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Disney World Florida Inline Marathon
Registration Opens September 1, 2003

2004 WALT DISNEY WORLD INLINE MARATHON
REGISTRATION OPENS SEPTEMBER 1ST


Registration To Begin September 1st For 2004 Disney Inline Marathon Weekend Walt Disney World Organizers Increase Field To 2,000 Participants.

Registration for 2004 Begins September 1
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (August 27, 2003) - More than 1500 inline skaters from around the world descended upon Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex near Orlando in March for the sold-out inaugural Walt Disney World Inline Marathon. The full marathon drew approximately 1,000 registrants and approximately 500 for the half marathon from professional to recreational skaters. With the success of this year’s event, plans are already underway, as registration for the 2004 Walt Disney World Inline Marathon Weekend begins online September 1st at www.disneyworldsports.com.

Disney Sports Attractions has increased race capacity to 2,000 participants for the May 2, 2004 event date, which will again race skaters across Walt Disney World Resort. Skaters of all abilities may register online directly or print an application to be completed and mailed. Entries received on or before April 1, 2004 are $70 for the Inline Marathon and $50 for the 13.1-mile Inline Half Marathon. Entries received April 2-30, 2004 are $80 (Marathon) and $60 (Half Marathon), respectively. The entry fee is non-refundable/non-transferable and race day registration will not be available. Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.

"In it’s inaugural year, the Walt Disney World Inline Marathon received an overwhelming response," stated Mike Millay, Disney Sports Attractions director of sports. "Our organization looks forward to growing both the popularity of the sport and the annual participation in this event. Our event has generated a great deal of enthusiasm in the close-knit inline community and we hope to have another successful year in 2004."

Disney’s inline event will include a full weekend of activities, kicking off with a Skate and Fitness Expo on Saturday, May 1 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 goody bags at the expo from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition to the Saturday, May 1 activities is the All Star Kids Classic. The event will feature three inline races for kids: the 100-meter dash (ages 3-6), 400-meter dash (ages 7-9) and 1600-meter dash (ages 10-12), beginning at 1:00 p.m. Registration will be available online in advance of the event or on race day from 10 a.m. to noon. The $5 entry fee is non-refundable.

The race will incorporate "wave starts" for professionals/masters skaters starting at 6:00 a.m. and open skaters beginning at 6:45 a.m.

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.

The competitive inline skating season runs March through November with other 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, will celebrate its eighth annual event and included 4,500 skaters, while the Long Beach event, planned for Oct. 12th coincides with the city’s running marathon and annually 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.

For more information on Disney’s Inline Marathon, visit http://www.disneyworldsports.com DisneyWorldSports.com. For event-related questions send email to wdw.sports@disney.com.



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