Registration opens today at noon EDT for runDisney’s Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend, which takes place at the Disneyland Resort from January 14th-17th, 2016. Whether you’re looking to earn your first medal or make a spectacular addition to your growing collection of race bling, runDisney has a variety of choices that are sure to fulfill all of your endurance needs.
Update as of 12:45 EDT
Star Wars 5k – 85% Full
Star Wars 10k – 90% Full
runDisney Kid Races – 98% Full
Star Wars Half Marathon – 50% Full
Rebel Challenge – 95% Full
The Star Wars 5K will be held on Friday, January 15th. This 3.1 mile course through Disneyland Resort is a great choice if you’re looking for a short run that is completely contained within the Disney Parks. Registration is a bit pricey at $75, but it does include a free unisex t-shirt, personalized bib, and a finisher’s medal.
The Star Wars 10K will be held on Saturday, January 16th. This 6.2 mile course will take you through the entire Disneyland Resort and parts of historic Anaheim. This a great distance for those who might not feel ready to commit to the half marathon or those who have conquered the 5K and are looking for more. Registration is $110, but when you compare it to the 5K cost, it’s a good deal. For $35 more, you get twice the distance, a fancier medal, and a long-sleeved tech shirt, offered in both men’s and women’s cut.
DIStracted Tip: Want to learn more about the Star Wars 10k? Check out Renee V’s recap of last year’s inaugural 10k race~ May the Course Be With You! Inaugural runDisney Star Wars 10k
The runDisney Kids Races will also take place on Saturday, January 16th for participants 8 years old and younger. The runDisney Kids Races begin shortly after the 10K ends, so don’t worry if you’re planning to participate in the 10K–you’ll still have time to shuffle your little Padawans to the start line. Priced at just $25, the runDisney Kids Races are a bargain! Each participant will receive a personalized bib, t-shirt, and finisher’s medal. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to promote pint-sized fitness! This a great way to let your tiny people participate in the runDisney experience. Not only are the Kids Races incredibly fun, they are also extremely adorable. Be prepared to “squee” and “meep” over the cutest athletes of the weekend.
Both of my little ones thoroughly enjoyed themselves and still walk around the house with their medals as they continue to train for their next athletic endeavors.
The last event of the weekend is the Star Wars Half Marathon, which takes place on Sunday, January 17th. Priced at $199, the fee includes a swanky finisher’s medal, long-sleeved tech shirt, and personalized bib. Yes, it’s a hard pill to swallow at that price tag, but if you’ve ever had the privilege of participating in a runDisney half marathon, then you are well aware that there are plenty of drink and first-aid stations throughout the 13.1 mile course. It’s a well-supported race. Plus, there’s the added bonus of being cheered on by your favorite Disney friends in Walt’s park. I mean, who doesn’t want to run through Sleeping Beauty Castle and Cars Land? I will say the majority of this race takes place on the streets of Anaheim and not in the Parks. Only a quarter of your time will be spent running through the Disneyland Resort. And unlike the runDisney events at Walt Disney World, which take place entirely on Disney property, the races in Anaheim are short-lived within the Parks and no official characters will be waiting for you at every mile.
However, what makes this west coast race extra special is that the Star Wars fan base is deep and full of amazing people. These fans came out in droves last year to support the race, especially members of the 501st Legion, who were happily taking photos with racers in spot-on Star Wars costumes and encouraging us to use the Force and cross that finish line.
For those of you who are ready to embrace your full Jedi potential, there’s always the Rebel Challenge. For $330, you can participate in both the 10K and the half marathon (19.3 miles in two days) and earn a special Rebel Challenge medal for completing both. So, you’ll be leaving with three medals instead of two! The entrance fee also includes a special long-sleeved tech shirt and a personalized Rebel Challenge bib. Please be aware that in order to participate in the Rebel Challenge, you must register for it. Even if you register individually for both the 10K and the half marathon, this DOES NOT enter you into the Rebel Challenge.
As a participant in last year’s half marathon, I have to say this was a really fun race. Granted, I am a bit of a Star Wars nerd, so my opinion is slightly biased, but even if you can’t tell the difference between wookies and tauntauns, you are sure to unleash your inner Jedi and feel the Force at whichever finish line you cross. And like all runDisney races, spots sell out very quickly, so please make sure you are ready to go at noon! It took less than an hour for all spots to fill during last year’s registration. Good luck and may the Force (and the course) be with you!
DIStracted Tip: Also, don’t forget that ChEAR squad packages and commemorative items will also be available during the registration process.