UPDATE 3/4/14 @ 12:45 pm: runDisney has confirmed that there will be an all new one-time-only fifth anniversary medal for the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon!!
Registration opens today at noon for the 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend! This will be the 5th Anniversary of this annual “Runner’s Night Out” and I’m sure will prove to be better than ever! It’s always a good time when you end a races with a Food & Wine Festival, right?!
All running events take place on Saturday, November 8th 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 last year!) 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 at WWOS. 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!
Other events taking place over the weekend are the Pre-Race Taste and the Finish Line Party. The Pre-Race Taste is a 2-hour event on Friday, November 7th located at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios and features food from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival and tons of entertainment. The Finish Line Party has turned into 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, Mission: SPACE, and Maelstrom 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!!
Pricing for the events are as follows:
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
- $185 by April 1, 2014
- $200 between April 2 and May 13, 2014
- $215 on or after May 14, 2014
Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K
- $55 by August 19, 2014
- $65 on or after August 20, 2014
runDisney Kids’ Races
- $15 by August 19, 2014
- $20 on or after August 20, 2014
runDisney 1-Mile Run
- $30 by August 19, 2014
- $35 on or after August 20, 2014
Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Tickets
- $79 for Adults (ages3 and up)
- Children under 3 do not need a ticket
Finish Line Party Tickets
- $75 by August 12, 2014
- $85 between August 13 and October 28, 2014
- $95 on or after October 29, 2014
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 $10 gift card to use at the Food & Wine Festival kiosks!
Packet pick-up will be required at the Health & Fitness Expo held at WWOS beginning November 7, 2014. 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.
You can also check out some of my recaps for more info on what the events are like:
This is such a fun race and I can’t say enough good things about it. I’m already registered for this year, so I hope to see you there in November!!!