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A look at runDisney’s Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend 2013

by Banks Lee

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By Don Gworek

This past weekend runDisney held their annual Wine and Dine Half Marathon and Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K. We have a photo and video report from the events for you right here.

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Runners parked at Epcot to take a bus to the starting line at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.

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The pre-race party had a lot of group dancing. Here, it’s “What Does the Fox Say?”

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This is actor Sean Astin’s running club, run3rd. Astin runs as many Disney races as he can, but one of the group members said he couldn’t fit Wine and Dine into his schedule.

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Mickey and Goofy pose for photos with runners before the race.

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Runners waiting until around 9 p.m., when the corrals opened. This is a very common scene with large city races, like Boston and New York marathons where you’re bused to a field and you camp out for awhile.

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The first of 12 corrals, Corral A, has experienced and fast runners. This was taken about 40 minutes prior to the start. There’s no sense in wasting energy, chomping at the bit, we all know who’s fastest and should be at the very front. Each corral had its own start. The first corrals were two minutes apart and later corrals were separated longer. The last start was at 10:40 p.m. I heard it go off when I exited Animal Kingdom at about the sixth mile.

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Bubbles fill the air at the starting line. This was taken about five minutes before the start.

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Active members of the military, representing each of the services.

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This is the only place I stopped on the course for a photo.

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Cast members cheer finishers with their medals as they go through World Showcase to enjoy the after party.

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A farmer dances in the cranberry bog. The atmosphere was kind of like New Years, with piped pop tunes throughout the park.

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Here I am enjoying some Black Pepper Shrimp during the after party.

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Here are video highlights from Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K, courtesy of Banks Lee:

Highlights from Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K at Animal Kingdom

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