runDisney for Charity: Walt Disney World Marathon 2020

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My company, Park and Preston Travel, had the opportunity to work with several charities and their runners during the 2018-2019 race season. runDisney was trying out a new program for the charities and enlisted our help. Well, long story short, the program turned out to not be in the best interest for the Charity or the Charity Runner… so it only lasted for one season.

However, because of this, we developed some strong relationships with charities and we want to do whatever we can to support them as well as support the runners who want to raise funds!

I’ve taken some time to get all of the charity information together in one place!

How to Pick a Charity

It’s easy to take a look at the numbers and make a decision that way, but my biggest advice would be to pick a charity that holds a special place in your heart! Who do you WANT to run for? What story do you have to tell? How do you want to make a difference?

When to Decide on a Charity

The sooner, the better! You definitely want to have enough time to fundraise to make the biggest impact. Some people will sign up at the last minute in order to have access to a race registration that has sold out, and if that’s the case for you then it is time to hit the ground running! (ha! see what I did there?!)

You can also fundraise for a charity after you have your race registration. Most charities have the option to fundraise without securing your race registration through them – definitely reach out to see if that is an option for you!

Booking Your Charity Race Package

Each charity will have access to a limited number of discounted rooms that are only available to charity runners. If that’s something you would like to take advantage of – we support that decision completely! Unfortunately, we cannot book those rooms for you – but we can still work together. Definitely reach out and we can figure out the best package to fit your needs.


2020 Walt Disney World Marathon Charity List

American Association for Cancer Research
*Preferred Charity Partner*

Team up with the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Runners for Research at Walt Disney World® Resort in Florida to celebrate the magical Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend! Runners of all ages will enjoy courses through the Most Magical Place on Earth while raising funds for lifesaving cancer research.

  • Dopey Challenge: $1,700
  • Goofy Challenge: $1,450
  • Marathon: $1,200
  • Half Marathon: $1,000
  • 10K: $800
  • 5K: $500

American Cancer Society
*Preferred Charity Partner*

The American Cancer Society DetermiNation program will help you achieve your personal race goals and change the course of cancer forever. With access to training resources, an unparalleled community of support, and inspiration every step of the way, the American Cancer Society will help you finish your upcoming race and together we can achieve a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer. 

  • Dopey Challenge: $3,000
  • Goofy Challenge: $2,000
  • Marathon: $1,500
  • Half Marathon: $1,500
  • 10K: $1,000
  • 5K: $750

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

You’re invited to join us for the most magical race weekend on Earth at Walt Disney World® Resort where your favorite classic Disney characters are the hosts! With race distances for all skill levels, including Kids Races, a 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and Marathon, participants will enjoy special Disney entertainment on course and earn one-of-a-kind Disney finisher medals. Plus, runners can take on race challenges to earn even more bling. Whether you’re a beginner or a veteran runner, everyone can experience the magic of running through Walt Disney World® Resort!

Fundraising levels not available online.


A-T Children’s Project

Spend the weekend at Walt Disney World® Resort with the A-T CureTeam as we raise money to find life-improving therapies and a cure for A-T while you accomplish an amazing goal.

  • Dopey Challenge: $575
  • Goofy Challenge: $370
  • Marathon: $180
  • Half Marathon: $178
  • 10K: $125
  • 5K: $85
  • A-T CureTeam Screaming Fan: $10 (no race, just fundraising and all the fun)
  • Already registered directly with runDisney: $10 (just fundraising and all the fun)

Fundraising commitments are as follows:
$600 per person/per race entry and/or per Challenge. Example: If one person registers for Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and the 5K, the fundraising requirement would be $1200 minimum.


Autism Speaks
*Preferred Charity Partner*

Join our team for the 2020 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna! You can choose from any of the races, including the Dopey Challenge, Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K or 5K. 

  • Dopey Challenge: $1,900
  • Marathon: $900
  • Half Marathon: $900
  • 10K: $500
  • 5K: $500

If you’re looking for even more miles for your event weekend, we are now offering a 5K add-on to the 10K, half marathon and marathon! For an additional fundraising commitment of $250, you can add the 5K to any of your races. More miles and more medals!


Dragon Master Foundation

Team Fired Up has spots available for the 2020 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, and you can join us for the Walt Disney World 5K, Walt Disney World 10K, Walt Disney World Half Marathon, or the Dopey Challenge!

