The 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend hosted by runDisney has transitioned into a virtual event and will not have an in-person component this year. The announcement made by runDisney states that the evolving situation around COVID-19 has forced them to modify the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend that was scheduled for November 6-8, 2020.
Registered runners have the option of receiving a full refund or they can elect to receive a shirt and medal for the distance they completed.
With circumstances surrounding COVID-19 continuing to change around the globe, we continue to make timely decisions about our operations after considering guidance from local and national health authorities. 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.
With that in mind, we are transitioning the 2020 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort to a virtual race. All registered Guests for the onsite event have the option of receiving a full refund for the race, and registered Guests with a U.S. mailing address may convert their existing registration to the new virtual event that can be completed from home, a local running track or favorite running trail.
Eligible runners who select to participate in the virtual race will receive a race shirt and medal for each distance they complete, in addition to the satisfaction of completing the race they’ve been training for. Registered participants will receive an email beginning July 23 with instructions on how to make their registration selection before August 5, 2020. If a selection is not made, registered Guests automatically will be refunded.
Unfortunately, this is now the second runDisney event that has been effectively cancelled due to COVID-19. The 2020 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend was cancelled without a virtual component earlier this year.
It’s safe to assume runDisney is already looking at their premier event, the 2021 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, and beginning to make contingency plans.