Friday, November 9, 2012

runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Official Meet Up

was one of the forty fortunate athletes that were selected by runDisney to participate in the Wine and Dine half marathon weekend meet-up! For my runDisney enthusiasts we all know that this is a big deal! Friday morning, I met up with some great runDisney racers who we heading to EPCOT for a wonderful event. Thanks, Krissy for the lift ;-)
Once we arrived at EPCOT at 7am before park opening, we were greeted by runDisney staff and signed in and received the our coveted runDisney technical shirts! These shirts are only given to staff and at meet up events so this made everyone VERY happy. We gathered in front of Spaceship Earth and met Olympian and runDisney training consultant, Jeff Galloway, and the now three-time Wine and Dine half marathon winner Anton. We began our two mile run through Future World, and even met Mickey Mouse in front of the Future World fountain and snapped a quick photo. we proceeded to run around the world showcase 1 1/2 times ending in the Germany pavilion.  All of the runners I spoke to were just take a back any the amount of energy and happinesswe were all experiencing.

The runDisney Team running through the World Showcase at EPCOT

Once we all arrived in Germany, we made our way to the Biergarten Restaurant and were treated to muffins, juice, and coffee. Team #runDisney took this as an opportunity to take a group photo (you know, since about 20 of us made up the meet up). We then had Q&A with Jeff Galloway and Anton. Then we were treated to a quick nutrition demonstration and Q&A with the now official nutritionist of runDisney, the Diet Diva herself, Tara Gides! She is SO nice, by the way. And then something we weren't expecting, a cooking demonstration with sports chef, Chef Steff! He made an a some card loaded spaghetti casserole that was so full of flavor!

After the demos, runDisney was nice enough to give us swag! We received really nice water bottles, and $10.00 (in addition to the $10 we got for being registered racers) to enjoy the EPCOT International Food & Wine Festival. We were then able to take 1:1 pictures with, Jeff, Mickey, and Tara! Then we took at few team photos which was incredible!

As far as running events go, this was one AMAZING meet up and I am humbled and privelged to have been selected for such a great event. I met so many people, had the time of my life, and ran with an Olympian! This was the perfect way to kick of my runDisney Coast-to-Coast race challenge weekend!

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