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Final Race Information for the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend

We are now just over 3 weeks away from the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend!!  This is my favorite Disney race and I can’t wait!


As with all runDisney weekends, they begin with a trip to the Health & Fitness Expo.  The Expo will take place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS) on Friday, November 8th from 10:00 am – 7:00 pm and Saturday, November 9th from 9:00 am – 3:00 pm.  All race participants  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, $10 gift card and clear plastic bag which is used for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration.  If you are unable to attend the expo, you can print authorization forms here and have someone pick up your packets.  Participants for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K, and the Disney Kid’s Races all MUST go to packet pick-up.

Now, on to the information you will need for Race Day.

  • Host Resort Transportation  The following are a list of host resorts where buses will be available to bring participants to and from ALL events surrounding the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  This includes the Expo, half marathon, 5K, kids races, and after party.  For the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, runners must be on a bus by 8:00 pm to ensure they make it into their corrals on-time at WWOS.  Shuttle service will be suspended between 9:00 pm and 10:00 pm because of road closures, but will recommence at 10:00 for the Finish Line After Party at Epcot.
    • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
    • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
    • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
    • Disney’s Beach Club Resort
    • Disney’s Boardwalk 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
    • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge
    • 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 WWOS (race start) on the evening of the race.  Runners and spectators will need to park at the Epcot and take shuttles to WWOS.  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.  Good news is that the parking fee will be waived for runners and spectators arriving at Epcot after 6:00 pm.
  • Costumes This is one of the best parts of Disney races…the costumes!  Runners get so creative and it’s so fun to see.  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.
  • 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.  Bag check opens at 7:00 pm in the staging area at WWOS and all bags must be checked by 9:00 pm.  Bags will then be transported to Epcot and available for pick-up at in the finish line area beginning at 11:00 pm.  They must be claimed by 2:30 am on the morning of November 10th.  Unclaimed bags will be moved to Epcot Guest Relations.  I have to admit that I was a little apprehensive last year about the transportation aspect of this, but everything went smoothly.
  • Start Corrals  The start corrals are located along Victory Way at WWOS.  The race begins promptly at 10:00 pm, so you will want to leave enough time to get into your corral.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.   You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.  I will be in Corral I, so make sure to come say hi!



  • Starting Times  We saw the new shorter start time windows for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and that is continuing on for this race.  The following are scheduled start times for the corrals at WWOS:
    • 9:58 pm – Wheelchair Start
    • 10:00 pm – Corral A Start
    • 10:02 pm – Corral B Start
    • 10:04 pm – Corral C Start
    • 10:06 pm – Corral D Start
    • 10:09 pm – Corral E Start
    • 10:12 pm – Corral F Start
    • 10:15 pm – Corral G Start
    • 10:19 pm – Corral H Start
    • 10:23 pm – Corral I Start
    • 10:28 pm – Corral J Start
    • 10:33 pm – Corral K Start
    • 10:40 pm – Corral L Start
  • 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.  This race has GREAT photo ops so don’t miss out!

Sunset Blvd

  • Pacing Requirements Remember, 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 a planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.
  • Changing Tents  Changing areas will be available in the finish line area at Epcot so you can get out of those sweaty clothes to enjoy the Food & Wine Festival.  They can get a bit crowded, along with the restrooms near the entrance to Epcot.  Tip: Head a bit farther into the park and use the restrooms in there to change…no lines!
  • Finish Line  Moving the finish line to the Epcot parking lot last year worked really well.  The flow was great and the overcrowding issues of years past were non-existent.  I’m glad to see they kept this set up this year.


The course for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon is the same this year, but it looks like there have been a few changes to Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K.
I think it’s safe to say that this is my favorite runDisney race weekend.  The course is great, as you get to run through 3 parks and what better way to end the night than at the Food & Wine Festival?!  Don’t forget to get your copy of the 2013 DFB Guide to the Epcot Food & Wine Festival to plan what you are going to eat that night…it will save you a ton of time!
Make sure to check out my recap of the 2012 Wine & Dine Half Marathon to get you excited for the race and I also covered the Finish Line After Party with all the yummy goodness.  Hope to see you there!!

Registration Now Open for the 2013 Wine & Dine Half Marathon


The 2013 Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is now open for registration!  This event is the ultimate Runners Night Out and probably my favorite runDisney event!  I mean can you really go wrong when you get to run through 3 parks and end at the Food & Wine Festival?!  This is the 4th year this race is being held and every year it gets better…can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2013.

This nighttime race begins at 10:00 pm on November 9th at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  The course takes runners through Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes at Epcot.  It’s the only Disney Half Marathon to take you through 3 parks!

029 W&D MedalThe price tag for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon is a bit higher than other Disney races, but it includes a lot of extras.  You get the usual amazing Disney entertainment on the course, a tech shirt, and race medal, but also included is admission to the Finish Line Party at Epcot and a $10 gift card!  The Finish Line Party has turned into a great event for runners and their supporters.  runDisney quickly learned from their mistakes after the first year was very over crowded, and opened up Future World for the party.  Now select attractions including Soarin’, Test Track, Mission: SPACE, and Maelstrom are open from 10:30 pm – 4:00 am for those attending the party.  Another added bonus is that all of the Food & Wine Festival kiosks are open during the party, which is great for a post-race snack and use for that $10 gift card!

Also taking place that weekend is Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5k and Kids Races.  The 5K takes place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom on November 9th as well, but this event is in the morning.  The Kids Races will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex that same afternoon.  Talk about a busy racing day!

