Pacing Rules Made More Stringent for 2014 WDW Marathon
by, 04-03-2013 at 01:32 AM (1096 Views)
Marathoners--A big change is coming your way.
Starting with next January's Walt Disney World Marathon and Half Marathon, Disney has made a very big change to its rules:
In order to be placed in a faster corral, you must provide proof of time by a specific cut-off deadline; you can no longer bring a printout to the expo to have your corral assignment changed on-site.
If you look at the information on the online registration form for the WDW Marathon, here is what it says (bold my emphasis):
This is a very big change from the past.If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 3 hours and 15 minutes and/or the Marathon in 6 hours and 30 minutes or less, proof of time is required for start corral placement.
Please reference the Race Pacing Chart at www.rundisney.com.
Proof of time must be provided from a certified race reflecting results after January 1, 2012.
- Half Marathon – 10K or longer
- Full Marathon – 10 Miles or longer
A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following*:
- Name of Race
- City, State
- Finish time
*For example, Walt Disney World Marathon, 26.2, Orlando, FL, 1/13/13, - 3:35
If you do not have a proof of time to submit, list "N/A" at the point of registration. If proof of time is not provided by November 1, 2013 you will be placed in the last start corral. If your proof of time data is incomplete or cannot be verified, you will be placed in the last start corral. To provide or update your proof of time, you must email all proof of time data requested above to firstname.lastname@example.org. No corral changes will be made after November 1, 2013.
You will no longer be able to bring proof of time to the Runner Relations booth during the Expo and have your start corral placement changed.
For example, look at the wording for the upcoing Wine & Dine Half Marathon:
I guess Disney didn't want to deal with the hassles of people wanting to get corral reassignments on-site, and deal with skewed crowds at the corrals.Proof of Time:
If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 2 hours and 45 minutes, proof of time is required for start corral placement.
Acceptable Proof of Time:
Proof of time should include name of race, year, distance and time finished (i.e. 2011 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon - 2:25). If you do not have a proof of time to submit, list N/A at the point of registration. Proof of time must be provided from a race 10K or longer. All forms of proof of time must be from a race after July 1, 2011. If you do not provide proof of time you will be placed in the last start corral.
I'm actually guilty of this--I actually requested a corral reassignment on three of my most recent Disney half-marathons, mostly because I quickened my pace enough from when I registered for the events, that it made a substantial difference.
This means that if you don't have proof of your finish time from a certified race held after January 1 of last year (2012), you need to run one no later than late October so you can email the information by November 1.