Tuesday’s Tip- Register today for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon

Today is the day to register for the Wine and Dine 1/2 marathon!

Registration opens at 12:00pm EST.

During Wine and Dine weekend there are several race options; The Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon, Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5k, and Disney’s Kid Races. Below are the prices for the races-

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Race fees

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Race fees

Visit http://www.RunDisney.com to register for the race.

This is the only RunDisney 1/2 marathon that takes place in the evening.  And another perk is that it takes place during Epcot’s Food and Wine Festival!

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Start Line

Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon Start Line

While I myself have run quite a few of RunDisney’s events, I have never run the Wine and Dine Half Marathon!  My friend Teresa has run this race, so here are some questions that I asked her and her responses-

Q) This is Disney’s only night time 1/2 marathon- are there as many characters out as there are during the morning 1/2?

A) “Yes! Mickey and Minnie are at the finish line dressed in their “chef” clothing. There is some sort of entertainment or character throughout the race just like in the morning races. Last year most of them were still out during the pouring rain, they just positioned them under cover.”

Q) What is your favorite part of the W&D half?

A) “Wine & Dine has a special place in my heart. It was the very first half marathon I ever ran, and I went back last year for the 5th anniversary to celebrate MY 4 years of running longer races. I am not a morning runner, so having the 10pm start is much easier for me. The wait for the start doesn’t seem as long as it does at 4am. **My favorite part is getting to Hollywood Studios and the Osborne Family Lights. When I turn that corner, I stop in my tracks (off to one side per runner etiquette, of course… :-))”

Q) Other than it being a night race, are there any other major differences?

A) “There seems to be more space than the other races. I think there is a smaller number of participants allowed – so not as many bottleneck areas. They also have a limited number of host resorts – so be sure to know ahead of time for booking hotel rooms.”

“Then there is the party after the race until 4am? (I think that’s when it ends.) I was so exhausted after both races that I just wanted to go back to my room, get a shower and go to bed.”

“Plus, you get to see 3 parks instead of the usual 2 parks for morning 1/2 marathon races. It is nice to have a different route to see.”

Q) Why would you recommend this 1/2 marathon

A)  “I would recommend this race because it is a night race. The parks are lit up and everything sparkles. There is just as much Disney Magic as any other race – and if you can stay up until 4am, you can also enjoy Epcot included in the race fee.

I also recommend the 5k that morning – Mickey’s Jingle Jungle. It is all at Animal Kingdom and has a Christmas theme. They pump out the snow!!!”

Are you now registered and need help planning your trip?  Contact Ashley at Charming Travels LLC – ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

Tuesday’s Tip- Register for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon Today!

Good Morning Mouskaholics!

Today registration for the Disneyland 1/2 Marathon- “The Happiest Race on Earth” opens today at 12pm EST.

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I speak from personal experience when I say this is an amazing race!  I ran the race in 2012 as part of the Coast to Coast challenge, and it was not only my first trip to Disneyland, but also my first time in California!  If you’ve never been to Disneyland, it is such a neat experience to walk where Walt Disney walked 🙂

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The Disneyland race is different from the Disney World races in that in Disneyland you only spend about 3 miles actually on Disney property, and the rest of the race is through the city of Anaheim.  Disney World races are entirely on Disney property because of the vast amounts of land owned in Florida.

With that being said there are opportunities for some neat non-Disney experiences in the Disneyland race, like running through the Anaheim Angels Stadium!

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In addition to the Disneyland 1/2 marathon, you can also register for the Disneyland 10k, or 5k.  If you’re up for an even bigger challenge register for the Dumbo Double Dare where you run the 10k on Saturday and the 1/2 Marathon on Sunday.

2014 Disneyland Medals

2014 Disneyland Medals

The Disneyland 1/2 Marathon weekend will kick off on Friday September 4th with the 5k, and continue on Saturday with the 10k and Sunday with the 1/2 marathon.  This is all held on Labor Day weekend which can make getting off work a little less complicated for these events!  To register visit http://www.rundisney.com around noon today!

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Me with my 2012 DL 1/2 medal and Coast-to-Coast challenge medal

If you decide to register and would like help planning for the “Happiest Race on Earth” be sure to contact Ashley- ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com to help with your planning!  She is a RunDisney runner herself and would love to help you plan for your special experience!

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com

ashley@charmingtravelsllc.com