For our very first RunDisney race, Gideon and I have chosen to run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon! We chose this specific event for several reasons:
1) Time of year.
This years wine and dine half marathon takes place on November 7th 2015, and is the last race weekend held at the Disney World, FL resort in RunDisney’s calendar year. As we only took up running on a regular basis at the start of this year, choosing a race later in the year will give us plenty of time to train to run the half marathon distance. Without having to increase the distance we run too far each week, we can hopefully stay injury free and give ourselves the best chance of having a strong race.
Going in November will also give us a chance to experience ‘Christmas’ at Walt Disney World, as christmas celebrations tend to begin at this time.
2) Food and Wine festival
The wine and dine half marathon takes place during the annual food and wine festival at EPCOT, which is a specific event at Disney World that we are keen to experience together. The festival sees multiple booths placed around world showcase that serve food and drinks from specific countries. Portions are the perfect size for snacking on, meaning you can munch your way around world showcase experiencing a range of different foods and drinks.
Entry into the wine and dine half marathon also includes special entry to a race after party at EPCOT and a $15 gift card which can be spent at the food and wine festival stands, so this seemed like a great race for us that would enable us to tick two things off our disney lists – running a half marathon through the parks and experiencing the food and wine festival together.
3) The course
The wine and dine half marathon is currently the only half marathon at Disney World which goes through three of the theme parks (it only excludes Magic Kingdom). We really like the idea of going through three parks, as it will mean there’s plenty to keep us entertained – not that disney doesn’t provide entertainment on the rest of the course as well, because they do!
4) The Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights
The latter half of the course goes through Hollywood Studios, and as because of the time of year, entrants get to experience running through one of the most spectacular christmas decorations at any of the disney parks – the Osbourne Spectacle of Dancing Lights!! At Christmas, the streets of America section of Hollywood Studios is covered in thousands of beautiful christmas lights! I cannot wait to experience them for myself, for the very first time, whilst running through the parks after closing… I truly think it will be spectacular!!
5) Its a night race
Most RunDisney races start VERY EARLY in the morning, and whilst Gideon can happily get up at 5am, I like my sleep! The wine and dine half marathon is a night race which starts at 10pm, so no getting up early! We are also hoping that it will be a bit cooler in temperature being at night (though this may be wishful thinking), and will be slightly more like the temperatures we are used to in the UK, rather than having the crazy Florida sun beating down on us.
So those are just some of the reasons the wine and dine half marathon is the disney race for us, and why we are super excited to run!
Have any of you ever participated in the wine and dine half marathon? Or any other disney race? We would love to hear your thoughts and tips in the comments!