Join Team JDRF in the 2020 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend 

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 race distances of a 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 virtual JDRF Research Update
  • Training plans and virtual support from virtual National JDRF Running Coach
  • Team JDRF Race entry (excluding JDRF Supporter packages)*
  • And much more!

NEW THIS YEAR
You can Run the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend with Team JDRF…Your Way!  Secure your own race entry through runDisney for the race distance of your choice, and register as a Team JDRF supporter with no fundraising minimum.   JDRF Supporters will have the opportunity to earn Team JDRF swag and race weekend benefits.  Check out the Fundraise Your Way tab to learn more!

REGISTER TODAY to join in on the magic of this spectacular weekend! 

If the race distance/fundraising package you would like to register for shows that it is full, please complete this wait list form and we will contact you regarding next steps or options. 

 

*Valid for all fundraising packages, except JDRF Supporter packages.  See the Fundraise Your Way tab for benefits to JDRF Supporters.

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 virtual coaching and support from our Team JDRF National Volunteer 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
  • 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

Fundraise Your Way

Run Disney Your Way

Already have your race entry that you secured through runDisney? You can register as a Team JDRF Supporter with no fundraising minimum.  All Team JDRF participants will receive a Team JDRF running bib that you can be personalized with who you run for. It’s that easy, after that you can earn other Team JDRF swag and race weekend benefits.

Every dollar raised by participants with Team JDRF helps get closer to our Finish Line, a world without type 1 diabetes.

Raise $100

  • Earn a Team JDRF Performance Training Tee

Raise $250

  • Earn Team JDRF Apparel (Performance Training Tee & Race Day Singlet)

Raise $350

  • Earn Team JDRF Apparel (Performance Training Tee & Race Day Singlet)
  • Access to Team JDRF Celebration Tent in Charity Village (pre and post-race)

Raise $500

  • Earn Team JDRF Apparel (Performance Training Tee & Race Day Singlet)
  • Access to Team JDRF Celebration Tent in Charity Village (pre and post-race)
  • (1) Ticket to Team JDRF Celebration Event on Friday, January 10, 2020

Raise $1,200

  • Earn Team JDRF Apparel (Performance Training Tee & Race Day Singlet)
  • Access to Team JDRF Celebration Tent in Charity Village (pre and post-race)
  • (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on Friday, January 10, 2020
  • (1) runDisney Cheer Squad pass that includes (runDisney ChEAR Squad swag, Reserved Finish Line grandstand seating (first come, first served), Non-Alcoholic Beverages and Private restrooms)

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 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 virtual JDRF Research Update
• Training plans and virtual support from National JDRF Running Coach
• Official Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend distance specific Finisher Medal
• Team JDRF Race entry (excluding JDRF Supporter packages)*
• And much more!

If the race distance/fundraising package you would like to register for shows that it is full, please complete this wait list form and we will contact you regarding next steps or options. 

5K
• Minimum fundraising of $750
• (1) Ticket to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

5K w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $2,000
• This package option includes a (2 night) stay at the Team JDRF host hotel Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
• (1) Ticket to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

10K
• Minimum fundraising of $1,000
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

10K w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $2,300
• This package option includes a (2 night) stay at the Team JDRF host hotel Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

Half or Full Marathon
• Minimum fundraising of $1,750
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

Half or Full Marathon w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $3,000
• This package option includes a (2 night) stay at the Team JDRF host hotel Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

Dopey Challenge
• Minimum fundraising of $3,000
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

Dopey Challenge w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $5,000
• This package option includes a (4 night) stay at the Team JDRF host hotel Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
• Minimum fundraising of $2,250
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge w/lodging
• Minimum fundraising of $4,000
• This package option includes a (3 night) stay at the Team JDRF host hotel Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
• (2) Tickets to Team JDRF Celebration Event on January 10, 2020

JDRF Supporter**
No Minimum fundraising or Registration Fee
• Opportunity to earn Team JDRF swag and race weekend benefits
• Check out the Fundraise Your Way tab to learn more

Registration Fee is $50 for all entries and applied to your fundraising minimum*

 * This applies to all fundraising packages except the JDRF Supporter package

**JDRF Supporter Packages have secured their own race entry through runDisney with no fundraising minimum or registration fee required.

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

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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 on race weekend and have a fun-filled experience with memories to last a lifetime.

Team JDRF Participants can expect the following at the 2020 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend:
• Onsite Team JDRF Celebration Event
• Team JDRF Celebration Tent on race day (pre and post race)
• And many more surprises!

Wednesday, January 8, 2020
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
     ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex

Thursday, January 9, 2020
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
      ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex
Walt Disney World® 5K presented by Cigna

Friday, January 10, 2020
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
      ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex
Walt Disney World® 10K presented by Cigna
Team JDRF Celebration Event

Saturday, January 11, 2020
runDisney Health and Fitness Expo
      ESPN World Wide of Sports Complex
Walt Disney World® Half Marathon presented by Cigna

Sunday, January 12, 2020
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.

For everyone's safety, runDisney has a no baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, skates, scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks, selfie sticks and animals of any kind policy on the course. Violators will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.

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.

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.

As a JDRF Supporter do I have to pay the $50 registration fee?
No! As a Team JDRF Supporter you will not be required to pay a registration fee.  You can make a personal donation to your fundraising page should you choose to do so after completing your registration.

Do I get a race entry into one of the races on event weekend?
If you selected to participate with Team JDRF as a JDRF Supporter then you will need to have secured one of your own race entries directly with runDisney. If you selected one of the other fundraising packages with Team JDRF, then your race entry is included with your fundraising package.

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 you want further details on time limits, click here.

Is there a fundraising minimum?
Yes, there is a minimum for all fundraising packages except the JDRF supporter package.  For packages with a fundraising minimum, as a participant, you'll commit to raising that minimum for the package you selected.  In exchange, you receive one of JDRF's entries into the race distance you selected and we 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 (except JDRF Supporter participants):

  • August 1—15% of fundraising minimum
  • October 10—25% of fundraising minimum
  • November 9—35% of fundraising minimum
  • November 24—50% of fundraising minimum
  • December 29—75% of fundraising minimum
  • February 12—100% of fundraising minimum achieved

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!

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, as a Team JDRF participant your hotel accommodations are included for the number of nights indicated in your fundraising package.  All hotel accommodations associated with this option will be booked at the Team JDRF host resort hotel. Should you want to bring additional friends or family with you,  or stay additional nights you will have the option to do so. If you choose to expand your stay, you will be responsible for the difference in cost for any additional guests the resort may charge you for or for additional nights booked.

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, no later than October 10, 2019 (90 days) from the event weekend. 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 and is also based on availability.

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.

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.

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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