Tyler Wasieleski and Megan Curham, who both have ties to Tampa, were the winners in this year’s Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon presented by MISFIT.
Wasieleski, who grew up in Tampa and now lives Union City, Calif., cruised to victory and nearly set a race record, finishing in 1:11:48, one second off the fastest time ever. He finished nearly a minute ahead of second-place finisher Samuel Fazioli of Salem, N.H., (1:12:34) and more than seven minutes in front of Roger Hildago of Auburndale, Fla., who was third (1:19:00).
Curham, who grew up in New Jersey but now lives in Tampa, was hoping to test her endurance ahead of the Dopey Challenge – running the 5K, 10K, half marathon and full marathon during the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend in January. She won the Wine & Dine 10K on Saturday before easily becoming the first female finisher across the finish line in Sunday’s race. She crossed the finish line in 1:19:59 – almost 10 minutes faster than Amanda Beal of Ellicott City, Md., who was second (1:29:09) and Valery Perry of Oviedo, Fla., who was third (1:29:26).
Following the race on Sunday, thousands of runners attended the Post-Race Party at the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival.
The Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon capped an action-packed weekend of races that also included a 5K and Kids Races, plus a health and fitness expo. In all, nearly 35,000 runners participated in events during the weekend.
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