Racing Disney: Changes Coming To Two November runDisney Events

Hey there Main Streeters! Last week, runDisney very quietly made some changes to their February events and I’m here to give you the scoop!

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The first event to see some changes is the Wine and Dine weekend at Walt Disney World. For the past few years, this race has consisted of a 5K run in the morning (Mickey’s Jungle Jingle 5K) and a half marathon run at night through 3 of the parks (Wine and Dine Half marathon). One of the “perks” of running the half was that you got to run through the Osborne lights at HS (RIP!). When the race was over, racers had access to Epcot and the Food and Wine Festival after hours, with a post-race party that lasted into the wee hours of the morning.

According to the runDisney website, now, however, the 5K will take place on Friday morning (now Mickey’s Holiday 5K), and there is a new 10K on Saturday morning (The Disney Wine and Dine 10K)! The half marathon (still the Wine and Dine half marathon) is now on Sunday morning, rather than Saturday night. And because of these changes, and the additional race, Wine and Dine weekend now has the ever-popular runDisney challenge associated with it! The Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge invited participants to “Be our guest” through both the 10K ad half marathon courses. Participants will receive a special medal for completing both races within pacing requirements, like all runDisney challenges.

This was very exciting news for me, because, personally, the ability to run a challenge is what entices me to runDIsney weekends. The amount of racing I do has to be enough to justify the cost of the trip and the travel involved. When I looked into doing W&D last year, I ultimately decided not to because there was no challenge. But now, it’s definitely on my bucket list! I want to run that Lumiere Challenge!

Registration for Wine & Dine opens on March 22 for AP holders and DVC members (information can be found in your member portal) and March 29 for the general public. With these new races, it may sell out fast, so be ready to register if you want to run! Registration fees are as follows (not including Active.com fees): Mickey’s Holiday 5K – $70, Disney Wine and Dine 10K – $120, Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon – $190, Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge – $330. REMEMBER! If you want to run the challenge, you only have to register for it! It automatically enters you in the 10K and half marathon!

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The other change the runDisney made was to the previously named Avenger’s Race weekend at Disneyland Resort. Now called the Super Heroes Half Marathon weekend, this race weekend still features a 5K, half, as well as the 10K and challenge introduced last year. The 5K is now the Captain America 5K (previously, Captain America was the featured hero of the 10K), Doctor Strange (which premiere’s in November) now headline’s the 10K, while the half marathon is now the Avenger’s Super Hero Half Marathon. The challenge name remains the same, named after Marvel’s Infinity Gauntlet. Presumably, this rebranding is so that runDinsey can coordinate with Marvel Cinematic Universe and theme the races around the movies coming out that year, like with Doctor Strange.

Registration for Super Hero Race Weekend opens April 5 for AP holders and DVC members (information can be found in your portal) and on April 12 for the general public. Registration fees (not including Active.com fees) are as follows: Captain America 5K – $80, Dr. Strange 10K – $120, Avenger’s Super Hero Half Marathon – $199, Infinity Gauntlet Challenge – $340. DL Resort races are always slightly more expensive.

So what race are you most excited about? Are you going to sign up for any of them?

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TMSM is very excited to publish the “Racing Disney” runDisney series by Addie Clark, Catie Neal and Tali McPike. Please keep an eye out for more of their amazing and informative articles! If you missed of the articles in this series make sure you check them athttp://www.themainstreetmouse.com/tag/racing-disney/
If you are planning on running in a runDisney event and have questions, or have participated and want to talk about your experiences make sure you visit our runDisney Forum at http://goo.gl/RLB5ka

Author: Addie Clark

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