2016 Wine & Dine Weekend Changes & Registration

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Well folks, tomorrow is the big day! Registration for the 2016 Wine and Dine weekend opens to the general public March 29th at 12 pm EST.

Before we talk about tips for getting registered let’s talk about this years event and how it’s shaping up to be a very different race weekend than years past…

RunDisney announced some big changes to the event this year to a very mixed response from runners. In past years, this event took runners on a 13.1 mile journey starting at ESPN, heading out to Animal Kingdom, then on to Hollywood Studios (through the now extinct Osborne Lights), and finishing in Epcot.

It was one of the 12188119_10153134097971283_2123147370083044313_oonly races left that would take place at night culminating in a private after party in Epcot where runners could sample all the offerings of the Food & Wine festival as well as ride their favorite attractions.

So what’s changed?

Better set your alarm – The biggest change, and one that seems to strike a cord with runners the most, is that this race is no longer a nighttime race. That’s right. Just like all the other RunDisney events in Florida this means a 3:00 am wake up call. After the removal of the Tower of Terror 10 miler and the Expedition Everest Challenge this was the last remaining event to be run at night and, IMO, is what made this event special.

The Post Race Party is really post race – Usually runners head to the post race festivities immediately following the race but with the half marathon being held in the morning, the party has now been moved to later that evening.  This can be great news for runners who would rather shower, unwind, and rest their legs before the party. I know I will really miss grabbing my “free” glass of wine/beer at the finish line and heading off to World Showcase to stuff my face with every carb imaginable – it was one of the big incentives for me to push hard during the half to make it to the after party with lots of time to spare.

New races/new bling –  In addition to the 5k and the Half that is usually offered, RunDisney is adding a 10k to the race weekend and creating a new challenge: Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge. This is great news for those runners looking to add some cool new race bling to their collection. Runners should also note that in order to incorporate the 10k into the weekend on Saturday the 5k has now been moved to Friday.

A more expensive weekend – With the new added races comes a longer race weekend and more time spent in Disney. For runners wanting to tackle all races that means arriving on a Thursday to pick up your bib at the Expo and staying at least until Monday morning. Great for Disney’s bank account but not so much for yours or mine.

So you’ve heard all the changes and you’re still excited to register tomorrow – here are some tips to help you out.

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  • Create an Active.com account before registration opens – doing this during registration eats up a lot of time.
  • Get on the RunDisney website early so you are ready to go when registration opens. I usually get everything set up at least 10 min before registration opens just in case I have issues with my computer.
  • Know which races you want to register for. If you are signing up for the challenge those sell out quick so register for that first. NOTE: Signing up for the 10k & half by themselves doesn’t qualify you for the challenge. In order to take home the challenge medal you need to sign up for Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge.
  • Have all the information you need for registration at the ready. This means knowing your shirt size, proof of time, whether or not you want to purchase commemorative items, and of course your credit card information.
  • Always print your confirmation – I had an issue one year but because I had a printed copy of my confirmation I was able to fix the issue with Active/RunDisney

Anyone who’s registered for a RunDisney race before knows how stressful it can be – sometimes more so than actually running the race. I’m sure this event will be no different especially with an inaugural race (10k) and a new challenge. Good luck runners!

Are you planning on registering tomorrow? How do you feel about the changes to the race weekend? I’d love to hear your thoughts in the comments below…

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