Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon
After a great inaugural event in 2010, runDisney is looking to make the 2011 version even better. This Half Marathon is run at night on a course that will take you through 3 Disney World Theme Parks: Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios, and finishing up at Epcot.
After the race there is a special party for runners and guests at Epcot after it has closed to the public. It is extra special as race weekend coincides with the opening weekend for the Epcot Intermational Food & Wine Festival.
From personal experience there is nothing like running an endurance race at Disney World. The experience of running through the theme parks after they have closed is amazing. There is also entertainment along the course and photo opportunities with your favorite Disney Characters. Last year there were even several different Live Bands playing along the Half Marathon Course!
Here are additional details from runDisney:
Registration is now open for the Half Marathon, Relay, 5K, and Kids’ Races! Register for your dream run today! Check out the latest news on the run full of drinking, eating and fun…
Make sure you reserve your spot in the half marathon or half marathon relay before April 17, 2011 to save on the entry fees. The 5K will be held at Disney’s Animal Kingdom® Park on Saturday, October 1 at 7:00 a.m. and the Kids’ Races will take place at 10:00 a.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
The finish line will be located in the Epcot® parking lot and only steps away runners (21 years old or older) will have the opportunity to enjoy their first beer in the finish line beer garden. The new finish line location will include an expanded bag claim and changing area so you can get ready for the runner’s night out.
We know why you run… to eat! In addition to the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival’s 25 international marketplace kiosks along World Showcase, there will be 20 more dining locations available throughout the park to redeem your "taste" included with your race registration.
Run to the fun! The Finish Line Party will include select attractions along World Showcase and inside Future World like Soarin’, The Seas with Nemo and Friends, Maelstrom water adventure in the Norway Pavilion and more. Live entertainment and character meet & greets will take place throughout the evening. Friends and family will be able to purchase spectator tickets to the Finish Line Party in April, but availability will be very limited. Stay tuned for updates on party tickets and race details at www.rundisney.com/winedinerun.