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How To Register Early For Disney World Marathon Weekend


It's just over 24 hours to go until early registration for Disney World Marathon Weekend opens, but people have been prepping and getting ready for the moment when early registration opens April 16 at noon.

I've seen a number of people have found this site looking for how to register early, so to help out, here's how you can do it:

Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney World, Here For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

In the past, Disney Visa cardholders would be given the ability to register early for Marathon Weekend. This was allowed right up until last year's registration. Unfortunately it seems that Disney Visa early registrations are being phased out. This most likely is because the registration links easily became available to the general public. Unlike the DVC and AP sites, there is no Disney Visa members-only site to help provide information more securely.


It's not to say that there won't be early registration, so keep an eye on your email tomorrow if you're a Disney Visa holder. But it does seem highly unlikely at this point.


If you're thinking of registering for any of the races for Marathon Weekend and you have access to one of these early registration options, definitely use it! Disney races are selling out faster and faster, and waiting will only increase your chances of not getting in. Especially if you want to earn this awesome new medal:

Photo from the Disney Parks Blog

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon was a brand new race for 2014 put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and boy, if there is one surefire way to get me to sign up for a race, that is to have the start time at 11:30! I’ll sign up for races all day long if they would all start that late.

I was nervous that after running the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon and all its hilly glory the day before that I was going to wake up hurting on Sunday morning. Fortunately, I didn’t feel the least bit sore.

The weather was shaping up to be amazing for the race, and I was able to leisurely make my way to Middletown, find some easy parking, and stroll over and get my bib. On the way over, I saw Jeff Galloway and Bill Rodgers meeting runners.


The race set up was really well done and it was easy to maneuver all around to get where we needed to be. The race took off without a hitch and while I knew the course was going to be hilly I had no idea what we were in for.

It all sank in very quickly as 100 feet from the starting line we made an abrupt turn and headed up a hill. Then we ran past the Wesleyan campus and hit another hill which was immediately followed by another hill. Then some flat areas gave way to, well, actually to a downhill, but then we looped back around where we started and hit another hill.

The course was incredibly unique in its design, designed by what I’m sure was a guy in a golf cart who had too much to drink and found himself lost and mapping out race courses as we looped around the same areas several times throughout the race.


The scenery was actually really nice and despite the hills, I actually found myself taken with all the views – something that doesn’t usually happen for me during a race.

Just before the halfway point, I started thinking to myself about how nice it was that the course had flattened out. If I had a time machine, no doubt the me that passed mile 9 would have gone back in time and smacked the “just before halfway” me. Right at the halfway point was a monstrous hill, followed by another one at mile 8.

We eventually came to a sharp downhill after mile 8 so I took the opportunity to let gravity help me and just took off as fast as I could. I started to do the math in my head as I passed mile 9 and realized if I really pushed, I might be able to hit a PR.

Mile 10 took us down a nasty unpaved, dirt and rock road that even though it was downhill had to be taken with care to avoid falling on the rocks.

Rounding back in to miles 11 and 12 we were back in another section that we had run previously and I could feel my steam running low. It was starting to get really warm and passing the mile marker just past mile 12, I knew my PR opportunity had slipped.

But, I also knew that my fastest finish time in three years was still attainable. I kept pressing on, taking the last water from my bottle as fuel as I rounded down the last hill towards the finish. I past the 1:45 pace team and hoped that my calculations had been off.


I crossed the finish just after the 1:43 mark, three minutes off my PR, but still giving me my fastest half finish time since September of 2011.

Plus to make things even better, I placed second in the Clydesdale division and got a major award!!



All-in-all, this was a fun inaugural race that was great to do once to say I did it, but not a race I’d repeat. The repetition in the course made it really mentally challenging, and while the hills were brutal, it just wasn’t a race that I finished and went “Wow!” But it did have some great medals:






Another Double Race Weekend

It’s been a while since I’ve had a multi-race weekend. The last one was the Glass Slipper Challenge, though the Disney multi-race weekends don’t feel like normal multi-race weekends, probably because the races are all in the same place.

