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Cheers to the Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon

posted on November 11th, 2013 by Robert Hitchcock, Content Director

Once again runDisney served up an amazing weekend for runners at the 2013 Disney’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. From the Pre-Race Taste at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, to Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K and Kids Races, to the main course Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Finish Line Party, runners were treated to a smorgasbord of events.

As I stood at the start and finish lines Saturday night, I couldn’t help but realize how special our runners make this event. From creative costumes to well choreographed finish-line crossings, all of you made this unique nighttime race a five-out-of-five star rated event.

Congratulations to everyone who participated in the half marathon and we hope you are stretching, icing and recovering. And to all runners, we look forward to you making a “reservation” and joining us for the 2014 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.


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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Serves Up a Special Night at the Walt Disney World Resort

posted on November 10th, 2013 by Faron Kelley, Director of Non-Leisure Marketing and Sales Strategy

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Start Line
As I roll out of bed this morning and walk (limp) to the coffee pot, I couldn’t help but reminisce about the amazing experience that was the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon. From the dancing hippos on the course, to the green army men helping us to take that hill, to the disco tunnel, to The Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights, to the unbelievable finish line experience … all in all it was a pretty amazing night. And all that was before we got to the Finish Line Party!

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Men's Overall Winner Justin Scheid

Congratulations to the men’s overall winner Justin Scheid from Sparta, NJ, and the women’s champion Kristin Teneglia of Seminole, Fla. Both broke the tape in course record setting times.
Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Women's Winner Kristin Teneglia

Congratulations to all participants and thanks to all who came out to make this another runDisney event to remember!

Keep running!

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Disney Sports Announces New Wine & Dine Half-Marathon

posted on October 15th, 2009 by Darrell Fry, Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

Running 13.1 miles can be quite a challenge, but Disney Sports has come up with the ultimate dangling carrot to motivate runners to make it all the way to the finish line.

Actually, it’s more like a dangling Lamb Chop with mango chutney. Or Jerk Pork with spicy pineapple sauce. Or any of the other extraordinary culinary creations at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival, which will essentially be the finish line for a new half-marathon race at Walt Disney World Resort.

Earlier today, Disney Sports released just some of the details of its latest endurance event, but you can bet its going to be more – a lot more – than just a race. Here’s what we know so far: Appropriately enough, it’s going to be called the Disney Wine & Dine Half-Marathon Weekend and will debut Oct. 1-2 in 2010.

One of the really unique features of the race is that it will be run at night, which is fitting given that Halloween will be just around the corner. In fact, this race will quite possibly be the only half-marathon run under the stars.

The weekend will also include a two-day expo, a 5K family fun run, kids races and a lot of special Disney touches. The half-marathon will start at the soon-to-be-renamed ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and finish inside Epcot with an exclusive post-race party at the annual Epcot International Food & Wine Festival that features culinary delights from around the world prepared by top Disney chefs.

One of the other really cool features of the event will be a two-person relay team option. Hey, dividing up the 13.1 miles between two runners is a lot easier than running the entire way by yourself – especially when there is a plate of Smoked Ribs with Braised Red Cabbage and Chestnuts and a nice California Chardonnay waiting for you at the finish line.

Grab your running shoes and sign up starting Nov. 16 at

On your marks! Get set! Eat!

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