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Walt Disney World adds Star Wars Half Marathon to 2016 runDisney lineup


What brings together, Princess Leia, an ewok, three Darth Vaders, somebody that looks like Chewbacca, and thousands of their fellow fans? How about a RunDisney event with a Star Wars theme?

That’s just what was announced today for Walt Disney world on the weekend of April 14-17, 2016. The “Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side” runDisney event will complement the Disneyland version scheduled for January, which will get a ‘Light side” theme to match.

“Ever since we launched the Star Wars race at Disneyland Resort, runners have been clamoring for more, so we’re thrilled to bring the Star Wars franchise together with the runDisney brand to Walt Disney World Resort,” said Maribeth Bisienere, senior vice president of Disney Sports Enterprises. “If the inaugural Star Wars race at Disneyland Resort is any indication, this new running adventure to the dark side is sure to be the out-of-this-world experience that runners have come to expect at runDisney events.”

The new Star Wars race at Walt Disney World Resort will be a journey of personal achievement all its own, 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. There will also be a Star Wars Dark Side Challenge — running the 10K and the half marathon on consecutive days – that offers each finisher a Death Star-themed medal.

Jedi and Sith Lords who dare to experience both Star Wars races will have the chance to take on the Kessel Run Challenge — completing the Star Wars half marathon missions on both coasts. Kessel Run Challenge runners can earn a commemorative “Coast to Coast” medal inspired by the Millennium Falcon starship. Race registration opens Sept. 22 at

“We are committed to creating extraordinary experiences and events that appeal to runners of all ages and attract even more fans of our various brands and franchises to the sport of running, creating opportunities for them to live a healthier and more active lifestyle,” said Bisienere.

One of my favorite parts of the runDisney races is the costumes. Here are some great examples from last year’s inaugural race at Disneyland:

Will you join in Walt Disney World’s first Star Wars themed race?