Posts Tagged by Wine & Dine Half Marathon
|August 21, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend|
runDisney released new medals for this year’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. After last year’s 5 year anniversary of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon and the commemorative spinner medal, it was to be expected we would see an entirely new design for 2015. The new medal once again features running Chef Mickey and a new logo/font for Wine & Dine. What do you think?
The Kids Races and Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K medallions continue to have a holiday theme as in years past. I do like that the 5K medallion incorporates a wreath into the design and the ribbon goes through it…something a bit different!
Are you running during Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend? Which medal will you be getting?
|March 17, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend|
Registration opens today at Noon EST for the 2015 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend! Named as the perfect “Runner’s Night Out,” this race takes you through 3 Walt Disney World parks and ends at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. How can you go wrong with that?!
All running events take place on Saturday, November 7th beginning with Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K at 7:00 am at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. (Here’s a great review of that race from 2013!) Later that morning at the New Balance Track & Field Complex, located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS), are the Kids Races with the dashes starting at 10:00 am and the 1-mile run at 10:45 am. And if that’s not enough running for one day, the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon starts at 10:00 pm in the WWOS parking lot. This nighttime race takes runners through Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios, and finishes at Epcot…the only Disney Half Marathon to take you through 3 parks…and ends with free beer & wine at the finish!
Other events taking place over the weekend are the Pre-Race Taste and the Finish Line Party. The Pre-Race Taste is a 1 1/2 hour event on Friday, November 6th located at Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular! Theater inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios and features food from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, entertainment and unique photo opportunities. The Finish Line Party is a great event for runners and their supporters. It takes place at Epcot following the Wine & Dine Half Marathon where select attractions including Soarin’, Test Track and Mission: SPACE are open until 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 to feed your post race hunger!!
Pricing for the events are as follows:
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- $190 by March 31, 2015
- $205 between April 1 and April 14, 2015
- $220 on or after April 15, 2015
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K
- $65 by April 14, 2015
- $75 on or after April 15, 2015
runDisney Kids’ Races
- $15 by April 14, 2015
- $20 on or after April 15, 2015
runDisney 1-Mile Run
- $30 by April 14, 2015
- $35 on or after April 15, 2015
Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Tickets
- $79 for Adults (ages 3 and up)
- Children under 3 do not need a ticket
Finish Line Party Tickets
- $75 by August 12, 2015
- $85 between August 13 and October 28, 2015
- $95 on or after October 29, 2015
The price tag for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon is a bit higher than other Disney races, but it includes a few extra perks. You get the usual amazing Disney entertainment on the course, a long sleeve tech shirt, and race medal, but also included is admission to the Finish Line Party at Epcot and a $15 gift card (increased from $10 in previous years) to use at the Food & Wine Festival kiosks!
Packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at WWOS beginning November 6, 2015. Remember you MUST pick up your own packet. 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 beginning at noon today.
Looking for a place to stay over Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend? Kingdom Magic Vacations has rooms available at various Walt Disney World resorts from Value to Deluxe. Not only will they get you the best rate, but they are experts when it comes to running at Disney. They will help you plan the perfect racecation and take care of every little detail for you. All you have to do is the training! Click here to get a free quote.
You can also check out some of these RAD recaps for more info on what the events are like:
- Sticking Together for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- Coming From Australia to Get Her Coast to Coast Part 1 – The Wine & Dine Half Marathon
As per usual with runDisney races lately, this is sure to sell out quickly. Make sure you are at your computer with credit card in hand when the clock strikes noon! This is such a fun race and I can’t say enough good things about it…well if the weather cooperates. 🙂 Will you be running in 2015?
|December 5, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Health & Fitness, Resorts|
During my recent stay at the B Resort & Spa in Lake Buena Vista, I had the opportunity to experience the B Indulged Spa while there. Of course I jumped on the opportunity!
B Indulged is a full-service AVEDA lifestyle spa that pampers guests with a wide array of all-natural treatments. Services include massages, skin care and body treatments, nail and hair care, waxing and makeup services. I’m a big fan of AVEDA product because they are derived from natural botanically, are environmentally friendly, and most importantly smell fantastic!
The spa is in a stand alone building across the back courtyard of the hotel and is connected with the B Active fitness center. So really you could spent an entire afternoon there, first exercising then relaxing.
