Have you ever run a Disney race using a charity bib? I feel like I've done a lot as a runner, but that I'm missing something by not having had this experience. As we are deep into Princess Half Marathon Weekend, I've been thinking about charities that partner with runDisney to offer bibs for fundraising.

I was on vacation in South Africa during registration for the 2024 Springtime Surprise event weekend. I participated in the first two and I'd like to keep up with that streak (in my mind a continuation of the Dark Side Star Wars races, somehow). I had assumed I would not be able to register on the day of, due to notorious power outage issues (load shedding) in the country, and the fact that my husband and I would be in a fairly remote location in the far north of Kruger National Park at the time. So I found a charity that I liked, and planned on registering via the charity once we got back home. However, at the time of registration, we found ourselves taking a break between game drives back at the camp. The afternoon's load-shedding was over. I logged onto the runDisney website via my phone, and was able to register for the challenge. I was shocked! It meant that my plans to run using a charity bib would have to wait until another time.

(I know that I can raise money for a charity while already having a bib, but that's not the same as relying on the charity for your bib. I've gotten last-minute bibs from charities a couple of times in the past (Wine & Dine 2017 and Princess 2022), and that's also not the same as raising money for a runDisney bib).

Participating in a runDisney race through a charity entry bib offers a unique blend of fitness, fun, and philanthropy, creating an unforgettable experience that extends far beyond the finish line. Here’s why running for a cause at Disney is not just a race, but a rewarding journey that makes every stride count.

Combine Passion with Purpose
runDisney events attract thousands of participants each year, drawn by the magic of running through the most magical places on Earth. Opting for a charity entry bib allows you to blend your love for running and Disney with a deeper purpose. It transforms your race into a mission, supporting causes that make a significant impact in the lives of others. Whether it’s raising funds for medical research, education, or social issues, your participation carries a sense of accomplishment that transcends personal achievement. Finding a charity that resonates with you personally is a great way to give deeper meaning to your training and run.

Guaranteed Entry
Highly coveted runDisney race spots fill up quickly, but charity bibs offer guaranteed entry even when general registration slots are sold out. This not only secures your spot in popular races but does so in a way that benefits others, while relieving the stress of having multiple devices open on registration day. You don't have to take registration day off of work when you've already got your bib lined up!

Extra Motivation
Knowing that every mile you run is raising awareness and funds for a meaningful cause can provide an extra motivational boost. This sense of purpose can drive you through training slumps and inspire you to cross the finish line, regardless of the race’s physical and mental challenges.

Enhanced Race Experience
Many charities provide additional perks to their runners, including training plans, meet-ups, team t-shirts, and special gear. Some even offer race-day benefits like cheer squads, and post-race celebrations. Being part of a charity team also connects you with fellow runners who share your commitment to both running and your chosen charity cause, creating a sense of community and camaraderie.

Impact Beyond the Race
The funds and awareness you raise through your runDisney charity race entry have a lasting impact, supporting the charity’s mission long after you’ve crossed the finish line. This creates a legacy of your participation, knowing you’ve contributed to a cause that continues to benefit from your effort and dedication.

Personal Growth
The journey to a runDisney race, especially through a charity entry, is an opportunity for personal growth. It challenges you to set goals, work towards them, and ultimately, achieve something significant not just for yourself, but for a community in need. This journey can be transformative, offering lessons in resilience, empathy, and the power of collective effort.

Charity Shout-Out: Sparrow's Nest
I got a last-minute charity bib with no fundraising commitment for the 2017 Wine & Dine Two Course Challenge from Sparrow's Nest of the Hudson Valley. They are listed as a charity partner for Wine & Dine and I would like to give them a shout out!

Charity Shout-Out: AFSP
One of the charities that speaks to me personally is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. They are currently listed as a partner charity for every upcoming runDisney event, and they still have bibs and fundraising needs for the upcoming Springtime Surprise weekend.

Charity Shout-Out: Team MSAA
The Multiple Sclerosis Association of America reached out to me late last year to promote their participation in upcoming runDisney events. I haven't been able to give a shout-out until now. MSAA has bibs available for the sold-out Disneyland Halloween Half Marathon Weekend.

