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Wine & Dine Weekend Health & Fitness Expo

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again…I love the Health & Fitness Expos during runDisney weekends!  It’s such a great way to kick off a race weekend in Walt Disney World!  For the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, the Expo ran from Friday morning until early afternoon on Saturday.  All runners must attend the Expo to pick up their race packet and commemorative shirt whether they are running in the 5K, half marathon or kids races.

For the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Expo, Amanda and I took a trip to the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex in the early afternoon on Friday.  This was after the runDisney Meet Up and a DELICIOUS breakfast at Kouzzina.  (Check out Amanda’s review here.)  My friend Jenn from Eat, Sleep, Run, Disney has been raving about the Bloody Mary’s there and it was about time I tried one!  Ok, enough of the food talk..let’s talk expo!

When we arrived, we headed straight to the HP Field House where packet pickup was located.  For the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler, packet pickup was located in the Jostens Center with the exhibitors, but for larger races like this, the two areas are separated.  I was very happy to see that they had a merchandise booth set up in the packet pickup area.  It was really large and allowed for much more pleasant shopping experience.  Of course I headed here first 🙂

Merchandise Area in the HP Field House

Of course I had to grab the event pin and BondiBand…I LOVE my BondiBands!  I also picked up a Wine & Dine Half Marathon pint glass, which is my new favorite commemorative item.  I got my first one for Tower of Terror and I hope they keep making them for all the races!

Wine & Dine BondiBand and Mini Medal Pin

Wine & Dine Pint Glass

I wasn’t in love with any of the shirts or jackets they had.  They were either too sparkly or to pink for me.  Plus, there still weren’t any tanks…what up with that??

Next was packet pickup.  The lines weren’t very long so we were in and out fairly quickly.

Waiting for Bib 5757!

Photo Courtesy of Disney Every Day

In order to get your clear bag to use for bag check and your commemorative t-shirt, you have to visit the expo hall in the Jostens Center, so we headed over there.  We saw some pretty awesome marathon tattoos along the way and I also found the PERFECT sized champagne glass.

Photo Courtesy of Disney Every Day

This expo was MUCH larger than the Tower of Terror with many more vendors.  I could’ve spent hours there, but thankfully my meet up was that afternoon so I didn’t break the bank!

Expo Floor

We got our shirts, checked out some vendors and then stopped to see the “Diet Diva” Tara Gidus speak for a while on nutrition for runners.

Tara Gidus

One last thing I wanted to do at the Expo was check out the new 5th Anniversary Princess Half Marathon medal!  It was much more impressive in person and much bigger than I thought it would be.  I can’t wait to get this in February!  They also had the Mickey and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K medallion, which is really cute.

5th Anniversary Princess Medal

Mickey and Minnie Mouse Royal Family 5K Medallion

The Expo was great and I just wish I had more time to spend there.  For the WDW Marathon weekend in January, I want to plan a whole afternoon around the Expo so I can hear all of the great speakers.

Oh and one last thing…as we headed back to the car, I found my perfect vehicle 🙂

I so need one of these!
Photo Courtesy of Disney Every Day

Were you at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Health & Fitness Expo?  What was your favorite part?

5th Anniversary Princess Half Marathon Medal Revealed, Plus A Chance to Stay in Cinderella’s Castle

The 5th Anniversary Princess Half Marathon medal has been revealed!  It’s sparkly and full of bling…perfect for any princess!!

Princess Half Marathon Weekend will be taking place on February 22 – 24, 2013 and is sure to be a sea of tutus and tiaras!  This race was my first half marathon and I can’t wait to run it again!!  Oh and that brand new sparkly medal makes it even better!

runDisney also revealed the Run Like a Princess Sweepstakes today presented by Lady Foot Locker!

Check out what is included in the Grand Prize Package for four:

  • Race entry into Disney’s Princess Half Marathon, Disney Royal Family 5K, orrunDisney Kids’ Races
  • Pasta in the Park Party at Epcot at the Princess Half Marathon Weekend
  • Platinum level ChEAR Squad/Race Retreat at the Princess Half Marathon
  • Meet & Greet with Olympian andrunDisney Training Consultant Jeff Galloway
  • Round trip airfare
  • $800 worth of Disney Dining Gift Cards
  • 3-Day Magic Your Way Theme Park Ticket
  • 2-Night stay at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • And the ultimate royal retreat the evening after the race… one night in the Cinderella Castle Suite at Magic Kingdom Park

Does that say a one-night stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite?!?  The rest of the package is amazing, but that just blows it out of the water.  How cool would it be to stay in the Cinderella Castle Suite with your brand new Princess medal?!?  You can enter to win everyday until November 20, 2012.  A bonus every time you enter is the chance to win an instant prize, including race entries, runDisney merchandise, Lady Foot Locker gift cards and more!  Visit www.runlikeaprincess.com to enter.

The Princess Half Marathon is now 78% full and with the reveal of this new medal, it is sure to fill up quickly.  If you’ve been hesitating to register, what are you waiting for?!  You have 4 months to train, which is PLENTY of time!  This was the time I started my training last year and I did it…so can you!  You definitely won’t regret it!