2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Changes (or The End of an Era)

2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Changes (or The End of an Era)

Good night runDisney night races…runDisney just announced significant changes to the long-standing nighttime Wine & Dine Half Marathon. If you want to “run now, wine later” you’re gonna have to toe the start line a whole lot earlier in 2016 – like 16+ hours earlier.

The race weekend now begins on Thursday 3 November 2016 with the start of the event expo. The Jingle Jungle 5K has been renamed Mickey’s Holiday 5K and moved to Friday morning. Also new for 2016 is the addition of the Disney Wine & Dine 10K on Saturday and the move to Sunday morning for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon – with an exclusive after hours Post Race Party at the Epcot® International Food & Wine Festival Sunday evening. runDisney Kid’s Races will be available on both Friday and Saturday.

The addition of a 10K opens up the weekend to a field of runners not previously on the Wine & Dine weekend schedule. Those who love to #RunAllTheRaces will be happy to see that the 10K also means a new challenge! Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge will include the 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday – and an extra challenge medal.

It’s interesting to note that the advent of all the changes to nighttime entertainment [“Rivers of Light” at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, the “Frozen Ever After” experience at the Norway pavilion at Epcot] and construction in many of the Walt Disney World theme parks seems to be the catalyst for the removal of night races from the upcoming runDisney schedule. For those that loved the unique experience of running through the parks after dark, we can only hope that once construction is complete, runDisney will consider adding night races back into their schedule.

General registration for all 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend races opens up 29 March 2016 at noon ET.

As with any new runDisney race, the gang at RunAllTheRaces will be there to check out all the changes.  Will we see you there?

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How do you feel about the changes to the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend?   

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Perfect Goofy Gail, Delightful Dopey Kimberly, PhotoBomb Becca & California Kiley

 

Are YOU Ready to Run & RIDE All The Races This Summer?

049Run All The Races is proud to announce our partnership with Run & Ride Race Series.  We hope to help you Run & Ride all the races and will provide our readers with race discounts, travel & training tips, but more importantly show you how to enjoy a race-cation that includes the entire family without breaking the bank.

368In 2014, we ran the Cedar Point races and instantly fell in love with this race series because it combines our love of roller coasters, racing and family fun all at an affordable price!

365At Cedar Point, we ran the 5K on Saturday morning with Kimberly’s children.  Then we enjoyed the thrills of Cedar Point’s legendary roller coasters.  On Sunday, we ran the Half Marathon while Perfectly Goofy Gail’s parents, Kay and Mike, volunteered on the course at a water stop.  We then went back into the parks to ride the family and thrill rides, but more importantly…the roller coasters.  Click here for our 2014 race recap.

347For 2015, Run & Ride’s races take place at Cedar Point, Kings Island, Dorney Park, Valley Fair and Carowinds parks.  Each weekend has fun for the entire family including the 1 mile Snoopy run, a 5K charity run, a 10K roller coaster run or the main event the  Run & Ride half marathon.  You’ll run among the sights and sounds of legendary and super new roller coasters!

389Run & Ride Races is gearing up for the start of their race season with their first event at Valleyfair, Minnesota on Saturday, May 16th & 17th.  Valleyfair will offer The Valleyfair 5K and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run on Saturday at 8:30am.  On Sunday at 6:45am they will host the Route 76 10K and Valleyfair Half Marathon.  Valleyfair is located in Shakopee, Minnesota and is the largest amusement park in the Upper Midwest offering thrill rides, family rides, a waterpark and entertainment!  Hurry early registration closes on Saturday, April 4th – registration fees will increase.  Click here to register today!

045We are proud to announce Run all the Races followers will receive discounts off Run & Ride Races: 

  • Use RUNALLTHERACES10 to receive $10-off the half-marathon
  • Use RUNALLTHERACES5  to receive $5-off the 10K or 5K
  • Scenic running route through the amusement park

  • Finisher medal

  • Admission to the park – this varies by park so check the offer, but it’s an OUTSTANDING DEAL!

