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Announcement by Disney Inline Marathon Organizers
Disney World Inline Marathon
March 30, 2003 in Orlando Florida
Announcement Date: September 26, 2002
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Marathon route will pass by Epcot Center and
wind through the entire Disney World Resort
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FROM LAKE BUENA VISTA, FLORIDA ON SEPTEMBER 26, 2002: - For the past decade
runners have had the opportunity to "run around the world" as part
Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon. This spring the
Vacation Kingdom will give inline skaters a similar thrill with the
creation of the Disney Inline Marathon, a 26.2-mile inline skating
event that winds through Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and
other Disney resort areas. The event, created by Disney Sports
Attractions, in conjunction with the International Inline Skating
Association and benefiting the National Skate Patrol, is set for
Sunday, March 30, 2003.
Registration for the inaugural Disney’s Inline Marathon begins
online on October 1st at www.disneyworldsports.com. Skaters of
all abilities may register online directly or print an application
to be completed and mailed. Entries received on or before
March 1, 2003 are $70 for the Inline Marathon and $45 for the
13.1-mile Inline Half Marathon. Entries received March 2-29,
2003 are $80 (Marathon) and $55 (Half Marathon), respectively.
The entry fee is non-refundable and no race day registration
will be available.
"Bringing new sports events to Walt Disney World Resort is an exciting
process", said Reggie Williams, vice president of Disney Sports Attractions.
"The creation of Disney’s Inline Marathon is one of our most exhilarating
undertakings yet. This event will give skaters the opportunity to race
around Walt Disney World like never before, through the theme parks,
resorts and around the sports complex. With the growing popularity of
inline skating, this event has a bright future."
Disney’s inaugural inline event is expected to include approximately
2,000 participants. Skaters must be at least 13 years of age to
participate in the event, which will start at 6:30 a.m. The race will
incorporate "wave starts" for professionals, masters, advanced and
recreational/fitness skaters. Competition between skating clubs may
also be incorporated.
Disney’s Inline Marathon will start at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
The loop course will whisk skaters down Hollywood Boulevard inside the
Disney-MGM Studios and along a charming coastal village at Disney’s Boardwalk
Resort, before skating past the eleven nations that comprise World Showcase
pavilion at Epcot. The race will circle back to Disney’s Wide World of Sports
for the Half Marathon finish, while the marathoners will complete a second loop
for the full 26.2 miles.
Inline skating started as an off-season training activity for ice hockey
players. During the 1990s, this dynamic fitness activity evolved into
the nation’s fastest growing sport. The phenomenon has seen a 452% growth
spurt since 1987. Approximately 29 million Americans now skate for fitness or sport.
The competitive inline skating season runs March through November with
two major marathon events, the North Shore Inline Marathon in Duluth, Minn.
and the Long Beach (Calif.) International City Marathon. The Duluth
Marathon in mid-September, celebrated its seventh annual event and
included 4,500 skaters, while the Long Beach event, planned for Oct.
13th coincides with the city’s running marathon and annuals attracts
close to 1,000 skaters. Other domestic inline competitions include the
A2A (Athens, Ga., to Atlanta), Casino Niagara International Marathon in
upstate New York, and the New York City Skate Marathon.
Inline skating is nothing new to Walt Disney World Resort. The past
five year’s Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex has played host to
Disney’s Ultimate Inline Hockey Experience. The annual grassroots
amateur inline hockey tournament includes competition in eight age divisions,
including women’s and college divisions.
Disney’s Inline Marathon weekend kicks off with a skate and fitness expo
on March 29 at the Milk House at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex.
Representatives from the skate and fitness industry will be available to
answer questions and exhibit the latest inline products and services.
Participants will pick up their race numbers and gift bags at the expo
from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information on Disney’s Inline Marathon, visit www.disneyworldsports.com.
For more editorial information, please contact Kathryn Lynn of Disney
Sports & Recreation at either (407) 938-3508 or Kathryn.A.Lynn.-ND@Disney.com.
The Marathon start line will be in front of the
Disney Wide World of Sports Complex
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