I had originally scheduled a Strees-Fix Body massage for the day after the Wine & Dine Half Marathon to work out the kinks from my tired race legs, but after a full day of park touring, a few hours of standing at the Health & Fitness Expo and an upcoming night at Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party, I thought a pre-race massage might work in my favor. I went and spoke with the helpful staff on Friday afternoon and they recommended a Fusion Stone Massage to relax my aching legs and feet. I scheduled it for Saturday morning before the race.
I headed down to the spa that morning and was taken to the locker room where I was given a quick tour of the space. I really love the simplistic and modern decor which is carried over from the hotel itself.
The locker room was quite small, but was furnished with numerous amenities and lockers to store your belongings. I was shown how to use the lockers, but clearly didn’t follow directions well because I kept struggling to get it open. Reminder for next time…pay attention! 🙂
Inside each locker was a robe and slippers to change into. There is only one private changing area that is part of the only shower in the locker room. Thankfully I was the only guest there when I arrived, but I can imagine this would get tight if there were multiple people in there.
After changing, I headed back out into the spa where my masseuse was waiting for me. We went into one of the treatment rooms where she explained the treatment and how the stones work. I’ve never had a hot stone massage before and was really looking forward to this experience. However I was a bit apprehensive about how hot they actually got.
The massage lasted for 50 minutes and was absolutely sublime! I don’t think I will ever be able to have a regular massage again. Hot stones are totally the way to go!
Afterwards, I returned to the locker room and decided to take a quick shower there so I didn’t get the massage oil on my clothes. I also LOVE a good rain shower and this shower head was calling my name. This was a good idea in theory, but I was completely overmatched by the “European” shower functions. Or at least that’s what one of the people at the front desk described it to me as when I left.
First I couldn’t figure out how to turn it on and once I did, the temperature was either ice cold or scalding hot. There was no in between. I’m sure I was doing something wrong, but I was just so frustrated that I just jumped in and out of the various water temps and got out of there. I told the front desk about it and suggested that they explain the shower to guests and look into the temperature issue. Hopefully, that will get resolved. They has only been open for a few weeks prior to my visit so I think some of the kinks were still being worked out.
Besides the shower debacle, everything else at B Indulged was wonderful! From check-in to the the treatment, I thoroughly enjoyed my experience there. And the best part was that my legs felt refreshed and ready to take on the race that evening. Mission Accomplished!!
B Indulged is not limited to resort guests and is open to everyone. You will find that the services are very well done and on par with other spas on Walt Disney World property. But the best part is that the treatments are a bit more affordable than what you will find at one of the Senses Spas or Mandara at the Dolphin. High-quality, natural products and reasonable pricing…that’s a win in my book!
Click here for a full list of the B Indulged spa services and pricing.
B Indulged AVEDA Spa
1905 Hotel Plaza Boulevard
Lake Buena Vista, FL 32830
Disclosure: I was a guest of the B Indulged Spa and was provided with a complementary spa treatment. I was not required to write this post and no monetary compensation has been received. All opinions are 100% my own.
|December 1, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Uncategorized|
I am SO excited about this two-part series!! Ashleigh contacted me about doing a guest post on her runDisney experience and when I found out that she was traveling all the way from Australia to run both the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend AND the Avengers Half Marathon Weekend to complete the Coast to Coast Challenge, I couldn’t wait to hear all about it!! Here’s Part 1 of Ashleigh’s adventure!
Hello everybody! Sarah kindly asked if I would blog about my experience running Disney as an Australian having travelled over to the States for Wine and Dine and Avengers. I will be writing a two part series, talking about my trip as a whole and the excitement of Disney and the runDisney races.
Deciding to travel half way across the world for a couple of races was not as easy decision. I am not what you would call a natural runner, I am about as far from a natural runner as you can imagine. I began running in July 2011 when I signed up for a 5k with my mum in support of a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer.
After that I was hooked- I signed up for another 5k and another and another, then a 10k and finally a half marathon a year and a bit later. I found out about runDisney when I saw it mentioned on Facebook, and after doing some research I began following Jeff Galloway’s run-walk program, which is what gave me the confidence to sign up for more races after my first 5k. As someone who has always struggled with running and I had some pretty bad experiences with sport in school (not so supportive physical education teachers), the idea that someone who had run marathons at Olympic level was telling me it was okay to take short walk breaks when I ran was amazing.
