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Sneak Peak at the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Merchandise

Today runDisney released some photos of what you will find at the Health & Fitness Expo taking place January 7-10, 2015 during Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend!  Since this is the largest runDisney race weekend you can expect to find a LARGE assortment of merchandise items from shirts, hats, pins, glasses,

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Here we have some of the overall Marathon Weekend items.  As always, I love the pint glass but I especially LOVE the edition of the new runDisney Magic Band!!  Those will surely sell out quickly!

2015 Coast to Coast & 2016 In Training

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Here are the designs for the 2015 Coast to Coast shirts featuring the Partners Medal design which is a great addition.  If you have your sights already set on a 2016 race, you can also pick up an “In Training” shirt to keep you motivated throughout the year.

I Did It!

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Each race and challenge over Marathon Weekend features it’s very own “I Did It!” merchandise.  You can pick up one or six if them if you are taking on the Dopey Challenge!

There is also a wide variety of options that feature all the events…I’m loving the addition of tank tops this year, something I have been asking for for a LOOOOONG time!!

WDW Half Marathon

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WDW Marathon

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Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

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Dopey Challenge

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WOW…that’s a lot of stuff!! As with most runDisney expos, it’s best to get there as early as possible if you have your heart set on certain items since they tend to sell out quickly.  It’s hard to pick favorites out of all this great merch, but I’d have to go with the entire runDisney glass set, the aqua Marathon hoodie and BondiBand, and the pink Goofy pullover hoodies as my favorites.  What will you be getting over Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend??

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2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Info

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Five Years Running!  It’s hard to believe that the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend is already 5 years old, but I’m happy to say that it has just gotten better with age.  This is definitely one of my favorite courses because you get to run through 3 of the parks that are all lit up with fun nighttime entertainment…can’t get much better than that.  Oh and look at the rad medals you can get!

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Like any runDisney race weekend, there are TONS of details that you need to know to make your race go smoothly.  Well I’ve got all of that for your right here in one place!  Let’s get started…

Health & Fitness Expo

Like all other runDisney race weekends you will need to start yours by heading to the Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Hours for the Expo are:

  • Friday, November 7th: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 8th: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

Participants in all of the races MUST attend the Expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick up race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt, and gEAR bag.  The gEAR bag doubles at the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration, such as pins or necklaces.

Your first stop at the Expo will be the HP Field House for Packet Pick Up.  If you are unable to attend the Expo, you can arrange for an absentee pick-up by filling out an authorization form (found here) and providing the person picking up your bib with a photo copy of your ID and signed waiver.

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From there you will then proceed across the way to the Jostens Center to pick up your race shirt and gEAR bag, visit with over 50 vendors and spend all your money on runDisney merchandise.

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Resort Transportation

Bus transportation will be available to bring participants to and from ALL events taking place during Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  This includes the Expo, 5K, Kids Races and the half marathon.  Bus service to the Expo will run during the following times:

  • Friday, November 7th: 9:30 am – 6:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 7:30 pm)
  • Saturday, November 8th: 8:30 am – 2:30 am (last bus will leave for the resorts at 3:30 pm)

For the 5K, runners must be on a bus by 5:30 am to make it to the corrals by 6:15 am at the latest.  For Kids Races, families must be on a bus by 9:00 am to make it to the corrals by 9:45 am at the latest.  For the 10-Miler, runners must be on a bus by 8:00 pm to make it to the corrals by 9:15 pm at the latest.  Buses will run until 4:30 am on Sunday for a return trip to the resort.  If you are staying at the Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan or Dolphin, you have the option of walking back to your resort at the end of the night.

These are the host resorts for the weekend:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Driving Directions

If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation to all events.  An important thing to note is that there will be NO parking or guest drop-off at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on the evening of the race.  Runners will need to park at Epcot and take shuttles to the Sports Complex.  Parking fees for runners and spectators will be waived at Epcot after 6:00 pm on the night of the race.  Runners must be on a shuttle by 8:00 pm, so make sure to leave extra time to park your car and wait in line for a shuttle.  Event transportation will be suspended between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm due to road closures and the start of the race.

Costumes

Costumes are one of the best parts of any Disney race.  It’s amazing to see what some people run in!  For this race you will see a lot of chefs and food themed costumes.  I even saw someone running as a bunch of grapes!

Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.  This is for your own safety, especially during a night race!  So who are you dressing up as??

Bag Check

Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.

Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race.  The strings on the gEAR bags make them horribly uncomfortable to carry around if you are planning on staying for the after party.

All bags must be checked by 9:00 pm at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Bags will be available for pick-up in the Epcot Imagine Parking Lot and must be claimed by 2:30 am on the morning of November 9th.

