Come join Team JDRF in the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend Celebration!

Team JDRF participants join in on the fun and magic of the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend through amazing sights, spectacular surprises and fantastic runs for the whole family.  This magical weekend is an experience with a fun and energetic atmosphere like no other where our Team JDRF participants from across the country come together to create a world without type 1 diabetes.

Participants can choose from four race distances (from 5K to a full marathon) or two multi race challenges that run through Walt Disney World® Resort’s iconic theme parks.  When you join Team JDRF, we’re committed to supporting you with personalized virtual training and fundraising support every step of the way!

Team JDRF Participant Perks:

  • Team JDRF Celebration Tent in Charity Village (pre and post-race)
  • Team JDRF training performance t-shirt
  • Team JDRF race day singlet
  • Special bag check at the Team JDRF tent on race day
  • Invitation(s) to JDRF Research Update round table discussion on race weekend
  • Training plans and virtual support from virtual National JDRF Running Coach
  • Option to purchase tickets to attend exclusive Course Experience breakfast on 1/12 or 1/13 to cheer participants on as they run through Magic Kingdom® Park
  • Team JDRF Race entry (excluding JDRF Supporter & Magical Supporter packages)
  • And much more!

Register today to join in on the magic of this spectacular weekend!

Click here to find out the variety of packages available for you.

Coaching

We understand that participants come from a wide range of skill levels when joining Team JDRF in the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.  Whether this is your first race or you are a seasoned runner, JDRF has the resources to help you train to become a rock star at any distance you choose!

Know that every step you take brings us closer to our finish line—a world without type 1 diabetes.

After registering, you will receive coaching and support from our certified Team JDRF National running coach that will include:

  • Comprehensive and personalized training plans for all distances based on fundraising package
  • One-on-one virtual coaching support
  • Interactive community with other Team JDRF members from across the country
  • Weekly communications with training tips and best practices

Why Team JDRF

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What are others saying about participating with Team JDRF?

“I ran in the Disney 5K race this past January and while the race is huge, whenever I saw another runner with the Team JDRF shirt, I felt a sense of pride and bonding. Together we ran to make this a world of ‘type none’” - Kay Stone

“Even though no one else from our chapter was participating, Team JDRF did an amazing job of building a virtual community. We were welcomed into a group of runners from around the country!” - Helen Nightingale

"I run with Team JDRF for my nephew, Patrick, who was diagnosed with T1D in 2010. Running marathons with Team JDRF is my way of supporting my sister. I’ve run 5 marathons, all fundraising for JDRF. I love the sense of community Team JDRF brings, our marathon family is amazing!" - Tracy Collyer

“I was never one to be very open about my diabetes but fundraising with Team JDRF made me realize how much of an impact we can have on other T1D's. I love the support I get from my teammates, the Team JDRF celebration before and after the race, and the community of other diabetics who know what it's like to live and train with this disease is something very special.” - Daniel O’ Neil

“After my son, Michael was diagnosed with T1D when he was 12 years old, I became an active JDRF supporter. I participated in the JDRF Ride program for many years and then decided to join Team JDRF after I took up running. I didn’t start running until my 60th birthday. Since then, I have run 7 marathons with Team JDRF including 4 Dopey Challenges. It’s so much fun meeting other JDRF supporters from around the country and we're all there for the same goal- to raise funds to find a cure.” - Barry Falcon

Fundraising Details

Team JDRF is a partnership: you commit to raising a minimum dollar amount and in exchange, JDRF provides you with support, coaching and fun perks in the months leading up to and throughout the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. Upon registering, you are asked to select your level of fundraising. (Click here for the fundraising package options). Team JDRF is pleased to offer a variety of packages designed for all skill levels and needs!

When you join Team JDRF at any package level, you will receive:
• Team JDRF Celebration Tent in Charity Village (pre and post-race)
• Team JDRF training performance t-shirt
• Team JDRF race day singlet
• Special bag check at the Team JDRF tent on race day
• Invitation(s) to JDRF Research Update round table discussion on race weekend
• Training plans and virtual support from National JDRF Running Coach
• Official Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend distance specific Finisher Medal
• Option to purchase tickets to attend exclusive Course Experience breakfast on 1/12 or 1/13 to cheer participants on as they run through Magic Kingdom® Park
• Team JDRF Race entry (excluding JDRF Supporter & Magical Supporter packages)
• And much more!

