Registration is now open for the 2013 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World in Florida from November 8-9. It’s the final race in runDisney’s seven–race series, and, I think, the most fun.
Disney expects more than 20,500 runners to register for the weekend’s events, including 14,000 for the half-marathon. That will mean a whopping 175,000 runners will have registered for runDisney events in 2013—a record for the mouse house’s running branch. In 2012, 125,000 runners competed in runDisney events.
So if you want to run through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios and Epcot at night, register for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon now. The race features a 10 p.m. start and what just might be the best post-race party of any running event in the U.S. Epcot stays open for runners and their family and friends with tickets until 4 a.m., along with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, including more than 25 themed kiosks with food and wine from around the world, plus Disney characters, music and, of course, the attractions Epcot is best known for. You can read my race report from 2011 here.
Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon was my first Disney race. I’ve since run the Tinker Bell Half Marathon, Princess Half Marathon and Walt Disney World Marathon and had a blast at all of them. But the after party at Wine & Dine remains the best of the bunch. My now-husband and I got engaged at the Wine & Dine after party, but even without that special memory, it’s really a treat to have Epcot all to yourself for one magical night.
New to the race this year is the Disney Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste on Friday, November 8 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The ticketed event includes a private reception on the set of Lights, Motor, Action! Extreme Stunt Show with food and drinks from the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, music and Disney characters.
The weekend also includes Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K, runDisney Kids Races and Disney’s Health and Fitness Expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
For more information or to register, visit www.runDisney.com.
Disclosure: As a member of the running media, runDisney sometimes provides me with complimentary race entry, hotel, park tickets, and some meals for runDisney events. But as always, all opinions are purely my own. I really do believe in being honest about my experiences. For more information read my Disclosure Policy.