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They Ate, They Drank and They Ran at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

posted on October 3rd, 2011 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World


Participants Receiving Instruction from Olympic Track Coach Brooks Johnson as well as Training Consultant Jeff Galloway

Several runners got the experience of a lifetime during our “Meet Up, Eat Up” at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon this past weekend.

Participant Receiving Instruction from Olympic Track Coach Brooks Johnson

On a beautiful Friday morning as the sun had just begun to rise, the 25 participants received personalized instruction from renowned Olympic track coach Brooks Johnson as well as runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway on the track at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, where Brooks trains several Olympic medalists. Once they had their strides fine-tuned, they were led on a short training run by two-time Wine & Dine Half Marathon winner Anton Van Zyl and last year’s women’s winner Melissa Wisner.

Disney Chef Gary Jones and Chef Mickey Mouse

Then, Disney Chef Gary Jones – with some playful assistance from Chef Mickey Mouse – gave the group a cooking demonstration on how to easily whip up a healthy breakfast dish. At the end, the runners were given exclusive access to the event’s Health & Fitness Expo where they got first crack at all of the merchandise, apparel and fitness products before the expo officially opened.

It was a fun way to kick off the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, which attracted more than 17,000 total runners. If you’d like to get in on the fun, look for more opportunities like it here on the Disney Parks Blog.

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