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Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Returns

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend takes place Nov. 2-5. Presented by MISFIT, the event coincides with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The food- and fitness-inspired weekend includes runDisney Kids Races, a 5K and a 10K. The weekend concludes with the Sunday half marathon that takes participants through multiple Disney theme parks and culminates at Epcot. Later that night, runners enjoy a festive and exclusive after-hours party in the park.

Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend Returns

The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend takes place Nov. 2-5. Presented by MISFIT, the event coincides with the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival. The food- and fitness-inspired weekend includes runDisney Kids Races, a 5K and a 10K. The weekend concludes with the Sunday half marathon that takes participants through multiple Disney theme parks and culminates at Epcot. Later that night, runners enjoy a festive and exclusive after-hours party in the park.

runDisney Training Consultant Jeff Galloway Shares Hydration Tips for Runners on National Hydration Day

June 23 is National Hydration Day, and as the weather heats up, it’s important to remember to replace fluids lost to sweat and activity. Disney Sports caught up with Olympian and official runDisney training consultant Jeff Galloway for an exclusive conversation, getting his expert tips on staying hydrated while training this summer.

During the conversation, Galloway discussed a range of topics, such as why water is better than sports drinks during running; why trying to set a personal record in the summer is maybe not the best idea; and how much water is too much when training.

Below is an excerpt from that conversation: 

Disney Sports: We’re getting into summer and it’s getting hotter and hotter. If you’re training this time of year for a race, how can you be sure you’re staying properly hydrated?

Jeff Galloway: You want to have a hydration program that goes all day long, every day. The recommendation generally for decades has been an 8-oz. glass of water every hour and a half, for a total of 8 glasses a day. That’s pretty good. But where people err is during the summer, people get busy and they don’t drink enough. So, if they’re exercising, they’re running on empty, and that’s a problem.

Going into your runs, a person should drink 2-4 oz. of water every two miles. You can adjust that based on what’s best for you, but the bottom line is you will be losing more fluid than you can absorb. If you try to drink the amount you’re losing, you made induce a condition called hypernatremia, which is when the body has too much fluid.

Be mindful of the amount you’re consuming in an hour. No more than 20 oz. If you’re drinking 20-oz. in an hour for several hours, you’re at risk of hypernatremia.

DS: When running, what is better to hydrate with – water or a sports drink, like Powerade?

JG: According to digestive research I’ve read, the electrolytes you consume from a sports drink can’t really be processed during a marathon or a long run. The other thing is, they are more likely to lead to nausea, and I am against puking!

The difference between running and other sports [like football or basketball] is that you are stopping and going. When you’re stopped, the exertion level goes down. When a player goes to sit on the bench, it goes down further. At that point, electrolytes can be digested. With long distance running, you’re continuously exerting. There’s very little blood flow going to the gut, so very little gets absorbed. So the benefit from electrolytes that you see in other sports just isn’t really there during distance running.

DS: Is it more beneficial to hydrate before or after a run?

JG: If you’re running first thing in the morning after you wake up, it’s always good to drink a glass of water first, as you are dehydrated from not drinking anything while you sleep. But it also depends on how long the run is. The bottom line is if you drink too much before a long run, you’ll need to go to the bathroom frequently. My recommendation is as soon as you wake up, drink a glass of 6-8 oz. of water or a cup of coffee. This gives you a change to hydrate, but still use the bathroom before a long run. If a short run (70 min. or less), drinking right before won’t be a significant benefit.

DS: How do you need to hydrate differently for a hot and humid climate like the southeast, verses arid and dry, like out west?

JG: The guidelines really hold across climate. What can happen in dry climates, though, is that people will not feel they need to drink as much fluid. They feel cooler and more comfortable because of the evaporation effect. You don’t get that effect in humidity; you get into the cycle of getting hotter, so you sweat more. But it’s important to keep consuming fluids, even if you don’t feel hot.

One way to help stay cool and hydrated is to pour water over the top of your head regularly on a run. If you’re in a humid climate, an additional thing you can do is have an ice chest of ice water and run loops in such a way that you can come back to it every mile and a half. If you pour water on yourself, it gives you a good relief for at least a mile from the heat build-up.

After a long run or a hard run, people are really thirsty and want to drink three or four glasses of water right away, but you need to pace. If you introduce too much fluid to the body right away, it can make you sick, or worse. There have been cases where people have died after a race because of how they drank.

DS: What you eat is also a factor for hydration. What should you eat – or not eat – while training to stay hydrated?