Participating in a runDisney race with a charity entry bib is an enriching experience that marries the joy of running with the fulfillment of giving back. It’s an opportunity to make your miles more meaningful, surrounded by the unparalleled magic of Disney, all while contributing to a greater good. Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or a first-time racer, choosing a charity bib is a powerful way to make your runDisney experience truly

WVR's fifth annual club race took place on Sunday, November 19, 2023. The Central Florida Legends race event offers three distances: a marathon; a half marathon; and a 5K. All of the races take place on our beautiful mixed-use trails here in Volusia County with a start/finish at my beloved local park Gemini Springs.

I volunteered for the inaugural event in 2019, and ran the 5K virtually. Last year I participated in the 5K in person. A lot of this recap is pilfered from the 2022 Fountain of Youth post, as it was a similar fun experience.

Training & Goals
Looking back at last year's post, the situation with my knees and overall fitness is virtually the same, if not worse. I got my quarterly knee shots the week before race day. I hadn't been running on my bad knees at all; they felt a bit better after the shot, but still not great. I keep trying, though.

Race Day: November 19, 2023
I biked over to Gemini Springs at around 6:40AM. I wanted to get into the park before the marathon started at 7AM and this gave me plenty of time. I stowed my bike and watched the marathoners start their race before picking up my own packet.

I chatted with some friends and loafed around until the half marathon started a half hour later. At 8AM it was time for the 5K to start. It was 64°F with clear skies as I crossed the start line.

Mile 1: 14:26
This race is mostly a simple out-and-back for 5K runners, with a bit of a lollipop circle as we head back to the star/finish line. The half and full have a small detour through Green Springs Park on the way out and keep on the trail for the entire way back.

Mile 2: 14:33
The course runs right by the road to my house, close to where the water stop was just into the second mile. I'm on this trail multiple times a week but I rarely go in the other direction.

Mile 3+: 14:37, 3:22 (my Garmin came in at 3.24 miles, very similar to last year)

After the Race
There were plenty of treats for runners, including beer, donut holes, chicken tenders, and bananas. I watched the finish line for a while, listening to the music and stylings of race DJ Travis Sinsabaugh and enjoying delicious beer from Central 28.

It's always fun and wholesome spectating a race -- you should try it sometime if you haven't already! I got to see the first few marathoners come in (the winner was pushing a stroller!!!) as well as some first time 5K runners, many happy half marathoners, and proud pacers.

I also took the time to visit with all of our race's awesome vendors and sponsors, and filled out my passport to enter a raffle. I didn't win but I think the passport/raffle idea is a great way to get participants to check out the sponsor tents.

It's my awesome club's big race! It offers very good course support, excellent race management, a fun after party, and very good swag with unique age group awards. Highly recommended.

Chip time: 46:54
Placement details: 10/18 in Age Group, 201st place out of 258 finishers
Race Amenities: Long sleeve tech shirt, nice finisher medal, swag bag and freebies from vendors
Cost: $39.81

Race branded photo (c) Almost There Photography
Friends photo (c) Marieann Bannan

I participated in the second annual United With The Blue 5K in Lake Mary, Florida. The race director is a WVR club mate and the event honors law enforcement fallen officers and raises funds for two related charities: Law Enforcement United and Team Blueline.

I had to participate last year virtually due to a conflict; I was happy to participate in person this year.

Training & Goals
I've been having a lot of knee pain. I meant to try easy run:walk intervals as my knees would allow.

Race Day: November 5, 2023
This race takes place on the Cross-Seminole Trail from Front Running Sports in Lake Mary. It's a familiar out-and-back course on a popular multi-use trail that several local races use. It's an easy 15 minute drive from home and I was able to find a great parking spot, pick up my packet, and stow my stuff before the race started. I had bad timing as I apparently missed our club group photos by a minute.

Mile 1: 14:57
After a short walking warm-up, I mixed in some short running spurts, but my knees weren't having it. 

Mile 2: 14:52
I did my best power walk for miles 2 and 3. 

Mile 3+: 15:11, 2:19
There were a lot of walkers on the course, so I didn't feel too alone. 

After the Race
There were treats for runners at the end of the run, including candy, munchkins, half bananas, and beer from Tactical Brewing Company. WVR won a trophy for having the largest team. I stayed for some of the awards ceremony before heading home. 

This is a good race that supports a great cause. It's a nice run on a beautiful local trail. Recommended.

