Men's 26.2 mile champion ends countryman Bastos' 6-year reign; Young, Scherer half-marathon champions; 2011 event produces largest marathon / half-marathon combo ever with 35,447 finishers; Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge draws 5,000 - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (January 9, 2011) - In perhaps the biggest upset in Walt Disney World Marathon history, Fredison Costa of Brazil upstaged countryman Adriano Bastos to win the 18th Disney Marathon on Sunday morning and abruptly end Bastos' six-year dominance at Disney.
Half-marathon in Baghdad for more than 300 U.S. military personal; sold-out field of 53,000-plus expected at Walt Disney World; new Mickey Mouse medal; will Bastos seven-peat? - LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - (Jan. 4, 2011) - More than 300 U.S. military personal in Iraq will take part in a Disney half-marathon in Baghdad during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by CIGNA, which will feature more than 53,000 runners at Walt Disney World in suburban Orlando this weekend. Last year, the WDW Marathon and Half Marathon became the largest M/H combo all-time with 34,055 finishers.
Texas Military Unit to Stage Simultaneous Race on Forward Operating Base in Ghazni - HOUSTON (Jan. 6, 2011) - In coordination with the Houston Marathon Committee, the Texas Agribusiness Development Team (TX ADT-IV), a unit of volunteer soldiers helping the Afghan government rebuild its agricultural system in Ghazni, is staging its own event during the Chevron Houston Marathon race weekend 8,000 miles away in the mountainous region on race day January 30.
Edward Norton, Crowdrise join effort to push race-related fundraising to new heights; Runners utilize social networking platform to raise money for charity - Los Angeles (January 6, 2011) – Marathon officials today unveiled an aggressive charity fundraising campaign designed to raise $4 million in connection with the March 20, 2011 Honda LA Marathon Presented by K-Swiss. Through a new partnership with Crowdrise, an innovative fundraising website launched in 2010, the Marathon is making it easier than ever for runners to support the charity of their choice as part of the largest fundraising effort in the Marathon’s 26-year history.
South Florida's premier running event continues to get larger, could top 20,000 benchmark - MIAMI - Entries for the 2011 ING Miami Marathon and Half-Marathon®, which will be held Sunday, January 30, 2011 through the streets of downtown Miami, Miami Beach and Coconut Grove, are trending 18 percent higher than in 2010 and the race could top the 20,000 runner mark for the first time in its eight-year history.