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RAD Recap for April 6, 2014

Two weeks down and two more to go until I am make my dreams a reality…I can’t wait to get started!  I think my new arm candy says it all 🙂

Oh and speaking of arm candy…I’m SO excited that my Walt Disney World Annual Passholder MagicBand came this weekend!  I might just wear it all the time 😉


Apparently it’s been a big week for my wrists.  Seen enough yet??

Big Disney news this week was that the media preview invites for the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train have been sent out!  The event will be April 30 – May 2 which means the actual opening isn’t far away now!  I’ve been SO excited about this opening and can’t believe the time is almost here.  The details that have been coming out are amazing…

And while we’re on the topic of new construction, I can’t even deal with this progress update on the Polynesian DVC construction from Tikiman Pages.  I don’t just want to stay there, I want to LIVE there!  B doesn’t know it yet, but we are totally adding on some DVC points at the Poly when that becomes available.

I can't...I just can't contain my excitement!!  Photo Source

I can’t…I just can’t contain my excitement!!
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Also this week, I had two great guest posts here on RAD.  The first was from my friend Danielle over at Live, Run, Grow who has started a new series here on Yoga for Runners!  I am so excited to have her here because not only is she a great writer, but she also has some amazing tips on how to improve your running with yoga.  It definitely helped her to complete the Dopey Challenge this year!

Dopey Medal Photo

Next Ashley returned with a recap of the 2014 Walt Disney World Marathon.  I love her positive outlook and how excited she was to run this race.  I love that she rode Expedition Everest during the race 🙂  Big congrats to Ashley for crossing this off of her bucket list!

Ashley Bartley - Marathon 09

I know I promised so Disney eats this week, but clearly that didn’t happen.  This week for sure!  I’m really missing some Disney food.  Maybe we’ll even take a trip out to the West Coast…hmmm.

What fun things did YOU do this week???

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2014 WDW Marathon Weekend Pre-Sale and Proof of Time Update

We are now less than a week away from the official registration date for the 2014 Walt Disney World marathon Weekend!  How did this get here so quickly?!  But guess what…there are some pre-sales going on right now!

08 Runners at Start Line


Registration is now open for Disney Vacation Club Members and Walt Disney World Annual Passholders.  Follow the links below and log-in to your account in order to register.  Fees are as follows:

Walt Disney World® Marathon

  • $160 by June 18, 2013
  • $175 between June 19, 2013 and August 13, 2013
  • $190 on or after August 14, 2013

Walt Disney World® Half Marathon

  • $160 by June 18, 2013
  • $175 between June 19, 2013 and August 13, 2013
  • $190 on or after August 14, 2013

Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge

  • $340 by June 18, 2013
  • $370 between June 19, 2013 and August 13, 2013
  • $400 on or after August 14, 2013

Walt Disney World® 10K

  • $95 by June 18, 2013
  • $110 between June 19, 2013 and August 13, 2013
  • $125 on or after August 14, 2013

Disney Family Fun Run 5K

  • $60 per participant

Dopey Challenge

  • $495 by June 18, 2013
  • $525 between June 19, 2013 and August 13, 2013
  • $555 on or after August 14, 2013

runDisney Kids Races

  • $15 per child

Mickey Mile

  • $30 per child

Race Retreat Packages

  • $120 Half Marathon Package
  • $120 Full Marathon Package
  • $200 Goofy’s Challenge Package

DVC Members don’t forget that you can receive a $10 discount on your registration fee for runDisney events at WDW that are a 10K distance or longer during the earliest registration time frame.**  The discount code is listed under Member Extras > Special Offers (they don’t make it easy to find!).

DVC Members Register Here

WDW Annual Passholders Register Here

Starting tomorrow, Chase Disney Visa Cardholders can also take advantage of the presale by logging into your account to register.

