ORLANDO – WFTV, a Cox Media Group station, announced today that Channel 9 Eyewitness News will broadcast live from the 26th annual Walt Disney World Marathon on Sunday, Jan. 13 from 5 to 9 a.m. The Channel 9 team – including anchors Nancy Alvarez, Racquel Asa, Jamie Holmes, and Meteorologist Brian Shields – will host the four-hour live event from the finish line at Epcot.
“We are thrilled to once again work with runDisney to broadcast the 26th annual Walt Disney World Marathon,” said Paul Curran, market vice president of Cox Media Group Orlando. “Our exclusive, four-hour telecast will not only cover the race but provide our viewers in Central Florida a look behind-the-scenes of the people and stories that make this marathon so special. We are especially pleased to offer full coverage of the marathon on our WFTV Now streaming app.”
The 26.2-mile course takes runners through all four Walt Disney World Resort theme parks and the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Viewers will see all the excitement from multiple camera locations as runners make their way through the most magical course on earth.
New this year, WFTV gives viewers a unique look at race leaders from a state-of-the-art motorcycle camera. Coverage also includes an interview with the designer of this year’s coveted marathon medal and a look back at how Walt Disney World parks have transformed over the years.
“runDisney is dedicated to creating a unique race experience,” said Faron Kelley, vice president Disney Sports. “With a variety of entertainment and characters throughout the course, cast members and volunteers cheering on runners, participants are sure to find magic throughout every mile.”
In addition to the television broadcast, viewers can watch the marathon unfold live on the following WFTV digital platforms:
- WFTV News App for iOS and Android devices
- wftv.com livestream
- WFTV Now Streaming App for Apple TV, Amazon Fire, and Roku
The WFTV Apps can be downloaded for free by searching WFTV in app stores.
WHAT: 26th Annual Walt Disney World Marathon Presented By Cigna
WHEN: Jan. 13 from 5 to 9 a.m.
WHERE: WFTV Channel 9, wftv.com, and the WFTV Now App
WHO: Nancy Alvarez, Racquel Asa, Jamie Holmes and Brian Shields
For more information about the Walt Disney World Marathon and other runDisney races, please visit runDisney.com.
About Cox Media Group Orlando
Cox Media Group Orlando is a converged market of trusted radio and television brands, including WFTV (ABC) and WRDQ (Ind), News 96.5, K92.3, WMMO 98.9, Star 94.5, Power 95.3, 107.3 Solo Exitos, ESPN Orlando 580 AM. CMG Local Solutions and Cox Events Group. No other media company matches COX Media Group Orlando’s combined TV, radio and digital footprint in Central Florida.
About Cox Media Group
Cox Media Group (CMG) is an integrated broadcasting, publishing, direct marketing and digital media company. The company’s operations include broadcast television stations, radio stations, daily newspapers and non-daily publications. Additionally, Cox Media Group operates the National Advertising Platform businesses of CoxReps, Gamut and Videa; and offers a full suite of local and regional advertising services through its Local Solutions and Ideabar businesses. For more information about Cox Media Group, please visit www.coxmediagroup.com.
runDisney, one of the most popular race organizers in the world, hosts a series of five event weekends providing runners unique opportunities to run various distances through Disney theme parks. Walt Disney World Resort hosts the original event in the series, the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend presented by Cigna, in January followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals in February, the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox in April and the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in November. Internationally, Disneyland Paris hosts the Disneyland Paris Run Weekend in September. Race participants experience legendary Disney entertainment, earn unique Disney-themed medals and many choose to celebrate their accomplishments with a Disney vacation. runDisney also offers the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon and runDisney Virtual Series, where runners complete 5K and half marathon distances in their own communities, to earn runDisney medals. More than 200,000 running enthusiasts participate in runDisney events each year. For more information, visit www.runDisney.com and follow us on Facebook (runDisney), Twitter (@runDisney), Instagram (@runDisney), Pinterest (@WaltDisneyWorld/runDisney) and subscribe on YouTube (Youtube.com/user/runDisney).
About Walt Disney World Resort
Walt Disney World Resort is a contiguous, nearly 40-square-mile, world-class entertainment and recreation destination featuring four theme parks (Magic Kingdom, Epcot, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Disney’s Animal Kingdom); two water adventure parks (Disney’s Blizzard Beach and Disney’s Typhoon Lagoon); 36 resort hotels (26 owned and operated by Walt Disney World, includes eight Disney Vacation Club resort properties); 63 holes of golf on four courses; two full-service spas; Disney’s Wedding Pavilion; ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex; and Disney Springs, an entertainment-shopping-dining district. Walt Disney World Resort is also included in vacation packages of Disney Cruise Line. Located at Lake Buena Vista, Fla., 20 miles southwest of Orlando, Walt Disney World Resort opened Oct. 1, 1971. Open daily, year-round. For information on attractions and vacations at Walt Disney World Resort, visit disneyworld.com, call (407) W-DISNEY or contact local travel agents.