Chip time: 47:15 
Placement details: 5/11 in Age Group, 155th out of 200 finishers.
Race Amenities: Tech unisex t-shirt and finisher medal for all.
Cost: $21.19

All photos (c) Almost There Photography

I participated in the 2nd annual Monster Mash-N-Dash at our hometown brewery Central 28 on Saturday, October 28th. The race took place on our awesome multi-use trail in DeBary with a start/finish at the brewery. Some participants dressed up for the Halloween holiday run and there was complimentary tasty beer for (over 21) finishers. I participated last year as well, and a lot of this recap is pilfered from that one, as it was a similar fun experience.

Training & Goals
Looking back at last year's post, the situation with my knees and overall fitness is virtually the same. I had been experiencing very bad pain in my left knee for about a week and a half prior to race day. My Garmin was set to :30 running :90 walking intervals.

Race Day: October 28, 2023
I cycled over to the brewery on race morning, but I misremembered the start time. I left home at about 7:30AM for what I thought was an 8AM start. I realized my mistake while on the trail close to the brewery, so I just kept biking the trail to kill some time.

After my bonus 6 mile bike ride, I got to the brewery around 8:30AM. Still plenty early, I was able to stow my bike and pick up my packet with ease. I met up with some club mates before the race began. There were a lot of runners from WVR at this one; the brewery has long been a favorite of the club.

Mile 1: 14:23
I started with my intervals after a short walking warmup.

Mile 2: 14:14
Each time I started running, my knee protested for the first couple of strides before settling.

Mile 3+: 15:19, 1:23
I was suddenly just not feeling it during the last mile. My heart felt like it was racing, and had a little feeling of nausea, so I walked the last third of the course.

After the Race
It was a festive atmosphere, with the costumed runners, many familiar faces, and tasty brewery beer flowing. I stayed for the awards ceremony, where WVR was well-represented.

Afterwards there was a costume contest, where my friend Marieann came in second place in the individual competition (see photo below -- she was a great Cruella de Vil!).

The course is fast, flat, and safe with very little time on the sleepy industrial area road to and from the brewery. There was one water stop at around mile 1.3 that we hit twice. Decent swag for runners includes a soft cotton race tee and unique finisher medal, and of course craft beer at the finish. This fun brewery run is a good event on our local trails, and I'll continue to have it on my calendar when I'm able, even if I have to crawl. Recommended.


Chip time: 45:12
Placement details: 11/20 in Age Group; 188th out of 278 finishers.
Race Amenities: Soft cotton race t-shirt, unique finisher medal, tasty craft beer.
Cost: $31.93

This inaugural race event followed another new Volusia County Schools (VCS) race event put on earlier this year that I was sorry to miss: the Volusia County Schools Home Run 5K

While the earlier event benefited VCS track and field programs, this Volusia County Schools Trails to Success 5K was meant to support VCS employee health and wellness.

Training & Goals
Due to persistent and very depressing knee pain, I have been struggling for a while. I took a break from running over the summer to save my knees for a big holiday to South Africa. Now that I'm home, the idea is to ramp up my mileage to prepare for two half marathons at Disney in January. It's not really going very well. I signed up for this race knowing I'd need a 3-miler this weekend. I hoped the atmosphere would give me a boost. It's hard to resist races at Gemini Springs, just a short bike ride away for me. I planned to try my easy current interval of choice for the race: 30 seconds running and 90 seconds walking.

Race Day: October of 15, 2023
Cooler days finally started to reach central Florida! I biked over to Gemini Springs in the pleasant, cool dawn. Packet pickup was easy, but finding a place to park my bike wasn't -- the tree I usually used was being crawled all over by a bunch of kiddos. After stowing my bike and gathering my packet, I took a walk over to the fishing pier for a moment of zen and was delighted to hear the familiar PUFF of a manatee coming up for a breath.

I watched the sea cow feed on spring fed vegetation for a while and listened to its gentle breaths before heading back to the race in time for the start. It was about 70°F with 88% humidity and sunny skies when I crossed the start line just after 8AM. 

Mile 1: 13:56

Mile 2: 13:37
The turn-around was unmanned. I didn't notice any race volunteers or personnel on the course except for the water stop and at the main intersections between the park and the multi-use trail. This was a little bit disappointing; I think a well-supported race should include staff or volunteers on the course in case of any problems with the participants.

