You may have felt the power of the force recently when a galactic event occurred at the Walt Disney World Resort. With Star Wars’ most legendary villain, Darth Vader, reigning over the races, runners from galaxies far, far away participated in the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon- The Dark Side Weekend April 15-17, 2016. It was a thrilling weekend that included the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K, and the runDisney Kids Races. As with most runDisney race weekends, there were challenges as well. The Dark Side Challenge medal was awarded to those participants who completed the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side and the Star Wars 10K. The new runDisney Kessel Run Challenge medal was awarded to “Coast-to-Coast” participants of the Star Wars Half Marathon/Rebel Challenge at the Disneyland Resort and the Star Wars Half Marathon -The Dark Side at the Walt Disney World Resort.
runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
The Star Wars Half Marathon -The Dark Side Expo was exciting. There was a bit of Star Wars geekiness at every corner.
A new runDisney offering for this weekend was celebratory bibs. For $4.95, you could purchase an additional bib to wear during your race(s) to celebrate a personal event.
Star Wars 5K
On Friday, April 15, 2016, Star Wars fans (age 5 and older) participated in the Star Wars 5K. Darth Vader and his stormtroopers supervised the run through Epcot’s World Showcase and Future World.
Star Wars 10K
On Saturday, April 16, 2016, the Star Wars 10K took runners on a 6.2 mile run from Epcot to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side
On Sunday, April 17, 2016, the power of Darth Vader met the the Magic of Disney on a course from Epcot to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Dark Side Challenge
(Star Wars 10K) + (Star Wars Half Marathon – Dark Side)= The Dark Side Challenge
Kessel Run Challenge
(Star Wars Half Marathon/Rebel Challenge at the Disneyland Resort) + (Star Wars Half Marathon -The Dark Side at the Walt Disney World Resort)= Kessel Run Challenge
Time to Celebrate!
Huge thanks to my friends who shared their awesome pictures from Star Wars Half Marathon – Dark Side Weekend. May I extend a very special shout-out to the following friends:
Marc @marcmantoo, 2010, 2011, 2013, & 2014 member of the Disney Parks Moms Panel and lover of all things Disney. marclorenzo.zenfolio.com.
Paul @PaulACfromNYC, runner extraordinaire.
Sarah @essayareayaitch, sweet friend and runDisney fan.
James @jellicle0, trashcan-taking-selfie expert. runDisney fanatic.
Erin @LoveDisneyRun, Social Media Influencer. Alumni of #DisneySMMC. Follow her awesome tumbler account at lovedisneyrun.tumblr.com.
Heather @heatherw25, Twitter and Instagram personality. Her Disney charater website is not to be missed, heatherw.com/character.
Chris @DopeyRunr, 3x Dopey Challenge Finisher. Chris is a member of team Mickey Milers and one of the founders of #TeamShenanigans. Find their website at teamshenanigans.org or listen to their podcast on iTunes teamshenanigans.org/category/podcast.