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The Atlanta Braves’ 2019 spring training season at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort officially begins Friday, Feb. 15, when pitchers and catchers report to Champion Stadium.

The Braves have trained at Disney since 1997 and now begin their 22nd and final season at Disney. Winners of the 2018 National League East crown, the Braves are moving their spring training operations to Sarasota County (North Port, Florida) for the 2020 Major League Baseball season.

The team is hoping to start its 2019 season off right at Disney, beginning a quest for its first consecutive division championship since the 2004 and 2005 seasons. Here are five key facts for the final season of Braves spring training at Disney:

  • Atlanta will play a 16-game home spring training schedule at Champion Stadium beginning Monday, Feb. 25, when it hosts the Washington Nationals at 1:05 p.m.
  • The Braves will play their final spring training home game at Champion Stadium on Saturday, March 23, against the New York Mets.
  • Atlanta is moving spring training operations to Sarasota County (North Port, Fla.) in 2020.
  • Atlanta will play three spring training games against two clubs that qualified for the 2018 postseason (Houston Astros, March 4 & 17); and the New York Yankees (March 18).
  • Braves will play three night games under the lights during 2019 spring training action – Philadelphia Phillies, March 8; New York Yankees, March 18; and Detroit Tigers, March 22.

Disney character appearances and special moments such as kids running the bases after every game are some of the entertainment opportunities that make Braves spring training at Disney a unique experience.

Individual spring training game tickets are still available at www.espnwwos.com/braves, through Ticketmaster outlets (800-745-3000) and at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex Box Office. Tickets range from $15 (general admission berm seating in left field) to $59 (lower level reserved seats).

Information on Braves spring training season tickets, suite/hospitality access, group tickets and mini-plans (two three-game options) is available by calling the premium sales team at 407-939-GAME and online at www.espnwwos.com/braves.

2019 Atlanta Braves Spring Training Home Schedule

Date Opponent Time
Monday, Feb. 25 Washington Nationals 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 26 New York Mets 1:05 p.m.
Thursday, Feb. 28 Detroit Tigers 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 1 Toronto Blue Jays 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 3 Miami Marlins 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 4 Houston Astros 1:05 p.m.
Wednesday, March 6 Detroit Tigers 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 8 Philadelphia Phillies 6:05 p.m.
Monday, March 11 Pittsburgh Pirates 1:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 12 St. Louis Cardinals 1:05 p.m.
Friday, March 15 Miami Marlins 1:05 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 Houston Astros 1:05 p.m.
Monday, March 18 New York Yankees 6:05 p.m.
Tuesday, March 19
Friday, March 22 Detroit Tigers 6:05 p.m.
Saturday, March 23 New York Mets 1:05 p.m.

All dates, times and opponents are subject to change.

 

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Just days before he defends his Daytona 500 victory, NASCAR star Austin Dillon spent his day off from the speedway Tuesday having a magical day at Walt Disney World Resort.

Dillon, 28, interacted with popular Disney characters, posed for photos wearing Mickey Mouse ears and experienced several signature attractions, such as Seven Dwarfs Mine Train and Dumbo the Flying Elephant.

He also surprised a young racing fan, who had given him a lucky penny just before he won the Daytona 500 last year. Dillon presented the young fan, 12-year-old Jordan Wade of Bradenton, FL., with a Daytona 500 champions ring.

It was Dillon’s first visit to Walt Disney World Resort since his family brought him to the famous theme park as a child. Dillon was joined by his mother, wife and friends.

Dillon returns to the track on Thursday for the 150-mile qualifying races at Daytona International Speedway. Dillon will once again drive the famous No. 3 Dow Chevrolet for Richard Childress Racing during the Daytona 500 on Sunday.

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The 2019 NFL Pro Bowl Week officially kicks off Wednesday with the opening of the Pro Bowl Experience, an interactive football festival event designed for fans of all ages. The Pro Bowl Experience features activities, exhibits and sponsor activations that give fans an immersive NFL football experience.  Pro Bowl Experience interactive activities available for live hits include:

  • 40-Yard Dash: Media can race against a virtual Pro Bowl star.
  • Kick-Tac-Toe: Media can test their kicking skills at a giant Tick-Tac-Toe board.
  • Precision Passing: Media can compare their passing skills against star Pro Bowl quarterbacks.

