Ready, Set, Run: Upcoming Races in Orlando

Grab a bib, a chip, and get ready for the endorphins to kick in! Margaritaville Resort Orlando is the ultimate destination for runners this summer. Whether you're participating in the Margaritaville Run, a Disney race, or any of the numerous other runs in Orlando, this resort is the perfect runner's paradise. Regardless of your preferred distance or scenic route, Orlando has a race that fits your style.

Here's a look at some of the most exciting upcoming running events in Orlando, along with the best local trails to train on for your next race.

Upcoming Orlando Races

1. Margaritaville Run

Balance out periods of relaxation at Margaritaville Resort Orlando by participating in the annual Margaritaville Run - taking place this fall on September 28th. This event begins at the resort and allows runners to choose between the 5K and 10K Garmin Route, depending on their goals and preferred pace. Treat yourself to pre-race runner happy hour at the resort and reward yourself with a free post-race margarita and entertainment.

Large group of people participating in the Margaritaville Run race

Walt Disney World Races

Bring Disney magic to your runs at the Walt Disney World Resort. The annual Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on November 3rd spans 13.1 miles and is hosted by Pixar’s Chef Remy and Linguini to treat runners with the best cuisine from Paris along the race. Disney Marathon Weekend offers adrenaline-pumping races with friends and family through Walt Disney World from January 8-12, 2025, with options including the 5K, 10K, Dopey Challenge, and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge.

Minnie Mouse holding kids' hands at the Magic Kingdom

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Red, White and Blue 5K

Celebrate Fourth of July weekend by participating in the annual Red, White and Blue 5K run on July 6th hosted by the Ritz Carlton Spa Orlando Grande Lakes. The race begins at 7:30 a.m. and takes place on the resort's 18-hole championship golf course. Conclude the race with a glass of champagne and healthy snacks followed by a stretching and massage by the spa's therapists.

Young woman wearing a racing medal while holding up the USA flag

Monster Dash

Combine fitness and the thrills of Halloween this fall with the OCA’s annual Monster Dash at Blue Jacket Park in Orlando. Dress up in your favorite monster costume for the occasion during either the 5K, Kids Fun Run, Family Stroll, or Virtual 5K race on October 19th. Whether you want to test your speed or enjoy an easy walk, enjoy a fun cardio experience in the spirit of Halloween.

Woman participating in the OCA Monster Dash Race in Orlando


Gingerbread Run – Give Kids the World

Give hope to children in need this holiday season by taking part in the Gingerbread Run at Give Kids the World Village. The 5K run takes place on November 23rd in a creative storybook village with the colorful atmosphere of holiday lights. Raise money for kids with critical illnesses with a quick run or relaxing walk with loved ones.

Kids participating in the Give Kids the World Gingerbread Run

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Local Orlando Paths & Trails

West Orange Trail

This quiet, picturesque trail takes you through 22 miles of various communities and neighborhoods, such as Oakland, Winter Garden, and Apopka. The West Orange Trail is perfect for a quiet walk or run to enjoy historic landmarks, cozy cafes, and wildlife spotting before exploring other areas of Orlando.

Happy family on a walking path in downtown Winter Garden, Florida

Celebration Town Center & Trails

Lined with quaint streets, lush landscaping, and elegant architecture, Celebration Town Center invites both locals and visitors to explore its pedestrian-friendly pathways. The town's network of walking trails – including the Auburndale TECO Trail, East Central Regional Rail Trail, or Flagler Trail - weave through serene parks and tranquil lakes, providing a beautiful backdrop for runners training for a race.

Family riding bikes on a trail by a lake in Celebration, Florida

Photo Credit: Emergent Media - Visit Florida

Lake Baldwin Trail

Get a glimpse of Orlando’s urban life during your warm-ups with a morning run around Baldwin Park. The 2.5 miles of Lake Baldwin Trail is enough for a cardio exercise solo or with a group, and the view of the lake makes for a beautiful addition to vacation photo collections. Finish the run with a tasty lunch at the restaurants just steps away, or with a shopping spree at the nearby stores to collect souvenirs.

View of the gazebo over a lake in Baldwin Park Orlando

© Baldwin Park Residential Owners Association

Lake Eola Park Loop Trail

Downtown Orlando's Lake Eola Park is a fantastic place to train for a run, featuring a scenic lake trail and breathtaking city views. The Loop Trail encircles Lake Eola, spanning nearly a mile, making it perfect for a quick jog or easily tracking walking and running distances. After a training session, explore the diverse selection of local shops and restaurants just across the street.

Aerial view of Lake Eola in Downtown Orlando, Florida

Photo Credit: NPI Productions - Visit Florida

Running stands out as a unique activity that effortlessly combines health benefits with an exhilarating adrenaline rush. Consider visiting Orlando throughout the year to participate in charitable runs or to set new personal records in 5K races during special holidays. For an added dose of excitement, challenge family or friends to races at Walt Disney World. It's an unforgettable way to boost adrenaline and create lasting memories together.

Book your next getaway with Margaritaville Resort Orlando today and stay in shape with extra doses of fun.