Tournament, round one: Walt Disney World's top marathon weekends
Written by Robert Niles
I love to see theme parks try new concepts for special events, especially ones that expand the role of parks in out-of-home entertainment. I also like to see parks challenge the stereotype of theme parks as "passive" vacations. So you'll find no better examples of events that do both of these things than the Walt Disney World Resort's top two long-distance running events.Tweet
Disney promotes many athletic events throughout the year; I just selected what appear to be the two most popular. And don't think that these events are simply foot races. Disney's built these races into entire weekends of events, earning them not just spots in this tournament, but the loyalty of thousands of fans, who train year-round and book family vacations around these events.
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