There will be a live site area on the Visa Athletic Center patio as well as NFL and Disney Sports spokespeople available for news outlets interested in doing live hits during their morning newscasts. The live location is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 4 am to 1 pm.

Interested media must contact Disney Sports Public Relations a day in advance in order to access the live shot location and schedule a spokesperson.

Media Contacts: 

Darrell Fry, Disney Sports Public Relations, (407) 409-1612 (cell)

Reggie Roberts, Disney Sports Public Relations, (770) 833-9817 (cell)

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Featuring a week-long celebration of football and new gameday experiences that showcase Pro Bowl players; Game Tickets on Sale at ProBowl.com

 

In the lead up to the 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium on January 27, the NFL is hosting a week-long celebration to unite and inspire the entire football community. The majority of Pro Bowl Week events are set to take place once again at ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World Resort.

Throughout the week, a fan-focused program offers free interactive experiences and youth and high school football competitions. For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowlers from the AFC and NFC will compete in unique competitions at the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown – this year featuring the 40-Yard Splash Presented by McDonalds, where players will race to fill up a dunk tank and attempt to hit the target with a football. The event airs on Thursday, January 24, at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN and Disney XD.

The week also offers opportunity to give back to the community. For the first time at Pro Bowl, the NFL will host Pro Bowl Community Day on Saturday, January 26 at the sports complex, when Pro Bowl players will participate in various activities supporting Community Service, Youth Football, Youth Health & Wellness, the Military Community, and Sustainability efforts.

The Pro Bowl will be televised live Sunday, January 27 at 3:00 PM ET on ESPN, ESPN Deportes, Disney XD and ABC. Game streaming is available on ESPN digital platforms, Yahoo Sports on mobile, and the NFL app on mobile. Audio of the game will be broadcast nationally by Westwood One, and carried on SiriusXM and the TuneIn App. ESPN will also provide live coverage of many of the events during Pro Bowl Week across the ESPN, ABC and Disney platforms, in addition to NFL Media.

See below a list of all Pro Bowl events taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex:

Overview of Pro Bowl Week Events:

Pro Bowl Experience: Wednesday, January 23 – Saturday, January 26; times vary; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Elena Bakar, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AFC / NFC Pro Bowl Practices: Wednesday, January 23 – Friday, January 25; times vary; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. All media availabilities will take place on the field at the conclusion of each practice.

  • Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pro Bowl Skills Showdown: Wednesday, January 23; 12:00 PM ET; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (taping) and will air on Thursday, January 24 at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN & Disney XD.

  • ​Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth and High School Events:

Play Football Opening Night: Thursday, January 24; 6:00-8:00 PM ET; the Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Skills Showdown: Friday, January 25; 12:30-3:30 PM ET; Field 16 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Celebrity FLAG Game: Friday, January 25; 6:00-8:00 PM ET; Field 16 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football: Friday, January 25 – Sunday, January 27; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Media – For more information, contact Melinda Whitemarsh, USA Football, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp: Wednesday, January 23; 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM ET; Field 21 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Media – For more information, contact Ryan Betscher, Muñoz Agency, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Community Events

Pro Bowl Community Day: Saturday, January 26; 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

  • Special Olympics Unified Flag Football Game – Field 18
  • Play Football Clinics – Field 17
  • Packaging USO Military Care Kits* – Visa Center
  • Packaging Shelter Comfort Kits* – Visa Center
  • Meal Packing for Local Food Bank* – Visa Center
  • NFL Green Project* – Field 24
  • The Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) Activity* – Field 21
  • Wounded Warrior Project Flag Football Game* – Field 22

Media – For more information, contact Jill Pike, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pro Bowl Experience and Pro Bowl Practices:

Pro Bowl Experience

A free football festival located at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort where, among many activities and attractions, fans can participate in immersive exhibits and take photos with the 2019 Pro Bowl Trophy. As part of the partnership between KultureCity and Camping World Stadium, Pro Bowl Experience will distribute sensory-friendly packs to fans.

