THE WINE & DINE HALF MARATHON WEEKEND RECAP
The Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend featured runners from all 50 states and 26 countries from around the world. The weekend started with a dose of holiday spirit at Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K and runDisney Kids Races followed by the ultimate runners' night out at the Wine & Dine Half Marathon. After the race, runners celebrated at the Disney Wine & Dine Finish Line Party at Epcot® World Showcase Pavilion featuring 28 kiosks from the Epcot® International Food and Wine Festival presented by Chase.
The weekend festivities began with Disney's Health & Fitness Expo on Friday at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Runners and their families strolled through HP Field House and the Jostens® Center to browse through a variety of products and apparel from over 45 vendors on site.
Racing started early Saturday morning when 4,000 runners ran into the wild of Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park during Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K. Mickey and Minnie helped send the runners off into the Jungle where they were met by Baloo, Rafiki, Pluto, Donald and Goofy. Following the 5K, 1,000 kids raced their way around the track at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and took home medals of their own in the Mickey Mile, 100m, 200m, 400m and diaper dashes.
At 10 p.m. 14,000 runners gathered at the starting line at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to begin the fourth annual Wine & Dine Half Marathon. The course took runners through Disney's Animal Kingdom® Park, then on to Disney's Hollywood Studios where they were greeted by the latest Disney character, Ralph, from Wreck it Ralph and passed through The Osborne Family Spectacle of Lights in the Streets of America before finally heading towards Epcot®. At mile 13 runners ran under a laser light show before crossing the finish line where their commemorative finisher medal and the Disney Wine & Dine Finish Line Party awaited them.
The after party was in high spirits with both the jubilation of runners with their all new finisher medals and the abundance of wine and drink selections available throughout World Showcase Pavilion. Party goers wined and dined until 4 a.m.and enjoyed many Epcot® attractions such as Spaceship Earth, The Seas with Nemo and Friends®, Turtle Talk With Crush, and Soarin'™.
The Wine & Dine Half Marathon featured runners from ages 14-years-old to 78-years-young. Sixty-eight runners celebrated their birthday alongside their half marathon accomplishment.
The Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend has passed its course, but if you'd like to relive it, check out the runDisney Facebook page for the event photo album, or join the conversation with @runDisney on Twitter, where Followers were using the hashtag #WineDineHalf. And if you want to run next year, be sure to register early as it was a sold-out inaugural event. You can sign-up for an email reminder to be sure you don't pass on this course.