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WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT TO HOST MARATHON; JANUARY 1994 EVENT OFFERS $125,000 PURSE

 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla., April 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Three theme parks and nearly a dozen resorts will provide the backdrops for a major marathon at Walt Disney World Resort next January.
 The huge, 43-square-mile Disney vacation complex will contain the entire 26.2-mile course for the inaugural Walt Disney World Marathon on Jan. 16, 1994. The event will be divided into divisions for all ages and abilities. A $125,000 purse is offered to the elite division.
 Race Director Jon Hughes of Event Marketing and Management International characterizes the run as "the biggest thing to hit the Florida and Southeastern U.S. running scene in a long time -- maybe ever."
 Fred Lebow, founder and race director of the New York City Marathon, will serve as honorary race chairman. Lebow: "The beauty and excitement of the sport combined with the magic of Walt Disney World will bring out the kid in all of us."
 The course is tentatively mapped to begin within Epcot Center and chart a path that also passes by Disney-MGM Studios Theme Park and the Magic Kingdom. "This has to be the most unusual setting for a marathon that I can recall," Hughes said.
 Information about race entry and accommodations packages is available by calling 407-827-7200. When calling, reference the Walt Disney World Marathon.
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 /CONTACT: Walt Disney World Press & Publicity Department, 407-824-4531/


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