This double race weekend was a last minute thing. Originally I had one race scheduled, and then threw a half marathon on for good measure.

The Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon

I stumbled across this one trying to find new races in Connecticut that offered medals (hey, I can’t lie, I like adding to my collection). 


This 6.55 mile race will be my first quarter marathon, and it has a really great course. It’s a two lap course (also a first for me) around a paved trail in Farmington, Connecticut, and from what I’ve seen of past year’s photos, it looks like a great time and I can’t wait since I’ll be running it with my wife. With weather that’s shaping up to be really nice, and a really great area, this race that's put on by the Hartford Track Club looks like it will be a really fun time.


The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half

A new half marathon was added into the Connecticut race schedule by the Hartford Marathon Foundation in an area that doesn’t normally play host to races – Middletown, Connecticut. The area is pretty hilly – or as it’s described, it’s a rolling course – but it’s definitely manageable. The course is incredibly unique, taking runners all through Middletown, which is largely famous for being the home of Wesleyan University. If you watched How I Met Your Mother, it’s the school Ted, Marshall and Lilly went to.



This race will also feature some great running legends, such as Bill Rodgers and Jeff Galloway, though it definitely will be a little weird seeing Jeff Galloway in a non-runDisney capacity. 

Plus, the race has some great looking medals (really, I have an addiction), which makes this an inaugural race that I'm really excited to take on.


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

How To Register Early For Disney World Marathon Weekend


It's just over 24 hours to go until early registration for Disney World Marathon Weekend opens, but people have been prepping and getting ready for the moment when early registration opens April 16 at noon.

I've seen a number of people have found this site looking for how to register early, so to help out, here's how you can do it:

Disney Annual Passholders

If you hold a Disney Annual Pass, you already have your ticket to early registration. Simply visit your park's AP website (Here for Disney World, Here For Disneyland), log in and you'll find a link to the early registration page.


Just a caution, the link for annual passholders tends to leak to the general public. I've heard rumors that people who register with this link will have to show their annual pass when they pick up their packets, so if you see the link leak prematurely, use it at your own risk.

Disney Vacation Club Members

Members of the Disney Vacation Club also have access to early registration. Simply sign in to the Disney Vacation Club member site  and you'll be granted access to the registration link. Just as with above, rumors are going around that proof of DVC membership will be required at packet pickup. If you're not a member and register with the link, you are taking a chance.

Disney Visa Cardholders

In the past, Disney Visa cardholders would be given the ability to register early for Marathon Weekend. This was allowed right up until last year's registration. Unfortunately it seems that Disney Visa early registrations are being phased out. This most likely is because the registration links easily became available to the general public. Unlike the DVC and AP sites, there is no Disney Visa members-only site to help provide information more securely.


It's not to say that there won't be early registration, so keep an eye on your email tomorrow if you're a Disney Visa holder. But it does seem highly unlikely at this point.


If you're thinking of registering for any of the races for Marathon Weekend and you have access to one of these early registration options, definitely use it! Disney races are selling out faster and faster, and waiting will only increase your chances of not getting in. Especially if you want to earn this awesome new medal:

Photo from the Disney Parks Blog

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon

The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half Marathon was a brand new race for 2014 put on by the Hartford Marathon Foundation and boy, if there is one surefire way to get me to sign up for a race, that is to have the start time at 11:30! I’ll sign up for races all day long if they would all start that late.

I was nervous that after running the Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon and all its hilly glory the day before that I was going to wake up hurting on Sunday morning. Fortunately, I didn’t feel the least bit sore.

The weather was shaping up to be amazing for the race, and I was able to leisurely make my way to Middletown, find some easy parking, and stroll over and get my bib. On the way over, I saw Jeff Galloway and Bill Rodgers meeting runners.


