ESPN runDisney WDHalf Hero1This weekend more than 12,500 runners will run, eat and drink their way through Walt Disney World Resort at the second annual Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend, Sept. 29–Oct. 2, 2011. That’s right, running, dining and wining – all at the most magical place on earth. While I would love to sip some wine with Minnie and the crew this weekend; my second marathon, the Chicago Marathon, is next weekend so I’ll have to wait patiently until next year.
Participants are in for a special treat as they experience America’s largest nighttime half marathon. The 13.1-mile run starts at 10 p.m. at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and takes runners through Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios before finishing at Epcot during the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
 
runDisney logo winedinehmThis year during the post-race Finish Line Party several signature Epcot attractions will be operating, including Soarin’, Test Track and Mission: Space.  There will be plenty to sip and taste as they’ve added more than 20 new food and beverage kiosks, bringing the total number to nearly 90.
 
The weekend also features the Disney Halloween 5K at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Kids’ Races at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, both on Saturday – big fun for the kids! The Health and Fitness Expo, one of my favorite parts of the racing experience, takes place Sept. 30–Oct. 1 inside the Jostens Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
 
While I haven’t run this event, I have run the Disney Princess Half Marathon for the past two years and plan to rock my tiara again in 2012. The thrill of running through the theme parks is truly something magical. In typical Disney fashion it was a well-produced, entertaining event that almost made me forget how many miles I had to cover! runDisney events are perfect for experienced and beginner runners looking to have a little fun while they run.  Other runDisney events include the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, Disneyland’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend and the Disneyland Half Marathon.
 
For more information, or to purchase tickets to the post-race party at Epcot (anyone can attend) visit www.runDisney.com.

Until next time, I’m off and running.