JDRF Supporter**
• Minimum fundraising of $500
• (1) Ticket to Team JDRF Celebration Event

JDRF Magical Supporter**
• Minimum fundraising of $1,100
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event OR (2) tickets for guests to attend Course Experience breakfast on 1/12 or 1/13 to cheer you on as you run through Magic Kingdom® Park

5K
• Minimum fundraising of $750
• By selecting this option you will receive access to the runDisney travel provider to book your required accommodations and park passes. (See details below)
• (1) Ticket to Team JDRF Celebration Event

5K w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $2,000
• This package option includes a lodging credit for a (2 night) stay at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and a 2 day base park pass. (See details below)
• (1) Ticket to Team JDRF Celebration Event

10K
• Minimum fundraising of $1,100
• By selecting this option you will receive access to the runDisney travel provider to book your required accommodations and park passes (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event

10K w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $2,300
• This package option includes a lodging credit for a (2 night) stay at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and a 2 day base park pass. (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event

Half or Full Marathon
• Minimum fundraising of $2,000
• By selecting this option you will receive access to the runDisney travel provider to book your required accommodations and park passes. (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event
• (2) tickets for guests to attend Course Experience breakfast on 1/12 or 1/13 to cheer you on as you run through Magic Kingdom® Park

Half or Full Marathon w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $3,500
• This package option includes a lodging credit for a (2 night) stay at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and a 2 day base park pass. (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event

Half or Full Marathon w/lodging and roundtrip airfare
• Minimum fundraising of $5,000
• This package option includes a lodging credit for a (2 night) stay at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and a 2 day base park pass. (See details below)
• Round trip airfare to/from Orlando, FL (up to $500)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event

Dopey Challenge
• Minimum fundraising of $3,250
• By selecting this option you will receive access to the runDisney travel provider to book your required accommodations and park passes. (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event
• (2) tickets for guests to attend Course Experience breakfast on 1/12 or 1/13 to cheer you on as you run through Magic Kingdom® Park

Dopey Challenge w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $5,500
• This package option includes a lodging credit for a (4 night) stay at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and a 2 day base park pass. (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
• Minimum fundraising of $2,750
• By selecting this option you will receive access to the runDisney travel provider to book your required accommodations and park passes. (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event
• (2) tickets for guests to attend Course Experience breakfast on 1/12 or 1/13 to cheer you on as you run through Magic Kingdom® Park

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $4,500
• This package option includes a lodging credit for a (3 night) stay at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort and a 2 day base park pass. (See details below)
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event

Important Information Regarding runDisney Charity Race Entry Policies

Based on runDisney policies, all Team JDRF race entries (excluding JDRF Supporter packages) for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend are required to have a minimum of (2) nights lodging at a Walt Disney World® Resort (Excluding FL residents within a 90 mile radius of Walt Disney World®) and a two day base park pass to guarantee race entry.

Team JDRF Race Entries without lodging included:
Team JDRF will connect you to a runDisney travel provider so that you can book your minimum lodging and park pass requirements. By choosing this option, you will have the ability to book at any of the Walt Disney World® Resort properties! Lodging packages must be reserved no later than August 1, 2018. Please note: Your race entry will not be guaranteed until these requirements are met.

Team JDRF Race Entries with lodging included:
By choosing this option, your lodging and park pass requirements are included as part of your fundraising package and no further action is needed on your end to secure your race entry. All hotel accommodations associated with this option will be booked at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Should you want to bring additional friends or family with you, you will have the option to do so. Team JDRF will connect you with a travel provider to enhance your Walt Disney World® experience. A credit will be applied to your hotel accommodations, and you will be responsible for the difference in cost for any additional guests.

Registration Fee is $50 for any entry and applied to your fundraising minimum.

**Please select the Team JDRF Supporter or Team JDRF Magical Supporter options if you have secured your own race entry for this event directly though runDisney.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact teamjdrf@jdrf.org.

Schedule of Events

Team JDRF events are designed for runners and walkers from all over the country to come together and meet new people in a fun, energetic atmosphere while being surrounded by the T1D community! After all your dedication, fundraising, and training, you’ll come together at race weekend and have a fun-filled experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Team JDRF Participants can expect the following at the 2019 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend:
• Onsite Team JDRF Celebration Event
• JDRF Research Update
• Team JDRF Celebration Tent on race day (pre and post race)
• And many more surprises!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
     ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex

Thursday, January 10, 2019
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
      ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex
Walt Disney World® 5K presented by Cigna

Friday, January 11, 2019
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
      ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex
Walt Disney World® 10K presented by Cigna
 • Team JDRF Research Update round table discussion (5:00-6:00 pm)
  • Team JDRF Celebration Event (6:30-8:00 pm)

Saturday, January 12, 2019
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
      ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex
Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna

Sunday, January 13, 2019
Walt Disney World® Marathon presented by Cigna

Times subject to change for runDisney activities! For the most updated information about runDisney activities please click here.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can run?

Team JDRF is in alignment with runDisney’s minimum age requirements:

Dopey Challenge, Goofy's Race and a Half Challenge, and full marathon participants must be 18 years or older by race day.  Half marathon runners must be 14 years or older by race day. 10K runners must be 10 years or older by race day.  5K runners must be 5 years or older by race day and be able to complete the race on their own.

All participants under 18 years of age must be accompanied on the course at all times by a parent or guardian (who will be a registered fundraising participant) and must have a signed parental/guardian consent form.

Do I get any fun runDisney Commemorative items?