  • BibChip timing and instant online results

  • Commemorative long-sleeve tech T-shirt

  • Free parking the morning of the race

  • Great prizes and awards for top 3 finishes in each category

  • Friends and family park entry discounts

  • Post race food

  • The first 150 sign-ups receive a special Run & Ride “in training” t-shirt

343 Run and Ride Race Series locations and dates:

  1. May 16-17:  Valleyfair, Shakopee, MN
    • May 16 – 8:30am:  The Valleyfair 5K and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run
    • May 17 – 6:45am:  Route 76 10K
    • May 17 – 6:45am:  Valleyfair Half Marathon
  2. June 13 – 14:  Cedar Point, Sandusky, OH
    • June 13 – 8:30am: The Millennium Force 5K Benefiting The Chris Smith Memorial Fund and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run
    • June 14 – 6:45am: Cedar Point Rougarou 10K
    • June 14 – 6:45am:  Cedar Point Half Marathon
  3. September 12 -13:  Carolwinds, Charlotte, NC
    • September 12 – 8:30am:  The Carolwinds 5K and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run
    • September 13 – 7:40 am:  Fury 325 10K
    • September 13 – 7:30 am:  Carolwinds Half Marathon
  4. October 3 – 4:  Dorney Park and Wildwater Kingdom, Allentown, PA
    • October 3 – 8:30am:  The Dorney Park 5K and Snoopy’s One-Mile Fun Run
    • October 4 – 7:00 am:  Hydra 10th Anniversary 10K
    • October 4 – 7:00 am:  Dorney Park Half Marathon
  5. October 23 – 25:  Kings Island, Mason, OH
    • October 23 – 7:30 pm:  Kings Island Glow Run during Halloween Haunt
    • October 25 – 7:40 am:  Banshee 10K
    • October 25 – 7:30 am:  Kings Island Half Marathon

AER07217Will we see YOU at a Run & Ride Race this summer?  Which Run & Ride Race are you running?

Next up:  Traveling Tips at Run & Ride Races!

Race Report: Wine & Dine Half Marathon or Would you like WHINE with that half marathon?..

How bad was the weather? We dressed up as ACTUAL runners ;)

How bad was the weather? We dressed up as ACTUAL runners 😉

Part of the problem of having a #RunAllTheRaces philosophy is that we run SO MANY races that we don’t always have the time to talk (and BLOG) about all the races.  Believe it or not, we both ACTUALLY have JOBS – a runner’s got to do something to pay for all those races…

We still owe everyone a BUNCH of race reports on other events from earlier this year, but the WEATHER was such a factor at last weekend’s runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon that we just had to post about this race next!

BLOG DISCLAIMER: It was SO wet and rainy that, for the first time in #RunAllTheRaces history, we did NOT wear a costume and we did NOT stop and take photos on the course.  It was so wet and rainy we ACTUALLY RAN the race!

So, how wet and rainy was it?  In our collective 10+ years of running races at Disney Theme Parks, the only event where the weather was worse was 2010 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (also known around runDisney circles as “The Cold Year”) where it snowed (yes, you read that correctly – SNOWED) and sleeted and was generally miserable for the entire half and full marathons. FYI: Frozen water stops and slippery, ice-covered roads are no bueno!

In fact, it was so wet and rainy that a simple blog description just won’t do it justice.

So – in our first “How To” blog post – we are providing you with instructions on how to re-create the event at home so you can fully understand the experience.  You’re welcome 😉

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How To: Recreate the 2014 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Experience in the “Comfort” of Your Own Home

  1. Run around all day.  Wait until 7:00pm to start your experience.

    An umbrella.  And yes - that's a necessity - NOT a costume piece!

    An umbrella. And yes – that’s a necessity – NOT a costume piece!

  2. Get fully dressed in your running attire. And we mean fully dressed; including shoes, fuel belt, race bib.  As it is a runDisney event, this probably includes an elaborate costume you spent weeks planning and even longer making.
  3. Go into your bathroom and turn on the shower.  Not too hot, mind you.  The water temperature should seem warm enough to be “not so bad” at first, but not so warm as to be enjoyable for any length of time.
  4. Get in your shower.  Fully dressed. Yep.  Just hang out there under the gently falling drops and imagine yourself in the corrals, waiting for the start.  Spend a few moments trying to convince yourself that it looks like it’s clearing and surely it will stop before the race starts.
  5. Begin jogging in place.  Still in your shower.  Still under the running water.  Take a sip of your race beverage of choice and realize, as you tip your head back, water hits you directly in your eyeballs.
  6. Continue jogging in place under the running water for the time it normally takes you to run a half marathon plus a crappy weather factor of 10%.  You’ll need that extra time to run around giant puddles, avoid falling on slippery surfaces, and stop to wring-out your progressively heavier water-logged clothing.
  7. Swear at yourself for even signing up for this race in the first place.  Feel free to include anyone else who encouraged you throughout your training and isn’t actually running in this mess in your rant.
  8. Finish your race.  Have someone place a cold, wet medal around your neck and a space blanket around your shoulders.
  9. Decide ” *&%# it! I paid for the After Party.  I’m still going.”  Have someone hand you a beer and a snack while you continue to stand in your shower.
  10. Go out to your garage.  Stand around outside your car for approximately 20 minutes to simulate waiting for the bus back to your resort hotel.
  11. Get in your car.  Turn on the air conditioner. Hang out for 45 minutes.  Cold? Yep. But the roads are closed for the race and you have to leave property and come back around to get to your stop.
  12. Get out of your car and walk around the block.  Turns out, the event bus drops you off at the Convention Center – which feels like a 3-mile walk from your room.
  13. Swear at yourself for even signing up for this race in the first place.  Feel free to include anyone else who encouraged you throughout your training and isn’t actually still out in this mess in your rant.
  14. Go back into your bathroom and turn on the shower again.  Good news – this time you can take a nice hot shower!
  15. Fall into bed.  Sleep like a rock – as you are exhausted from this entire experience.
  16. Wake up.  Decide it wasn’t so bad.  Check the runDisney website to see when registration opens for next year.
Finishers of the 1st Annual Wine & Dine Wet T-Shirt Contest