JG: What you eat can cause more problems when it’s hot. Nausea is induced when stress level builds up, but particularly from exertion. One of your brain’s best ways to shut you down when you’re getting too hot is to make you puke. It’s very effective! Because then you stop and cool off. You should monitor your food intake so that you’re eating things that will digest easily, and not eating large portions as you get close to a run. You should avoid overeating and things that don’t digest well, such as fatty foods or too much protein (like a whole steak or multiple chicken breasts).

DS: How does the heat impact how a person should train, if at all?

JG: You need to slow down when running in the heat. Most of our runners live in the southern portion of the U.S., and our guideline is slowdown 30 seconds per mile for every 5-degree temperature increase above 55 degrees. (If you’re in a country that uses kilometers, you should decrease your pace 20 seconds per kilometer for every 2.5 centigrade increase above 14 Celsius.)

You need to run slower because it can be very dangerous, running in the heat. Heat disease is the leading cause of death for runners. It happens because people don’t slow down, so they’re overexerting and pushing their core body temperature up. If you make the adjustment to more walking and less running, it’s possible to train in the summer without getting close to heat disease.

Another way to stay safe while running in the summer is to get your run in before the sun gets above the horizon. The low overnight in some places can be 95 or even 100 degrees, so once the sun comes up, it can be even hotter, especially in humid conditions.

For more training and hydration tips from Galloway as well as more information about the runDisney race series, which offers participants the opportunity to experience magical miles through the theme parks of Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Resort in California and Disneyland Paris in France, visit runDisney.com. Also, for information about the Galloway Training Program, click here.

2018 STAR WARS HALF MARATHON – THE DARK SIDE – AT THE WALT DISNEY WORLD RESORT!

It’s a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – at the Walt Disney World® Resort!  Guests can book a Magic Your Way® Package with Race Registration for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend, April 19-22, 2018.

Race registrations for the 2018 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend events listed below can be included with Vacation Packages.

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – Guests can feel the force on this 13.1 mile thrilling adventure.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Star Wars Dark Side Challenge – The ultimate test of strength and endurance.

Saturday, April 21 and Sunday, April 22, 2018

Star Wars 10K – Packed with 6.2 miles of running excitement.

Saturday, April 21, 2018

Star Wars  5K – The entire family can thrill to the excitement of a Star Wars 5K!

Friday, April 20, 2018

runDisney Kids Races – There’s fun for runners of every age!

Saturday, April 21, 2018

For more information, visit www.rundisney.com/star-wars-wdw-half-marathon, or call 407-WDW-IRUN.

 

MAGIC YOUR WAY PACKAGES FOR THE 2018 WALT DISNEY WORLD PRINCESS HALF MARATHON NOW AVAILABLE!

Here’s your chance to join the Disney princesses in a “dream come true” weekend of majestic runs in the most magical place on earth! Book a Magic Your Way® Package with Race Registration for Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend, Feb. 22-25, 2018. And, once they’ve registered for one or more of the weekend’s events, you can use your Magic Your Way Package to enjoy the rest of their vacation at the Walt Disney World® Resort.

Race registrations for the 2018 Disney’s Princess Half Marathon Weekend events listed below can be included with Vacation Packages.

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon – Here’s the run that’s fit for a Princess – a 13.1 mile magical course. Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.

Disney Princess Enchanted 10K – This event will take your Clients on an enchanted journey throughout Epcot® before having a magical finish fit for a princess, or prince. Saturday, Feb. 24, 2018.

Glass Slipper Challenge – A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Disney Enchanted 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disney Princess Half Marathon on Sunday. Saturday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, Feb. 25, 2018.

Disney Princess 5K – A royal opportunity to share the magic as a family. Friday, Feb. 23, 2018.

runDisney Kids Races – Every Prince & Princess is a winner during the runDisney Kids Races! Friday, Feb. 24, 2018.

For more information, visit www.RunDisney.com/princess-half-marathon, or call 407-WDW-IRUN.

BOOK 2018 STAR WARS HALF MARATHON – THE DARK SIDE PACKAGES FOR LIMITED TIME!

It’s a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – at the Walt Disney World® Resort!  And now for a limited time, April 20 – May 1, 2017, you can book Race Registration with a Magic Your Way® Package for the 2018 Star WarsHalf Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend, which takes place April 19-22, 2018.

Guests will be able to Book 2018 Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Dark Side Packages with Race Registration at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo During The 2017 Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Dark Side!

A Magic Your Way Package allows guests to enjoy Disney fun for the whole family throughout the race weekend.  They pick their favorite Disney Resort hotel and the number of days for their Theme Park ticket.