Chase Disney Visa Cardholders Register Here

And finally, registration is also open for anyone who would like to participate in the Runner’s World Challenge.  This is the 2nd year that runDisney is partnering with Runner’s World to provide this unique experience that includes coaching, nutrition advice, injury prevention tips and a VIP experience over Marathon Weekend!

Runner’s World Challenge Registration Package Fees

  • Walt Disney World® Marathon – $479.00
  • Walt Disney World® Half Marathon – $479.00
  • Goofy’s Race & a Half Challenge – $749.00
  • Dopey Challenge – $999.00

Runner’s World Challenge Registration Here

Remember, general registration opens on April 9th at noon if you are not eligible for any of these pre-sales, so mark your calendars!

New Proof of Time Requirements for 2014

runDisney has announced new proof of time guidelines for 2014.  Some key points to note here are that if you don’t have proof of time you will be starting in the LAST corral.  Also, you will no longer be able to change your corral at runner relations…all proof of time data must be submitted via email well in advance of the race.

Here is info straight from the runDisney site:

If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 3:15 hours or the Marathon in less than 6:30 hours, proof of time is required for start corral placement. Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge and Dopey Challenge participants should adhere to Full Marathon proof of time requirements. Please reference the Race Pacing Chart below for finish times and associated pacing per mile.

A proof of time must be provided from a certified race reflecting results after January 1, 2012.

  • Half Marathon – 10K or longer
  • Full Marathon – 10 Miles or longer

A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following*:

  • Name of Race
  • Distance
  • City
  • State
  • Date
  • Finish time

*For example, Walt Disney World Marathon, 26.2, Orlando, FL, 1/13/13, – 3:35

If you do not have a proof of time to submit, list “N/A” at the point of registration. If proof of time is not provided by November 1, 2013 you will be placed in the last start corral. If your proof of time data is incomplete or cannot be verified, you will be placed in the last start corral. To provide or update your proof of time, you must email all proof of time data requested above to No corral changes will be made after November 1, 2013.

As a reminder, you will no longer be able to bring proof of your estimated finish time to the Runner Relations booth during the Expo and have your start corral placement changed.

Dates, times and prices subject to change. All races are subject to capacity limits and may close at any time.

Race Pacing Chart
Half Marathon
Full Marathon

What do you think of the new proof of time requirements?  Are they more or less fair than before?


**Information was updated from the original posting

Friday Feast: The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort

I recently visited Disney’s Vero Beach Resort for the first time and I can’t say enough good things about the resort.  The beach side setting is stunningly gorgeous and there are so many activities to keep all ages entertained during their stay.  And let’s not forget about the restaurants…oh boy is there some tasty food!

One afternoon, our group decided to head over the The Green Cabin Room for some drinks and appetizers.  A storm was rolling in, so we figured this would be a great place to kill some time after spending the morning on the beach.  The bar is located on the second floor of the main building at the resort and is named and themed after a ship wreck off the coast of Vero Beach.  The whole room is very welcoming with dark woods and cozy areas to sit, and there are tons of artifacts displayed along the walls.

Green Cabin Room Bar

Lounge Area

On the ceiling above the bar, there is an amazing mural that is supposed to look like an old, weathered treasure map of Florida.  Don’t forget to look up when you’re checking out all of the details!

Ceiling Mural

While the inside is really nice, the covered deck outside is the real gem of The Green Cabin Room.  Here you have a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Ocean and it is the perfect place to relax and watch a mid-day storm.

Gorgeous View of the Atlantic Ocean
(The storm is behind us…I swear!)

We ordered drinks while we perused the menu and I decided to go with a margarita, which is my go-to vacation beverage.  The menu here is mainly made up of various appetizers, but there is a burger and some flatbreads if you are looking for something a little more substantial.