Mile 3+: 14:18, 1:00 (my Garmin came up a bit short at 3.08 miles)

Shortly after I finished, I said hi to a couple of WVR pals before biking home. 

The trails around Gemini Springs are great for races. This was for a good local cause, but the lack of course support wasn't ideal. I might run this again but I'm not comfortable recommending based on this experience.

Chip time: 42:45
Placement details: 7/24 in Age Group; 155/305 overall
Race Amenities: Soft cotton t-shirt, nice medal, free race photos
Cost: $29.23

Photos (c) Almost There Photography

Volunteer registration for the 2023 Wine & Dine race weekend events opened up on September 6th. At that time, what was long rumored was finally, unfortunately, confirmed: 

Thank you for considering volunteering your time during the upcoming runDisney race season! Your passion for making a difference in the Central Florida community through our celebrated charities is truly valued. In keeping with that spirit of volunteerism, complimentary theme park tickets will not be distributed. We appreciate your support and enthusiasm for our magical running community

Arthur and I volunteering at the 2019 Princess 10K

When Complimentary Tickets Were The Norm (through the 2021-2022 race season)

Arthur and I have volunteered for several runDisney race weekends at Walt Disney World. And getting the slots we wanted was tough! Before the brief Track Shack takeover during the 22-23 season, we could see the volunteer positions fill up before our eyes. Just like registering for race bibs, prospective volunteers needed to be online and ready to fill in all the necessary fields the moment registration opened up

When Volunteers Received Half Day Tickets (2022-2023 race season)

Water stop @ 2020 Marathon

The Track Shack races of the last year worked a different system -- prospective volunteers made their interest known and found out their assigned shifts, if any, close to race weekend. Changes could be requested by email afterwards. Arthur and I were lucky to be able to work a few of those race weekends as well. I don't have inside information but my understanding is that shifts for the half marathons and marathon (the longer shifts) were not filled up, and there was a scramble close to race day to get enough volunteers. For both Marathon Weekend and Princess Weekend as I was on the bus to head out to a water stop, the team leaders asked if any aboard would be willing to switch to a different water stop due to lack of volunteers across the board. So with the half day tickets, filling volunteer slots already seemed to be a problem...

Wine & Dine Volunteer Registration 2023 So Far...

Water stop @ 2023 Marathon

As of this morning, six days after volunteer registration opened up for this race weekend, none of the water stop volunteer positions are full for the half marathon. Only a few positions for that longer race are fully staffed, including some Cheering Fans; Medals (giving out medals to runners); and Volunteer Check In and Check Out (both air-conditioned positions). None of the 9 water stops have been fully staffed yet. This is really unheard of in my experience volunteering at various events since 2019.

For the 10K, only one of the three water stops is fully staffed. More other positions are full for this shorter race with a smaller volunteer need.

Most volunteer positions are full for the 5K race, the event with the least available positions. Heat Sheets / Cool Core and Recycling are the only two positions available right now. This to me is also unheard of though -- in the past it was my understanding that only longtime volunteers were able to get into the 5K at all. I've never been able to volunteer for any 5K event at Walt Disney World.

If you'd like to volunteer, or you'd like to keep track of how long it takes these positions to fill up like I have, click the button below.

Is It Volunteering If Compensation Is Expected?

Volunteering for runDisney races is a lot of fun, no doubt. Arthur and I have always had a blast working water stops, from filling the cups, stacking the tables, and handing out water, to the brief clean up and break down. The early morning wake-ups are worth it for the smiles alone. 

It has been known, but never explicitly stated, that volunteers receive a complimentary full-day ticket following their volunteer shift. Prior to the Track Shack season, the tickets were issued in the mail some weeks after the race event. Last season, the half-day tickets were issued upon checking out from the volunteer shift. 

So, is it really volunteering if compensation in the form of a free theme park ticket is expected? This is a big argument I see all over runDisney fan forums online. The volunteers are there on behalf of the "honorary charity", but they're really working for a huge corporation: Disney. 

