What a race!! It could be called the race that almost wasn’t, or the Wine & Dine Quarter Marathon, or the inaugural Wine & Dine 6.72 Miler.
Up until race time, it was similar to most of my Disney experiences – expo and park fun. The hard part was with this being a night race, how to properly rest and fuel. I was back at my hotel room in the afternoon, ate a meal (pizza!!), crossed my fingers that I hadn’t eaten too late or too early, and rested up until it was time to leave.
I arrived at ESPN Wide World of Sports, dropped my gear bag, and caught up with Abby, Jaime and Pam and the rest of their crew. We were about to head towards the corrals when an announcement was made to evacuate due to inclement weather. What? I had seen lightning flashes throughout the evening and apparently they had gotten too close.
We were ushered inside – which meant real bathrooms and a place to sit! After about an hour we were told the race was back on! Yahoo!! However the course would be shortened. Double Yahoo!! Between the even later start (I didn’t start until 11:30 or so) and the humidity I was not sad that the course was shortened. Especially when I found out we still got to run through Hollywood Studios and the Osbourne Lights! (I did feel really bad for those who were there to run their first half.)
And finally we were off!!
I’ll admit – it was fun to see Mile 8 after only having gone a little over a mile. It wasn’t long before we were in Hollywood and I came around the corner to the Osbourne Lights!!!
It was such a great experience to run through the lights. As this was the last year for the lights, I was so glad I was able to experience them.
From there it was over to Epcot and the finish line.
Officially the course was 6.72 miles and honestly, it was a lot of fun. More so for the people I was with – I mean what’s better than chatting and catching up with running friends?
We made our way into the after party and honestly, it wasn’t quite what I imagined it would be. Being slow meant by the time I got in, the lines were atrociously long. Oh so long. I walked around the world and met up with an ex co-worker. I tried to get a Dole Whip, but the machine was broken. Boo. And before you know it, it was almost 4 a.m. and time to head back to the hotel.
Will I do this race again? I don’t know. I keep going back and forth. I am not a night race type of person, but yet, I want to give it a proper go and give the after party another chance.