ORLANDO, Fla. — The 27th Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend kicked off Thursday morning at Epcot.

  • About 13,500 runners participated Thursday morning
  • Thousands more are expected to come over the weekend
  • Get more details about the run here

Thousands of runners made their way around the theme park for the first event of the marathon weekend–the 5K.

About 13,500 runners participated Thursday morning. This marathon weekend is actually Central Florida's largest sporting event, bringing more than 75,000 runners and spectators to Orlando and it is all just getting started.

A runDisney spokesperson said they come from all over, adding that it is a special race because, for many of the runners, it is their first race ever.

And this year will have lots of new surprises for them along the course. 

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