Compare volunteering for a local race versus volunteering for runDisney. You're looking at a 5AM wake-up versus 1AM wake-up. There's heading to your local park versus a potential long commute to (or hotel room at) Disney. Work a 3-4 hour shift versus a 6+ hour shift. Helping out a local charity versus working for Disney. These are some of the arguments I see presented defending the ire over Disney taking away the complimentary tickets. What do you think?

Arthur and I have decided to sit out volunteering for Wine & Dine Weekend this year. I'll be able to run a local race in person that weekend, which will be nice. And we won't have any 1AM wake-up calls.

Are you looking for costume inspiration for the upcoming Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World coming up in November? The race weekend takes place in early November, which is just a few months after the Barbie movie hit the screens and had a cultural moment. If you're looking for a trendy costume idea and don't want to go for the race themes, think about old-new feminist icon Barbie (and Ken) for inspiration.

The race weekend will take place November 2-5 2023, with a 5K on Friday, 10K on Saturday, and half marathon on Sunday. The races have been sold out for a while, though bibs do become available sporadically on the site (follow this Telegram account to get notifications for Disney race availability: runDisney Race Availability).

Pink Gingham Barbie Cosplay Skater Dress for Running

Dress up to fight the patriarchy with this darling pink gingham pattern skater dress. Note that this is a polyester/spandex blend garment; it is not made of true gingham fabric.

This costume dress is great for park days, movie nights, theme park bounding, and everyday wear. It's also great if you're looking to stand out at a race event, from 5Ks to marathons!

Barbie and Ken Costumes

Amazon has quite a few Barbie themed costumes inspired by the movie, and other pieces that would work as costume starters. These aren't exactly designed for running, so they are probably best suited for a 5K race where chafing (hopefully) won't be an issue. Consider wearing a costume over performance clothing or using parts of a costume alongside running clothes for a more comfortable race. Here are some ideas to get you started: 

Naywig Cowgirl Outfit 70s 80s Hippie Disco Costume Pink Flare Pant Halloween Cosplay For Women Girls-X-Large – Material Type:90% polyester and 10% spandex.; 70s Disco Costume Design-Hot pink fabric with a V-cut vest,bell-bottomed pants with star designs at the bottom,team these with a... View on Amazon
Ruleewe Doll Cosplay Costume Adult Men Retro 80s 90s Doll Cowboy Outfit Jacket Hat Belt Scarf Halloween Suits – Product Type: Adult Doll Costume Outfit for Men Doll Movie 2023 Cosplay Shirt Top Pants Belt Scarf Halloween Suits.; Material: Ployester & Chenille Fabric. High quality... View on Amazon
ComfyCamper Leotard Swimsuit Womens and Mens Costume Malibu Beach Rollerblade Movie Adult Couples Cosplay Halloween, S – SIZING: The Leotard Bathing Suit is ADULT WOMENS. When between sizes, size down because it’s very stretchy. The Mens Beach Outfit is ADULT MENS sizing.; INCLUDED:... View on Amazon
Spirit Halloween Barbie the Movie Adult Skating Ken Costume - XL | Officially Licensed | Mattel | Couples Halloween Costumes | '80s Accessories – When trying to decide between two sizes, choose the larger size for a better fit. Dress up like Barbie's favorite guy in this official Ken costume!;... View on Amazon
Rasta Imposta Barbie Box Accessory Only for Your Halloween Costume, Pink, Women’s, Adult, One Size – YOU CAN BE ANYTHING, EVEN A BARBIE DOLL: Create your own Barbie style in the Barbie Doll Box Costume!; INCLUDES & FIT: : Includes BOX ONLY... View on Amazon
Saukiee Men's Casual Lapel Denim Vest Jacket Vintage Slim Fit Sleeveless Ripped Jeans Vests – 80% cotton and 20% polyester,washed denim make the vest looks like old but vintage,soft and comfortable.No side pockets, please noted that.; Size:S/Bust:43'',Shoulder:17'',Length:25.6'',M/Bust:44.8'',Shoulder:17.3'',Length:26.2'',L/Bust:46'',Shoulder:17.7'',Length:26.7'',XL/Bust:48'',Shoulder:18.1'',Length:27.3''.This casual sleeveless button down... View on Amazon

Are you looking for costume inspiration for the upcoming Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World coming up in November? Do you like to match the race themes, but still have your own unique look? I've got a couple of ideas for you in my Etsy shop. Today I'll be highlighting themed our Cheshire Cat collection, and our small collection of playing card pattern designs.

