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This event is extinct.
It last took place in 2017.
All Disneyland Resort runDisney events have been suspended for 2018. The below is for reference based on the 2017 race. Events are expected to take place in the future, but that is currently unknown.
Unsurprisingly, the popularity of both runDisney events and Star Wars have come together and created a running event. In mid-April, the Disneyland Resort hosts the Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side which, like all runDisney events, is surrounded by a full weekend of races and activities.
The Star Wars Half Marathon is a 13.1 mile race through Disneyland, Disney's California Adventure, and the surrounding streets. It occurs on Sunday, January 14, 2018. What makes this event special is that it is themed around Star Wars with intergalactically themed characters and award medals.
One important item is the cost, which is significant. For 2018, the Star Wars Half Marathon costs $185.
As you are probably hoping, all of that money is not simply for the thrill of the race and the availability of some characters, there is also a goodie bag for each runner. These gifts include a Champion short sleeve tech shirt, a mesh bag, a newly designed finisher medal, an iGiftbag, a personalized bib, and on-course and post-race refreshments.
The day before the Half Marathon, Saturday January 13, the 6.2 mile course will lead runners through the Disneyland Resort. Like the Half Marathon, the 10k featured characters and on-course entertainment.
Also like the Half Marathon, participation comes at a price. The cost for the 10k in 2018 is $120. The extra goodies for the Star Wars 10k are the same as the Half Marathon, although the finisher medal is different.
If you read the above and thought that a half marathon sounded too darn easy, the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge might be more to your liking. This combines both of the above races into a 19.3 mile, two day joy of jogging.
If you manage to finish inside of the pacing requirements for both the Star Wars 10k and the Half Marathon, you will be awarded with the Star Wars Rebel Challenge medal in addition to your two shiny new Star Wars Half Marathon and Star Wars 10k finisher medals. Please note that to be eligible runners need to pre-register specifically for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge.
The fee for the 2018 Challenge is $330. This registration fee includes all the swag and extras that the other races enjoy, although you may notice that the Rebel Challenge registration costs a few dollars more than the other two races combined. Oh well, someone has to pay for those Challenge finisher medals.
A relatively short race that everyone can participate in, the Star Wars 5k is a 3.1 mile jaunt around the Disneyland Resort. This event is for Jedi Knights of all ages and their families and takes place the Friday of the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend, which, in 2018, is January 12.
The 5k cost is $80 per participant and also included characters and on-course entertainment. Runners receive a t-shirt, finisher medallion, iGiftBag, and personalized bib.
Just in case the young ones feel left out during this fabulous weekend, runDisney has designed a pair of special events just for those under age 13. They take place on Saturday January 13, 2018.
The Kids Dashes are all short sprints with varying distances depending on the child’s age: The Diaper Dash is specifically for crawlers under 1 year old. There is also a 100 meter dash for the 1-3 year olds, a 200 meter for the 4-6 crowd, and a 400 meter for the 7-8 year olds. All participants receive a t-shirt and finisher medallion in return for the $20 registration fee.
The Expo is a multi-day event held at the Disneyland Hotel Exhibit Hall. The most important part is that all runners MUST attend the Expo in order to pick up their race packet and number.
In addition, attendees can check out much of the latest in fitness equipment, clothing, and footwear as well as the official Star Wars Half Marathon merchandise. There are also frequent presentations by runners and fitness experts.
Just kidding, speed isn’t the only thing to shoot for with a race, especially a runDisney event. Most of all you want to enjoy yourself as much as you can. Here are a handful of things to keep in mind about Disney’s races:
Sign up early. Disney races sell out very far in advance, so find out when the race you are interested in opens registration and sign up.
The races DO NOT include admission to a park. While you will run through parks, you will not be allowed to stay. If you would like to visit one or more of the parks after you finish the race, you will need to have an admission ticket.
The finish area is very busy. If you are meeting people at the end, pick a spot that is not near the finish line.
Dress in layers that you don’t want. Standing around and waiting for the race to begin in February can get chilly, so it is good to wear layers, but why one’s you don’t want? All clothing discarded during the race are donated to charity so shedding those layers doubles as a good deed.
Like all Disney races, we expect that the Star Wars Half Marathon will bring a significant amount of people to the resort, but that it will not necessarily increase the wait times on any of the attractions. Being in the parks during this event weekend you may notice more people wandering the pathways, many of them with brand new, shiny finisher medals. You will not notice much of an impact to your touring strategy, especially if you use a proper Touring Plan.
To find out exactly how busy each park will be so you can determine when and where to visit, make sure you explore our Crowd Calendar.