Last Thursday, I participated in the runDisney Wine and Dine half marathon meet up.
This was a special meet up, because it was the first one being held at night! We checked in at the front of Epcot and were given very comfy shirts that matched the Wine and Dine theme.
We aren’t too good at selfies.
We were given a park ticket for that night, as well as a fastpass for Test Track. We headed over immediately, then met up with Jen.
We headed over to a special viewing area reserved just for meet up attendees to view Illuminations.
Me and Linzie.
After the fireworks, we were brought over to the American Adventure pavilion where were were served what else…food and wine!
After some eating and mingling, it was time for the presentation to begin. Darrell Fry, sports media director, opened the show. We had no idea who was coming to speak and what information we would be given. Things were kicked off by Faron Kelley who gave away some raffle items like runDisney duffle bags and race entries!
Next Jeff Galloway and nutritionist Tara Gidus took the stage to talk a bit about race day strategies and nutrition. They just gave a little bit of info and encouraged us to come hear them speak at the expo to learn more. One key thing they DID say however was to hydrate hydrate hydrate!
We also got to hear from a couple of chefs who work at Disney who told us a little about some of the new food offerings and booths at the food and wine festival. We were also told about wine, and how one glass of red wine a day and two for men can have health benefits. Just what we needed to hear. Hehe.
The next guest was very exciting. We got to hear from Ali about the new 2014 runDisney and New Balance limited edition shoe! We didn’t actually get to see the show, but they showed us a short video and told us that the whole shoe buying “experience” would be new and exciting, and I can’t wait to learn more! We were shown the new shoe box which looks awesome, and were told you could buy race specific inserts and charms for your shoe laces. How cool! You can see a couple of the inserts pictured below, as well as the box.
The next guest was a special surprise, Jenny Simpson! This girl is a beast. She holds the 2013 women’s record for the mile in 4:19. WOW! She is an Olympian as well, and has a long, long list of accolades. She seemed so down to earth and spoke of her childhood Disney memories.
After the presentation closed out, it was time to run! I was actually glad (even though it was WAY past my bedtime) because I was starting to get chilly. First, it was time for a few more photos with friends. Me and Tara.
No meet up is complete with a picture with some friends with character.
We broke into a straight run group and a run/walk/run group and ran around World Showcase 1.5 times. It was a fun run, and I got to chat with some friends along the way.
Was happy to see this girl again, even though her jacket tried to blind me.
We finished up the run with a group photo, then a group straight run photo. Can you find me?
Spaceship earth was gorgeous, even at midnight.
As we walked toward the exit to leave, we had one more special surprise, a champagne toast!
Faron sent us off with a beautiful toast and best wishes for the race, and we all said goodbye.
But not before a photo with some #TeamrunDisney friends!
runDisney has outdone themselves again, and I loved that this meet up was different from all the other ones being at night, watching Illuminations, etc. I think the element of surprise is part of the fun, and I can’t wait to see what they come up with next! I am so glad my husband and I got to attend, we had a blast!
QOTD: if you could plan the meet up, what is something different you would do?
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