On November 7, 2015 I will be running in the 2015 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon as a member of Team ASPCA, a national fundraising and endurance training program. I am excited to be participating as a member of Team ASPCA and honored to be raising the awareness and the much needed funding to support the ASPCA’s programs. Your donation will help the ASPCA provide life-saving programs and services to millions of animals nationwide. The ASPCA is very important to me and I appreciate your help as we fight to give abused and homeless animals a second chance at life. Please support me by making a donation and help me make a positive impact in the lives of animals! Thank you!
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If you happen to take a Disney cruise and you also like to run, then you need to sign up for the runDisney Castaway Cay 5k. Not only is this race FREE (well, you do have to pay to go on the cruise but the race is not additional) but how many people can say that they voluntarily ran a race, while on vacation, and it was on a tropical island? I CAN !
Taking part in this race actually gives you early access to leave the ship before most of the other passengers. So if you are traveling with other guests, they have prime pick of the beach chairs and hammocks before everyone else even gets off the ship. Score!
The 3.1 mile course travels along the islands bike trail. It has some shade but for the most part it is in direct sun, which makes for a very HOT run. The hardest and hottest part of the race for sure has to be when you are running on the islands only airstrip. No shade and just a boring straight away. There were no mile markers posted on the course but plenty of water stations. The humidity in November was harsh so the water was a must.
After you cross the finish line you are handed your finishers medal and then comes the fun part of trying to find your family members. Luckily, when we got off the ship we planned exactly where they would be parked on the beach and it made fun a much easier reunion and great start to a beautiful day. They sell Castaway Cay 5k race t-shirts at the gift shop directly to your left after you pass trough the finish line if you should choose to buy one. This race does not give away free shirts like the normal runDisney races that you pay for.
This was defiantly something I can say I marked off my Disney bucket list but even though I have done it once, I still want to do it again when we go back in November of this year. Hey, it’s a free race, you can’t come by those very often.
Any of you that have competed in a runDisney race know that you are required to attend the expo prior to race day to collect your bib and race packet. The expo is held at the ESPN wide world of sports complex usually opening the day before the first race of the weekend. Here are a few steps that I have come up with to make it out of one of these events alive. Enjoy!
Step 1: When you first enter the complex, immediately head straight for the nearest beer selling station. Yes you heard me correctly. This adventure that you’re about to embark on, traveling in and out of buildings, waiting in long lines, will definitely require some liquid motivation. Drink up buttercup!
Step 2: Prior to race day, you will have received email notification to print your race waivers. Don’t worry if you forget to do so before hand or lost them because there are printing stations at the expo. Another important thing you must bring with you to the expo is your photo identification/ drivers license. They will not let you pick up your race bib without a photo ID.
Step 3: Once you have picked up your bib and turned in your race waiver, you then need to travel to pick up your race packet which includes your T-shirt and some sample products. This part unfortunately is located in the heart of the expo where all the vendors are located selling their products and it is usually super busy. You will make your way all the way to the far back left hand corner and that’s where you will find the helpful volunteers who will get you your packet and shirt. If you should need to change the size of your shirt for some reason, directly behind you is the shirt exchange counter where they will help you try to get the size shirt for you that you are needing. This is not a guarantee though so when you register, make sure you note what “type” of shirt it is your race is giving (ex. Tshirt, dry fit etc. etc.) and make your decision accordingly.
Step 4: Once you have picked up your bib and packet you are officially done with your requirements and can now actually go and enjoy the rest of your time at the expo before its time for your race. Check out the latest products available to the running world of course my favorite booth to visit is the official runDianey products. Don’t forget if your an annual passholder to bring that with you because you will get your discount on official runDisney race wear at their booth. You can thank me later!
*Disclaimer: Never drink and drive. Always have a designated driver.*