RUN DISNEY Wine and Dine HALF MARATHON 2023 RACE PHOTOS

This weekend, I took on the lovely challenge of the Run Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon, and let me tell you, it was a race to remember! As I laced up my running shoes (ridiculously early), I couldn’t help but feel the thrill of hitting the pavement alongside my fabulous running partner, Elise. But this wasn’t just any race: it was a magical journey through Disney’s Epcot, Hollywood Studios and beyond, all while embracing the whimsical theme of Enchantment.

Encanto-inspired running outfits

Our team of runners not only ran; We brought the magic of Encanto to life. I channeled my inner Isabela Madrigal, while Elise She wore Mirabel Madrigal’s look, and Kelly embodied the powerful Luisa Madrigal. Imagine it: three sisters conquering the countryside in style, thanks to the magic of DIY. Sparkly skirts. From the half marathon theme like Encanto, these were popular characters seen all over the race track!!

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

Abundant photographs of characters

One of the highlights of the race? Definitely the character photos! We couldn’t resist stopping to capture the magic with iconic Disney characters. From hanging out with the classic duo, Mickey and Minnie, to sharing the field with Rafiki and Timon from The Lion King, each snap was a memory in the making.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap
2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

But it didn’t end there. Miguel de Coco and Pluto, as well as the mischievous Chip & Dale, joined the party, adding an extra dose of fun to our race. Each photo session was an opportunity to pause, smile, and soak in the joy of Disney magic.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

DIY Sparkly Skirts and Charming Booties

Our costumes were a labor of love, centered around super cute sparkly skirts. I made my DIY Isabela running costume and will share a “how to” in an upcoming blog post.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

Let me take you on a journey through the enchanting course that took us from the Epcot parking lot to the finish line, while embracing the magic of Disney.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

Starting the adventure: from the Epcot parking lot to the world showcase

Our adventure began in the Epcot parking lot, setting the stage for an epic race. We headed backstage to the Epcot cast member parking lot, covering the same ground as Friday’s 5K for the first 1.5 miles. The excitement was palpable as we entered World Showcase through Mexico, running around the lagoon and soaking in international flavors.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap
2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

Running through the Hollywood studios

Leaving World Showcase, we ventured around the UK, turning left to go backstage and towards the picturesque area of ​​Crescent Lake. Running along the BoardWalk, we enjoyed the panoramic views before heading to Disney’s Hollywood Studios. The park welcomed us with open arms as we toured Hollywood Blvd, Gertie’s Lagoon, Echo Lake, and the immersive wonders of Galaxy’s Edge and Toy Story Land.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

Sunset Blvd and Beyond: Tower of Terror to Osceola Parkway

The tour took us down Sunset Blvd, creating a cinematic experience as we passed iconic landmarks like the Tower of Terror. Exiting backstage right, we reached Buena Vista Dr, passing Coronado Springs Resort and Blizzard Beach. Our journey continued along the Osceola Parkway, with each step bringing us closer to the final goal.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

The excitement of Epcot and the finish line is calling us

The final stretch included a run along World Dr, retracing steps for those who conquered the 10k. Taking the ramp onto Epcot Center Dr, we headed back to Epcot, circling around Future World. The magic intensified as we raced backstage once again, the finish line in the Epcot parking lot beckoning us with the promise of triumph.

2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap
2023 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap

Relive the magic with me

Don’t miss the summary full of photographs in my Instagram @RunEatRepeat and RunEatRepeat.com. I am delighted to share the moments of joy, scenic beauty and pure Disney magic with all of you. Prepare to be transported to the allure of the Run Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

Fuel for the finish line

Crossing the finish line wasn’t just about completing the kilometers; It was a celebration of victory. The race organizers spoiled us with a well-deserved medal, refreshing water and a replenishing Powerade. But the post-race gifts didn’t end there: a challenge medal, a snack box, and the runner’s essential: a banana.

Run the Disney Half Marathon Food Box after the race

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Finisher Medal

The Disney race finisher’s medal is always a topic. So this one had a super cute Mirabel Madrigal.

Wine and Dine Half Marathon Recap 2023 Finisher Medal

Sharing the magic with you

Stay tuned for a detailed recap of the Run Disney-style race on Instagram @RunEatRepeat and podcast summary too. I can’t wait to share the moments of joy, triumph, and pure Disney magic with all of you. Prepare to be inspired, motivated, and maybe even laugh a little as we relive the charm of the Run Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon.

Run Disney Running Costumes with Sparkly Skirts

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More about Run Disney and this race…

The race recap with behind-the-scenes fun from the weekend and course reflections will be posted in an upcoming episode of the Run Eat Repeat podcast and YouTube channel.

Check it out in your favorite podcast app or the Run Eat YouTube channel Replay here. I see you there!!

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