UPDATED 11:30 p.m. with details regarding the fulfillment of options for the Walt Disney World Half Marathon participants.
The Walt Disney World Half Marathon, scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 7, has been cancelled due to the weather. Other races scheduled for the day have also been cancelled. Here's the official statment from runDisney's Facebook page:
"In an abundance of caution, the Walt Disney World Resort has cancelled all running events on Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017 due to weather conditions. This includes the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the Disney Kids Races. In addition, the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will delay opening until 11 a.m. While we share our Guests’ obvious disappointment, the safety of our Guests and Cast is most important. Weather tracking has indicated there is an elevated risk of lightning in the area of the racecourse. In addition, there are sections of the course that do not provide immediate access to shelter. Both of these factors have influenced this difficult decision.
All registered half marathon runners will receive their half marathon medal and may choose from one of the following options:
-- A FULL REFUND FOR RACE REGISTRATION IN THE FORM OF A DISNEY GIFT CARD
Those participating in the Walt Disney World Half Marathon, runDisney Kids Races, ChEAR Squad and Race Retreat will receive a refund in the form of a Disney Gift Card in the amount equal to their registration. Those participating in the Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and/or Dopey Challenge will receive a partial refund in the amount of the half marathon registration.
Walt Disney World Half Marathon, runDisney Kids Races, ChEAR Squad and Race Retreat participants: Bring a valid photo ID and race bib or wristband to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, Jan. 7 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Disney Cast Members will be there to guide you.
Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and/or Dopey Challenge Participants: For your convenience, there is no need to visit the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Medals will be awarded on Sunday, Jan. 8, after the full marathon. Your refund will be automatically sent to you via electronic Disney Gift Card.
-- Two One-Day Park Hopper tickets.
Only available to those registered for the half marathon, runners should bring a valid photo ID and race bib to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, Jan. 7 between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. Disney Cast Members will be there to guide you.
-- TRANSFER REGISTRATION TO ANOTHER runDISNEY HALF MARATHON RACE IN THE U.S. WITHIN THE NEXT 24 MONTHS
Runners interested in transferring their registration to another runDisney half marathon in the U.S. within the next 24 months should contact runDisney beginning Friday, Jan. 13, 2017.
Please email your future race preferences to email@example.com with your name, bib number, phone number and mailing address so we can mail your medal to you. A Disney Cast Member will follow up with a phone call to discuss availability of future half marathon races.
For convenience, those who choose this option will have their 2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon medal mailed to their home address so there is no need to visit the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
-- THERE IS LIMITED AVAILABILITY TO RUN THE FULL MARATHON ON SUNDAY, JAN. 8, 2017 DURING THE REGULARLY SCHEDULED RACE
To transfer a 2017 Walt Disney World Half Marathon registration to the 2017 Walt Disney World Marathon, runners may register at no additional charge at Active.com with the following link: http://disneyurl.com/WDWMarathon
Registrations will be accepted on a first come, first served basis until all available spots are filled or until 10 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 7, 2017. Runners will receive a confirmation email with further instructions.
All registered runDisney Kids Race runners will receive their Kids Race medal and a full race registration in the form of a Disney gift card.
For any Guests who are unable to visit the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Saturday, Jan. 8 should contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Include your name, bib number and phone number within the email.
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