Star Wars 5K – The Dark Side

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Friday, April 15, 2016 at 6:00 am
Start & Finish at Epcot

The kickoff to the Star War Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend is the Star Wars 5K!  This race is perfect for your entire family of Stormtroopers to participate in and is a great introduction into the world of running and runDisney!

2016 Star Wars 5K Medallion Photo: runDisney

2016 Star Wars 5K Medallion
Photo: runDisney

Here is all the information you need to know for your Imperial March around World Showcase!


Resort Transportation

Race-Transportaion-SignAll Walt Disney World Resort Hotels, including Shades of Green and the Swan and Dolphin are Host Hotels for Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.  Look for signs and runDisney officials for the location of your resort’s transportation.

Bus transportation for the Star Wars 5K will be available Friday, April 15th from 4:00 am – 5:30 am and 7:00 am – 9:00 am for runners and spectators. For those staying at a Magic Kingdom resort on the monorail line (Contemporary, Polynesian and Grand Floridian), the monorail will begin running at the same time as the buses each day to take guests to and from Epcot.   Runners must board a bus or monorail no later than 5:00 am in order to make it to the corrals in time for the start of the race.


Driving Directions

If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation.  As usual, Disney says to EXPECT SIGNIFICANT DELAYS so make sure you leave yourself enough time.  Be sure to arrive at Epcot and be parked by 5:00 am to ensure you are in your corral by 5:30 am.


Bag Check

Bag check is located in the Wonder lot of the Epcot parking lot from 4:15 am – 9:00 am.  Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  All items will be inspected, so make sure to leave some extra time.  All bags must be checked prior to entering the start corrals. 

Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race.  You can then use the clear bag for all your sweaty race clothes!  


Staging Area & Start Corrals

The staging area will be located in the Wonder lot and start corrals will be located in the Explore lot of the Epcot parking lot.  Participants are encouraged to line up in their corrals 30 minutes prior to the start of the race.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.

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Star Wars 5K Course Map

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Aid Stations

There will be 2 water stops along the 5K course and no PowerAde or fuel will be provided.  Medical personnel will be traveling along the course on bikes and a First Aid station will be available at the finish line.


Star Wars 5K Race Coverage

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Additional Information

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side
Star Wars 10K
Kids Races
Health & Fitness Expo
runDisney Policies & Guidelines


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