So that brought me to the idea of runDisney- I liked everything it stood for, running for the fun of it, running not be the best but to be the best me and hello…Disney characters on course!?! Photo opportunities!?! Wear my medals around at the park the next day and have people stop and congratulate me!?! YES PLEASE!!!
I love living in Australia, but the running culture here is very different. We don’t have runDisney or Rock n Roll or Diva running events. Everything feels a lot more serious, and there are a lot less races. The fields are smaller, but the quality of runners is higher, so there are still quick finishing times, but at my home state of Victoria’s big half marathon (The Melbourne half marathon), I was at the back of the pack with a 2:41:57 finish.
I mean right at the back, which is fine with me- but the idea of being able to run a race where there are other runners just like me- people running for fun and to better themselves even though they might not be the speediest runners, really appealed to me. So runDisney was officially on my radar. But how does one justify flights, accommodation and an international trip for a race? With great difficulty!
After finishing university and settling into work I got some hard news that a very dear friend had been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was really hard to wrap my head around the fact that a friend only a few years older than me had suddenly been told that he had an incurable disease that would essentially affect the rest of his life. The reasons I had chosen not to do runDisney were stupid. Money. Work. The difficulty in planning. They were not good reasons to miss out on something that I was so passionate about. Life is short and if we don’t take opportunities when they come up, we might end up missing out on them altogether.
So when registration opened for Wine and Dine 2014 I took the plunge- the race was on my birthday, and I took that as a sign. I followed that with registration for Avengers (and registration for Dopey but more on that another time). I was registered and I was over the moon- then came the training. I actually had my strongest training block ever, even though it was actually Dopey training, so I left Australia feeling excited, because I knew I was ready.
After a lot of flying-Maningrida-Darwin, Darwin-Melbourne, Melbourne-Sydney, Sydney-Dallas Fort Worth, Dallas Fort Worth- Orlando, I finally arrived at Walt Disney World with my boyfriend who joined me for the trip and acted as support crew for the runs. We hit up the parks everyday and when we went to the expo I went crazy!
KT tape sells for $30 a roll in Austrailia and was 2 for $30 at the expo. Dr Kool- doesn’t exist in Australia? Cindy shoes- tick. Goofy shoes-tick. Pins- tick. Tumbler- tick. I did it shirt- tick. Tech shirt- tick. You get the idea. I loved the energy at the expo, it was a little crazy but really well organized so even as a first time runDisney participant, I found it really easy to navigate my way around and find everything I needed.
When I saw my bib for the first time I couldn’t believe it. Me. Ashleigh. I was running in a runDisney race. It was amazing. On Saturday we woke up and went to Animal Kingdom for a few hours before returning to the room at about 2. I used this time to nap, relax, re read the participant info booklet, and double/triple/quadruple check I had everything ready for the race. I went with a simple wonder woman themed costume, and even though temps were set to be around 55-65 degrees, I opted to run in just a t-shirt and running skirt as I find I overheat very quickly and I didn’t want to be stripping off during the run.
I jumped on the bus at Port Orleans French Quarter at around 7, and I arrived at the race by about 7:20. When I arrived at the race I quickly jumped in line for a photo with Chef Mickey- which proved to be a smart choice because by the time I had my photo taken the line had about doubled (and I ended up being in line for approx ½ hour).
I decided to skip the other character photos and instead take some time to sit down and relax before the start. Some very friendly runners chatted with me while we waited for the corrals to open, and at about 9:00 I made my way into the corral.
A gentleman in the corral kindly gave me a garbage bag as it started to rain almost as soon as we stepped into the corral and this ended up continuing for almost the whole race. Thank you to that mystery man- it was VERY MUCH appreciated! As I stood at the start line watching the fireworks go off, I was overcome by a sense of gratefulness. I was grateful for everything, the ability to run, the chance to be there, the opportunities that I had allowed myself.
I stripped off my garbage bag and bounded off as soon the fireworks went off for my corral.
I had decided to run 4:1 intervals and stop for as many photo stops as I liked, because it is not everyday you get to run at Disney! I stopped at every mile marker for a selfie, and I stopped for photos with the fairies, Timone, the Animal Kingdom tree, Buzz and Woody, the Incredibles back drop, the Osbourne lights and Captain Jack Sparrow. I also saw photo ops (but didn’t stop) for King Louie, a Star Wars character (sorry I am not a big Star Wars fan) and Country Bears.