Finishers of the 1st Annual Wine & Dine Wet T-Shirt Contest

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What was the worst weather you ever raced in?  What did you learn from the experience for next time?

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Perfect Goofy Gail & (soon to be Delightful Dopey) Kimberly

Virtual Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Blog Hop: Race Costuming or You’re going to run…in THAT?!?!

Charlie's Storm Troopers

Charlie’s Storm Troopers

2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Enchanted 10K

2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Enchanted 10K

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I am a recent covert to running in costume.

THE jump photo to end ALL jump photos - and my VERY FIRST time running in costume.

THE jump photo to end ALL jump photos – and my VERY FIRST time running in costume.

What finally made me make the leap?

Last year’s Disneyland Half Marathon was the race where I earned my 50th runDisney medal and I wanted to mark this running milestone with “something different.”

All my previous runs were focused on time – with no room in my race plan for costumes or photo stops.  This had worked well for me and I enjoyed racing myself and always striving for a PR – BUT – trolling around on Facebook opened my eyes to another kind of fun on the run…COSTUMES!

Most of these AMAZING costumes were made with technical material!

Most of these AMAZING costumes were made with technical material!

From Mild to WILD…

I started out mild – the Mad Hatter for the 2013 Disneyland 10K and a Mouseketeer for the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon.  My “costumes” consisted of my normal running shorts and sports bra dressed up with simple pre-made add ons.  The Mad Hatter was based around a Raw Threads bamboo technical shirt, an orange tutu, knee socks, and a Mad Hatter headband.

NOTE:  This was also my first – and still most EPIC – jumping photo!

The Mouseketeer included a Sparkle Athletic skirt, technical shirt with my first name, and child’s mouse ears (the child’s ears have an elastic strap which, when placed behind my ponytail, made sure they stayed put for the entire race – so much so, I forgot I even had them on…).

MILD is a great “gateway” to begin running in costume.

Like any gateway, I got HOOKED pretty quickly – AND had a number of friends that not only dressed up as well, but were (and continue to be) excellent enablers 😉

A little costuming peer pressure can go a long way...far enough to get your male friend to run in a skirt during the Princess Half Marathon ;)

A little costuming peer pressure can go a long way…far enough to get your male friend to run in a skirt during the Princess Half Marathon 😉

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend 5K.  Great crochet Tinker Bell hair hat and a tutu so big it had it's own gravitational pull.

Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend 5K. Great crochet Tinker Bell hair hat and a tutu so big it had it’s own gravitational pull.

2014 Walt Disneyl World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge Day 4...yep - this is exactly how I felt.  Having an easy race costume was a great decision for me for this race.

2014 Walt Disneyl World Marathon Weekend Dopey Challenge Day 4…yep – this is exactly how I felt. Having an easy race costume was a great decision for me for this race.

In the matter of year, I ramped up BIG TIME – culminating in the biggest and craziest costume to date during the the 2014 Disneyland 5K.  Kimberly was getting HER 50th runDisney medal at the Disneyland Half Marathon and we decided to celebrate her running milestone by going BIG.

We planned the Cheshire Cat and Caterpillar from Alice in Wonderland for the Disneyland 5K, Alice in Wonderland Card Soldiers with our running pals Rebecca and Pammy for the Disneyland 10K, and Dumbo and the Circus Master for the Disneyland Half Marathon.

runDisney Tweeted our photo at the Disneyland 5K finish line, interviewed us for the Disneyland 10K race recap video, and we made the office runDisney race album on Facebook for the Disneyland Half Marathon.

runDisney media trifecta - Twitter for Disneyland 5K, race video for Disneyland 10K, and race album on Facebook for Disneyland Half Marathon.  Mission accomplished!

runDisney media trifecta – Twitter for Disneyland 5K, race video for Disneyland 10K, and race album on Facebook for Disneyland Half Marathon. Mission accomplished!

Hunka-hunka burning costumes...

Hunka-hunka burning costumes…

WILD can be AWESOME – as long as you take race length and temperature into consideration.

