Tonight 125 lucky runDisney runners met up at Epcot to celebrate the Wine and Dine Half Marathon Meet-Up.
The event started off with early check in at Epcot. Participants received a ticket to the park, a fast pass for Test Track, and the fantastic event specific runDisney shirts! DisBroad Tania and I lined up early, picked up our swag and hit the park!
After a spin around Test Track we made a quick stop to grab a drink and something to eat. I’m sure y’all know where.
Soon it was time to watch some Illuminations. We were told to meet at the Mexico vista, but no one really knew where that was! Moms Panel Hopeful Fail! We finally found the group and headed over to our viewing spot.
This was my favorite part of the event. You know I’m not so much a fan of running as I am of the runDisney people! So many blogger, twitter, and Facebook friends were lucky enough to get into the event. I got to hug some of my favorite people for the first time and loved it.
Illuminations was incredible, as always. We had a prime viewing spot and I really enjoyed my first full watching of illuminations. Yes. You read that right. First time! I’m usually riding the rides while you are watching the show. #TrueStory
We had to wait around for a bit as the parks cleared of guests. We then headed back to the American Pavillion for food, wine, and the speakers. Tania scored big on the walk over- anyone drop $5?
We found Mickey and friends.
Got some great Food and Wine Festival grub. Did you know there’s vegan wine? We sampled some last night along with a vegetarian dish that tasted a lot like chicken.
New Balance talked about their new shoes coming for 2014. No sneak peeks but they did share the new box design and some fun accessories coming: inserts specific to each race.
After the presentations it was time to run! Honestly- bah. I’m not a night runner anyway but after the good food and drinks the last thing I wanted to do was run. But I grabbed my pacer RunMel (it’s his birthday by the way!) and off we went with the Galloway group.
After the run we stopped for a group picture and headed out the front of the park. Just under Spaceship Earth we shared a runners toast of champagne including a wish that our splits always be negative! Loved it.
runDisney put together a fun night after hours at Epcot. Thanks for inviting us and hope you continue to offer these great events!