Running At Disney World
Running was something that I was always lukewarm about. It wasn't something that I could ever get enough enthusiasm around starting. That was when I heard about the great running events that were hosted at Disney World. This piqued my curiosity.
In 2009, I decided to run in the Race For The Taste 10K that was annually held in conjunction with the Epcot Food & Wine Festival. I had never run in a 10K previously, but the thought of running a race that went through 2 Disney World Parks (Hollywood Studios and Epcot) while they were closed, got my interest up. I trained somewhat for the race and successfully participated in it last October. It was a wonderful experience shared with over 4,000 other runners..
Due to the longer length this race, which would adopt a different Half Marathon course than the one run with the Disney Marathon in January, it would actually run through 3 different Disney World Theme Parks (Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and finish in Epcot).
That had me hooked, and I have been training all year in order to work myself up to the Half Marathon Distance (13.1 miles). There is nothing like running with thousands of other runners through the Disney World Parks. It is truly an unforgettable experience.
Wine & Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party
Taking full advantage of the Epcot Food & Wine Festival the other special change for 2010 is the addition of the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party that will be held in Epcot's World Showcase from 10:30 PM on October 2nd until 3:00 AM on October 3rd. This will be a hard ticket event at Epcot meaning that it will require a separate admission ticket similar to the Mickey's Not So Scary Halloween Party, and the party will start after the park has closed to normal guests. All registered half marathon and half marathon relay runners get free admission to the party. Additional friends and family can attend by purchasing the $35 per person tickets.
The $35 fee gets you entrance to the party as well as one complementary Food Item and one complementary drink item (alcoholic or non-alcoholic). Additional food and drink is available for purchase, just like at the Food & Wine Festival.
Here is the link to the down loadable Finish Line Party Guide. This guide lists all of the International Food Marketplaces that will be open during the party and all of the food and drink options available for purchase. This will be like renting out the World Showcase with a few thousand of your running buddies and their families for a private party.
To purchase tickets for the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Finish Line Party (It needs a catchy acronym) call 407-WDW-IRUN! As of this writing the party is at 65% capacity so there is still time.
I am really looking forward to running in the Half Marathon and attending this special party. My family isn't running, but will get to enjoy the party while they wait for me to complete my running. Hopefully they will be able to tear themselves away from the food to see me cross the Finish Line of my first ever Half Marathon!
Shortly after the event expect to see another Only WDWorld post and a lot of pictures from the Finish Line Party and hopefully one with me wearing this proudly earned medal around my neck.
Run For Whatever Reason, Just Run
There are many reasons that people run during these Disney World Endurance Events. These are not all-star athletes in peak physical condition. Some of course are, but many are not. The great thing, no matter what the reason or inspiration, is that these people are running. They all deserve to be cheered, whether they finish first or last, they do finish, which is a big accomplishment.
Believe me when I say that once you run a Disney World you will be hooked. You may not be inspired to run all of the time, but you will be inspired and take away many fond memories of the event.