Plus, when guests stay at a Disney Resort hotel they’ll enjoy special benefits, including complimentary MagicBands and early access to Disney FastPass+ planning up to 60 days before they arrive!

Booking Window:  April 20 – May 1, 2017

Travel Window:  April 12 – April 30, 2018

More than 45,500 Runners to Participate in Race Weekend Events at 2nd Annual Star Wars Half Marathon

Runners from galaxies far, far away will embrace the power of the Dark Side, as more than 45,500 runners will take part in the 2nd annual Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side at Walt Disney World Resort.

Among them are three runners for whom the Force is particularly strong.

Orlando runner Gelcys Casteneda is participating in the half marathon despite battling severe scoliosis, fibromyalgia and a brain disease that causes chronic migraines. At 15, she had surgery to correct a 53-degree curve to her spine, which was threatening to crush her heart. But by the time she reached adulthood, her spine had regressed, returning to a 34-degree curve, again making it difficult to breathe while she also battled the fibromyalgia, leaving her in constant pain.

Except when she’s running, which somehow alleviates the pain.

In addition to Casteneda, Kurt Blankenship from Little Rock, Ark., will try to be one with the Force when he pushes his racing wheelchair in the half marathon race on Sunday.

Blankenship was paralyzed from the waist down in 1999 after a car accident. For years Kurt struggled to adjust to his new reality, but things changed when he and his wife Carrie started a family, adopting three children who were all born premature and have their own challenges just like their father. Kurt now views his children’s medical challenges as motivation for him to be an inspirational example for them on the power of persistence and fortitude. Hence, Kurt is pushing his racing wheelchair in the half marathon to show his children that it is possible to overcome the obstacles they are facing in their lives. In fact, his son Ryan, born with spina bifida, which doctors said would prevent him from moving, communicating or making eye contact, is now walking, talking and even participating in the runDisney Kids Races with his sisters.

Finally, there’s Lucas Wallenberg, a  sixth grader from St. Louis, Mo., who is running the 5K race on behalf of Noah’s Light Foundation in his ongoing efforts to help other children nationwide who are suffering from pediatric cancer. Lucas, 12, who started running to help his mom build up her strength after she was diagnosed with a blood disorder, now raises money through running to help kids with cancer after one of his friend’s sister died from cancer in 2014. And despite his own medical difficulties, he continues to rasise money and awareness for pediatric cancer, recently growing his hair for 18 months, so he could donate it to make wigs for children battling cancer. In 2016, he and his family ran in 10 5K races, one 8K and two 10Ks, all while fundraising for pediatric cancer.

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side begins Thursday, culminating in the half marathon race on Sunday. This galactic-themed runDisney race weekend includes runDisney Kids Races, 5K, 10K and half marathon races and the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo. Start time for races are below:

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Star Wars 5K • EpcotFriday, 6 a.m. start
Friday, 9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Star Wars 10K • Start: Magic Kingdom| Finish: EpcotSaturday, 5:30 a.m. start
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side • Start: Magic Kingdom| Finish: EpcotSunday, 5:30 a.m. start

Media interested in covering the weekend events must contact Disney Sports Public Relations a day in advance to arrange for credentials. See table below for coverage opportunities: 

Star Wars 5K Arrive at Epcot by 5:00 a.m. for live coverage of the start and finish line.
Star Wars 10K
*Media must choose between covering the start or finish line
Arrive at Magic Kingdom by 4:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start line.

Arrive at Epcot by 5:00 a.m. for live coverage of the finish line.

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Arrive at Magic Kingdom by 4:30 a.m. for live coverage of the start line and charter to Epcot after the first corral of runners.

Arrive at Epcot by 5:00 a.m. for coverage of just the finish line.

 

University of Texas Runner Wins Emotional Disney Princess Half Marathon

After her cousin Gabrielle Arcangeli of Harmony, Fla., was tragically killed in a car crash last summer, Kaitlyn Johnson was determined to honor her cousin’s memory by running Sunday in the Disney Princess Half Marathon. Suffice to say, she did that and a lot more, outpacing the field of more than 24,000 runners to win her first-ever half marathon.

(Feb. 26, 2017): Disney Princess Half Marathon winner, Kaitlyn Johnson crosses the finish line first with a time of 1:22:16. Kaitlyn  joined more than 52,000 runners who traded their ball gowns for running gear to participate in the 9th annual Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort. The Disney Princess Half Marathon race was the storybook ending to the four-day race weekend which also included the Disney Princess 5K, the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K, runDisney Kids Races, the Glass Slipper Challenge and the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo.