The race set up was really well done and it was easy to maneuver all around to get where we needed to be. The race took off without a hitch and while I knew the course was going to be hilly I had no idea what we were in for.

It all sank in very quickly as 100 feet from the starting line we made an abrupt turn and headed up a hill. Then we ran past the Wesleyan campus and hit another hill which was immediately followed by another hill. Then some flat areas gave way to, well, actually to a downhill, but then we looped back around where we started and hit another hill.

The course was incredibly unique in its design, designed by what I’m sure was a guy in a golf cart who had too much to drink and found himself lost and mapping out race courses as we looped around the same areas several times throughout the race.


The scenery was actually really nice and despite the hills, I actually found myself taken with all the views – something that doesn’t usually happen for me during a race.

Just before the halfway point, I started thinking to myself about how nice it was that the course had flattened out. If I had a time machine, no doubt the me that passed mile 9 would have gone back in time and smacked the “just before halfway” me. Right at the halfway point was a monstrous hill, followed by another one at mile 8.

We eventually came to a sharp downhill after mile 8 so I took the opportunity to let gravity help me and just took off as fast as I could. I started to do the math in my head as I passed mile 9 and realized if I really pushed, I might be able to hit a PR.

Mile 10 took us down a nasty unpaved, dirt and rock road that even though it was downhill had to be taken with care to avoid falling on the rocks.

Rounding back in to miles 11 and 12 we were back in another section that we had run previously and I could feel my steam running low. It was starting to get really warm and passing the mile marker just past mile 12, I knew my PR opportunity had slipped.

But, I also knew that my fastest finish time in three years was still attainable. I kept pressing on, taking the last water from my bottle as fuel as I rounded down the last hill towards the finish. I past the 1:45 pace team and hoped that my calculations had been off.


I crossed the finish just after the 1:43 mark, three minutes off my PR, but still giving me my fastest half finish time since September of 2011.

Plus to make things even better, I placed second in the Clydesdale division and got a major award!!



All-in-all, this was a fun inaugural race that was great to do once to say I did it, but not a race I’d repeat. The repetition in the course made it really mentally challenging, and while the hills were brutal, it just wasn’t a race that I finished and went “Wow!” But it did have some great medals:






Thursday, April 3, 2014

Another Double Race Weekend

It’s been a while since I’ve had a multi-race weekend. The last one was the Glass Slipper Challenge, though the Disney multi-race weekends don’t feel like normal multi-race weekends, probably because the races are all in the same place.

This double race weekend was a last minute thing. Originally I had one race scheduled, and then threw a half marathon on for good measure.

The Greater Hartford Quarter Marathon

I stumbled across this one trying to find new races in Connecticut that offered medals (hey, I can’t lie, I like adding to my collection). 


This 6.55 mile race will be my first quarter marathon, and it has a really great course. It’s a two lap course (also a first for me) around a paved trail in Farmington, Connecticut, and from what I’ve seen of past year’s photos, it looks like a great time and I can’t wait since I’ll be running it with my wife. With weather that’s shaping up to be really nice, and a really great area, this race that's put on by the Hartford Track Club looks like it will be a really fun time.


The Harvard Pilgrim Legends Half

A new half marathon was added into the Connecticut race schedule by the Hartford Marathon Foundation in an area that doesn’t normally play host to races – Middletown, Connecticut. The area is pretty hilly – or as it’s described, it’s a rolling course – but it’s definitely manageable. The course is incredibly unique, taking runners all through Middletown, which is largely famous for being the home of Wesleyan University. If you watched How I Met Your Mother, it’s the school Ted, Marshall and Lilly went to.



This race will also feature some great running legends, such as Bill Rodgers and Jeff Galloway, though it definitely will be a little weird seeing Jeff Galloway in a non-runDisney capacity. 

Plus, the race has some great looking medals (really, I have an addiction), which makes this an inaugural race that I'm really excited to take on.