March 27, 2012

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Information

Those of you who have never run a Disney race are in for a treat if you sign up for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon!  This race brings together the International Food and Wine Festival held each year at Epcot with the magic of a Disney race.  If you have children, there are kids races for them, as well as a 5K race for those not wanting to train for the half marathon.  The entry fees for these races are as follows:
Half marathon: $155 until May 22;  $170 from May 23- July 17:  $170;  $185 after July 18
Disney Family Fun 5K: $50 per participant
Kids races:  $10 per kid dash, $25 per 1 mile participant
Be sure to sign up early to avoid the price increase!

Sign up for these races is available online at the Rundisney website.  If you are planning to run the half marathon, it is best to provide a proof of time, to assure you are in the appropriate race corral.  For first time half marathon runners, I would highly suggest you run a 10K ahead of time to give you proof.  As first timers last year, Christine and I ran a 10K on Thanksgiving and were so happy to get Corral B for placement in the 2011 Princess Half Marathon.  It definitely gives you extra time to finish the race if you want to stop for character photos.  Note, that you must maintain a 16 minute mile pace throughout the race.

The schedule for the weekend looks like this:
November 9, 2012: Expo with race packet pickup
November 10, 2012 : 5K race at 7:00am; Kids races at 10:00am; Half marathon at 10:00pm
Finish Line After Party: 10:30pm- 3:00am

The following hotels are host resorts for the race.  They will provide special buses to take you to the Expo and to the start of the race and back to your hotel post race. It is very convenient to stay at a host resort and we are already booked for ours! 
Disney's All Star Movies, Music and Sports Resorts
Disney's Caribbean Beach Resort
Disney's Animal Kingdom Lodge
Disney's Beach Club Resort
Disney's Boardwalk Inn

You can get special rates if you call the following number:  1-407-WDW-IRUN.  You can also get a good break on tickets for the Disney theme parks.

 Last but not least, you will receive a beautiful commemorative medal for your accomplishment!


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