Disney's Wine & Dine Half Marathon
The experience for me started on Saturday afternoon as I went to the ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex to pick up my race packet. This is a beautiful sports facility that few Disney World visitors ever venture into. Not only does it serves as the Spring Training home for the Atlanta Braves, it hosts numerous sporting events year round for thousands of athletes.
During the weekend, in addition to packet pick-up runDisney conducted many informational seminars and had a number of running, fitness, and nutrition related vendors on hand to visit.
About 7:00 pm my family and I drove from the Animal Kingdom Lodge to Epcot to catch a bus to the start of the race back at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. If you stayed at one of the host hotels, you could take Disney Transportation directly from your hotel to the start, but the rest of us had to drive to Epcot. Luckily Epcot can handle a lot of traffic because around 7:30 pm it was very congested from all of the runners arriving.
Disney brought in extra non-Disney buses to shuttle all of the people. Considering the number of people they transported it happened relatively smoothly.
Once we arrived at WWOS there was a large field where people where mingling, visiting, stretching, and relaxing until race time. In addition to the roughly 100 port a johns that were there, there was also a DJ entertaining the crowd and encouraging some large scale group dancing.
At 9:15 pm it was time for the runners to head to their corrals. There were nearly 11,000 runners participating in all. I was fortunate enough to be seeded in corral B where I could barely have sight of the starting line. There were probably 2,000 - 3,000 in front of me and 8,000 - 9,000 behind me.