Pricing for the events are as follows:

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

  • $175 by June 18, 2013
  • $190 between June 19 and August 13, 2013
  • $205 on or after August 14, 2013

Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K

  • $50 per participant

runDisney Kids’ Races

  • $15 per Kid’s Dash participant
  • $30 per 1-Mile Run participant

Finish Line Party

  • $74 by August 13, 2013
  • $84 between August 14 and October 29, 2013
  • $94 on or after October 30, 2013

Packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning November 8, 2013.  Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend and click here to register for any (or all!) of the events.

To get you excited for the race, check out these fun photos from the 2012 Wine & Dine Half Marathon!

You can also check out some of my recaps as well…

This is such a fun race and I can’t say enough good things about it.  Hope to see you there in November!!!

2012 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Photos!

Just a few memories from the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend…Enjoy!!

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos and shared your memories from Wine & Dine Weekend!

RAD Reads and Weekly Review: November 18, 2012

What a whirlwind few weeks!  First we got hit by Hurricane Sandy and were out of power for 6 days.  Not only was it difficult living in a 55 degree dark house, but I had to reschedule some large events at work due to the storm causing a lot of unwanted stress.  Then Winter Storm Athena blew through dumping about 8 inches of snow on CT and knocking our power out again fror about 6 hours.  Just what I needed the day before I was leaving for Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend!!  Sad first world Disney problems, I know…I just really needed this trip and I was scared I wasn’t going to make it.  But I did make it and it was epic 🙂

My full Wine & Dine race recap is coming up this week, but in the meantime you can read about the runDisney meet up and the Health & Fitness Expo from the weekend.  There were a lot of great posts from Wine & Dine meet up from my fellow bloggers Disney Every Day, Live, Run, Grow, We Run Disney, According To Kelly, Outrunning the Monorail, Running Toward the Prize, Running With Wishes and Running With Sass.  Make sure to pay them a visit and see what they thought of that amazing day.

With all of this craziness going on, I’ve been completely off schedule over here at RAD, but I’m hoping to get back on track this week.  Thankfully I’ve been able to catch up with some of my favorite blogs this week, so here are some RAD Reads I found for you:

Running & Fitness Posts
Fit2Flex, who was one of the announcers at the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, has a fun recap of Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K where she set an amazing PR of 25:10.  WOW!

Food. Fitness. Fantasy. takes us on the journey of finding the right running shoes, bloody heels and all.

SkinnyRunner ran the Ragnar Las Vegas relay, which is 197 miles.  The team was the 1st female team to finish in just under 26 hours and 11th overall…amazing.

Running Wild(er) recaps the Pretty Muddy race series.  This looks like a really fun event!

The Misadventures of a Darwinian Fail (one of my favorite blogs!) has made a promise to her body and many others are joining her in the Strong is Sexy Challenge.  Let’s all prove that being strong IS sexy and join the movement!

Disney Posts
Eating WDW dives into my FAVORITE item from this year’s Epcot Food & Wine Festival, the Grilled Lamb Chop with Mint Pesto and Potato Crunchies from Australia…the BEST!

Travel with Rick has a Magic Kingdom “old school vs. new school” culinary throw down with Smoked Meats and Frozen Treats.  Who do you think will win??

Imagineering Disney takes us inside the Walt Disney World Maintenance Shops.  Prepare to see a one armed Captain Hook!

Disney Bound once again finds an adorable outfit inspired by Marie of the Aristocats!

Disney Every Day goes on a tour of the room we recently stayed in at the Boardwalk Inn…what an amazing hotel!

The Disney Food Blog, with the help of Zannaland, provides a detailed review of lunch at the brand new Be Our Guest Restaurant.  I can’t wait to eat here!

This Happy Place Blog was lucky to attend a 15th anniversary celebration of The Lion King on Broadway.  I’m still dying to see this show.

Weekly Review
I’m happy to report that my ankle held up and my shin splints (thanks to KT Tape!) subsided during the Wine & Dine Half Marathon.  My body is definitely getting stronger because my recovery was very quick compared to my previous half marathons.  (It’s still crazy to me that half marathons is plural there!!!)  When I got back from WDW, I headed straight for my CrossFit box because I really missed lifting heavy things.  I got an awesome 93# PR on power cleans this week and one of my coaches told me I could do so much more.  I just need to get past the mental block of lifting a lot of weight.  I left encouraged and ready to keep trying!! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE CrossFit?!? 😉

Here’s my full week of workouts and to see my full WODs, head over to my page on dailymile.

Sunday: Finished the Wine & Dine Half Marathon at 1:30 am 🙂
Monday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Rowing & Thrusters
Tuesday: CrossFit – 1 hour – Power Cleans & Romanian Dead Lifts
Wednesday: Rest
Thursday: CrossFit – 1 hour – EMOM Night
Friday: Rest
Saturday: Rest

This week I have to pick up my running again.  I’ve signed up for the Team #runDisney virtual 5K challenge over Thanksgiving weekend where all the proceeds will go to Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, so I’m really excited about that.  But I need to start logging those miles.  I sound like a broken record every week with my lack of marathon training, but I’m still struggling with the motivation.  Any tips??

One last thing…I’m trying to put together a video montage of photos from the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.  Thank you to those who have submitted so far, but I still need more!!  Please email me at with photos you have from the weekend and I will include them in the project.  I will be posting it here on RAD in the next few weeks.  Thanks!!

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