runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Race Recap 2015- The Evacuation and Half of A Half Marathon

There are lots of opinions and feelings about the runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon 2015…and here is mine.

The Wine and Dine Half Marathon has always been one of my favorite courses.  It is a night race and you get to run through Animal Kingdom, Hollywood Studios, and Epcot.  My favorite part has always been running through the Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.  In 2014, it poured rain the entire race.  You can read about that one here.  This year the Florida weather was at it again.  

12193758_926019060827742_1074424969997735965_nMy family and I left CA after school Friday and flew to Orlando.  We landed at 1:00am.  My daughter ran her 200m and 1 mile kids races starting at 10:00am Saturday.  It was already a billion degrees…ok maybe about 90, but with the humidity it felt like a billion.  After her races we headed to lunch and then some fun at the Magic Kingdom.  We only had the one day there and wanted to make the most of it, so we went to Hollywood Studios after the sun went down to see the Osborne Lights as a family.  I quickly rushed back to hotel to get ready and get on the bus for the race.  

Let’s talk costume.  I wanted something a little creative, so I came up with Ariel when she washed up on shore.  I even ran with my dinglehopper.  

12189759_926116820817966_7733050796311509791_nI got to ESPN Wide World of Sports around 8:45pm with enough time to check my gear bag and I was about to start heading to my corral when they made an announcement that we all need to calmly evacuate into Champion Stadium at ESPNWWOS because of lightening strikes and severe weather heading straight for us.  Amazingly enough all 15,000 of us calmly…but very slowly headed to the buildings.  For the most part people were ok.  There was a DJ inside the building I was in.  We were in the buildings for about an hour total. 

12191506_10206067243094902_374035239628333078_nThe race was suppose to start at 10:00pm and we didn’t get the “ok” to leave the buildings until 10:15pm.  We didn’t really know what would happen.  We made our way to the corrals and they announced that the course would be shortened.  They said they took 6 miles off the course, which meant no Animal Kingdom.  This is a bummer, but safety is most important and it was out of runDisney’s control.  Florida weather isn’t my favorite and this didn’t help my feelings about it at all.

FullSizeRenderOn the positive side, it was VERY HOT and VERY HUMID, so it might have been for the best.  

On the negative side, there were some people that were so upset by this they apparently decided to take it out on the rest of us.  The course was quite congested because it had been shortened and these people who were already angry came blazing through pushing, shoving and being over all very rude.  This didn’t help anything.  I got shoved into a curb and almost fell.  I watched this happen to more people than just myself.  Being angry because of something that was out of anyones control and being an A**hole (pardon my language) about it doesn’t help the problem, it only makes it worse.  

FullSizeRenderI stopped for pictures and decided to make the best of it.  

Country Bears at Mile 1.

12190130_926165610813087_5994417636891910067_nWow, that is the fastest 8 miles I ever ran! (The mile markers were not adjusted with the shortened course.  To bad I can’t use this time for a proof of time!)

FullSizeRenderBuzz Lightyear and Woody in Hollywood Studios.

11208634_926168564146125_8502112188851810081_nThe Osborne Family Spectacle of Dancing Lights.

12208842_926170837479231_7575526952247496632_nIMG_7079IMG_7073I finished and got my medal.  I think I should put a sticker on it that says “Half of A Half Marathon” because we only ran 6.7 miles.

12191627_926180984144883_7282019813289355703_nI enjoyed a Grey Goose Limon Slush in France at Epcot during the after party and then made my way back to the hotel.  

12208257_926190197477295_4283739325394970840_nOverall, I feel like the best was made of a not perfect situation.  With the exception of a few individuals who were big time grumpy pants and got physical about it, I had a good time.  

My thoughts on next year: One of the big reasons I love this race is running through the Osborne Lights and this is their last year.  Without the lights and with the past 2 years of not awesome weather I might think twice about registering again.  Sad, but true. 

Did you run Wind and Dine?


  1. Heather McCarn | 17th Nov 15

    I didn’t get to run Wine & Dine this year as I just moved. Leading up to the race I was very sad about it. However hearing how rude people were makes me sad that they took it out on others and kinda okay with not running. You looked absolutely adorable as Ariel!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 17th Nov 15

      Thank you Heather! It’s amazing how just a couple rude people who are angry can make such an impact on a race. You know what they say about karma though 🙂

  2. DarlinRae | 17th Nov 15

    I got pushed too! Such rudeness was totally uncalled for. This was my first runDisney race and yes, it’s disappointing, but no need to endanger other people. I loved your costume–such a unique spin on a character people do all the time!

    • Half Crazy Mama | 17th Nov 15

      Oh no! I’m sorry you got pushed too. Most runDisney races are not like this. I hope you will be back for another one. The people are generally very nice at these races. I hope you still had a good time! 🙂

  3. Sam | 21st Nov 15

    Great costume and great recap! It’s unfortunate there were some upset people who didn’t appreciate that it’s a treat to be able to run, run in a runDisney event, visit Walt Disney World and meet up with running friends. The vast majority of the world aren’t able to do what we do. I would’ve rather run 6.7 miles over not running at all. As for next year, well, you can’t plan for the weather. Also, if you don’t register, I have a feeling the weather will be perfect on race day and you’ll miss out! The Osborne Lights are amazing, so I hope Disney will have something else in its place. Perhaps the Animal Kingdom’s Rivers of Light and Tree of Life will be lit up!

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