I could be forgetting a couple, the race was a bit of a whirlwind. I heard the green army men yelling at people but I don’t remember seeing them, I kept thinking I was about to run past them but it never happened- they may have been on the other side of the road. As for the actual running part, it may have been raining, but I was having a ball. I run in km in Australia so I just imagined that every mile marker was a km marker, so it felt like the race was only 13km!
The course was really interesting as it began at ESPN, then through Animal Kingdom and Hollywood Studios before finishing in Epcot. As someone who wasn’t overly familiar with the Disney World property it was actually a great way to tour around and see the parks. Although there were some huge puddles, there were lots of cast members and volunteers pointing them out, the aid stations were well organized and the medical tents and staff were amazing. I really enjoyed running through the parks because there was just so much to look at. I honestly remembered feeling disappointed at the 6 mile mark because I was sad it was half way over. I was hi fiving cast members left, right and centre and I loved the way random runners would strike up conversation for a couple of minutes. While many people complained about the weather, nothing was going to rain on my parade on Saturday night!
As we ran along the Boardwalk I was just so excited to see that finish line, and once I saw Spaceship Earth, I knew I was almost there. As I had run so conservatively the whole race, I had heaps of gas left in the tank and basically sprinted toward Mickey, hi fived him and then leapt across the finish line. I was given a finishers medal, wrapped in a space blanket and lead down the chute. I had my photo taken before being given some food.
I was lucky enough to have my lovely boyfriend waiting in Epcot with dry clothes so I could skip Gear Check, and I skipped grabbing a drink because the lines were just too hectic. I am a super impatient person so having all those people around and lines barely moving equals a very grumpy Ashleigh. I decided it would be best for my sanity if I just skipped the drink and moved straight through to the after party where I could have some breathing room- and show off my awesome medal! I met my boyfriend at the Australia (of course!) pavilion in Epcot and changed into some nice dry clothes and got some photos with my medal.
We ended up finding Dopey and Snow White and Pinocchio- I was disappointed that I had just missed Donald (my favorite). I was starving so we went to Italy, Morocco and Brazil and that satisfied my post run hunger. We decided to leave at around 3:15, but unfortunately our bus had a huuuuge waiting line, so I think we waited around ½ hour before we managed to get on the bus, and by this time the rain had started to get heavier. We arrived back at French Quarter and I had a quick shower before settling into bed at around 4:15am.
A Disney race wouldn’t be complete without post race, park touring with my medal. I had heard some horror stories about people’s medals breaking and people losing the spinner middle from the medal, so I decided to play it safe and only wear the medal in photos. The rest of the day it was tucked safely into my pocket. Even though I was a little disappointed I couldn’t wear my medal, I would have been devastated if it had have broken, so I think I made a good choice to just use it for photo ops. I loved showing off my medals at the parks and it was awesome having total strangers come up to me and congratulate me!
My Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend trip was a blast, and as I write this I am getting ready to race Avengers in California and get my coast to coast. I had an awesome experience running Disney and I am already planning my next runDisney trip!
Stay tuned for Part 2 of Ashleigh’s runDisney adventure at the Avengers Half Marathon coming up tomorrow!
|November 24, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Race Recaps, Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend|
Talk of rain began in the days leading up to Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. There is always afternoon rain in Orlando as the 4:00 pm thunderstorms roll through, so I didn’t think much of it at first. However once race week rolled around, the sense of dread started to set in. It was looking more and more like the rain was going to arrive late Saturday night and on through Sunday morning. This was not just a passing storm…
Fun fact…I have never ran in the rain before. Maybe through a few sprinkles on a training run, but for no longer than 3 miles or so. Another fun fact…I hate having wet shoes. This is one of the reasons I’ve never done a Warrior Dash, Spartan Race or similar mud-themed race. Wet shoes = blisters and an unpleasant time. Wait…are those really FUN facts?? Sigh…
So I arrived on Thursday before the race and enjoyed all things Food & Wine and even went to Mickey’s Very Merry Christmas Party for the first time. I was having a blast…life was grand!! Then I woke up Saturday morning to grey skies and a not so promising weather forecast. I can’t say I was thrilled about the race at this point, but I was just going to make the best of it. I knew that I had a bunch of friends that were going to be in corral H with me so my new goal was to get through it with as many laughs along the way as possible.