The 2019 Pro Bowl Experience will be open to fans at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort:

  •        Wednesday, January 23 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET
  •        Thursday, January 24 from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM ET
  •        Friday, January 25 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET
  • ​       Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM ET 

ATTRACTIONS

*All attractions are subject to change.

  • 40-Yard Dash: Race down the field against your opponents and virtual NFL players on a giant 40-yard long LED wall.
  • Kick-Tac-Toe: Kick 3 in a row on a giant tic-tac-toe board.
  • Bring It All Block Party: A pop-up block party-style experience for teens to show off what they bring to the game of football, including a t-shirt customization station, touchdown celebration booth, and gaming lounge featuring Fortnite.
  • Oakley®: Experience Oakley Prizm™, a revolutionary lens technology grounded in decades of research that turned eyewear into vital sports equipment. To learn more about the Oakley Prizm Football Shield and see what you’ve been missing, please visit the Oakley Rolling Lab in the Fan Zone
  • Obstacle Course: Navigate through obstacle courses and train like an NFL player.
  • Precision Passing: Pass to as many targets as possible while on the clock.
  • Best Hands: Catch as many different passes as possible like an NFL all-star!
  • 2019 Pro Bowl Trophy: Take a photo with the official 2019 Pro Bowl Trophy.
  • Sleep Number: See how sleep impacts performance at the Sleep Number fan experience, featuring the Sleep Number 360 smart bed and interactive Plinko game with giveaways.
  • Vertical Jump: Jump as high as you can and hit the corresponding flag to discover your vertical reach just like at the NFL Scouting Combine.
  • NFL Shop at Pro Bowl: Shop for your favorite NFL and Pro Bowl gear at the NFL Shop trailer located inside Pro Bowl Experience.
  • Wilson: Fans will have the opportunity to customize their own Wilson footballs.​

Media – For more information, contact Elena Bakar, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

AFC & NFC Team Pro Bowl Practices

The AFC and NFC teams will practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complexfrom Wednesday, January 23 through Friday, January 25. All media availabilities will take place on the field at the conclusion of each practice.

Practices are free and open to the public, and entry to the seating areas is available on a first-come, first-served basis. To attend practice, fans must register for Fan Mobile Pass via the Pro Bowl – Fan Mobile Pass app or onNFL.com/PBFanMobilePass. Visit ProBowl.com for more details.

Wednesday, January 23

10:30 AM ET                                 NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

10:45 AM ET                                 AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 7

 

Thursday, January 24

11:30 AM ET                                 NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

11:45 AM ET                                 AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 7

Friday, January 25

11:30 AM ET                                 NFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 16

11:45 AM ET                                 AFC team practice at ESPN Wide World of Sports – Field 7

Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL PLAY 60 Character Camp

On Wednesday, January 23 at 9:30 AM ET, the NFL will host a free Character Camp on Field 21 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. The event will include 300 predominantly-Hispanic youth from the Orlando area. The non-contact football camp will be led by Pro Football Hall of Fame offensive tackle Anthony Muñoz. The camp is part the NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps program, a partnership between the NFL and the Muñoz Agency. The mission of the camps is to make a positive impact on youth through teaching football skills, emphasizing exercise, and reinforcing the importance of character in athletics and life. This camp is hosted as part of the NFL’s year-round Hispanic outreach initiative, focused on offering youth opportunities to play and experience the game of football. Since the inception of NFL PLAY 60 Character Camps in 2012, over 90 camps have been held impacting nearly 30,000 youth across the country.

Media – For more information, contact Ryan Betscher, Muñoz Agency, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Opening Night

Play Football Opening Night is a youth and high school focused media event for all NFL Flag Championship teams and High School Skills Showdown Athletes on Thursday, January 24 from 6:00-8:00 PM ET at The Arena at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. More than 700 NFL FLAG participants and Play Football High School Skills competitors will have the opportunity to mix and mingle before competition kicks off. Participants will interact with NFL players – current and Legends – and Disney talent. Each NFL FLAG team and High School Skills athlete will participate in interview sessions and various activities. These activities include but are not limited to: designated team interview areas & time slots, photo opportunities, gaming lounge, vertical jump and 40-yard dash, and trophy displays.

Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pro Bowl Skills Showdown

For the third consecutive year, Pro Bowlers from the AFC and NFC will compete against each other in unique competitions at the PRO BOWL SKILLS SHOWDOWN, which airs onThursday, January 24, at 9:00 PM ET on ESPN and Disney XD. 

The 2019 Pro Bowl Legends Captains, Jim Kelly and Demarcus Ware of the AFC and Emmitt Smith and Brian Urlacher of the NFC, will lead their respective squads. The Legends Captains will motivate, strategize, and execute a game plan for their teams. Each Skills Showdown team will feature 10 All-Stars: two quarterbacks, one running back, three wide receivers/tight ends/defensive backs, three linemen/linebackers, and one coach’s choice (non-quarterback).

Taking place at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World Resort, the competition will include:

  • 40 Yard Splash presented by McDonalds: A new challenge that puts teamwork to the test as players participate in a football-inspired take on a fire bucket brigade. Players race to fill up a dunk tank and attempt to hit the target with a football, dropping an opposing team member into the tank.
  • Gridiron Gauntlet presented by Castrol® EDGE®Five players from each team will participate in a head-to-head relay race designed to showcase strength, speed, and agility. Competitions include a fumble scramble through an inflatable path, among others.
  • Best Hands presented by Madden NFL Overdrive: Two WR-QB duos from each conference will compete in a timed relay race to catch a series of passes at a sequence of downfield targets as quickly as possible. Designated targets require a specific style of catch – diving, one-handed, over the shoulder, etc. – which must be executed before the receiver can move on to the next target.
  • Precision Passing presented by Madden NFL Overdrive: Each conference’s two quarterbacks and one captain-appointed non-quarterback will battle it out in a one-minute accuracy competition, as they attempt to hit as many targets as possible.
  • Epic Pro Bowl Dodgeball presented by Skittles: In the grand finale, Pro Bowlers will compete in a classic game of dodgeball, with every member of each team participating. In a best of three series, the team with the last person on the court wins.

Fans are encouraged to join the conversation surrounding the Pro Bowl Skills Showdown on social media using the hashtag #ProBowlSkills. For additional information and to find out more about week-of festivities, fans are encouraged to visit ProBowl.com.

Media – For more information, contact Jake Gellerman, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Sam Drexler, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Skills Showdown

Fifty high school football student-athletes from around the country will have an opportunity to participate in position specific drills, viral challenges, and celebration dance offs during the first-ever Play Football Skills Showdown at Pro Bowl on Friday, January 25 from 12:30-3:30 PM on Field 17 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. NFL Club Coach of the Year winners from each of the 32 markets had a chance to select one player from their team to participate in the Showdown. Remaining spots are for graduating high school seniors from the local Orlando and South Florida region.

Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Play Football Celebrity FLAG Game

On Friday, January 25 from 6:00-8:00 PM ET on Field 16 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex NFL Legends, celebrities, influencers, and the youth football community will participate in a friendly but competitive flag football game during the first annual Play Football Celebrity Flag Game at Pro Bowl. Each team will compete for a donation to an agreed upon foundation connected to youth or high school football to assist with growing the game of football. Public entry opens at 5:00 PM ET. Seating is limited so arrive early in order to secure a seat.

Media – For more information, contact Taylor Kielpinski-Rogers, NFL, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and Stephanie Goodsell, GPG, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

NFL FLAG Championships

NFL FLAG Championships will be held at Pro Bowl for the third consecutive year as part of the week-long celebration of football across all levels. Over 71 youth flag football teams will compete in the NFL FLAG Championships Powered by USA Football as part of the NFL’s Pro Bowl Week in Orlando.

Championship games for the 9-10 Coed, 11-12 Coed and 13-14 Girls divisions will be playedSaturday, January 26 at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, starting at 10:00 AM ET. All three games will be streamed live on ESPN3. NFL Pro Bowl players, Legends, and special guests will serve as guest coaches encouraging teams and engaging with fans. The 13-14 Boys championship game will be played Sunday, January 27 at Camping World Stadium during pregame. Kickoff is 1:15 PM ET and can be viewed on ESPN/ABC properties.