Yes, in addition to the benefits that you get for being part of Team JDRF, you will also receive some special items from runDisney.  Some of those items include: Disney Characters and entertainment along the course, Walt Disney World® race finisher’s medal, Virtual goodie bags, and a personalized bib if you register by September 15th with Team JDRF and have met fundraising minimum deadlines.

Do I have to stay at a Walt Disney World® Resort for the weekend?

Based on runDisney policies, all Team JDRF race entries (excluding JDRF Supporter packages) for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend are required to have a minimum of (2) nights lodging at a Walt Disney World® Resort (Excluding FL residents within a 90 mile radius of Walt Disney World®) and a two day base park pass to guarantee race entry.

Can I book my hotel accommodations on my own?

If you have selected a fundraising package without lodging with Team JDRF (excluding JDRF Supporter packages) we will connect you to a runDisney travel provider so that you can book your minimum lodging and park pass requirements.  By choosing this option, you will have the ability to book at any of the Walt Disney World® Resort properties! Lodging packages must be reserved no later than August 1, 2018. Please note: Your race entry will not be guaranteed until these requirements are met.

If I select the fundraising package with lodging can I bring additional guests to stay with me?

Yes, you do have the option to bring additional guests to stay with you. By choosing the lodging option as part of your fundraising package, your lodging and park pass requirements are included and no further action is needed on your end to secure your race entry.  All hotel accommodations associated with this option will be booked at the Team JDRF host resort, Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Should you want to bring additional friends or family with you, you will have the option to do so. Team JDRF will connect you with a travel provider to enhance your Walt Disney World® experience. A credit will be applied to your hotel accommodations, and you will be responsible for the difference in cost for any additional guests.

How much time do I have to commit to this?

How much time you train is completely up to you. Our National JDRF Running Coach can help you determine the best time commitment for your fitness level. If you are a novice, most coaches will recommend you begin training 16 weeks before a full marathon and 12 weeks before a half marathon.

Does the $50 registration fee count towards my fundraising?

Yes! The $50 required registration fee will be the first donation to your Team JDRF fundraising campaign.

Are there course time limits for each race distance?

Yes! The course time limits vary by distance and event in the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend.  If you aren’t sure if you want further details on time limits, click here.

Is there a fundraising minimum?

Yes, as a participant, you'll commit to a fundraising minimum (packages start at $500). In exchange, JDRF will provide you with support during the months and weeks leading up to the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend. Please consult the fundraising packages guide for more information about minimums and benefits.

Is there a deadline for meeting my fundraising minimums?

Yes. We understand that this may be the most money you have ever attempted to raise, and you may feel unsure about whether you will be able to do it. If you follow the recommended guidelines and use the fundraising resources JDRF provides, you will be more successful than you think! The following fundraising deadlines apply to all fundraising packages:

  • August 1—15% of fundraising minimum
  • October 11—25% of fundraising minimum
  • November 10—35% of fundraising minimum
  • November 25—50% of fundraising minimum
  • December 30—75% of fundraising minimum

Contact your JDRF Chapter if you need additional assistance brainstorming ideas to help you reach your goals. Not to worry though, if you don’t reach your minimum, which we know you will exceed, you have 30 days after the event to continue raising funds!

What if I need to drop from the race?

Any participant dropping after 60 days from the event date, for any reason, will be responsible for completing 75% of their fundraising minimum, in addition to payments to JDRF for any costs incurred for accommodations arranged for them for the race. Registration fees are non-refundable. Any donations received will remain in the participant’s account. Transferring of money to any other participant’s account is not permitted.

If I decide to select a different fundraising package, can I switch them?

You may submit a request to JDRF to change your fundraising package, by 90 days from your event date. This request may result in a different minimum donation required to be paid by or on behalf of the participant.  JDRF reserves the right to decline such change to your package.

Isn’t it hard to meet the fundraising requirement?

Not according to our past participants. Once you start contacting people, you will be surprised how quickly the money (and the admiration) rolls in. JDRF has created powerful online fundraising tools to make it easier for you to reach your goal, and your local JDRF chapter will help you with materials, ideas and support as you meet and exceed your goal.

Will I have help fundraising?

Yes! Every participant has the support and help of the fundraising experts at their local chapter who are with them every step of the way, from the first donation to the day you exceed your minimum and increase your goal. In addition, the Team JDRF endurance program has a library of tools and tips that every registered runner has access to.

If you have any questions about your ability to meet your fundraising minimum, contact teamjdrf@jdrf.org and we are happy to talk fundraising with you.

Where is my local chapter?

Working together, JDRF has more than 100 Chapters, Branches, and Affiliates worldwide. Please click here to locate your local JDRF chapter or call 888.533.9255 for further information.

What is Team JDRF?

Team JDRF provides entry into some of the country’s most exciting challenge events. Join a team that’s united in the common purpose of creating a world without type 1 diabetes.

Designed for JDRF supporters of all fitness levels, Team JDRF is a partnership. Participants commit to raising a minimum dollar amount, and in exchange JDRF provides support and coaching leading up to and throughout the challenge event.

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