Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World Review and Giveaway

I am a planner by nature.  When it comes to planning trips, whether they’re for a race or not, I often look at every single detail in order to ensure the best possible trip.  From the flights, to the hotel(s), to the restaurants that we’ll eat at, I always want to ensure that I’ve done my research to find the choices that will best fit our interests and needs.

Preston and I have been to Disney World twice for Marathon Weekend in January, but we’ll be experiencing a new to us race weekend this year – Wine and Dine Half Marathon.  While many aspects of the race weekends are the same, there are some differences as well, including the start time of the race, the parks that the half marathon course goes through, and different hotels being host resorts for the weekend.  After reading Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World, all of my questions about Wine and Dine have been answered.  I especially appreciated reading the detailed course description for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, especially since my only other Disney half marathon experience only included one of the three parks that I’ll be running through in November.

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One of the many things that I liked about reading Magical Miles is that every aspect of a runDisney racecation is covered.  Authors Krista Albrecht and Megan Biller did a thorough job detailing every aspect of a runDisney racecation that a runner might possibly need to know about, including packing checklists, suggestions on where to stay based on which race weekend you’re participating in, and restaurants that are great for celebrating at.  This book is great for runDisney novices, but might also provide new ideas to runDisney veterans who may be up for staying at a new hotel or dining at a different restaurant during their next racecation at Disney World.

The 2015 edition has been updated to include details about the newest runDisney events at Disneyland (Star Wars and Avengers Half Marathon weekends), the brand new Castaway Challenge, and details about the addition of Fast Pass+ and MyMagic+ at Disney World.  The newest edition also includes a “Best Of” list, which includes lists of readers’ preferred race weekends, hotels, and restaurants based on reader surveys and feedback.

Because of the amount of information included in this book and the level of detail that the authors have included, you can bet that I’ll be referring to it as we continue to plan our Wine and Dine racecation, as well as other future runDisney vacations.

Are you a runDisney fan looking to plan a future racecation?  Or are you interested in registering for your first runDisney race, but don’t know which race is right for you?  Be sure to enter my Rafflecopter giveaway for your chance to win your own copy of Magical Miles.  The giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Wednesday, March 18th.

QOTD: Which runDisney race is on your bucket list?

Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book for review purposes.  I did not receive any other compensation.  As always, all opinions are my own.


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39 Responses to Magical Miles: The Runner’s Guide to Walt Disney World Review and Giveaway

  1. Pam says:

    Huge fan of this book and the girls who wrote it! Nice review Kathryn

  2. LOVE this book! On my bucket list….any of the races in Cali! I want that Coast to Coast medal! 😉

  3. Next up on my runDisney bucket list is one of the Disneyland races! I’d love to go for the pink Princess/Tink C2C medal next year!

  4. I’d love to do any of the Disney series, the races look like so much fun!!

  5. I’ve not yet read this book but I did reference the site – while preparing for the princess weekend.

    The Wine and Dine is next on my list of runDisney races to run. I’ve heard so many good things about it. I’d also like to do one in California, just trying to narrow down which race that one would be is a difficult decision!

  6. Elle says:

    What a great idea! This book looks very fun and informative. I have only done recreational running around WDW – we got married there many years ago and then visited again a couple of years later.

  7. All the DIsney races are on my bucket list 😉

  8. Becca says:

    I’m also looking forward to running the Wine & Dine for the first time this year!

  9. heathersmean says:

    I can’t wait for Star Wars!!

  10. mkadens1 says:

    Looks like a fun and informative read! I’d like to do any of the Disney races.

  11. great review of the book-I have the 2014 edition and right after i got it,they announced avengers! haha. i always fill out the surveys they send out to try and help out.

    As for bucket list, I have now run every disney race minus any of the Disneyland 5ks (it is hard for me to justify taking off a day from work for an untimed 5k when I will be there all weekend). this is my year to participate in every rundisney weekend so i just need to sign up for Avengers now!

    so since i have never done them: i would put any disneyland 5k on the bucket list, the tinkerbell 10k since i didnt do it last year and the avengers 10k since it will be brand new!

  12. katemovingforward1234 says:

    I really want to do the Princess Half! Yay girl power!

  13. I want to do the Disneyworld Marathon sometime. Though the wine and dine definitely sounds fun.

  14. Great review! I am now curious about this book. Our next Disney race will be the Pixie Dust Challenge in California. It will be my first Disneyland race so I am sure I will be doing lots of research!

  15. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I thought Dopey would be on my bucket list but since the next one is the last year, I doubt that is going to happen. So I don’t know which one I would want to do!

    • While the Dopey rumor is circulating around a number of different runDisney groups on Social Media, runDisney has yet to confirm or deny that rumor. I’d be shocked to see runDisney cancel the challenge after only three years, especially with how quickly the challenge has sold out the past two years.

  16. Oh boy! Wine and Dine is definitely on my bucket list. Also, had a great time going Goofy in 2014, and would love to add Dopey to the bucket list as well.

  17. I guess I’m the odd man – I have zero interest in running a Disney race. That said, if I ever were going to, that book sounds awesome. I have friends who’ve run the Wine and Dine and say it’s a blast.

  18. I would love to do any one of the disney races. Any excuse to get dressed up in a fun costume and run sounds good to me!

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  20. jillconyers says:

    What fun book! I keep saying I’m going to sign up for a Disney race. It’s the timing and travel that make it difficult but I’m sure it’s worth it.

  21. Amanda Nyx says:

    Running Disney is on my wishlist BIG TIME! Just wish it wasn’t so far away and ‘spensive… BUT SOMEDAY!

  22. i want to run wine and dine next year so i hope i win this book! BTW, your tweet for entries option is too long by 2 characters. 🙂

  23. Jasmine says:

    I have been opened to a new world of information. I didn’t know about the Disney races!

  24. I have had no interest to run Disney until recently when I kept seeing more blogs about it. I want to but also idk about the early start times! I Think I’d do one like Wine and Dine which is at night 🙂

  25. Sadie B. says:

    I would like to run the Princess Half.

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  27. This is so great! I’ve run the 2008 Disney Marathon, the 2010 Princess half, 2011 Princess half, 2011 Wine & Dine half, and the 2012 Tinkerbell half. It’s been 3 years since I’ve done a runDisney race, clearly I need to get back to it! I’d love to do the Goofy Challenge and Expedition Everest!

  28. cprior2 says:

    I would do Wine & Dine.

  29. marywdw says:

    Wine and Dine and the Marathon in January are on my bucket list!

  30. Megan Swinney says:

    Any of them! Never been!

  31. Nancy says:

    The Wine and Dine Half sounds like a fun race.

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