Tips for a Successful Race Costume:IMG_4198

  • Take the race length and temperature into consideration. [Shorter race and/or cooler temperatures = the chance to ramp up the costume!]
  • If you are traveling, think about the logistics of getting your costume to the race location. [I had to search for smaller hula hoops for my Cheshire Cat so 1 would fit in my suitcase and 1 would fit in the airplane overhead bin :D]
  • Take what race you are running into consideration. [runDisney races brings LOTS of people in costumes.  Some other races – not so much.  Determine your comfort level being dressed up on the run.]
  • IMG_5438Take your completed costume out for a trial run. [Make sure all the parts stay on when you are running and NOTHING rubs you the wrong way]
  • Think outside the box. [Doing a little research about secondary characters can enable you to have a unique costume and stand out among many Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, and Anna and Elsa outfits]
  • Race costumes can be awesome whether they are mild or wild. [Don’t not run in costume just because you don’t want to go huge – subtle can be just as wonderful and memorable as crazy.]
  • Great costumes can be had even if you are not a seamstress. [There are lots of companies that make costume pieces in technical material and cater specifically to runners – including those that do not sew and/or don’t have time to make something themselves]
  • HAVE FUN with it! [If you are going to run in costume, bring some fellow dressed up friends, take photos to commemorate your crazy, and enjoy the run!]

We have some great stuff planned for the Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend races!  Keep an eye out for some “happy haunts” as we “stretch” our costuming skills…

Check out the rest of the AMAZING posts that are part of our Virtual Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Blog Hop HERE.

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Dumbo Double Dare - Half MarathonHave you run a race in costume?  We’d LOVE to see your photos!

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Perfect Goofy Gail & (soon to be Delightful Dopey) Kimberly

So You Want to Be a Disney Princess? Our Top 10 Tips for Royal Run.

Kimberly, Gail, Rebecca, and Pam at the finish of the 2014 Enchanted 10K [this photo made the runDisney official race photo album]

Kimberly, Gail, Rebecca, and Pam at the finish of the 2014 Enchanted 10K [this photo made the runDisney official race photo album]

We here at #RunAllTheRaces will NEVER deter you from running a runDisney race, however – that being said – our goal is to ensure that you have the information YOU need to make the most of your running budget and your runDisney runCation!

To this end, we have taken it upon ourselves to #RunAllTheDisneyRaces so we can provide you with first-hand advice.  It’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!

While Perfectly Goofy Gail and soon to be Delightfully Dopey Kimberly are not Perfect Princesses [meaning a person that has run EVERY Princess Half Marathon since the inaugural event], we have run a combined total of over 90 runDisney races and have 100+ runDisney medals between us.  That gives us plenty of experience and insight into how to rock a race at Walt Disney World.

Just in time for the next runDisney race registration date, in this post we will share our tips and tricks for a royally successful Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend.

Finishers of the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge (and the special pink Coast to Coast medal for running Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend races AND Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon races in the same calendar year).

Finishers of the 2014 Glass Slipper Challenge (and the special pink Coast to Coast medal for running Disneyland Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend races AND Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon races in the same calendar year).

Our Top 10 Tips for a Royal Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend:

  1. Eddie is the prettiest Princess of them all - and we have the on-course photo to prove it!

    Eddie is the prettiest Princess of them all – and we have the on-course photo to prove it!

    Do You Want to be a Princess?  Determine if this is the right race for you.  Not all runDisney weekends are the same.  Yes, Disney’s Princess Half Marathon weekend races share the EXACT SAME COURSES as January’s Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend events, however, that is where the comparisons stop.  Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend is a FEMALE-FOCUSED weekend where the costumes, the participants, and the course theme all celebrate PRINCESS POWER.  Not to say that there aren’t a fair share of Princes running, but during this particular race, men are not permitted to start in the first corral and the overall winner of the race must be female.

  2. If the slipper fits?   Decide who’s running.  Fortunately or unfortunately, Princess Weekend falls on the last weekend of February – this may or may not be during school break.
  3. No, seriously, we dress like this EVERY day...

    No, seriously, we dress like this EVERY day…

    Know when and how to register for your chosen event(s):  Not only does runDisney host a Half Marathon during Princess Half Marathon weekend, but there is also a 5K, a 10K, and Kids Races.  Runners can also choose to register for the Glass Slipper Challenge – which combines both the 10K with the Half Marathon.  You can take a look at the race details online at runDisney.  NOTE: Runners wanting to complete the Glass Slipper Challenge should register for the Glass Slipper Challenge ONLY.  Those runners that register for both the 10K and Half Marathon separately will not earn the challenge medal (and you NEVER want to not get EXTRA BLING).  Early registration will open for both Annual Passholders and Disney Vacation Club Member on Wednesday, July 9th at 12pm EST.  Registration links will be available on the member pages only.  General registration will open on Tuesday, July 15th at 12pm EST at runDisney online.  For additional registration tips click here.