We want to empower brain cancer researchers to collaborate more effectively, and further, to encourage that collaboration to find a path to the cure. By joining our fundraising team, you can make that happen!

  • Dopey Challenge: $1,500
  • Half Marathon: $750
  • 10K: $550
  • 5K: $500

Give Kids the World

When given the opportunity to have a wish granted, more than half of children will choose a trip to Central Florida. Fulfilling these wishes simply would not be possible without the unwavering support of Walt Disney World®.

Disney has been a supporter of Give Kids The World Village since the beginning, and continues to keep the magic alive nearly 30 years later. Each family member is treated to three-day park hopper tickets, valid at the four beloved Disney Parks. However, Disney doesn’t stop there. When families visit the theme parks, Disney provides wish families with complimentary photos of their visit and complimentary parking, strollers and wheelchairs. In addition, Disney Cast Member volunteers are frequently found serving meals and creating smiles at nightly entertainment activities throughout the year. Mickey Mouse and his friends even visit the Village twice a week for one-on-one time with GKTW families.

  • Marathon: $200 + $1,500
  • Half Marathon: $200 + $1,000
  • 10K: $150 + $750
  • 5K: $100 + $500

Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation
*Preferred Charity Partner*

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!

  • Dopey Challenge: $3,000 / $5,000
  • Goofy Challenge: $2,250 / $4,000
  • Marathon: $1,750 / $3,000
  • Half Marathon: $1,750 / $3,000
  • 10K: $1,000 / $2,300
  • 5K: $750 / $2,000

They also have an option to fundraise at a higher level and receive complimentary lodging at Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort.


Kellsie’s Hope Foundation

We hope you can join Kellsie’s Krew for the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend January 8, 2020 through January 12, 2020. By joining Kellsie’s Krew, you are helping the Kellsie’s Hope foundation fulfill its mission to provide hope to children and families battling cancer. Through your participation and generous fundraising efforts, Kellsie’s Hope is able to fund cancer research, promote childhood-cancer awareness, and provide much needed distraction to children suffering from this devastating disease. With your help, we can continue to provide these wonderful children with comfort today and hope for their future.

  • Dopey Challenge: $1,100
  • Goofy Challenge: $800
  • Half Marathon: $700
  • 10K: $600
  • 5K: $500

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society

Located at a place known for making dreams come true, the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend delivers a unique running experience for all ages – taking you through four Disney® theme parks. Start your New Year in the place where dreams come true at Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna. Every runner can experience the magic of this incredible weekend – featuring multiple event distances and exciting routes through Walt Disney World’s® iconic theme parks. 

Join hundreds of teammates from across the country for a memorable celebration in support of new cures for cancer.

  •  $1600 – Entry Level Fundraising Commitment for 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Full Marathon
  • $3,900 – Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge
  • $4,900 – Dopey Challenge

You can also add additional benefits such as your hotel stay through Team in Training


Multiple Sclerosis Association of America

Get your ears and running shoes! Team MSAA is going to the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend in January. This race weekend will feature your favorite Disney characters as you run through Walt Disney World® Resort before the parks opens! Team MSAA has guaranteed spots available for all distances and this event is perfect for all skill levels.

When you join Team MSAA, you are joining a nationwide community and will receive a training plan from our Team MSAA coach to help you reach your personal victory. Your participation allows MSAA to provide free programs and direct services to individuals with MS, their families, and care partners. Through your fundraising efforts, we can make a difference with every mile!

  • Dopey Challenge: $475 + $3,000
  • Goofy Challenge: $300 + $2,000
  • Marathon: $150 + $1,500
  • Half Marathon: $140 + $1,250
  • 10K: $100 + $1,000
  • 5K: $75 + $750

National Down Syndrome Society
*Preferred Charity Partner*

With your commitment to participate in the Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna®, you will be helping to support and share our mission of being the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

  • Dopey Challenge: $2,500
  • Goofy Challenge: $1,500
  • Marathon: $1,000
  • Half Marathon: $800
  • 10K: $600
  • 5K: $500
  • TeamNDSS Fan Zone – $25 donation (not running)

NF2 Biosolutions

Accelerating Gene Therapy Research for Neurofibromatosis Type 2

  • There is a $200 donation required to join the half or the full marathon which will then be credited toward your fundraising minimum of $800 for the half marathon and $1000 for the full marathon.

Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy

Join the Race to End Duchenne Team at the most magical race weekend on Earth! With nearly 200 runners, this is our largest race team of the year and a great opportunity to connect with old friends and make new ones as we go the distance to end Duchenne. A team party, finish line tent celebrations and much more are waiting for you January 8th-12th, 2020 at the Walt Disney World® Resort!

This promises to be an extra special year as it marks the 15th Anniversary of the Race to End Duchenne program and our Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend team!

  • Dopey Challenge: $1,800
  • Goofy Challenge: $1,500
  • Marathon: $1,300
  • Half Marathon: $1,300
  • 10K: $1,000
  • 5K: $500

Racing for Orphans with Down Syndrome

Each race isn’t just a race, it is the chance to make a lasting change in the life of a child! Join the cause, do more than just race, make a difference today! Join the fun and excitement of Walt Disney World®!

  • Dopey Challenge: $1,500
  • 10K: $700
  • 5K: $600

Scott Carter Foundation

Scott Carter was a 13-year old boy who dies in December 1993 after a courageous three-year battle with bone cancer. The Scott Carter Foundation was formed to help make Scott’s dream of finding a cure a reality. Because SCF is operated by volunteers, almost all money raised will go toward finding a cure. Scott believed that if enough time, energy and money were devoted to children’s cancer research, a cure could be found. Please join us as we run through Walt Disney World, as Scott did as a child, and make a difference for children’s cancer research!

  • Dopey Challenge: $300
  • Half Marathon: $188 + $250
  • 10K: $127 + $200
  • 5K: $87 + $150

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
*Preferred Charity Partner*

Join Mickey and friends for a magical race weekend during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend this January. Do more with your race and run as a St. Jude Hero!

As a St. Jude Hero, you’ll raise funds for the kids of St. Jude while you train for your race. The dollars that Heroes raise help ensure that families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — because all a family should worry about is helping their child live.

  • Dopey Challenge: $3,500
  • Goofy Challenge: $3,000
  • Marathon: $2,500
  • Half Marathon: $2,000
  • 10K: $1,250
  • 5K: $750

Dopey and Goofy Challenge Fundraisers have an opportunity to fundraise at a higher level to include a resort stay and base theme park ticket.


Team Muscle Makers

We were founded in 2012 on an idea, a what if, and a why not. Since then our team has continued to grow into a beautiful family.

We go the distance in honor of the children who cannot. Every step we take and every mile we log, we are doing so to support the muscular dystrophy association.

Fundraising levels not available online.


The ChadTough Foundation
*Preferred Charity Partner*

The mission of The ChadTough Foundation is to inspire and fund game-changing research to discover effective treatments for pediatric brain cancer, with an emphasis on Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma (DIPG).

The fundraising requirement for this event is $700 plus the bib cost for your individual race (varies by race). 


The Michael J. Fox Foundation

Choose the race that’s right for you – from the 5K to the crazy Dopey Challenge! As a member of the team, you’ll receive: Guaranteed entry, Personalized Team Fox online fundraising page, Team Fox running singlet for race day, Invitations to race weekend activities and cheering fans along the course.

In exchange, all runners must commit to the fundraising minimum for their particular race. 100% of all Team Fox fundraising goes directly to research programs to speed a cure for Parkinson’s!

  • Dopey Challenge – $4, 000
  • Half Marathon – $1,500
  • 10K – $750
  • 5K – $500
  • Fundraise only option available

Tourette Association of America

Team Tourette is once again a participating charity of the 2020 Walt Disney World® Marathon Weekend Presented by Cigna. Join us in our fundraising and awareness efforts to make lives better for all people affected by Tourette and Tic Disorders. Together we can make a difference with every mile!

Join us for one or all days of this greatly anticipated event! Enjoy fun characters, medals and a Team Tourette dinner for participants and immediate family members Saturday evening, January 11th.

  • Dopey Challenge – $575 + $1,000
  • Goofy Challenge – $370 + $800
  • Marathon – $180 + $700
  • Half Marathon – $178 + $600
  • 10K – $127 + $500
  • 5K – $87 + $300

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