Finally, a marathon for the rest of us.
WALT DISNEY WORLD, FL — Disney excels in providing races and events for athletic fans, and even some for slightly-less-athletic fans. But there have been no events for the couch potatoes among us — until now.
RunDisney.com has announced its 2020 slate of races at the Walt Disney World Resort and Spa and Track Arena, and for the first time, there is a “Virtual WDW Marathon” available for non-runners!
Guests at large
“We are very excited about this new race,” says Disney (the company) spokesperson Jun Disney (no relation). “As anyone who has visited one of our parks recently knows, extremely obese people are a large part of… I mean, a hefty amount of our visitors are… <sigh> We have a lot of fat Disney fans. And they’ve told us on social media that they feel left out of the whole Marathon Weekend experience. But no more!
“Now our, um, less-movable guests can participate in their own race, from the comfort of their couch, bed, or computer chair! RunDisney has partnered with Google Street View to create a virtual route online that follows the same path as the full Disney Marathon.”
It all started with a (computer) mouse…
Guests wishing to “run” the Virtual Marathon still register through the RunDisney website, paying the full $190.00 fee. Disney will then send them a registration packet that contains a special Street View login code — and also a numbered runners bib they can wear with pride while sitting on their couch.
On race day in January 2020, virtual runners will log on using the electronic device of their choosing and navigate the marked course. Guests who complete the virtual course within the allotted time will be emailed a virtual medal and a coupon for a free churro.
Disney guarantees that the virtual medal will be almost indistinguishable from a real one when the guests inevitably set the image as their social media profile picture.
Sounds like too much effort to me. What do you think? Let us know in the comments below!
Cover photo: The new Disney/Google WDW Virtual Marathon! Photo © 2019 Disney & Google Street View.