  4. Your Castle or Mine?  Deciding whether you’ll be staying in a Walt Disney World resort or an off-property location can be more difficult that running the actual race!  Both options are good and depend not only on your budget, but what experience you are looking for.  To take a look at all the resort options Walt Disney World has to offer, click here.  Thinking about staying off-property?  Consider a “Good Neighbor” resort, generally located on Hotel Resort Boulevard – down the road from Disney Village Marketplace.  “Good Neighbor” options include: Best Western, DoubleTree Suites, Hilton, Holiday Inn, and Wyndham [Got points?].  And, if you’re looking for the ULTIMATE PRINCESS EXPERIENCE, consider relaxing after your royal race on a DISNEY CRUISE!

    Golf cart full of crazy during the 2014 Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon.

    Golf cart full of crazy during the 2014 Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon.

  5. Be Our Guest:  You can begin making your Advance Dining Reservations (ADRs) 180 days out from your arrival date – and we suggest you GET ON IT.  Many favorites fill up FAST, such as Be Our Guest in the Magic Kingdom, character meals, and dinner shows.  Research all your dining options (and there are a ton) and make online reservations here.
  6. Planes, Trains , Automobiles, Coach or Carriage? The closest airports to Walt Disney World are Orlando International Airport (OIA) and Orlando Sandford International Airport (SFB).  When you reserve Disney’s Magical Express and arrive at Orlando International Airport, you can begin your vacation the moment you step off the plane. Bypass baggage claim and avoid the inconvenience and cost of driving or finding ground transportation. With this special benefit of staying at select Disney Resort hotels, get from the airport to your accommodations in comfort and have your bags delivered directly to your room. You’ll also enjoy a complimentary ride back to Orlando International Airport on the day you check out of your Disney Resort hotel. Please note that pets are not permitted on Disney’s Magical Express but service animals are.  Luggage delivery service is available for flights arriving between 5:00 AM and 10:00 PM daily. Your luggage will travel separately, and it may take up to 3 hours after you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel for your luggage to be delivered to your room. You need to pack any valuables, medications or anything you need immediately upon your arrival in Orlando in a carry-on bag—and have your MagicBand with you and easily accessible at the airport and when you arrive at your Disney Resort hotel. You do not need to be in your room to receive your luggage.  You need to make a reservation for Disney’s Magical Express when you make your Disney Resort hotel reservation online or over the phone. If your flight arrives before 5:00 AM or after 10:00 PM, you will need collect your luggage at baggage claim to bring with you on the motorcoach. Please note: Disney’s Magical Express service does not provide luggage-only transfer. You must be present on the motorcoach to have your luggage transported to a Disney Resort hotel.  Once on property (and if you stay at a “Good Neighbor” hotel) there are a host of transportation options to all Walt Disney World locations including buses, boats, and the monorail.
  7. No Tickey, No Mickey: While theme park tickets are NOT required in order to runDisney, if you want to spend time in the parks after your run, you will need to purchase a ticket.  Walt Disney World has a ticket option for any budget and include options such as 1-Day/1-Park to Multi-Day/Multi-Park Park Hopper (which allows you to visit multiple parks on the same day), and Annual Passes.  NOTE: If you plan to party at the theme parks, we suggest planning the time AFTER your race, so you have fresh legs for your run around the World.

    Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins run through Epcot during the 2014 Walt Disney World Enchanted 10K.

    Sleeping Beauty and Mary Poppins run through Epcot during the 2014 Walt Disney World Enchanted 10K.

  8. Look like a Princess: Costumes at a runDisney event can be a lot of fun.  If you’ve never ran in costume before, give it try during the 5K or 10K.  These are easier distances to run dressed up, but you still get the fun photo-ops along the course.  Lots of companies provide easy costume options if you can’t or don’t want to sew your own.  We love Sparkle Skirts [sparkly skirts, arm warmers, wings, and schwings], Raw Threads [themed bamboo shirts and skirts], Harvester Products [kick-ass crochet hats], and Etsy [anything else you can dream up].

    Good thing Dave had that buff fairy to help stop that train...