Tournament Schedule:

  • Pool Play: Friday, January 25; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; 10:00 AM ET – 6:30 PM ET; Fields 23-30
  • Boys Semifinals: Saturday, January 26; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex: 9:00 AM ET; Field 25
  • 9-10 Coed, 11-12 Coed and 13-14 Girls Championships: Saturday, January 26; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; 9:30 AM ET; Field 16
  • 13-14 Boys Championships: Sunday, January 27; Pre-game at Pro Bowl; Camping World Stadium

Media – For more information, contact Melinda Whitemarsh, USA Football, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Wednesday, 16 January 2019 14:13

​​NFL Announces 2019 Pro Bowl Coaching Staffs

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The coaching staffs of the Los Angeles Chargers and Dallas Cowboys were selected to lead the 2019 Pro Bowl teams in Orlando, Florida, the NFL announced today.

The 2019 Pro Bowl presented by Verizon will be played on Sunday, January 27, at Orlando’s Camping World Stadium. Tickets to the game, which kicks off at 3:00 PM ET and will be televised live on ESPN, ESPN Deportes and Disney XD and simulcast on ABC, are on sale now at NFL.com/ProBowlOnSale.

Anthony Lynn and the coaches from the Los Angeles Chargers and Jason Garrett and the coaches from the Dallas Cowboys will lead the AFC and NFC teams, respectively.

Each conference will also be led by two Legends Captains – one offensive and one defensive. Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly (offense) and linebacker DeMarcus Ware (defense) will lead the AFC, while Pro Football Hall of Fame running back Emmitt Smith (offense) and Pro Football Hall of Fame linebacker Brian Urlacher (defense) will lead the NFC.​

For additional information on the game and week-of festivities, fans are encouraged to visit ProBowl.com.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – When you consider everything that Eric Donoho has been through – the head, neck and brain injuries, the suicides of his close friends and the cancer diagnosis and multiple miscarriages suffered by his wife – it’s almost a miracle that he is still standing. Yet this resilient Army veteran is not just standing, but thriving thanks to the sport of running, which this week took him to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Donoho from Indianapolis, Ind., has already endured a lifetime of challenges. Shortly after he was deployed to Iraq, his wife suffered the first of several miscarriages. Then, Donoho was severely wounded in combat, sustaining head, neck and brain injuries. Even when he returned home, misfortune followed him. His wife was diagnosed with cancer and he lost two of his military buddies to suicide.

But running has been a lifesaver. Through the support of an Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) program funded by a Cigna Foundation grant, he has used running to help ease life’s many pains, making him an inspiration for others who are battling similar challenges. Buoyed by the fact that his wife was eventually able to deliver two healthy children, he is running the Walt Disney World 5K and gaining admirers every mile.

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Returning Brazilian champions are the first male and female competitors across the finish line at the 26th annual 26.2-mile race through Walt Disney World Resort

 

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 13, 2019) – Fredison Costa and Giovanna Martins, past champions of the Walt Disney World Marathon presented by Cigna, took their thrones again Sunday, easily winning the male and female divisions of the 26th annual event.

Costa, a native of Brazil who now lives in Kissimmee and trains at Walt Disney World Resort, recaptured the title after struggling through last year’s race. It was his seventh Disney Marathon victory, leaving him one shy of Adriano Bastos’ record of eight wins. Running in unseasonably warm Florida weather, Costa posted a time of 2:18:45, far off the race record of 2:11:50, but well ahead of second-place finisher Nick Hilton (2:21:48), the Flagstaff, AZ runner who won the race a year ago, and Jose Lima of Brazil (2:26:40), who was third.

“I’ve been through hard times this year, so it felt great that this was the seventh time I was the winner,” Costa said. “I feel like I’m challenging myself again.”

Martins of Salto, Brazil, is the first woman to win four Disney marathon titles, including the last three in a row. She was challenged for much of the race, but kicked it into high gear late in the race to win easily, then celebrated her momentous victory while clutching a Mickey plush in one hand and a Brazilian flag in the other. In fact, she is the only four-time women’s winner in race history after crossing the finish line in 2:45:24 – more than two minutes ahead of Antonia Lins Da Silva of Fortaleza, Brazil, who was second (2:47:36) and Nancy Jurgens of Apex, North Carolina who was third (2:50:39).

