In the 2014 edition of the annual 26.2-mile Disney World Marathon race, 36-year-old Brazilian runner Fredison Costa won with an impressive time of two hours, 21 minutes and 39 seconds.
This was Costa’s third victory at the Walt Disney World marathon.
Marathon spectator Carissa Bealert captured the finish on Instagram:
The Brazilian champion managed to hold off eight-time winner and defending champion Adriano Bastos, who finished in second just 75 seconds off the pace set by Costa.
Here is a look at the top finishers from the men's classification:
|4||Ben Payne||United States||32||2:26:00.88|
|5||Matt Hensley||United States||26||2:26:37.68|
|6||Michael Wardian||United States||39||2:35:22.48|
|7||Ronnie Holassie||United States||42||2:36:53.61|
|8||Martin Rindahl||United States||50||2:37:07.18|
|9||Alexander Mund||United States||22||2:38:27.15|
Here is a look at the top finishers from the women's classification:
|2||Brittney Christianson||United States||27||2:54:11.36|
|3||Julie Northrup||United States||25||2:59:07.43|
|4||Emily D'Addario||United States||22||3:01:06.28|
|6||Amy Ostrofe||United States||27||3:02:16.04|
|7||Rozilene De Jesus||Brazil||36||3:04:04.26|
|8||Monica Longoria||United States||24||3:04:44.14|
|9||Bo Franz||United States||52||3:11:24.97|
|10||Christie Brodhead||United States||35||3:13:01.08|
Alfredo Arevalo of Guatemala finished with a strong third-place run on the men's side, falling just 99 seconds off the pace set by the eventual winner. Americans Ben Payne and Matt Hensley finished fourth and fifth respectively.
On the women’s side, Angela Brito of Ecuador absolutely dominated the field, finishing with an impressive time of 2:47:44, over six minutes ahead of second-place finisher Brittney Christianson of the United States (2:54:11).
While the times were not overly impressive this year, the warm weather, via FindMyMarathon.com, did not help the runners’ cause. Despite the less-than-ideal conditions, this was still one of the most interesting races fans will witness all year.
To say the race at Disney is unique would be an understatement, with Twitter user Bioreconstruct providing photographs of the festivities along the way:
Disney Marathon enters the Castle pic.twitter.com/ufegyiN4FD— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) January 12, 2014
Haunted Mansion gravediggers ready to give you a rest in the Disney Marathon pic.twitter.com/283QRUMGvB— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) January 12, 2014
Disney Marathon at Epcot pic.twitter.com/QTOSV9MzAx— bioreconstruct (@bioreconstruct) January 12, 2014
With a course that traveled through the amusement parks of Walt Disney World—everything from Epcot to the Magic Kingdom—the one-of-a-kind backdrop and eclectic mix of fans from all over the world makes this one of the most unique events on the calendar each year.
Athletes are typically asked where they are going after a huge victory and are expected to respond with Disney World, but for Costa and Brito, the duo won’t have to travel very far.
*All times via RunDisney.com's live tracker.