    Good thing Dave had that buff fairy to help stop that train…

  9. Party like a Princess: runDisney sponsors the Happily Ever After Party at Downtown Disney® on Sunday, after the Half Marathon.  Participants can enjoy delicious food, great music, and get a chance to pick up some last minute keepsake merchandise to remember the weekend. Admission to the Happily Ever After Party at Downtown Disney® is open to race participants, their guests, and the public. And if you are like us and like to party with a runner friend, you can run any of the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend races as a member of a TEAM.  Team registration is a fun way to compete in the Princess Half Marathon Weekend with added perks for each princess on your team.  Team registration is $10.00 per team member and includes Commemorative Team Bib, Commemorative Team Item (has been a Miss America-type sash in the past), and a Team Photo area at Packet Pick-Up.  NOTE: Teams can only be created after both individuals have registered and paid for the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Glass Slipper Challenge.  This is not a relay – both participants must run the entire race. You must be a registered participant of one of the Princess Half Marathon Weekend races to participate in the race. A team registration does not qualify as a registration for the event.
  10. Feel like a Princess: Not much feels as good after a long run than having someone pamper you by rubbing your legs and feet.  Walt Disney World has a number of spa options.  Most on-property resorts have fitness rooms and the opportunity to book a massage or facial.  If you are looking for a deluxe spa experience, consider booking a service at Sense – A Disney Spa at Disney’s Grand Florida Resort or Senses Spa at Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort.  To schedule treatments, please call (407) WDW-SPAS or (407) 939-7727 as far in advance as possible. Reservations are highly recommended.

For Tips on how to register for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend visit makermothermarathonerrunner.com

Are you a Perfect Princess? Have you run any of the Walt Disney World Princess Half Marathon Weekend races?

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Perfect Goofy Gail & (soon to be Delightful Dopey) Kimberly

Mickey Milers Meet-Up.

Mickey Milers Meet-Up.

 

Race Report: Inaugural Cedar Point Run & Ride 5K and Half Marathon or That first hill is gonna be a…

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WTH?!?! That first hill is gonna be a BITCH!..

Generally speaking, in order to #RunAllTheRaces, we have to spend a fair amount of time coordinating schedules, planning travel, and making reservations to ensure we both get to the same place at the same time.  Occasionally though, the stars seem to align and we get the chance to run a race together that we just normally wouldn’t think could happen.

The 2014 Inaugural Cedar Point Run & Run Weekend was just one of those races.  Kimberly and her family had a relative’s wedding in Ohio and Perfectly Goofy Gail had parents that live in Ohio and were begging for a visit – and BOTH events just happened to be scheduled around a race weekend.  Talk about a cosmic alignment!

Entrance gates to Cedar Point welcoming all the runners, families, and friends.

Entrance gates to Cedar Point welcoming all the runners, families, and friends.

We even managed to cajole everyone into participating in the weekend’s fun.  Kimberly, her 2 kids, and Gail ran the Millennium Force 5K on Saturday and Kimberly and Gail ran the Half Marathon on Sunday – while Gail’s parents volunteered at the Mile 5/12 water stop.  Kimberly’s husband Jack assisted by volunteering to #RideAllTheRollerCoasters – what a team player 😉

Packet pick-up was held outside the theme park at one of Cedar Point’s hotels, Castaway Bay.  This was a local race, so it was billed simply as Packet Pick-Up, and it was exactly as advertised.  It was not a full scale race expo but we didn’t mind.

As part of the entrance fee for the Half Marathon each runner received entry into Cedar Point after 4:00 pm on Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday – and we were all about #RideAllTheRollerCoasters.  Additionally, runners received a discounted parking rate of $15.00 for Friday – Sunday (instead of $15.00 a day).  So for $105.00, you got entry into the half marathon, entry into Cedar Point theme park after 4:00 pm on Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday, and 3 days of parking.

The entire Markey Family and Perfect Goofy Gail screaming through the Magum XL-200.

The entire Markey Family and Perfect Goofy Gail screaming through the Magum XL-200.

For those that were running the 5K or coming to the race to cheer on family and friends, a discount was in place that allowed purchase of theme park tickets: $55.00 for after 4:00 pm on Friday and all-day Saturday and Sunday or $33.00 a day.  This was a steal, as standard admission to Cedar Point runs $50.00 a day, or $25.00 a day after 5:00 pm.

Cedar Point, know as America’s Roller Coast, is located in Sandusky, Ohio on the shores of Lake Erie.  Opened in 1870, it is the second-oldest operating amusement park in the United States.

Cedar_Point_Ohio_037_Historic_MarkerCedar Point has 16 roller coasters – which is the second-most in the world – 16 thrill rides, 10 family rides, and 3 water rides, excluding the rides in Soak City (a separate water park located just outside Cedar Point).

The park has reached several milestones. It is the only amusement park in the world with four roller coasters taller than 200 feet (61 m) – Magnum XL-200Millennium ForceWicked Twister, and Top Thrill Dragster – and is the only park with roller coasters in all four height classifications. Cedar Point has also received the Golden Ticket Award for “Best Amusement Park in the World” from Amusement Today for 16 consecutive years.  As of 2013, the park is the most visited seasonal amusement park in the United States with an estimated 3.38 million visitors in 2013.  The park also has several buildings that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In other words, Cedar Point kicks some serious roller coaster butt!

Over the course of the weekend, we managed to get in both the Millennium Force 5K and the Half Marathon as well as all the great roller coasters in the park.

