The Inaugural Star Wars Kids Races

Yesterday Kate shared her experience running the Inaugural Star Wars 10K with her son.  Right after that race, she took her 3 year old on his first runDisney adventure running in the Star Wars Kids Races!  Try not to freak out over his adorable costume…I totally did!

***

Kids Race morning started early for us, since I ran the 10K with my older son, Russell, and friend, Lori. We went straight from the race finish line to the Info Tent to beg for my younger son’s bib. I was so worried about picking up my older son’s 10K bib because he had no photo ID, that I didn’t realize until we got back to the hotel that I didn’t have William’s Kids Race bib. Given the amount of bibs and bags I was handling, I assumed I dropped it and therefore it would be a hassle to get a new one the morning of. But it was there in the box at Info, so…whew! I’m happy he was able to get his personalized bib, because every kid needs his first Disney bib preserved for all time!

We met my mother and William at Starbucks, refueled, and headed back to the start line to get my Yoda ready for battle. Um, I mean, racing. At no point did I prep him by telling him that as a three year old, he was at the top of his age group and could knock over toddlers in his attempt for victory. (I also opted for no lightsaber with his costume. You’re welcome, other parents.)

2015-Inaugural-Star-Wars-10K-pic9

The corral entrances were very well marked, and well-guarded by cast members – one, and only one, parent was allowed in with the kids. After getting Yoda into his costume, my entourage headed to the finish line to take pictures while I went into the 1-3 corral with William. There were four races for kids – the Diaper Dash for the Under Ones, the 1-3s, the 4-6, and the 7-8s. WDW runDisney events have the mile run for 13 and under, but I assume there’s not enough room in Disneyland.

2015-Inaugural-Star-Wars-10K-pic10

I made his Yoda costume out of fleece so I didn’t have to hem them. ;)  I found the costume and ears here (I enlarged the size by about 500%!) and the robe here.  The hat isn’t very hat-like because I’m not a great 3-D sewist, and I added ties to keep it in place.

The last time I was involved in the Kids Race, the older child ran alone, so doing the corrals was new to both of us. We walked around the edge of Downtown Disney to the start line, and…waited. Since we were near the back of the corral, we waited a good twenty minutes to reach the front. And since this was the babies and toddlers, there were quite a few meltdowns over the waiting. (I know how you feel, kids. Welcome to the world of Disney racing.)

2015-Inaugural-Star-Wars-10K-pic11

The kids go in waves of about 5-6 each time, and it is very organized for what is, essentially, herding cats. The start line is taped off so each child has a ‘gate’, and they wait till each wave is nearly to the end before starting the next one.

Once we finally reached the front, we got the “Ready, set, GO!” and immediately…stopped and looked around.

2015-Inaugural-Star-Wars-10K-pic12

Toddlers are the worst racers. He was so distracted by the people along the edge, and the other kids’ costumes, that I was pretty much dragging him along toward the finish line. I don’t really blame him – there’s nothing cuter than a barely-walking little girl in a Chewbacca tutu.

2015-Inaugural-Star-Wars-10K-pic13a

At this point, it seemed like it was taking longer than the 10K to get to the finish line. But we did manage to pass some of those babies right at the end. Thank goodness.

He was quite happy to receive his medal!

All the Kids Race bibs have a tear-off number for the parents to claim the correct child (not just the cutest one), and I had mine in hand as we approached the cast member to get out of the finish area. These situations make me nervous, as William is adopted from Korea. I shouldn’t have worried – the CM checked the numbers and didn’t bat an eye as she waved us through. They probably see a lot more families that don’t look alike than I have experiences being that family.

2015-Inaugural-Star-Wars-10K-pic14

We collected the entourage, danced to the after-party music, and took some pictures of the whole group. My kids are adorable. And horrible at pictures.

And then it was back to the hotel for showers and park time in our “I Did It!” shirts before prepping for race #3 of the weekend! (I really should have gotten a 19.3+100m magnet for the car.)

*****

Kate Starcher is a quilt designer, blogger, Half Fanatic, former Disney cast member, and so much of a Star Wars nerd that she has a cat named Tycho Celchu. See her quilt hidden Mickeys on t-shirt quilts at katiemaequilts.com.



2015-Inaugural-Star-Wars-10K-pic2

The Inaugural Star Wars 10K

When Kate first contacted me about covering the Star Wars Half Marathon weekend and told me that she had a cat named after a Star Wars character, I knew she was perfect for the job!  She took on the Inaugural Rebel Challenge and took on half of the challenge with her 10 year old son…how […] more

disneyland-paris-get-ready

Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Inaugural Weekend Announced for 2016

It’s official! The Disneyland Paris Half Marathon Inaugural Weekend dates have been announced so mark your calendars for September 23 – 25, 2016! No exact details about the weekend have been revealed quite yet, but you can sign up here to get information about the race emailed to you as soon as it is released. We’ve […] more

neverland_beanie

Neverland Beanie Winner & A Gift For You!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this week’s fun giveaway for a Neverland Beanie from Whosits & Whatsits!!  I loved to see what everyone’s favorite item was and all the different unique styles out there. Now without further delay, the big winner is: Wendy Budrow  Congratulations on winning this fun Neverland Beanie.  Check your email for […] more

2015-Princess-Half-Marathon-Map

2015 Princess Half Marathon Weekend Info

Disney’s Princess Half Marathon is only a few days away!!  Do you have your tutus and tiaras ready??  This is such a fun race weekend and since it was my first half marathon it is my favorite!  But sadly for the first time in 3 years I will not be participating in the festivities.   Because I won’t be […] more

whosits and whatsits beanie 03

A Lovely Giveaway From Whosits & Whatsits

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day!  Since I love all of my RAD readers so much, I wanted to thank you for all of your love and support with a fun giveaway from Whosits and Whatsits! “I’ve got gadgets and gizmos aplenty. I’ve got whosits and whatsits galore.” – Ariel, The Little Mermaid […] more

2015-Princess-Merchandise-01

2015 Princess Weekend Merchandise & runDisney New Balance Shoes

Probably the best part about runDisney race weekends is all of the exclusive merchandise available at the Health & Fitness Expo.  There’s nothing like having some great commemorative items to take home with you to remember your big accomplishment! Princess Half Marathon Weekend is right around the corner and there are some great new items you’ll […] more

Next Page »