Building on the success and popularity of its race event portfolio, runDisney will add a Star Wars-themed race weekend at Walt Disney World Resort in 2016.
The Star Wars Half Marathon – the Dark Side will enter the galaxy April 14-17, 2016 at Walt Disney World Resort and pays homage to the dark side forces of the Star Wars universe. This race follows the debut of the popular Star Wars Half Marathon – the Light Side at Disneyland Resort, returning in January 2016.


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. Among its many features will be a unique 13.1-mile course that propels runners through Epcot, Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios and finishes at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.


As part of the race weekend, runners can also participate in two new challenges. The Kessel Run Challenge is a coast-to-coast challenge for those who participate in both Star Wars Half Marathons - The Light Side and The Dark Side.

Runners who participate in the Kessel Run Challenge will earn a commemorative medal inspired by the Millennium Falcon spacecraft. The Star Wars Dark Side Challenge will be for those running the 10K and the half marathon at Walt Disney World Resort, offering each finisher a Death Star-theme medal.  Race registration begins later this year on runDisney.com.

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.

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