Due to an elevated risk of lightning in the area the the Walt Disney World Half Marathon and the Disney Kids Races have been cancelled.
"Weather tracking has indicated there is an elevated risk of lightning in the area of the racecourse. In addition, there are sections of the course that do not provide immediate access to shelter. Both of these factors have influenced this difficult decision," runDisney announced.
"While we share our Guests’ obvious disappointment, the safety of our Guests and Cast is most important," the announcement said.
According to the National Weather Service, rain is likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 8 a.m., then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.
The runDisney Health & Fitness Expo will delay opening until 11 a.m.
All registered half marathon runners will receive their half marathon medal and may choose from one of the following options:
- A full refund for their race registration in the form of a Disney gift card.
- Two One-Day Park Hopper tickets.
- Defer registration to another runDisney half marathon race in the U.S. within the next 24 months, subject to availability.
All registered runDisney Kids Race runners will receive their Kids Race medal and a full race registration in the form of a Disney gift card.