Johnson, a biomechanical engineering PhD candidate at the University of Texas at Austin, ran along with more than 35 of Arcangeli’s family and friends who also participated in the race weekend in honor of Arcanegli, who ran the race last year.

“Our whole family is here, so it’s great fun because we are all here in honor of my cousin,’’ Johnson said. “And I think that’s helpful in the healing process.’’

Johnson, originally from Westfield, New Jersey, had little trouble getting to the finish line ahead of everyone else, flying around the 13.1-mile course at Walt Disney World Resort in 1:22:16 – nearly three minutes ahead of second-place finisher Heather Schulz of Orlando (1:24:53). Jennifer Berry of Denver was third (1:25:49).

“I felt good from the beginning,’’ Johnson said. “It was so fun running by the Grand Floridian (Resort), where I used to stay (when we visited Walt Disney World Resort) when I was growing up, and Splash Mountain, which is my favorite ride. It was a fun time.’’

The half marathon was the finishing touch on the multi-race weekend which included Kids Races, the Disney Princess 5K and the Disney Princess Enchanted 10K, plus a Health & Fitness Expo. In all, more than 52,000 runners participated in the race weekend, making it the largest women-focused race weekend in the nation.

The Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend presented by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals is the third race in runDisney’s nine-race series that encompasses Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris. Next up is the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side (April 20-23) at Walt Disney World Resort and the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry (May 11-14) at Disneyland Resort. For more information about runDisney, visit www.runDisney.com.

BOOK 2018 DISNEY’S PRINCESS HALF MARATHON PRESENTED BY CHILDREN’S MIRACLE NETWORK HOSPITALS

We can book our Clients’ Race Registration with a Magic Your Way Package for the 2018 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Presented by Children’s Miracle Hospitals, which takes place Feb. 23-26, 2018, during the 2017 Princess Half Marathon Weekend runDisney Health & Fitness Expo dates, Feb. 22-March 5, 2017.

A Magic Your Way Package allows Clients to enjoy Disney fun for the whole family throughout the race weekend. They pick their favorite Disney Resort hotel and the number of days for their Theme Park ticket.

Plus, when our Clients stay at a Disney Resort hotel they’ll enjoy special benefits, including complimentary MagicBands and early access to Disney FastPass+ planning up to 60 days before they arrive!

Booking Window: Feb. 22-Mar. 05, 2017

Travel Window: Feb. 15-Mar. 01, 2018

Contact Travel Agents, Scott and Becky Donahue, of Wish Upon a Star With Us to planand book your vacation.

The Power of the Force: California Native Celebrates Victory at Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side

Adam Roach of Pebble Beach, Calif., conquered the galaxy in the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at Disneyland Resort on Sunday. Roach, 32, who placed second in last year’s half marathon, beat two-time Star Wars Half Marathon winner, Nick Arciniaga of Fountain Valley, Calif., by over three minutes.

(January 15, 2017): More than 17,000 California runners were part of the 35,000 participants that joined the Rebel Alliances at Disneyland Resort in the third annual Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side. The race weekend featured several intergalactic family-friendly events, including a three-day runDisney Health and Fitness Expo, runDisney Kids Races, the Star Wars 5K, the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side. (Disney)

Summoning the powers of the force, Roach launched into hyper speed to blast through the finish line at 1:10:31, just past the second and third-place finishers Bradley Apodaca of Santa Barbra, Calif., (1:10:37) and Robert Hernandez of Fresno, Calif., (1:11:32).

“Last year I was second and I really wanted to come back and win it,” said Roach of the victory. “Arciniaga, who won last year, was back so I knew it would be a really competitive race.”

Jennifer Brill, 27, of Washington D.C., also soared to victory as the female winner on Sunday with a time of 1:24:15. Second-place female finisher was 2016 Super Heroes Half Marathon winner, Lindsey Carter, 28, of Huntington Beach, Calif. (1:25:20) and third-place finisher was Kaili Zink-Hernandez, 29, Fresno, Calif (1:26:54).

More than 17,000 California runners were part of the 35,000 participants that joined the Rebel Alliances at Disneyland Resort in the third annual Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side. The race weekend featured several intergalactic family-friendly events, including a three-day runDisney Health and Fitness Expo, runDisney Kids Races, the Star Wars 5K, the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side.

Runners also had an opportunity to test their skills through the Star Wars Rebel Challenge, running the 10K on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday. Runners who complete the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at Disneyland Resort and the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side at Walt Disney World Resort in the same calendar year will earn the coveted runDisney Kessel Run Challenge medal.

The Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side was the first of the four runDisney race weekends scheduled for this year at Disneyland Resort, which hosts runDisney events along with Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris.