Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon -- 16 days away!

We signed up for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon on the day registration opened, waaaaaaay back on March 12. We decided that we had never been to the Epcot Food and Wine festival, wanted to try a different RunDisney event, AND it would be a great way for us to celebrate our anniversary. We booked flights, booked our hotel, booked time off work... and then sorta set it aside.

But now our trip is only a couple of weeks away -- which is both exciting and alarming at the same time. Why alarming? Well, there's a lot of work I need to get done between now and then. Both the job sort of work and the fun sort of work -- I mean, I haven't even STARTED our costumes!

In the meantime, I've been enjoying reading the race packet and studying the course map. I'm excited about running a different course. I mean, check out this map:


I love that we're starting at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (and not just because it's SUPER CLOSE to our hotel!). Then a nice run out along Osceola Parkway, which I have come to love from running the marathon. Then a spin through Animal Kingdom, past the Tree of Life, into Africa, around into Asia, through Dinoland USA, and then backstage and around the parking area before coming back down Osceola. It's like having an out-and-back, but with a nice break in the middle!

Then we'll head up to Disney's Hollywood Studios where we'll run down Sunset Boulevard, go through part of the backlot tour, run through the Streets of America (where I think we'll get a great "surprise"...), and then past Star Tours where I sure hope we'll have at least some stormtrooper action.

Then it's along the "river" and through the Beach and Yacht Club resorts along the boardwalk... which shouldn't be as disturbing at night as on a hot, hot day. Then we go backstage into Epcot where we pass next to Spaceship Earth and on to the finish.

(Yeah, I'm dippy excited for this race!)

Of course, I've got another half to run this weekend -- guess I should take a look at the course for Rock 'n' Roll St. Louis, too...

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