The race was presented by Remy from Ratatouille. I found this shirt on Zazzle that features Remy and his brother Emile eating cheese. A common t-shirt slogan for these races is "Run Now, Wine Later." I customized the top by adding a rat-appropriate version of the text and bought it in a tech style for the race.
The course took runners through Epcot and parts of the Boardwalk area.
Training & Goals The plan for this race was similar to my 5K plan: take it easy in anticipation of the half marathon. Stop for all the photo ops. Have fun!
Race Day: November 5, 2016 The race started at 5:30 which required an even earlier wake-up call. Arthur came with me for this race and we left a bit later than I had hoped, but we were still in time for the race. I was in corral B so there wasn't too much waiting around to start. I found a place in the back of the corral.
For this race it was 66°F with clear skies and 94% humidity at the start. Here's a photo of the start from the official RunDisney page:
Mile 1: 11:26 The run started in the Epcot parking lot. The first mile took us out towards a turn-around at Epcot Center Drive. The crowd thinned out pretty quickly on the wide road so this run was nice and easy.
Mile 2: 19:34 There were two photo ops in Mile 2: with the penguins from Mary Poppins and with Flik and Atta from A Bug's Life.
Mile 3: 11:38 This was another easy mile on the road with no photo ops. At one point we passed a sweeper bus next to a speed camera. I saw several runners veer towards the camera to try and trip the speed indicator. It was funny.
Mile 4: 20:14 Halfway through this mile we entered World Showcase in Epcot from a back entrace by Mexico. There were two photo ops here: with stilt walkers and with Pinocchio and Geppetto in Germany. While waiting for Pinocchio I took a short video of runners going by.
Mile 5: 23:15 We continued through World Showcase towards the Boardwalk area where we could stop for photos with Genie in Morocco and Chip & Dale in front of ESPN Club.
Mile 6+: 15:54, 8:39* We continued on Boardwalk back towards World Showcase. Before entering Epcot again we could stop for a photo with a giant Sebastian (Little Mermaid) figure. Then it was straight through Future World for the finish.
I had started in corral B but ended up finishing among the last runners! I stopped for every character and some lines were longer than others. Although all of my photos didn't all come out very well I'm glad I stopped and I had a really great time during the inaugural Wine & Dine 10K!
After the race I met with Arthur and he waited with me to get photos with some characters.
We stopped by the Expo for a bit afterwards. I managed to get a photo with Remy after several failed attempts before and after the race (they kept closing the line).
Chip time: 1:50:09 for 6.68 miles Placement details: 835 out of 888 in Age Group; 8794 out of 9260 total finishers Race Amenities: All the great Disney stuff including a sweet long sleeve tech shirt. Cost: I did the challenge which included both the 10K and the half marathon, which cost $351.95 total (YIKES).
*I often forget to turn off my Garmin after a race, so the final time is skewed.
Part of running a runDisney race is enjoying the entertainment on course, including characters, live and recorded music, elaborate photo ops, and more. I love this part of Disney runs so I often stop as often as possible, meeting all the characters and taking all the photos.
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