Inaugural Wine & Dine 10K Race Recap

Wine & Dine 10K RecapThe Runs in Tutus team has just returned from the Wine & Dine Half Marathon weekend in Disney World, and we can’t wait to share some of the highlights with you! This race weekend was extra special for us (we might say that after every race, but I really mean it this time!) We got to experience the brand new Wine & Dine 10K and Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge. More importantly though, our Mom and Dad joined in on the trip and we got to run the entire Inaugural Wine & Dine 10K with our Dad. We all decided to stick together for the full 6.2 miles regardless of our varying paces. We called it running the race “Ohana style.”  Melanie, Christine and I also completed Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge which included both the Wine & Dine 10K and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, but we’ll save that recap for another post.

On Friday, we all visited the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo together. Melanie, Christine and I participated in the usual silly photo ops, but they were even more fun this year with our Mom, Dad and my boyfriend Robert there to join in on the fun.



As usual, the runDisney Expo was filled with all of our favorite vendors, and the merch was irresistible. Unfortunately, a lot of the official runDisney merch was taken off the shelves due to a typo in the word inaugural. We weren’t able to buy some of our favorite items like the Wine & Dine Tervis, but we still walked away with plenty of fun keepsakes. I especially loved the shirts at the New Balance booth and bought the running for adventure t-shirt and a cute sweater with the castle on it that says “home.”


After the Expo, we spent a little bit of time at the parks then got plenty of rest before the 10K! We stayed at Disney’s Port Orleans French Quarter Resort and had no problem catching a bus to the race in the morning. This has become our favorite Disney hotel for race weekends. We’ve tried a lot of different resorts, and the best race transportation has always been at Port Orleans French Quarter.

Since we were running the race Ohana style this year, we coordinated our race costumes for the 10K so that we felt like a team! We decided to go with classic Disney characters in their finest culinary attire.img_0049

Chef Daisy Running Costume

Christine as Chef Daisy

Chef Donald Running Costume

Melanie as Chef Donald

Chef Mickey Running Costume

Dad as Chef Mickey


Chef Minnie Running Costume

Amanda as Chef Minnie

The course started in the Epcot parking lot where we gathered in our corrals and waited for the fireworks at the start line. We were excited to meet some of our Instagram friends in the staging area! Since the race was Ratatouille themed, Remy was on stage with the race commentators to help send us off. The first three miles were mainly on the highway, but we loved checking out all the amazing costumes on the course. They get more impressive every year! Right before mile 4, we entered my favorite part of the course – the Epcot World Showcase. Almost every country had a photo op and there were a few rare character appearances like Pinocchio and Geppetto in Italy.

After leaving the World Showcase, we entered the Disney Boardwalk area for a beautiful run around Crescent Lake. There was actually a coffee shop open so my boyfriend Robert stopped for coffee and a muffin. I wouldn’t recommend this if you’re concerned about your time, but I guess it’s a helpful tip for anyone who gets sleepy on the course! We thought it was funny that the race photographer took a picture of him with the coffee.


Robert takes a coffee break. Note: I tried very hard to convince him to dress up as Chef Goofy but he chose this outfit instead.


Enjoying the Disney Boardwalk


Aimg_0144fter we made our way around the Boardwalk, we entered Epcot one more time for a jog around Spaceship Earth and then crossed the finish line at the Epcot parking lot. It was so special crossing the finish line with my family, and we were so happy to have our Dad right there with us. All in all, the Inaugural Wine & Dine 10K was a fun event. The course was entertaining, the runners were friendly, and it was fairly well organized considering it was an inaugural race. For us, runDisney races are about being with family, feeling good and accomplishing something together, and this race was the perfect place to do that.


Finish Line


Congratulations to everyone who participated in the Wine & Dine 5K, 10K, Half Marathon and/or Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge! We’ll be posting a recap of the Half Marathon very soon, and we’re looking forward to running the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon in January!



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