Kimberly, her daughter, and Gail on Top Fuel Dragster. When built in 2003, it was the first full circuit roller coaster to exceed 400 feet (120 m) in height, and was the tallest roller coaster in the world. The ride launches, accelerating to a speed of 120 mph (190 km/h) in 3.8 seconds. Shortly after reaching its maximum velocity, the train begins its ascent up a 90-degree incline, twisting 90 degrees counter-clockwise before climbing over the 420-foot (130 m) top hat. Upon descending, the track twists 270 degrees before leveling out, allowing the train to be stopped by the magnetic brakes.

The gang, ready to run the Inaugural Cedar Point Millennium Force 5K.

The gang, ready to run the Inaugural Cedar Point Millennium Force 5K.

Saturday: Millennium Force 5K

Early morning car selfies with the Markey Family on the way to the Cedar Point Millennium Force 5K

Early morning car selfies with the Markey Family on the way to the Cedar Point Millennium Force 5K

Saturday morning came early and Kimberly and Perfectly Goofy Gail managed to drag the Markey kids out of bed, into their running gear, and to the start of the 5K.

The ENTIRE 3.1 miles of the 5K course was in and around Cedar Point.  What a way to run a race – surrounded by roller coasters.  While the rides were not open to jump on, many of them were running.  There’s something awesome about hearing that roller coaster “swoosh” as you go running by!

On course, there were PLENTY of water stops staffed by enthusiastic volunteers that really seemed happy to be there.  We finished the course right outside the main gate, next to the shore of Lake Erie – which gave us a lovely breeze.

As part of the 5K, all participants received a race-specific T-shirt.  Rubber medallions were given to all the younger finishers.

Sunday: Cedar Point Half Marathon

Looking pretty happy (and not that hot) at the start of the Inaugural Cedar Point Half Marathon.

Looking pretty happy (and not that hot) at the start of the Inaugural Cedar Point Half Marathon.

Sunday morning, Kimberly, Gail, and Gail’s parents all jumped in the car and headed to the race start a bit early, as we needed to drop off Gail’s parents at the Mile 5/12 water stop and then make it to the start line with time for a pre-race potty stop.

About 700 runners started the Half Marathon on the banks of Lake Erie.  This was very much a local race that just happened to be held at a theme park.

We began with a loop around the parking lot before heading into Cedar Point.  The first 5 miles covered most of the 5K course (with some additional loops to add distance) before heading across the Cedar Point Causeway into downtown Sandusky, once again along the banks of Lake Erie.

Halfway across the Cedar Point Causeway was Mile 5 and our first chance to say “HI!” to Gail’s parents.  They got a great location – in part because we would double-back and get to see them twice, but also because they were on the causeway and got an amazing breeze.  The day was WAY hot and humid and the causeway offered the best breeze of the ENTIRE course.

RUUUUUUNNNNN! Save yourself from the heat.

RUUUUUUNNNNN!
Save yourself from the heat.

Miles 5 – 12 of the course went into downtown Sandusky in a loop back towards the Cedar Point Causeway and the theme park.  As the race started about 10 minutes late at 6:55 am, it got hot FAST and the miles outside the theme park (and away from the distraction of the roller coasters and breeze of the causeway) got sticky really quickly.

Mile 13 gave us our final chance to get a personalized “Way to go!” from Gail’s parents before finishing the final trip across the causeway and crossing the finish line with a view of the Cedar Point area marina.

The Half Marathon finish line and our new on-course friends: Melissa Schmitt & Mike Rigelsky (who just happen to runDisney!).

The Half Marathon finish line and our new on-course friends: Melissa Schmitt & Mike Rigelsky (who just happen to runDisney!).

All Half Marathon participants received a long-sleeved race-specific tech shirt and an medal with an AWESOME ribbon, as well as two 13.1 race magnets.  Wasn’t really sure about a long-sleeved shirt in July but, if you’re from somewhere where it gets cold and snowy in the winter, wearing the Cedar Point Run & Ride Half Marathon shirt while training in the yuck would definitely get you jazzed up about the return of summer and the opening of Cedar Point.

Half Marathon schwag!

Half Marathon schwag!

All in all, this was great inaugural race and we’re pretty excited about what’s in store for next year and the other Run & Ride races that are held at King’s Island and Carowinds.  After all, #RunAllTheRaces and #RideAllTheRollerCoasters!

UP NEXT: An interview with the Run & Ride Race Directors on the race and their future plans and input from Gail’s parents on their volunteer experience.

Are you a roller coaster person?  Have you been to Cedar Point?

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Perfect Goofy Gail & (soon to be Delightful Dopey) Kimberly

 

 

Race Report: Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Hat Trick Challenge or Hey, did we tell you it was hot and hilly?..

