The Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon is now open for registration! Touted as a Runners Night Out, this is the 3rd year this race is being held. This year the race weekend has been pushed back and will be held November 9 – 10, 2012. This was done to accommodate the new Tower of Terror 10-Miler, which is now happening on the original Wine & Dine Weekend.
This is another nighttime race beginning at 10:00 pm on November 10th. The race begins at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and 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!
The 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 – 3:00 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 a Family Fun Run 5k and Kids Races. The 5K is once again taking place at Disney’s Animal Kingdom for the 2nd year in a row. I took part in this race last year and it was a lot of fun and recommend it to anyone thinking of running a Disney 5K. While I still wish they would move this race back to the Magic Kingdom where it was held the first year, Animal Kingdom is a great park to run though and of course Disney manages to keep you entertain along the way. The race will be held at 7:00 am on November 10th, which does make it difficult for those of us who are crazy to participate in that as well as the half in the evening. The Kids Races will be held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at 10:00 am that same afternoon. That is one busy racing day!
Pricing for the events are as follows:
- $155 by May 22, 2012
- $170 between May 23 and July 17, 2012
- $185 on or after July 18, 2012
Disney Family Fun Run 5K
- $50 per participant
- $55 per Stroller division participant
runDisney Kids’ Races
- $10 per Kid’s Dash participant
- $25 per 1-Mile Run participant
Finish Line Party
- Pricing is TBD, but was around $65 last year
As usual for most runDisney events, packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex beginning November 9, 2012. Visit the runDisney event page for more information on all of the events taking place that weekend.
I’m really looking forward to this race, as it was what set me on this running journey last year. It will be like coming full circle. Hope to see you there…you’ll find me at the Ireland booth getting a nice cold Guinness after the race!