How to Run in a Sold Out runDisney Race

The 2016 runDisney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend is SOLD OUT! But you can still find bibs with Save the Children for the Wine and Dine Half Marathon, Mickey’s Holiday 5k, NEW Disney Wine and Dine 10k, and the all-new Lumiere’s Two Course Challenge. Register here.


This week, runDisney sold out two more races: Wine and Dine Half Marathon and the Walt Disney World Half  Marathon during Marathon Weekend.  While the Wine and Dine Half Marathon took a couple of months to sell out, the Walt Disney World Half Marathon sold out in just 35 days!

runDisney wine and dine half marathon

Did you miss out on registration for either of these races?  Bummed you didn’t get in to register in time?

Well, have no fear!  You can still run in either the Wine and Dine Half Marathon or Walt Disney World Half Marathon!


Well, head on over to the runDisney website and click on the race you want to participate in.  Then, click the Registration Page.  There, you can find information on Travel Operators and Run For a Cause. Tour Operators will require you book your Walt Disney World vacation through them to get your race registration.

For 2016 Wine and Dine Half Marathon Run For a Cause, click here.

Charity Groups will require you raise a certain level of funds in order to receive your registration.  For example, Save the Children requires $1,250 to run the Wine and Dine Half marathon. You’ll even get a reduced registration. Raise even more and you’ll receive free theme park tickets! The bonus of running for a charity group is added team support.  You’ll meet other runners raising money for the cause, and many charities offer Facebook groups and forums where you can discuss your fundraising and training efforts.  I’m very tempted to register with a charity for the Walt Disney World Marathon!

I did run with a charity for the Walt Disney World Marathon in 2014. Read all about my experience here. 

So there you go!  There’s still a way for you to participate in either of these magical race weekends.  With the increasing popularity of runDisney races and the record sell outs, I think the Charity and Tour Operator entries will become more and more popular.

Have you entered a runDisney race through a Tour Company or Charity Group?   


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  • Reply Krissy @ Shiawase Life May 17, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    We did the Neverland 5K through a tour company since it was sold out before I had a chance to sign up my family – quick and painless process, just cost a little more.

  • Reply JILL @MRScrashmattb May 17, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    While I registered in time, I am running The Dopey Challenge for St. Jude! I ran the 2012 WDW Marathon and had a wonderful experience. When I heard about Dopey, I knew it would take lots of training and determination to successfully complete this challenge…and what better than to fundraise and dedicate these miles to St. Jude.

    Jim & Pat Stone with Acclaim Travel also will accept payment plans for runDisney races. I have heard this is an excellent option since some race registrations can come right off the heels of a big runDisney race weekend when Disney saving accounts are at their lowest. They might still have registrations available for some of the sold out races too!

    • Reply marinee July 23, 2013 at 6:38 am

      Hi! from signing up with St. Jude, did you also receive the participation gifts from Disney?? I want to sign up with St. Jude, but want the medal Disney gives as a keepsake as well.



      • Reply ashley July 23, 2013 at 3:13 pm

        Hi Mainee! Yes, all charity participants receive the runDisney finisher medals!

  • Reply Jenn May 18, 2013 at 1:12 am

    That’s a great idea. Thanks for the tip!

  • Reply Toni May 25, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I have never run in a Disney race but I really want to. I need to train myself 🙂

  • Reply Sara-Jayne May 27, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    We’re running the Jingle Jungle 5k this year with our boys; our first RunDisney race! So excited!

    • Reply ashley May 31, 2013 at 2:42 am

      That’s a great way to start out your runDisney experience!

  • Reply Franklin December 5, 2013 at 8:55 pm

  • Reply Roger Monaco January 20, 2014 at 5:44 pm

    Any ideas on how to get in on the Everest Challenge? I went to register my wife and I today and it is sold out.

    • Reply ashley January 21, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      Unfortunately, I don’t think the Everest Challenge has travel or charity group entries. Once it’s sold out, it’s sold out for good. I’m sorry!

  • Reply Ellen February 18, 2014 at 3:56 am

    when will they publish the charity groups for W&D 2014?

    • Reply ashley February 18, 2014 at 5:51 pm

      They’re usually published around registration time. I would assume they’d update the list for 2014 very soon!

  • Reply Rachel March 29, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I discovered this workaround last time I was looking to get into a sold out race. I love the idea of raising money for charity to participate in the race, but I wish the amount was a little lower!

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