We love us some Runner’s World and when we heard they were hosting a series of races that included the chance to run Heartbreak Hill of Boston Marathon fame – WITHOUT having to cut 1+ hours off our marathon times to qualify for the Boston Marathon – we were IN.

Our first Runner's World Cover...we're kinda a big deal (at least in our own minds...)!

Our first Runner’s World Cover…we’re kinda a big deal (at least in our own minds…)!

Why run just one race with Runner’s World when you can #RunAllTheRaces?!?!

The inaugural Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Half Marathon & Festival took place on the campus of Boston College in Newton, MA, June 7 – 8, 2014. Thousands of runners – including kids and dogs – showed up for a weekend of racing, seminars, movies, and more.

We were ALL IN as usual and this entailed running the 5K, getting about a 30 minute break and then running the 10K on Saturday morning and then coming back for more in the form of a half marathon on Sunday morning.

Or, in the case of the Runner's World Heartbreak Hill Hat Trick, they eat us - 2 days in a row!

Or, in the case of the Runner’s World Heartbreak Hill Hat Trick, they eat us – 2 days in a row!

 

 

The weekend included the privilege (or horror, depending on how you look at it) of running the infamous Heartbreak Hill and surrounding Newton hills 4 TIMES. Yep, you read that correctly, 4 TIMES. #RunAllTheNewtonHills

Down Heartbreak Hill and Kelley Hill at the beginning of the 10K (Opportunity #1), a 3 mile-ish “break” [NOTE: The course description states that the course flattens after Kelley Hill. We will tell you that FLAT is a relative term…it was “flat” only if you call “flat” not going up a giant hill], followed by slogging back UP Kelley Hill and Heartbreak Hill at Miles 5 – 6 (Opportunity #2). And another chance to get at it during the Half Marathon the next day. Down Heartbreak Hill and Kelley Hill – this time at Mile 3 (Opportunity #3) – before getting a 5 mile-ish “break” and the final opportunity to conquer the hills of Newton at Miles 10 – 13 (Opportunity #4).

We weren’t the only crazy people to come out and take on Heartbreak Hill. We got the chance to see, run with, and meet TONS of our runner friends, which made the weekend (and the hills) worth every sore leg muscle.

Mickey Milers: Caryn, Jennifer Teig Von Hoffman, Liam Scribner-MacLean, Mike Scopa, Perfect Goofy Gail, Michelle Scribner-MacLean, Rudy Novotny, and Kimberly doing “The Eddie.”

Stop running and take a photo? Sure (we're up for ANY reason to take a break)! Alison Jakeman Nicklas, Perfect Goofy Gail, the Heartbreak Hill Running Company Gorilla (he was out BOTH days cheering us on), Kimberly, and Pamela Potter Frost.

Stop running and take a photo? Sure (we’re up for ANY reason to take a break)!
Alison Jakeman Nicklas, Perfect Goofy Gail, the Heartbreak Hill Running Company Gorilla (he was out BOTH days cheering us on), Kimberly, and Pamela Potter Frost.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So just how bad IS Heartbreak Hill?

On paper it doesn’t seem so bad. It climbs a mere 88 feet over four-tenths of a mile.  It only goes up at a grade of 3.3%.  What makes it so hard, aside from running it several times over the same weekend, is that it is the first or last of the series of 4 Newton hills (depending on whether you were coming or going on the Runner’s World courses). The thought of hitting this series of hills in the UP direction at Mile 21-ish of the Boston Marathon makes our legs hurt just thinking about it!

Hey Pammy, did we tell you it was hot and Hilly?..  Note the forced smiles - and we're not even at the up portion of the Newton hills yet!

Hey Pammy, did we tell you it was hot and Hilly?.. Note the forced smiles – and we’re not even at the up portion of the Newton hills yet!

Add to the hills of Newton the heat and humidity of a New England summer’s day and we couldn’t resist commenting on how hot and hilly it was to everyone and anyone that would listen – especially our friend Pammy – who joined us on Sunday for the Half Marathon.

In spite of the heat and the hills, we managed to take enough pictures and video for a recap of the entire weekend.  Good news is that by the 10K and Half Marathon we were “running” slow enough that everything is in perfect focus 😀

NOTE: Bonus points for doing a burpee every time we mention that it’s hot or hilly or hot and hilly!

 

Check out the 2014 Participant Guide here.

If you are interested in receiving notification when next year’s event dates are announced, click here.

#RunAllTheRaces #GetAllTheBling

#RunAllTheRaces
#GetAllTheBling

Have you qualified for Boston and run this storied course only to experience Heartbreak Hill at Mile 21? Do you dream of racing up Heartbreak Hill? Tell us about it!

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Perfect Goofy Gail & (soon to be Delightful Dopey) Kimberly

P.S. Hey, did we tell you it was hot and hilly?..