New Jersey runner makes history at Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon

New Jersey runner Megan Curham made history on Sunday at the 2022 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend.

For the fourth straight year, Curham, of Warren, New Jersey, completed the 13.1-mile course as the first female finisher, becoming the event’s only four-time champion.

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Curham crossed the finish line with a time of 1:20:16.

“It’s just so much fun,’’ Curham said. “I think what’s been really neat is that all four of those years the course has been a little bit different. So, it’s always something a little bit unique. You never really know what you’re going to get.’’

(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine &amp; Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer
(Nov. 6, 2022) Megan Curham makes event history as the first runner to win the half marathon four straight times during the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The New Jersey runner was the overall winner in the 2021 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon and holds the course record in the women’s division. (Courtney Kiefer, photographer

Ian Bordelon of Orlando was the race’s overall winner, crossing the finish line in 1:13:42.

“I was out there trying to run as fast as possible,’’ said Bordelon. “Even when I saw that I had a pretty decent cushion, I was still pushing, trying to run as fast as I could today and racing (against) the clock.’’

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On Sunday, Stephanie Grosso of Illinois defied the odds and after two years removed from open heart surgery, Grosso not only completed the 2022 Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon on Sunday, she ran the 5K and 10K in addition to the half marathon this weekend at Disney - a total of 22.4 miles.

Grosso plans to run every runDisney race this season, which would mean 13 total races and nearly 113 miles.

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Nicholas McCoy of Boerne, Texas finished first in the wheelchair division with a time of 1:24:05.

The half marathon was the final event of the race weekend, which included a 5K and a 10K, plus a health and fitness expo. In all, more than 30,000 runners took part in the four-day event.

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Next up in the runDisney race season is the 30th anniversary of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend, which is January 4-8, 2023.

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