The 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend advanced registration window for Disney Vacation Club members is now open!
Starting at 12 noon ET on Tuesday, April 14, DVC members can begin registering for 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon weekend events. The marathon and its accompanying races will be held January 6 – 10, 2016 at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida.
Early event registration is a perk made available to Disney Vacation Club members. Note that there are limits to the number of registrations which will be accepted during the early sign-up period. Popular events often fill-up within hours of the start of early registration.
For a link to the early registration page, visit DVCMember.com and click on Membership Magic then Special Offers.
Information contributed by www.dvcnews.com.
If you were one of the lucky ones to recently get a slot in the RunDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon, you need to start training! The race will be on Saturday, November 7th. My friend Denny over at DizRuns.com has put together an online group training run program for this particular race. If you are new to RunDisney events, or the Wine & Dine Half Marathon, this maybe just what you need for motivation, direction, and encouragement in getting across that finish line in November.
As for the program, Denny is offering a deal to our blog followers. Click on this image above for more details. So if you’re thinking about running this race, and if you’re thinking you’d like to meet some awesome runners and have a specific program in place, I’d encourage you to jump at this opportunity. Click on the image above or this link to be connected.
Good luck in your training and the race!
On Sunday, November 30, 2014, I participated in the Space Coast Half Marathon in Cocoa Village, Florida. This was my second of five years running this race for the Big Bang Series. The Big Bang Series, is a five year plan, in which they will offer a finisher medal of one of the space shuttles each year, with a three year Milky Way Challenge medal, and a five year intergalactic medal if you complete all five years.
Last year the medal was for the Space Shuttle Columbia.
This year, the medal recognized the Space Shuttle Challenger. The medal was very meaningful to me, because as a kid, I grew watching the shuttle program, and was watching the day Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. The medal has 7 stars on it to represent the lives of the astronauts we lost on that day.
The 2014 Space Coast Half Guide is now available for the 2014 Space Coast Half & Full Marathon on November 30, 2014. I cannot wait to run this for the 2nd year in the Big Bang Series, and get my Space Shuttle Challenger medal!
The 2014 Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon registration will open on 2/15/2014 at 9:00am EST. If you are interest in running this race, check it out at Space Coast Marathon & Half Marathon. Next year we will honor the Challenger Space Shuttle and all those involved.
Race Day (Sunday)
On Dec. 1, 2013 I ran in the Space Coast Half Marathon. This is the first race of five in The Big Bang Series. The series will award a commemorative shuttle medal each year for the retired Space Shuttles. This year’s medal celebrated the first shuttle, Columbia STS-1.
The morning started early. We stayed at the Hampton Inn, one of the host resorts. We were up and out the room by 4:45 to get to the start. I rode with fellow Running of the Ears friends (ROTErs) Greg & Stephanie Jackson. They were doing the full marathon. The half marathon started at 6:00 AM and the full started at 6:30 AM in the opposite direction. They started a half hour later and in the opposite direction so most of the half marathoners would be off the course when they got there. I met up with longtime friends Michael & Tara Bell at the start. They were also doing the half marathon, so we all started together.
The start was fantastic! They had a jumbo-tron screen at the starting line. When it was one minute to start, they put up an actual shuttle launch on the screen. It went through the normal logistics of a shuttle launch, and when it was 3,2,1 lift off they fired us off in smoke billowing like a launch. It was almost too think to see going through the chute, but no issues.
The run was on. The first few miles were really dark because the sun had yet risen and the street lights weren’t strong enough (one weakness that needs to be addressed). We all activated our GPS watch & phone lights to get through this part. When the sun did rise, what a beautiful sight. We were running along the waterfront the entire race. It was an awesome 13 miles of scenery. The race was through a neighborhood, so many came out into their driveways to cheer us on. Some had special treats to offer like Smores, eggs & grits, candy, and one home was a bartender making bloody Mary’s. I’m interested to see how many runners actually took him up on this!
Next Sunday, December 01, 2013, I will be doing the Space Coast Half Marathon near Kennedy Space Center. Starting this year, for the next five years, there will be a medal honoring each of the five space shuttles as a part of the Big Bang Series. Stay tuned the week after for a race recap.
This year the shuttle being honored is “Columbia”. Here is the finisher medal for this year.
Here is a link to the 2013 Space Coast Half Participant Guide.