The Green Cabin Room Menu

We decided to get a bunch of appetizers for the table and all share so we could sample different things.  First we have the Chicken Wings in a Sweet Thai Chili Sauce and the Barbecue Flatbread with Red Onion, Pepper Jack Cheese and Cilantro.  I was skeptical about the wings since I am a classic buffalo wing gal, but they were delicious.  They were very crispy and the sauce was a nice combination of sweet and spicy.  The flatbread was another winner.  All of the flavors went really well together.  My friend Amanda had a bad experience with the Four-Cheese Flatbread here before, so we were all a little skeptical going in and thankfully were pleasantly surprised.  (Read Amanda’s review here)  

Chicken Wings with Sweet Thai Chili Sauce

Barbecue Chicken Flatbread

Next up we have the Southwestern Eggroll and the Caribbean Conch Fritters, both served with a Cilantro Cream Sauce.  I’m not a huge fan of southwestern eggrolls, but this was pretty good.  The outside was crispy and the black beans and veggies inside were seasoned really well.  The conch fritters on the other hand were out of this world.  I had never had a conch fritter before (which is apparently blasphemy to my Floridian friends) and I had no idea what to expect.  Let’s just say they are little fried balls of corn and seafood deliciousness.  The cilantro cream was a great dipping sauce and offset the little bit of heat that was in the fritters.  These were so good in fact, that we ordered a second plate.  I sure have been missing out!

Southwestern Eggroll

Caribbean Conch Fritters

And last, but certainly not least, I ordered the Crab Cakes with Crunchy Slaw and Chipotle Aioli.  This was my favorite out of all the dishes.  These were all crab with very little filler.  They were super crispy on the outside and light and moist on the inside.  The slaw was refreshing and the aioli had a nice smoky flavor with a slightly spicy kick to it.

This was a great lunch/mid-day snack.  Not only was the food good, but the beautiful setting made it even more enjoyable.  Oh and the company…that really was the BEST part!

The Vero Beach House Gang 🙂

I can’t wait to return to Vero Beach and check out The Green Cabin Room again.  Hopefully next time I can catch some of the live music they have there Wednesdays – Saturdays!

Have you ever visited The Green Cabin Room at Disney’s Vero Beach Resort?  What did you think?

Race Discounts for DVC Members

After recently coming across a post on Alone in Walt Disney World about discounts on runDisney races for Disney Vacation Club (DVC) members, I knew I had to investigate this further.  How could this be the first I was hearing about these discounts?  I’ve run numerous runDisney races, I’m already registered for 2 more in the fall AND I’m a DVC member!

I immediately went to my DVC member home page and found this under the membership perks section:
New this year, Disney Vacation Club Members will receive a $10 discount off first-tier registration prices (available during an event’s earliest booking period) for all runDisney half- and full-marathon races (or $20 off the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend’s “Goofy Challenge,” which involves running both the half- and full-marathon races)!

This was news to me!  When did this start?  Why wasn’t any communication sent out about this?  (Yes, I know I have a lot of questions.)  I think this is something that a lot of DVC members would be interested in.  It is posted on the DVC member home page at the very bottom, but how often do people look there?  I know that I really only visit the site when I want to book a trip or check on a waitlisted reservation, so I wouldn’t necessarily see this.

This led me to wonder, would I be able to use this discount even though I’ve already registered for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon?  To find out, I sent an email to runDisney and asked them if they would refund the discount amount or issue me a credit since it seemed that this discount came out after I had registered for the races.  I was surprised to receive an answer from within the hour that stated:  We have forwarded your registrations along to the registration team to have them adjusted with the DVC discount. Please allow 2-3 weeks processing time.  That absolutely exceeded my expectations and I couldn’t be happier with runDisney’s customer service.

So if you’re a DVC member and are interested in running a Disney race, make sure to visit your member page to get the proper discount code.  And if you’ve already registered for a race, contact runDisney and get yourself that discount!

Discounted Running = Happy Running!

Update: On the morning of March 29th, I received my refund from runDisney!  That 2-3 week processing time was less than 2 days!  Very impressed 🙂