runDisney Update Virtual Series Summer 2020 & 2021 Race Registration

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runDisney has released an update on the 2020 Virtual (Summer Series) race registration. Photo: runDisney

Today, a runDisney update was announced regarding the plan moving forward for race registrations amid the Coronavirus (Covid-19) World Pandemic. Fans have been waiting to hear since the cancellation of the 2020 Star Wars Rival Race weekend just a few weeks ago. Many runners who have been training for the cancelled race have been looking forward to channeling their efforts into the Virtual Series this summer, but registration dates had been untold up until now.

Starting tomorrow, runDisney fans can register for the 2020 Virtual Series summer races, which can be completed from the comfort of your home (treadmill) and from the safety of your residence (while practicing safe social distancing measures, of course). Additionally, we’re told of dates of race registration for three of the early 2021 runDisney race weekends- Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend, and Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. See the statement provided by runDisney below and note the difference in dates for pre-sale and general sale:

“With circumstances continuing to change rapidly around the globe because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been making critical and timely decisions based on guidance from local, national and international governments and health agencies. As we previously shared, one of these decisions was to adjust the initial on-sale date for the runDisney Virtual Series while we monitored the situation.

As people look for alternative and acceptable ways to stay active while maintaining social distancing, many are choosing to run at home. With that in mind, we are opening sales for the fifth-annual runDisney Virtual Series April 16. Themed around favorite Walt Disney World Resort attractions, this series of 5K runs is a great way to bring some of the magic of the parks to your home or favorite local running trail. And to provide additional flexibility, runners will have the entire summer to complete any virtual 5K of their choosing – or the series.

Along with this new on-sale date for the runDisney Virtual Series, we also have adjusted the sale dates for the remaining runDisney race season. We hope sharing these dates will help you in your planning and give you ample time for training.

Races will be available for registration at 10 a.m. Eastern Time  

2020 runDisney Virtual Series (Summer 2020)

·      April 16, 2020 – On-sale date

2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Jan. 6-10, 2021)

·      May 7, 2020 – Pre-sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents

·      May 12, 2020 – General on-sale date

2021 Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Feb. 18-21, 2021)

·      June 11, 2020 – Pre-sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents

·      June 16, 2020 – General on-sale date

2021 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend (April 15-18, 2021)

·      August 6, 2020 – Pre-sale for Annual Passholders, Disney Vacation Club Members and Golden Oak residents

·      August 11, 2020 – General on-sale date”

We hope this runDisney update provides fans with the information they need to begin planning their trips, travel and training for races while looking ahead. This is a welcome shift in focus and some good news as we start to see the light at the end of this tunnel!

Stay tuned to The Kingdom Insider for our runDisney update on training recommendations and see below links for continued reading on planning your runDisney run-cation! It’s never too early to reach out to your Authorized Disney Vacation Planner for questions and quotes!

What to Eat on Disney Race Day!

Runcation Tips for Parents

Star Wars Rival Race Cancelled! Now what for runners?

What to Eat the Night Before a Disney Race

How Far I’ll Go: Running the Walt Disney World Marathon

Jamie Lee McIntyre MS RDN is a Registered Dietitian-Nutritionist and contributor to The Kingdom Insider for Disney food, nutrition and wellness - related topics. She is a practicing Dietitian with over 11 years of experience, and is a nutrition communications consultant providing content online and on air in broadcast media. You can find her online (, at the finish line of a Run Disney race, or in the parks scanning menus, reading labels and trying new foods!