The race weekend will take place November 2-5 2023, with a 5K on Friday, 10K on Saturday, and half marathon on Sunday. The races have been sold out for a while, though bibs do become available sporadically on the site (follow this Telegram account to get notifications for Disney race availability: runDisney Race Availability).

Themes for the 2023 Wine & Dine weekend races are as follows:

Alice in Wonderland for the 5K
Be Our Guest for the 10K
Encanto for the Half Marathon 
Figment for the Challenge

Cheshire Cat Costume Pieces

Dress up as one of the most iconic characters from Alice in Wonderland with our striped garment collection. Mix and match these pieces with other themed items to make yourself a unique running costume for the 5K!

Cheshire Cat Crop Tank

Cheshire Cat Leggings

Cheshire Cat Dress

Cheshire Cat Headband

Playing Card Pattern Costume Pieces

Evoke the Queen of Hearts and her Card Soldiers with these pieces that feature playing cards and playing card suits. Mix and match these pieces with other themed items to make yourself a unique running costume for the Alice in Wonderland themed runDisney 5K race!

Playing Card Skater Dress

Card Suits Headband

Card Suits Leggings

Harlequin Cards Crop Top

Are you looking for costume inspiration for the upcoming Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World coming up in November? Do you like to match the race themes, but still have your own unique look? I've got a few ideas for you in my Etsy shop. Today I'll be highlighting themed slogan designs as well as costume pieces for the half marathon, which features a whimsical, musical theme with Encanto.

The race weekend will take place November 2-5 2023, with a 5K on Friday, 10K on Saturday, and half marathon on Sunday. The races have been sold out for a while, though bibs do become available sporadically on the site (follow this Telegram account to get notifications for Disney race availability: runDisney Race Availability).

Themes for the 2023 Wine & Dine weekend races are as follows:

Alice in Wonderland for the 5K
Be Our Guest for the 10K
Encanto for the Half Marathon 
Figment for the Challenge

Tank Tops with Encanto Inspired Slogans

If you're not interested in dressing up as a character, theme-inspired pieces make a good choice. We have a few different Encanto / running mashup slogan designs that are perfect for race weekend. See our options, all on tank tops, below. If you'd like one of these designs on a different garment, please let me know via Etsy.

Running Is My Magic

We Don't Talk About Pace

We Don't Talk About Registration

Mirabel Madrigal Running Costume Pieces

Mirabel Madrigal is one of the heroines in Encanto. Dress up as this extraordinary, ordinary character who saves her family with her own special kind of magic. With costume pieces featured below, you can channel Mirabel's energy and unique look during Princess race weekend or for another costumed run.

Mirabel, born into a magical family, wears a unique outfit that is embellished with fun floral designs and child-like details. See some of our popular pieces below and check out all pieces here: Mirabel @ WeRunForFun

Mirabel Crop Tank

Mirabel Skater Dress

Mirabel Costume Tee

Mirabel Skater Skirt

Mirabel Tank Top

Mirabel Headband

Luisa Madrigal Running Costume Pieces

Dress up as the strong Luisa, whose magic is extraordinary strength. Luisa works to balance the responsibilities of her gift with the pressures she feels from those who rely on her.

Luisa great character to channel during a runDisney race or other costumed run. Her signature song, Surface Pressure, is a great workout song with a catchy beat -- hum along during your run, or add it to your running playlist!

Luisa is also a perfect companion costume to join up with a Mirabel runner. Pick up Mirabel and Luisa running outfits for a pair of running sisters, or running besties. See some of our best-sellers below and check out the entire collection here: Luisa @ WeRunForFun

Luisa T-Shirt Dress

Luisa Skater Skirt

Luisa Crop Tank

Luisa Headband

Luisa Costume Tee

Luisa Skater Dress

Isabela Madrigal Running Costume Pieces

Dress up as Senorita Perfecta, Madrigal sister Isabela, with our fun Encanto cartoon fil character inspired costume pieces. Below are some favorites; check out the entire collection here: Isabela @ WeRunForFun

Isabela Crop Tank

Isabela Longline Bra

Isabela Costume Tee

Isabela Skater Dress

Isabela T-Shirt Dress

Isabela Skater Skirt