On November 7, over 22,000 runners and their cheering friends and families were at the Walt Disney World Resort for the annual Disney Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend. Some unexpected weather came through on an already hot and humid Florida evening with severe winds that forced a temporary evacuation and almost blew down the finish line tents.
Fortunately, after the threat passed, with a delayed start time and shortened course, everyone was able to eventually run. Team Up! with Autism Speaks had a contingent of 44 runners, with 14 of them doing the 5k in the morning and 30 participating in altered Half Marathon route.
One of our team members, Jamie Barnes of Cary, NC finished #19 among all runners! This dedicated team of parents, professionals, grandparents, teens and friends has collectively raised over $66,000 to date.
For a list of all Team Up! events visit www.autismspeaks.org/teamup.