LAKE BUENA VISTA, Florida
A 33-year-old Denver aspiring Olympian set a Walt Disney World Marathon weekend record, sweeping all four races in consecutive days.
Brittany Charboneau finished the 26.2 mile (42 kilometer) marathon in 2 hours and 45 minutes on Sunday. She also won the 5K, 10K and half marathon to complete the “Dopey Challenge”, which is a total of 48.6 miles (78 kilometers). For each race, she dressed as her favorite Disney character.
“I feel amazing,” Charboneau, who was injured while training for the Boston Marathon, told the Orlando Sentinel. “It was such a mental weekend for me. My goal was never to win all of this. My goal was to go out, wear costumes and have a great time.
Charboneau disguised as Elsa from “Frozen” for 5K Thursday, Bing Bong from “Inside Out” for 10K Friday, Joy from “Inside Out” for Saturday’s half-marathon and Cruella de Vil from “101 Dalmatians” for The Marathon Sunday.
Charboneau told the newspaper she also tested positive for COVID-19 around Christmas, even though she is fully vaccinated and boosted.
This is the first time a runner has passed all four races in the Disney event’s 29-year history, the Sentinel reported. The weekend marathon races offer routes that crisscross Disney’s four theme parks.
Charboneau, who is training for the 2024 Olympic trials, calls herself “the funny runner”.
“The reason I wanted to do this is to remind people that you can have big goals, but you can have fun with them,” she said.