Staging Area & Start Corrals

When you arrive by shuttle to to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex you will be directed to a large staging area.  This is where you will find bag check, water stations, photo ops and most importantly Port-a-Potties.  You can hang out here until about 30 minutes until the start of the race when you will need to be in your corrals.

The corrals will be located in the Touchdown Lot at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.  All runners MUST be in their starting corral by 9:30 pm. The Wine & Dine Half Marathon will start at 10:00 pm with the wheelchair start at 9:58 pm.

Waiting at the Starting Line!

You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.  I will be in Corral H so please say hi if you see me around!

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Race Bibs

Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible.

Pacing Requirements

You must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line.  Keep this in mind if you are planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists and the dreaded balloon ladies will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.

Aid Stations

There will be 9 PowerAde and water stops along the course and they are located approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other.  The PowerAde flavor is lemon-lime, so if that isn’t your thing you should carry your own.  There will be one food station at mile 8.4 that will have Clif Shots available.

Changing Tents

Changing areas will be available in the finish line area of the Epcot Imagine Lot after the race so you can get out of those sweaty clothes to enjoy the Finish Line Party.  But be warned that there is no privacy and the tents can get hot, so I have found that it is worth it to stand in line for a bit to get into an air conditioned restroom to change.

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Tip for you: Walk farther into Epcot and use the bathrooms in one of the Innoventions buildings…they are typically empty!

Course Maps

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

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More information on other events like the Kids Races is available on the runDisney website and in the Official Event Guide for the weekend.  Also, check out some of my packing tips as your get ready to travel and one of my plans for prepping for night races.  Also, Jenn from DISining Memories recently shared some great tips on Prepping for a Night Race vs. a Morning Race if you’re not used to running at night.

I ran this race two years ago and have tips and insights from my experience in my race recaps, plus from my friends who covered it for me last year!  Hopefully you will find some of them useful:

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I really excited to be returning this year to run the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  It’s probably my favorite race course and my second favorite race after Princess.  Plus having the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival at the finish line is a BIG win in my book!  Speaking of the Food & Wine Festival, make sure to get a copy of the DFB Guide to the 2014 Epcot International Food & Wine Festival to help you plan out what booth you want to hit after the race to refuel.

Take my advice and head straight to Australia for a lamb chop (protein!) and take it inside Craft Beers to enjoy with an ice cold brew.  You can thank me later 😉

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Hope to see you there!!

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A Magical First 5K

When you start the journey of running your first race, it can be a nerve wracking experience full of doubt and insecurity.  But once you start training and eventually finish that race, it is amazing to see what you can do when you put your mind to something.  Randy is here today to tell us about his wife’s journey to her first race, the Happy Haunted 5k Trail Run, and how he supported her along the way.  There is nothing like a great support system!

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“The road of life twists and turns and no two directions are ever the same. Yet our lessons come from the journey, not the destination.”

– Don Williams Jr.

For a runner this quote rings true. We devote endless hours preparing ourselves for an event that in comparison to our training takes only a fraction of time to complete. During that preparation we find out a lot about ourselves. One of the most profound revelations is that we are capable of so much more that we may have ever though we might have been.

My wife ran her first 5K race at the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run, but it wasn’t that destination where she learned that she could be a runner, it was the journey to that race where she learned that lesson.

After many years of telling me that she couldn’t run let alone be a runner my wife surprised me when I jokingly asked her if she wanted to run the 5K race the morning that I would be running The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and she said yes. Not wanting to give her the opportunity to change her mind I quickly signed us both up to run the 5K as well as signed myself up for the 10 miler.

Although I tried I could not convince my wife to attempt a straight out run on the 5K. Instead we would train for her to do a run/walk for the race. I developed a 3 month training plan for her so that she would never feel like she was going too far or too fast too soon. We did the training runs together and I liked seeing her change from someone who only a few month earlier would say that she could never run to someone who was running and starting to realize that she could do more than she had thought she could. There were even days when she would want to go a little faster or a little further on our training runs. It was nice to see a side of her where new things where possible.   Even though she was going to do a run/walk, she was definitely a ‘runner’.

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Finally the weekend of the run was upon us. The weather forecast called for rain for the entire time we were to be at Walt Disney World and my wife was depressed about the forecast. I tried to calm her nerves by telling her not to worry about it and that she should only worry about running her own race. We ended up getting our “Disney Magic” because the only rain we saw besides a little drizzle when we arrived the Wednesday prior to the race were some small rain showers the morning of the race.

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By the time we went to our corrals the rain had stopped. The whole forecasted week of rain amounted to only a couple of hours of rain.

