Fall runDisney Events to Go Completely Virtual

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The 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort is officially transitioning into a virtual race. The news was shared today to the runDisney social channels and in an announcement on the official website.

“As we have shared before, we are basing our decisions on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members, athletes and our Guests, since there is nothing more important than that,” Disney explained in the announcement of the virtual event.

Virtual Race

Disney is electing to host a virtual race instead of hosting the Wine & Dine Half Marathon in person at the Walt Disney World Resort as it has been in years past. Virtual races are nothing new for runDisney, and although Wine & Dine is not typically a virtual event, it will still be offering plenty of ways for runners to participate from the comfort of their own hometowns.

Of course, we wish every runner could go racing through the theme park during each runDisney race and stop for a Dole Whip in the afternoon after the morning’s races are done. But a virtual race may be the next best thing.

2015 Wine and Dine Half Marathon
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Below is the information about the virtual races:

All registered participants with a valid U.S. shipping address for the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort who purchased their registrations on runDisney.com will have the option to participate in a virtual race. Please note this does not include PO Boxes or APO Boxes. Participants who select this option will receive the following based on their registration(s):

  • Race distance medal(s)
  • Runner long sleeve shirt(s) and kids short sleeve shirt(s)
  • Digital Bib and finisher certificate
  • Digital Toolkit including start/finish line and mile markers
  • Digital Goody Bag
  • Virtual playlist
  • A Disney Gift Card for select races

Guests with a U.S. mailing address who already have received a refund for their registration may still register to participate in the virtual race option by contacting runDisney by August 5, 2020.

As stated above, participants who elect to participate in the virtual races will receive a Disney Gift Card for select races. Below is more information about that:

Eligible athletes registered for select events during the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort will receive a Disney Gift Card:

  • Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Two Course Challenge

Disney Gift Card timing:
Disney Gift Cards from runDisney can be expected to be processed in six to eight weeks. If you haven’t received your Disney Gift Card after eight weeks, please visit the “contact us” section on runDisney.com.

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Medals from the 2017 Wine & Dine Half Marathon.

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How to Get a Refund

Additionally, Disney is allowing those who registered for the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend can have the option of getting a refund. You can read about this option below:

Runners registered for the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort who select the refund option will receive a refund back to their original form of payment for the following. If a Guest no longer has their original form of payment used when registering, they may contact runDisney by August 5, 2020 to receive a refund via check or a Disney Gift Card for the following:

  • Race registrations (Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, Two Course Challenge and Kids Races)
  • Commemorative merchandise (automatic refund – no virtual option)
  • ChEAR Squad (automatic refund – no virtual option)
  • Processing fee

Additionally, any registered participant with a shipping address outside of the U.S. will automatically receive a refund back to their original form of payment. At this time, participants without a valid U.S. shipping address are not eligible for the virtual option.

Refund timing:
Refunds from runDisney can be expected to be processed in six to eight weeks. If you haven’t received your refund after eight weeks, please visit the “contact us” section on runDisney.com.

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You can read more information about the 2020 Wine & Dine virtual races on the official runDisney website here. We are sorry for every runner who wishes they could still participate in the event in person, but we are happy that Disney is providing participants with a few alternative options if they had already registered for the event.

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