November 8, 2015
The runDisney Wine & Dine Half Marathon 2015 is one race I won’t soon forget. To give you some background, I ran this race the previous year with my oldest son and it was his first half marathon experience. Through the cold rain we splashed and dashed making it to the finish line together. Now since I like a good nightime race I decided to give this one another shot figuring the weather would have to be better the second time around right? Well, not exactly. Mother Nature had other plans it seems. The weekend was gorgeous, hot, sunny and humid, perfect shorts and t-shirt temps. The evening of the race as I arrived at the start area the winds picked up and clouds formed overhead. I thought, OK well it’s breezy but at least it’s not raining. A few minutes later I could feel some rain droplets, then came the lightening. Uh oh. The officials announced we were evacuating the start area due to the weather moving inside to the Wide World of Sports buildings nearby. The hour long wait was dampening my enthusiam for the race but I smiled upon hearing 15,000 runners cheer when they announced we could move out to the pre-race area for a delayed start.
As we got into the corrals we learned the course would be shortened which I actually didn’t mind since it was late and my legs were getting tired already. Although it would have been fun to run through Animal Kingdom in the dark again, I was really looking forward to finishing and going to the after party to eat! Sadly the course was really congested since there wasn’t much open road for spreading out. I took the opportunity to slow down and take some final pictures of the Osborne Lights. This really gave me my much needed second wind to fly through the rest of the course. I finished the 6.72 miles in fine form, feeling great. The 10K is my favorite race distance and I’d love to see a future runDisney 10K night race with an after party. Now that would be epic!