It’s been two weeks since the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend and I think I have finally recovered and caught up on sleep after all the early morning wake ups and nonstop fun!
The weekend started with the expo which can get crazy at times, the line to get into the runDisney merchandise area was long due to this being the 10 year anniversary of the half marathon. I was proud of myself that I didn’t end up buying much, I stuck to my usual shoe ornament for my Disney Christmas tree and I was lucky enough to get some of the few medal pins they had left for my niece and nephew.
And I definitely couldn’t leave the expo without a photo with the mouse himself all dressed up in his Patriotic gear!
The next morning I woke up bright and early and got on the bus at 4am to head to the Fall Feast 5K. This was the first 5K I’ve ran at Disney since 2015 Princess Half Marathon weekend. The 5K is a great race to do with family that may not be that into running, it’s not timed and they are a little more lenient with the time limit.
Running a 5K at Disney means you start and finish in the dark, which is great on warmer days since you get to avoid running in the sunshine. The race ran through Epcot which is truly magical and beautiful in the dark. It’s definitely my favorite place to run.
The morning of the half marathon didn’t seem as early since it was the night of the time change and we all were able to enjoy an extra hour sleep which means so much when running at Disney. The weather was a little cooler than the morning of the 5K and I was just ready for the race to start so I could get moving. It’s funny how quickly my northerner blood adjust to the Florida weather.
Being that I had a pretty good proof of time and knew there were 3 corrals of runners starting after me, I decided to take my time and stop at all the character stops. I was glad I did, the lines weren’t long and I got some really great pictures like this one with Beast. I stopped my watch at each stop because I was interested in seeing just how much time the character stops add to the final finish time. I stopped for 10 characters and was surprised that it only added 25 minutes to my finish time. This was a really fun half and I felt great while running. The last mile was a challenge but running through Epcot at that point made it more bearable.
After the finish I took some pictures including this one with my favorite Donald Duck before heading back to the hotel for my favorite post race meal of beignets and then some relaxation at the pool.
After relaxing at the pool for the morning, I headed to the parks and Disney Springs for a bit and then went to Epcot for the special post race party that is included in the race registration for everyone running the challenge and half marathon.
The post race party is a blast, they have the most popular rides at Epcot open: Frozen, Test Track, Soarin and Spaceship Earth open. It’s a great time to hit up these popular rides with slightly less wait times. They also have character photo opportunities throughout the World Showcase. These are normally characters you don’t see too often in the parks and the lines were quite long so I only managed to get this one picture with Geppetto and Pinocchio. The food and wine festival booths are open for you to eat and drink your way around the world. The after party definitely sets the Wine and Dine Half Marathon apart from the other Disney races that don’t offer after parties. If you are looking for a unique runDisney weekend to try, I recommend the Wine and Dine Half Marathon weekend.