Today we have an update from another great RunDisney event in Florida, this time Renée takes us on a run with her at the Star Wars Half Marathon: The Dark Side and the Dark Side Challenge.
Be sure to check out all the fun through the parks in the early morning hours and of course the awesome bling!!
Written by Renée Girard
Getting ready for another RunDisney weekend! Thousands ran in the Star Wars 5k already, and we stopped by the expo.
All set with my race bib, might as well begin carb loading with a beer.
Storm Troopers patrolled the crowd at the expo. The theming all around the event has been great so far Star Wars Half
The designs for these medals might be my favorite of all the RunDisney races!
Congrats to those who ran the Star Wars 5k and good luck at the Star Wars 10k, Star Wars Half and Dark Side Challenge!
Early start to the day at Epcot for the Star Wars 10k
The Star Wars 10k has begun! Starting at Epcot, it goes through the Epcot resort area, DHS & the finish at ESPN
Final stretch of the Star Wars 10k towards ESPN. A good warmup for the Dark Side Challenge tomorrow.
Character lines before, during & after Star Wars 10k were looong. Didn't stop for photos but still enjoyed SW theming
Liked the Star Wars 10k course but not the fact that the start/finish locations were different. Traffic was a mess.
As always, RunDisney doesn't disappoint with the finisher medals for the Star Wars 10k.
Another early morning at Epcot for the Star Wars Half. Photo ops still going on even after the race started!
Packed into the corrals once again, fireworks, and we're off!
The Star Wars Half began through some backstage areas at Epcot and under Test Track.
Mile markers throughout the Star Wars Half course were very cool.
R2-D2 was the first character we encountered in the Star Wars Half, but as usual, the line was super long.
With a 5am start, it was nice to see the World Showcase at Epcot all lit up.
After Epcot, we were on our way to Hollywood Studios, through a tunnel of fog.
Kylo Ren was out on the stage in the center of Hollywood Studios.
With limited space due to construction, we didn't spend much time running in Hollywood Studios
Some members of the 501st Legion were cheering us on by Fantasmic. They always look awesome!
Sunrise was starting by the time we got over to Disney's Animal Kingdom
After a long loop through the parking lot, Storm Troopers greeted us as we entered Animal Kingdom
At Animal Kingdom, we trekked through Asia and Discovery Island.
The folks at Disney's PhotoPass, who took over the photography for RunDisney events, did a great job!
More of the 501st Legion sent us on our way as we exited Animal Kingdom for the final stretch of the Star Wars Half
After the finish at ESPN, we noticed a much better transportation system than yesterday.
This guy pretty much sums up how I felt after running 19.3 miles over the past 2 days.
Trio of medals for completing the Dark Side Challenge. There were a few flaws, but overall a great RunDisney event!
And am I the only one who sees "WTF" instead of "THE" next to Dark Side? ;)
Thanks again to Renée for braving the early mornings and crowds to bring us another great RunDisney update. It's sure going to be interesting what they do with the Star Wars races once Star Wars Land opens. Looking forward to it!!
If you ran over the weekend be sure to share your celebratory pictures in the comments below or on our social media.
Renée ran the inaugural Rebel Challenge/Star Wars Half Marathon back in January and was nice enough to send us the following pictures and a review.
As a reminder, if you'd like to run the Avengers Half Marathon or any of the races that weekend, registration opens TODAY. So that means, register TODAY!!! =)
First, a few shots from the Expo, which is pretty much a typical RunDisney Expo but with some cool Star Wars signage.
We;ll start off with the 10k.
One of the best things about the race was the creative Star Wars themed costumes that people came up with.
There was a lack of characters along both the 10k and half courses, and when there were any, the lines were quite long. I didn't stop for anyone during the 10k.
They did have several Jedi cheering us on in some areas.
After the 10k
Moving on to the next morning and the Half Marathon.
Character lines were a little shorter since I was in an earlier corral for the half, so I stopped at a few.
Luke and Leia were appearing where Chewbacca was the previous day.
The lines for Chewbacca and Darth Vader were still too long for me to justify waiting.
Besides the disney parks, the best part of the course was a stretch of road where Star Wars fans appeared in some awesome costumes.
Finish line and of course the medals.
Thanks again to Renée for sending us these amazing pictures. It's nice to see Disney switching up the courses a bit and hopefully they'll have more characters out for the next race. Maybe even some from the new Star Wars movie!!
As a reminder, if you'd like to run any of the RunDisney races or other Theme Park Races, be sure to check out our article "Please Run Through the Theme Park at All Times". It's a great resource for upcoming races and all of our race reviews are added there as well. We are always adding new races to the article.