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Posted: April 29, 2009  : Add to Mixx!

Athletics: Runners Face 'Challenge' For Exclusive New Disney Medal

Finishers of two fall races to earn one-of-a-kind medal; events to feature expanded race options; registration now open

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (April 29, 2009) -- Disney Sports is creating a one-of-a-kind bonus medal for runners who complete the Fall Race Challenge, competing in two of Disney's three fall endurance events at Walt Disney World Resort. Runners that record an official time for Disney's Race for the Taste 10K and either the Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion or The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K will receive the bonus medal in addition to individual race medals -- a total of three race medals for running two races. Registration for all three fall events is now open.

"Disney is dedicated to providing guests with new, interactive features to make their race experience more fun, more exciting and more memorable," says Disney Endurance Series Director Kathleen Duran. "We are always looking for new ways to differentiate our Disney events by creating unique, immersive experiences."

Disney's fall lineup includes expanded race options. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13k event will feature a 5k and an exclusive post-race party. Disney's Race for the Taste 10k event will include a new 3k race designed for casual runners and those looking to compete in their first endurance event.

The Disney Endurance Series fall lineup includes:

  • Expedition Everest Challenge presented by Champion (Sept. 26, 2009): This second-year event is the first urban adventure race in Disney's Endurance Series. The two-person team competition features a 5k, scavenger hunt and an obstacle course designed to challenge runners physically and mentally. There is an exclusive post-race party at Disney's Animal Kingdom for the finishers. A portion of all entry fees will benefit the Himalayan Youth Foundation and Disney's Wildlife Conservation Fund.
  • Disney's Race for the Taste 10K (Oct. 11, 2009): This race takes runners through Disney's Hollywood Studios and around the 11 pavilions of Epcot World Showcase. Guests have access to a post-race picnic that includes food samples from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, live Disney entertainment, music, games and face painters.

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K (Oct. 24, 2009): This road race returns for its third year and the journey includes a haunting course through the vacant streets of Disney's Hollywood Studios. The event includes an exclusive post-race party with family and friends.

To register for these and more Disney Endurance Series events including the Walt Disney World Marathon (Jan. 7-10, 2010), visit

About Disney's Endurance Series
Disney's Endurance Series gives recreational athletes of all ages and abilities the chance to walk, jog, run, bike and swim their way "around the world." From marathons to road races to triathlons, athletes from across the country and around the world compete to stay in shape, achieve personal-best times and raise donations for charitable causes. Popular Endurance Series events include the Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon (January), Disney's Princess Half Marathon (March) and the Disneyland Half Marathon (September).

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