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In the corral, I could tell my wife was getting nervous. I just kept reminding her that all she had to do was ‘run her race’. Meaning forget about everything else just do what you came to do. We also had the opportunity to meet so many great people over the days leading up to the race. Many of those people were running the 5K also and my wife was surprised how many of those runners were also doing the run/walk method for the 5K. Finally our corral was called up to the starting line and our race started. As we went along the course she was pleasantly surprised by how pleasant everyone was to each other, and she really liked seeing some of the characters our on the trail also.

When we crossed the finish line she looked at me and smiled and said “I can wear my shirt now”. This was a reference to a little quirk I have about wearing a shirt for a race prior to my running and completing the race. I happily told her “yes you can because now you have earned it”.

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We stayed around the ESPN Sports Complex for a couple of hours just cheering the runners on, meeting some of the other runners and taking pictures. Most importantly I could tell that my wife was beaming with personal pride for having accomplished something that only a few short months prior she had thought was impossible for her to ever do.

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A First Time Disney Runner Gets In The Race Spirit

Costumes are a BIG part of running a Disney race.  Some people go all out with very elaborate costumes, some enhance their running gear to represent their favorite character, and some (like me!) just like to take it all in.  I love to hear when first time Disney runners get in the costume spirit even before they’ve experienced the festivities first hand.  This month Colleen ran her first Disney race, the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run, and put together a fun costume out of items she had on hand.  Here’s her story along with some tips on how to create a fun and inexpensive costume of your own!

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I became interested in runDisney this past summer.  Many of the races for this season had already filled, but I was able to get a spot running the Happy Haunted 5K for a charity during The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler weekend.  Initially, I planned not to run in costume.  I just wanted to wear my normal workout gear.  But, when I purchased tickets for Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween party, I noticed a girl wearing a Minnie Mouse costume on the Disney website, and I thought it was so cute! So, I decided to dress up for the party.

I began searching for a skirt online, then I realized my party costume could easily transfer to a race outfit.  The only items I had to purchase were the skirt and yellow crocs to imitate Minnie’s yellow heels.  I already owned a black tank and black biker shorts.  The only lingering issue was Minnie ears.  I was reluctant to wear a headband with ears because I suspected it would fall off or distract me somehow.  I even briefly considered buying clip-on ears.  About two weeks before the race, I realized I could put my hair in two buns, high on each side of my head, for Minnie ears.  That seemed like the easiest, cheapest, and most comfortable option.

I set out my entire outfit the night before the race so I could get ready quickly, although one of the best features of the Happy Haunted 5K is a 7:30 a.m. start time, later than most runDisney morning races.  I didn’t have to be on a bus until 6:30 am.  Another major advantage is starting at the ESPN Wide World of Sports because there is a lot of covered/indoor space to wait.   It was drizzling, but that was never a problem because I could easily find shelter.  While the restroom lines in the stadium were long, the Jostens Center (expo site) was open and there was no wait for the restroom.  While I was stretching, a little girl pointed at me and said “Minnie!”  I was so excited that she recognized my running costume.  At the same time, I noticed more and more costumes on other runners, and I started planning for the future!

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About 7:15, I walked to my corral, which was the fifth to start.  I have read a lot about how crowded runDisney races are, but that was not my experience with this race.  After half a mile, everyone spread out comfortably.  My only disappointment was the lack of theming.  This race is a trail run, away from the parks.  There were a few character photo ops and two “decorations” (a truck covered in cobwebs and some spiders dangling from trees).  But, I think runDisney could have done much more to enhance the course with Disney/ Halloween features.  Still, the finish line energy was wonderful, and I was so happy to receive my medal, which featured the hitchhiking ghosts!

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The snack box was more than adequate, and I appreciated the water, Powerade, and bananas.  I decided against asking  my family to come to the finish line, so I left the post-race festivities pretty quickly.

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When I think about my experience, one of the biggest surprises was my excitement about dressing as a character.  Two months ago, I considered a costume to be an impediment, but now, I am writing a blog post about my costume experience!   The most important lesson I learned was that a running costume does not have to be expensive, elaborate, or uncomfortable.  If you would like to dress up, consider your character’s major colors.  Ask yourself if you already own any items that could work for your costume.  For example, I already own a blue tank and a red cape, so if I want to dress as Snow White, I only need to buy a yellow skirt and a red hair ribbon.

I have marked my calendar for November 2015 for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend.  Will I dress as Snow White or Princess Anna? I have a year to decide!

