• runDisney Wine & Dine Meet Up & Tweet Up

    November 8, 2013

    Good morning and greetings from Disney World!


    I’m here for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend on behalf of New Balance, who is one of the race’s sponsors and partners. New Balance is covering the cost of my travel and accommodations while I am in Orlando. I am so excited to be here and very grateful to New Balance for the opportunity. I’ve always wanted to run a Disney race!

    Last night, our media group, a mix of bloggers and magazine editors, met at 8:00 PM to head over to Epcot for a fun evening out, which included some tweeting, meeting, and running. I had never been to Epcot, so I was really excited to see what it was all about.

    I loved the “IllumiNations” show—I don’t think I have ever seen anything like it. It included music, fireworks, and FIRE! There was actually one point where a big ball of fire rose into the air, and I could actually feel the heat from where I was standing!


    I also loved hearing from running celebrities Jeff Galloway (inventor of the Galloway Run-Walk method) and Jenny Simpson (New Balance-sponsored athlete), who briefly addressed the group last night during a speaker series.

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    Fun fact about Jenny: She recently ran a 4:19-mile at the Fifth Avenue Mile race in New York City, which is the fastest mile run by an American woman this year. Incredible!

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    I also loved being reunited with a bunch of my blog buddies! Here I am with just a few of them: Monica, Meghann, and Julie! Yay!


    A little after 11:00 PM, it was time to run! Our media group joined the folks from runDisney, so our large group broke into two smaller groups. One group went with Jeff Galloway and did his run-walk method and the other group ran the 1.5-mile loop around Epcot. I thought this was really cool and loved how accommodating runDisney is to ALL runners!

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    Right before we started running, there was a little dance party!

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    Our run took us all around Epcot, and it was so fun running at night when no one else was at the park!

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    The jackets and sneakers that New Balance gave us glowed in the dark! How cool is that?!

    credit: @runeatrepeat Instagram

    Our run finished at the big Epcot ball where the group enjoyed a little champagne as a celebration and kick-off to the weekend!

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    More adventures to come! So excited to be here!

    Question of the Day

    Have you ever been to Disney World? If so, that was your favorite part? 

    Have you ever run a Disney race?


    P.S. Check on my holiday wreath on the Wayfair blog: 10 DIY Holiday Wreath Ideas!

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    { 10 comments… read them below or add one }

    Elisabeth November 9, 2013 at 2:30 am

    I lve Disney World! I’ve been there 5 times & Epcot has always been my favorite of their parks. I like that there is a sort of learning element to it 🙂


    Jenn November 9, 2013 at 6:38 am

    How fun. Do you know if those jackets are on sale for us as well? They are so cool. Have a fun filled weekend : )


    Tina November 9, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Yep! Just click on the link! 😉


    Nikki @ grab your kicks November 9, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I love how reflective your running gear is! It’s perfect gear for daylight savings time, as it’s gotten a lot darker during my running time.


    Livi November 9, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I’ve never been but I’m running there in February– I can’t wait!


    Christina @ The Beautiful Balance November 9, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Such an awesome opportunity and I am loving those sneakers!


    michelle kim November 9, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    Never done a Disney race… but my friend did a Disney 5K and won (at least from what I saw on FB :D!). It must be magical to run and win a race out there!


    Captain Comptition November 10, 2013 at 7:58 am

    Running in the dark, fireworks, glow-in-the-dark shoes, this looks like it was exciting.


    Stephanie @ Long Distance Baking January 12, 2014 at 3:59 pm

    I’m a little behind here…but just stumbled upon your blog and am enjoying reading through it! I had considered doing the Wine and Dine race…did you think it was worthwhile?? I’ve never been to DisneyWorld! I also liked the idea that it started at night instead of some ungodly early hour like they usually do 🙂


    Tina January 12, 2014 at 4:03 pm

    Yes, it was great! 😄


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