Walt Disney World just announced runDisney’s newest addition to its portfolio – Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side.
This intergalactic quest through Walt Disney World theme parks blasts off April 14-17, 2016 and channels the Dark Side of the Force. The events will include a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon plus a special challenge for completing the 10K and half marathon called the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge!
Runners who join the Galactic Empire will enjoy a true Star Wars experience, including Dark side-inspired medals and merchandise throughout the weekend.
After the thrilling inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland Resort this past January, runners and Star Wars fans alike have been vocal about their desire for a similar themed race at Walt Disney World Resort.
To differentiate the two races, Disneyland Resort will embrace the Light Side of the Force with a 5K, 10K, kids races and half marathon as well as continuing its Star Wars Rebel Challenge upon completion of the 10K and half marathon.
Whether you are a runDisney veteran or Star Wars enthusiast, these races will be a journey like no other. By participating in both Star Wars Half Marathon events, runners will earn the inaugural Kessel Run Challenge medal, which Star Wars fans know is the ultimate test of skill.
As runDisney broadens its resume, it continues to bring runners uniquely inspired races while promoting a healthy and active lifestyle!
Registration for the East Coast event opens September 22, 2015 at noon ET. May the courses be with you!
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Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the Star Wars Half Marathon – the Dark Side?
The new Star Wars race at Walt Disney World Resort will be an intergalactic experience involving kids’ races, a 5K and a 10K in addition to the half marathon, plus a variety of Star Wars experiences, medals, events, and merchandise inspired by a galaxy far, far away.
When does this race go on sale? How can I stay informed about the on sale date?
Registration is not yet open. Guests may visit runDisney.com to register to receive more information or follow runDisney via their social media channels – runDisney Facebook page, Twitter, etc.
I’ve already registered for the Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland. Can I still participate in the coast-to-coast challenge?
Yes. Guests who want to participate in the Kessel Run Challenge, which will include completing both Star Wars Half Marathons (The Light Side and The Dark Side) should select the Coast-to-Coast challenge when they register for the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side.
The Star Wars Half Marathon – the Light Side at Disneyland is sold out. Can I still participate in the Kessel Run Challenge?
Official travel providers and charity groups still have available registrations for the Star Wars Half
Marathon – the Light Side. For more information, please visit the registration page on rundisney.com.
What kinds of entertainment will be available during the Star Wars Half Marathon – the Dark Side?
Similar to other runDisney events, the Star Wars Half Marathon – the Dark Side provides runners the unique opportunity experience legendary Disney entertainment. Plans for the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side are still underway and entertainment will be subject to change.
Will the race eventually be incorporated into the recently announced Star Wars-themed land?
It is too early to tell.
How is this race different from the 5KMovieRun themed to Star Wars at Moss Park in Orlando?
runDisney, one of the largest race organizers in the nation, provides runners with a race experience unlike any other. From a children’s race to a half marathon, each event during Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side will feature unique Disney elements such as race courses through Disney theme parks, signature Disney characters and entertainment, first-class event management, exclusive race medals and legendary Disney guest service
DISNEYLAND PARIS HALF MARATHON
When will the Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend take place?
The Inaugural Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend will take place September 23-25, 2016.
When will the Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Weekend go on sale?
We have not yet identified the sale date, but Guests can visit run.DisneylandParis.com for more info.
DISNEY PRINCESS HALF MARATHON
Is there a Disney Castaway Cay Challenge following the 2016 Disney Princess Half Marathon?
No. At this time, the only Disney Castaway Cay Challenge scheduled for 2016 will be held after the 2016 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.