, the safety of our Guests and Cast is most important.  Weather tracker has indicated there is an elevated risk of lightning in the area of the racecourse.  In addition, there are sections of the course that do not provide access to shelter.  Both of these factors have influenced this difficult decision.”

Disney also confirmed in the post that all registered half marathon runners would receive their race medal as well as their choice of refund options.  The refund options available are:

  • A full refund of the race registration on a Disney gift card
  • 2 One-Day Park Hopper tickets
  • Defer registration to any runDisney half marathon race in the U.S. (must be used within the next 24 months and is subject to normal availability and capacity limits)
  • Ability to run the 2017 full marathon at the scheduled time on 1/8/17.  (limited availability)

For guests that had runners in the kid’s races they will receive their race medals as well as a full refund of the registration fee on a Disney gift card.

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About Christy Caby

I am a long time Disney addict! This love began as a child and stayed with me in my teen years. I completed the Disney College Program, was engaged and honeymooned at Disney, visited WDW while pregnant with each of our two boys, and have brought our boys since they were babies (they are now 5 and 2). We have over 10 Disney World vacations under our belt. Our recent adventure was a big move from St. Louis, MO to Florida! We knew that we needed more Disney magic that just a couple times of year, and we worked hard to make it happen! Now we hit the parks almost every weekend! We are working to dine at every location, experience every attraction and look for every hidden Mickey! We want to be able to say that we have one it all! We are branching into the Cruise Line and are planning a trip to Disneyland in California next year. To say that we are Disney addicts may be an understatement. When I am not at WDW with my family, I am reading Disney blogs and news, crafting (usually Disney décor for our home), planning Disney vacations for others or working on my dissertation for my doctoral program. I am a Project Manager by profession, so I have mastered fitting everything into a tight schedule! We feel we lead an exciting life where we get to spend a lot of time together doing what we love! I love being able to this love and Disney magic with everyone else so that others can make the most of whatever time they get to have at the most magical place on earth!