The Inaugural Star Wars Kids Races
|February 26, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under Kids Races, Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend|
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.)
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.