“Every time I see the ‘Where Dreams Come True’ sign (at Walt Disney World Resort), it’s impossible to not get emotional,” Martins said. “Running and winning these races at Walt Disney World truly is a dream come true.”

The Disney marathon weekend, which began in 1994 with only one race involving roughly 8,000 runners, has evolved into a multi-race event with more than 100,000 runners and spectators, representing 73 countries around the world. Now 26 years later, this marathon weekend remains one of the most popular in the nation and is widely regarded as the first entertainment-focused marathon in the country. Nearly one million people of various ages and abilities have run in a Walt Disney World Marathon race, including more than 70 who have now run all 26 Disney marathons.

The Walt Disney World Marathon capped an action-packed weekend of races that included a 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, runDisney Kids Races, and the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo.

This was the second of four race weekends during the 2018-19 runDisney season, with the next race weekend being the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Networks Hospitals, February 21–24.  Registration for that race and others is available at www.rundisney.com.

Media Contact: 

Aubrey Gravante, Disney Sports Public Relations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |(313) 720-1109

Darrell Fry, Disney Sports Public Relations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. |(407) 409-1612 (cell)

 

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Ron Wertley took on the Walt Disney World Marathon’s Dopey Challenge – running the 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon – in successive days and that would be impressive on its own if that were all there was to his story. But it’s not.

There’s so much more.

Wertley completed the Dopey Challenge – all 48.6 miles – despite having to train while undergoing chemotherapy treatments for cancer. He was first diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia and given a 40-percent survival chance just after he completed the Dopey Challenge last January. But nearly a year of aggressive chemo treatments sent the cancer into remission.

Until a few weeks ago.

December brought news that the cancer had returned and doctors say he needs a 30-day stint in the hospital and an aggressive chemo regimen to combat the disease again. But with the support of the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training, Wertley was determined to participate in the Dopey Challenge this week (he has done all five previous ones), which is a testament to his fortitude, determination and grit.

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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (Jan. 10, 2019) – When you consider everything that Eric Donoho has been through – the head, neck and brain injuries, the suicides of his close friends and the cancer diagnosis and multiple miscarriages suffered by his wife – it’s almost a miracle that he is still standing. Yet this resilient Army veteran is not just standing, but thriving thanks to the sport of running, which this week took him to the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.

Donoho from Indianapolis, Ind., has already endured a lifetime of challenges. Shortly after he was deployed to Iraq, his wife suffered the first of several miscarriages. Then, Donoho was severely wounded in combat, sustaining head, neck and brain injuries. Even when he returned home, misfortune followed him. His wife was diagnosed with cancer and he lost two of his military buddies to suicide.

But running has been a lifesaver. Through the support of an Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) program funded by a Cigna Foundation grant, he has used running to help ease life’s many pains, making him an inspiration for others who are battling similar challenges. Buoyed by the fact that his wife was eventually able to deliver two healthy children, he is running the Walt Disney World 5K and gaining admirers every mile.

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The 26th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna ranks among the nation’s most popular destination races, growing from 8,200 runners in 1994 to more than 100,000 athletes and spectators expected this year. As one of Central Florida’s largest sporting events, the four-day race weekend offers activities for runners of all ages and levels including the 5K, 10K, half marathon, marathon, runDisney Kids Races and runDisney Health and Fitness Expo. Race activities begin on Thursday with the Walt Disney World 5K and culminate on Sunday with the 26.2-mile Walt Disney World Marathon.

There are more than 14,000 Florida runners participating in Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend races, including more than 5,000 from the Central Florida area.

See below information about race start times and locations:

Walt Disney World 5K Race:

Date: Thursday, Jan. 10

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 4:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.
Walt Disney World 10K Race: Date: Friday, Jan. 11

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 4:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.
Walt Disney World Half Marathon Race:

Date: Saturday, Jan. 12

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 3:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.
26th annual Walt Disney World Marathon Race:

Date: Sunday, Jan. 13

Start 5:30 a.m.

Arrive at Epcot by 3:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.

Media interested in covering the weekend events must contact Disney Sports Public Relations a day in advance to arrange for credentials.

Media Contact: 

Aubrey Gravante, Disney Sports Public Relations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,

(313) 720-1109

Darrell Fry, Disney Sports Public Relations, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

(407) 409-1612 (cell)

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