My running buddy Amanda and I decided that since the rain was imminent our best bet would be to leave her car at Epcot so we could make a quick exit after the race incase we were soaked. We were able to park close enough to the finish line (or so we thought) that I left my gEAR bag in the car instead of schlepping it all the way to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to check it. So we boarded the buses to the starting line and our journey began…
Since we hit quite a bit of traffic on the way over, we didn’t have much time to check out all the pre-race festivities, but I did notice that they made some nice additions this year. There were quite a few concessions available including a beer cart for the spectators. I actually found that to be a cruel joke because I had to run 13.1 miles to get my beer, but here was a cart right at the start line!
There were also quite a few picnic tables set up which was a nice alternative to sitting in the damp grass.
However our friends Kevin and Carrie decided to sit in the grass because they were sporting the trendy look of the day…trash bag chic.
After a quick stop at the sea of porta potties and some hugs and well wishes from friends, it was time to head into the corrals.
It was great to see that even with the threat of rain, the spirit of many of the runners was still going strong. There were tons of great costumes around and many were themed around the theme of the race, food and wine! Here is my favorite…she’s a Dole Whip!!
The sprinkles started around 15 minutes before the start of the race so out came the ponchos and ziplock bags. Earlier that day we took a trip to Walgreens to stock up cheap ponchos. Well worth the trip off property to grab them for $1.49 instead of spending almost $10 for a Disney poncho. You won’t feel bad tossing it if you need to either.
Hey did you know that you can use your iPhone through a ziplock bag?? It was a HUGE revelation among the group…minds were blown.
Since we were in corral H, we didn’t actual get going until about 30 minutes after the start of the race. The rain was turning into more than just a sprinkle at this point and the winds were picking up so we were all anxious to get going. This is the first runDisney race that I didn’t get photos or video of the start line because of the rain, but I was happy to see that each corral was still getting a spectacular fireworks show! Once we got going I couldn’t help but laugh at how loud this race was due to the noise from all the ponchos and garbage bags moving around 🙂 I ditched my poncho after the first mile as it was making me quite warm, but this was something I would come to regret later.
There were 6 of us who decided we were going to stay together and run through the suck…remember the goal was laughter! I had run this race with my friend Jim back in 2012 so I was happy he was in my corral again this year. Unfortunately he was dealing with an injury and by mile 2 he encouraged us to just keep going after much protest. Marc and Tiffany pulled ahead at some point and we lost them for a while, so Amanda, Charles and I trudged along to Animal Kingdom and we were actually making decent time when we hit the 5K mark.
By the time we got there, the rain was coming down hard. The uneven terrain of the park was a bit treacherous and the paths were crowded due to all the construction going on. This is also where I stepped in my first puddle…wet shoes, my favorite! Blech. When we left the park and made our way around the parking lot, all that was going through my head was “I’m COLD!” Being soaking wet in the dark when it’s 58 and windy is not fun. Here’s where I really regretting ditching that poncho. I was hitting a low point and seriously considered stopping…but I just kept moving.
As we got close to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, the rain began to taper and I could feel my motivation coming back a bit. We were more than halfway done and the best part of the course was coming up. I couldn’t help but smile when I turned the corner to see one of my favorite sites, the Hollywood Tower Hotel!
It seemed safe to take out my phone now and I was happy to get back to my usual habit of snapping tons of photos along the course.
Just before we reached the Streets of America, I got a text from Tiffany asking where we were and to my surprise her and Marc were just ahead of us enjoying the Osborne lights!! We were so happy to be reunited that we just had to dance it out and Marc got it on video 🙂
This had been a mental and physical challenge from the moment we crossed that finish line, but it would’ve been much more difficult if we didn’t all stick together. It was a great feeling to have this support team by my side and I think everyone felt the same way. We all knew that we were going to cross that finish line together and we did it hand in hand 🙂
This was my worst race time by A LOT and there were many times that I was cursing myself for doing it, but looking back now, I actually had a great time. I have made so many wonderful friends and have great memories from my journeys running at Disney…this was just another one of those times. I’m lucky enough to be able to complete these races and share these stories…there nothing bad about that. Even with all the rain, the Wine & Dine Half Marathon is still one of my favorite races and I hope to continue doing it for years to come. I mean, who doesn’t like free beer after a race?! Cheers!