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Meet Up & Eat Up for Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, Hosted by Training Experts Jeff Galloway and Brooks Johnson and Disney Chef Gary Jones

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

UPDATE: Click here for a complete list of attendees. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at

Please note that we will not be responding to questions via this email address. If you have questions, please ask them on the Disney Parks Blog and we will do our best to answer them.

UPDATE: We have reached capacity! Thanks for everyone’s interest in the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Meet-Up Event, and appreciate your quick responses. At approximately 2 p.m. ET, we will send the meet-up attendees a confirmation email. If you are on the list and did not receive a confirmation email, please contact us at By 3 p.m. ET, we will post a link to the complete list of attendees. Stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog for additional unique opportunities in the future.

If you’re looking to gain tips and training advice from Galloway, he will also be available at the upcoming Expo on Friday at Noon and 7 pm ET, and Saturday at 10 a.m. and 3 pm ET. Also, there is additional Galloway training information at

A year ago, runDisney hosted its first-ever meet-up event during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend. This year we’re going to uncork another one, this time featuring renowned track coach Brooks Johnson – the 2010 USATF Coach of the Year who trains Olympic track stars such as former world record holder Justin Gatlin, David Oliver and Tiffany Ross-Williams – at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex here at Walt Disney World Resort.

Meet Up & Eat Up with Brooks Johnson During Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort

And since it’ll take place Friday, Sept. 30 during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend again, we’re spicing it up with a culinary twist – a healthy living segment with Disney Chef Gary Jones. Jones is a tri-athlete when he’s not serving as Dietary Chef at Walt Disney World Resort and will undoubtedly whip up something special while also offering nutrition tips.

That’s just the start. There will be plenty of other cool elements for the 25 selected participants, including appearances by Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon defending champions Anton Van Zyl and Melissa Wisner, and runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway, plus a chance to go on a specially-designed 2-mile training run with them. In addition, the selected participants will have early exclusive access to the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Health and Fitness Expo before it opens to the general public that day.

Of course, there will be more surprises along the way, so for this opportunity to Meet Up and Eat Up, hurry up and RSVP right now to Remember, only 25 qualified applicants will be selected to participate, so be one of the first to apply ASAP!

If you’re not one of the 25 selected this time, post your training questions for Galloway here and I’ll get him to answer a few of them on a future Disney Parks Blog post. Also, you can see Galloway at the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Expo and at future runDisney events.

For more information on the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend or to sign up to run a future runDisney race, visit Also, follow us on Twitter and Facebook for the latest runDisney race information and for behind-the-scenes access to all things runDisney.

In the meantime, here are a few things you should know about the Meet Up and Eat Up:

  • Qualified applicants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • A valid ID is required. Participants must be 18 years of age or older.
  • Valid RSVPs must include your name. RSVPs that include more than one person or are missing information (e.g. incomplete names) will not be accepted.
  • Admittance to the event is non-transferable and limited to the selected applicant; no additional guests please.
  • The event and individual appearances are subject to change or cancellation.
  • Because this is a running-oriented event, we ask that applicants be experienced runners, able to maintain a 12-minute per mile pace.
  • Selected applicants attending the meet-up are not required to purchase admission.

We will send an email to selected applicants who sent their valid RSVP via e-mail before we reached capacity to confirm their attendance for Friday. We plan to send this email at approximately 2 p.m. ET today and we will also post a link on the Disney Parks Blog that will include a list of names of all selected runners. If you do not receive an email from us confirming your reservation and your name does not appear on the list of selected applicants, your RSVP was not selected.


  • @DisneySports tweeted at 9am that morning to be watching the Blog for a unique #runDisney opportunity later in the morning. They also posted the link to the blog on the RunDisney FB page at 10am. I can see why people would be upset about having a lot of notice, but there WAS advance warning, in multiple locations, and it was on FB.

  • What a great opportunity! It would be wonderful if this could have been put on the RunDisney facebook feed as well though instead of just buried in the Parks Blog.

  • Thanks for the head’s up (other meetups have given everyone a chance to be at their computers in time).

  • I am a teacher and work during the day and don’t have time to stop my class so I can log in online and quickly send an email in order to participate in something I would really like to do.

    In the future, couldn’t you have a lottery? Or some other way to sign up? I’m just really disappointed how this is handled. I’ve read the posts and have had friends be lucky enough to participate and was anxiously hoping to get to experience this.

  • Thanks, Darrell!

  • I received an e-mail that said, due to cancellations, I was at the top of the alternate list and have now been selected to participate, but my name is not on the list. Will it be updated?

  • It would be fantastic if you could put up more details about the Expo. I’ve never been to the ESPN complex, but I’ll be down there that day and am wondering if, as a walking-not-running enthusiast I should check it out!

    • Melissa,

      The Health and Fitness Expo takes place inside the Jostens Center at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on Friday, 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. and Saturday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Sept. 30-Oct. 1). Inside the expo you will find the latest running / walking equipment, products and apparel. There are several seminars with running / walking experts – including runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway. Galloway offers a wonderful run-walk-run program that may interest you. He speaks at the expo on Friday at 2 and 5 p.m., and on Saturday at 11 and 4 p.m. Hope you get the chance to stop by.

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