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Transformation Tuesday: Robin Crisp

Doctors are quick to prescribe medications for fix ailments, but what if we actually changed our lifestyle to become healthier instead of just using medication.  But we all know that taking the hard road is never easy…that’s why they call it the hard road right?  Well Robin took that hard road and it really paid off! Here’s her story…  

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Let me start by saying if I can do this anyone can!!

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I have been overweight for as long as I can remember, or at least I felt that I was. Looking back now at pictures I realize many of those years that I wasn’t as heavy as I thought. I have been on every diet plan out there, Weight Watchers and all their numerous changes, NutriSystem, Diet Workshop, Atkins, and others I can’t even remember that are probably not even around anymore. There is no telling how much weight I lost and regained over the years.

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One day in January of 2013 after getting some lab work back, the doctor told me that I had high cholesterol and was diabetic. She said I needed to be on medication. I asked that if I changed my eating and exercise habits could I correct this. Sadly the response was “no you are to far gone.” I was not happy with this answer.

I had seen many contestants on The Biggest Loser who were much heavier than I was that had been taken off their medications. My heaviest ever was 239 pounds, which was nowhere near some of these people. Her saying that and wanting to put me on medicine made me angry and something in me clicked. I told myself I was going to show her! I did take the medications briefly but after finally getting in touch with a specialist and having her point me in the right direction, I started losing weight and stopped the medicine.

Along the way I discovered running. While the gym and exercise became part of my daily routine, I didn’t love it and was unfamiliar with everything there and what to do. I had never been an athlete and didn’t have an athletic bone in my body. Then one day on Facebook a friend of a friend mentioned something about the Couch-to-5K (C25K) program and running a 5K. I thought that if she can do it, I certainly can! I looked up C25K to learn about it, downloaded the app and away I went. It was soooo hard but hey I could burn way more calories in less time than walking the treadmill so I was in! 🙂

I got to week 4 of the program and just couldn’t progress any further. Thankfully this was when I discovered Jeff Galloway and his interval running along with runDisney…I was sold. What more of a motivating factor could I ever possibly need then to run in my favorite place on earth, not to mention being able to run in costume!

I soon discovered all of the wonderful running blogs and Facebook running groups, such as #TeamrunDisney and Pacebook Running Club. The support, encouragement and knowledge on there for new runners was amazing. I never realized there was so much to learn about running and running at Disney.

I signed up for the Enchanted 10K and set my goals. At that point I hadn’t even run a 5K but knew I was already close, so surely in 6 months I would be ready. However things didn’t go as planned. I had hoped to reach my first weight loss goal of 64 pounds by Princess Half Marathon Weekend, but fell short and at that point had only lost 39 pounds. My husband was supposed to do the race with me but had to go out of town for work so I cancelled all of our reservations, I was too scared to go alone. I lost motivation after that, what was I doing all this hard work for??

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Around that same time, I had joined a Facebook Enchanted 10K group and mentioned that I cancelled because I was scared to go alone. I received an overwhelming amount of encouragement and learned that most of the women in the group were also traveling and racing alone too. I was able to rebook my trip and got back to work. I loved the whole weekend and was so so glad I went!! The atmosphere and camaraderie there was incredible. I met so many nice people and have even become friends with some.

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Shortly after coming home registration for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon opened and I signed up ready to attempt my first half. I’ve gone back and forth ever since about it. I go from excited one day and thinking I can do it, to the next day thinking I must be crazy, how do I think I can ever finish 13.1 miles??

Training officially started last week and unfortunately I am now restricted from running due to plantar fasciitis. I am in physical therapy and thought it would be better soon, but after no improvement the doctor ordered an MRI. Sadly, I found out that have the start of a stress fracture in my heel and that I have partially ruptured my plantar fascia muscle. So it looks like for now I will be deferring to 2015.

I now have several 5K’s under my belt and am trying to plan at least one race a month for the motivation I need to train. I signed up for the 5K and 10K at Princess Half Marathon Weekend again in 2015 and have already started planning my costumes. I thought I should at least complete one half marathon before signing up for a second.

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As of today I have lost 47 pounds with another 17 to go for my first goal, then I will reevaluate how I feel. I haven’t stuck to my healthy eating plan 100% which is why the weight has come off slowly but I am trying to make positive healthy lifestyle changes and not just be on a diet. I have done this by cutting carbs and cutting out wheat and other grains due to my high blood sugar levels. I hope to get to the point one day where this all comes natural to me and is a daily habit like brushing your teeth so I don’t have to think about it all the time, but I know I can’t expect years of bad habits to go away overnight.

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Has running at Disney helped to transform your life?  If so, I want to hear your story!  Send me an email at sarah@runningatdisney.com to be featured on an upcoming Transformation Tuesday!

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