On October 2, 2010, I was one of about 11,000 runners who took part in the inaugural Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon. Only Disney could have a first time event that draws that many participants. Only Disney could hold a run at night; (which challenges your food intake, water intake and rest prep) that would sell out. Only Disney would think of mixing fitness with alcohol and food that has everyone beating down the on-line registration saying, “I want to do it.”
The Wine and Dine was much more than a half marathon. It included a relay portion that divided the run into 8 kilometer and 13 kilometer legs. Genius moves to help get people of all fitness levels involved in running. There were children’s races early in the day and there was a 5k event. There was an expo that introduced runners to the latest in training techniques, equipment and support. Jeff Galloway and his team put all of this together…amazing to say the least.
There were groups of runners that you could identify by the colours and the costumes they wore. There were individuals that were competing for record times for their personal best or competitive rankings. There were strangers who became friends and friendships that grew closer. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society benefitted by those who chose to donate or team run for research.
Old Friends…JoAnne, thank you so much for everything!! You are amazing. I can’t say enough about the memories that you have provided my family and me.
New Friends…To all my new Yummy Mummy friends. It was great meeting you, laughing with you and celebrating our accomplishments together. Candace, Kelli, Racheal, Jill…awesome, just awesome. Erica, we will cross the finish line together next year. Cherie-Lynn and Andy, thank you. I look forward to what will come. Heather, I have had so much cyber-fun with you taking runs at JoAnne, but now having met you and your family, that will be even more fun now! To the Delicious Daddies, Hugh, Ish, Brian, Lino…men who support their wives like you did are gold in my mind…now had you given your wives an extra day just to shop…pure Platinum!! I have a feeling that we will all be following Eric across the line next year….amazing inspiration!!
Dear Friends…I knew lots of people who were running. People from my Georgetown/Acton Fitness Boot Camp were running…congratulations Mark, Lori, Sophie and Melody who all completed the run. You are all an inspiration who I admire and respect so much for what you have done for yourselves, your families…your lives. Amy, Hurricane Katrina and Maggie. Without you I wouldn’t have been able to do it. You held down the fort for me, supported me and encouraged me…thank you is not enough. Tim, well…you know.
In the end, as great as the run was, as incredible the feeling of crossing the finish line felt, the people are what made this event a great memory.
Now, tell me who is in for next year? Relays for rookies, full 1/2 for veterans and any rookie who loves the challenge!! Are YOU up for it???