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Announcement by Disney Inline Marathon Organizers
Kid's Event Added to Disney Marathon
Children's Event: March 29, 2003
Disney Marathon: March 30, 2003
Announcement Date: February 10, 2003
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Feb. 10, 2003) - Disney Sports Attractions,
has announced the Walt Disney World Inline Marathon will be officially
sanctioned by USA Roller Sports (USARS). The first-ever inline marathon
event at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando is scheduled for Sunday,
March 30 at the world’s most popular vacation destination. The event
has also announced the addition of the All Star Kids Classic, a series
of kids’ races that will take place on Saturday, March 29 as part of
Disney’s inline skating weekend.
"Having USA Roller Sports sanction the first-ever Disney’s Inline
Marathon provides enormous credibility to the kind of event we
strive to create here at the Walt Disney World Resort," stated Mike
Millay, director of sports events for Disney Sports Attractions.
"The involvement of USARS is sure to enhance Disney’s Inline Marathon
and create opportunities for future events that will increase
participation and aid in the overall development of roller sports."
"We are excited to be a part of the bright future and expansion of
inline skating in the United States," said Lou Marciani, executive
director of USARS. "Disney’s Inline Marathon is a great model of
the opportunities that are available for recreation skaters."
Established in 1937, USARS is a progressive and diverse not-for-profit
organization whose volunteers, professional staff and financial resources
support a single mission, to promote and develop the growth of roller sports.
USARS is dedicated to creating, enhancing, and conducting the best competitions
and programs for roller sports.
All Star Kids Inline Classic
The All Star Kids Classic will also be sanctioned by USARS. The Classic
is scheduled for March 29 at 1 p.m. and 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). Registration is available online in
advance of the event or on race day from 10 a.m. to noon. The $5 entry
fee is non-refundable.
Skate and Fitness Expo
The Walt Disney World Inline Marathon weekend kicks off with a skate
and fitness expo from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, March 29 in 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.
The event begins at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex on
March 30 at 6:30 a.m. 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 11 nations that comprise World Showcase
pavilion at Epcot. The race circles 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.
More About the Event
The Walt Disney World Inline Marathon has been created by Disney Sports
Attractions in conjunction with the International Inline Skating
Association (IISA) to benefit the National Skate Patrol (NSP).
Disney’s first-ever inline event is expected to include approximately
1,000 participants. Skaters must be at least 13 years of age to
participate in the event. The race will incorporate "wave starts"
for professionals, masters, advanced and recreational/fitness skaters.
Competition between skating clubs may also be incorporated.
How to Register
Skaters interested in participating in the Walt Disney World Inline
Marathon may register directly online at
or print an application to be completed and mailed. Entries
received on or before March 1 are $70 for the Inline Marathon
and $45 for the 13.1-mile Inline Half Marathon. Entries received
between March 2-29 are $80 (Marathon) and $55 (Half Marathon),
respectively. The entry fee is non-refundable and no race day
registration will be available.
U.S. Federation Adds Prize Money
USARS and the International Racing Tour (IRT) will offer a cash
purse and other awards for interested skaters. Registration for
the USARS cash purse is $30. Participating divisions include:
Juniors (13-16 years old), World Class (13 years and older)
and Masters (35 years and older). Skaters must first register
for Disney’s Inline Marathon before registering for the purse at
How to Get More Information
For more information on the Walt Disney World Inline Marathon,
DisneyWorldSports.com. For more editorial information,
please contact Michele Plant, Disney Sports & Recreation community
projects manager at either 407-938-3823 or
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