Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side

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Sunday, April 17, 2016 at 5:00 am
Start at Epcot
Finish at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

Are you ready to run through the Galaxy??  Here is all the information you need to know to defeat the Empire and get this amazing spinner medal to show for it!

2016 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side Medal Photo: runDisney

2016 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Medal
Photo: runDisney


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 – The Dark Side Weekend.  Look for signs and runDisney officials for the location of your resort’s transportation.

Bus transportation for the Star Wars Half Marathon will be available Sunday, April 17th from 2:30 am – 4:30 am between resorts and Epcot for the start of the race and from 4:30 am – 11:00 am between Epcot and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and between Resorts and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex 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 to take guests to and from Epcot.   Runners must board a bus or monorail no later than 3:30 am in order to make it to the corrals in time for the start of the race.

Shuttle service will be suspended between 5:00 am and 7:00 am because of road closures, but will recommence for spectators after 7:00 am.  Traffic into the Epcot parking lot will also be suspended at this time and all cars will be routed to the Magic Kingdom Parking lot where spectators can take the monorail to Epcot.  After the race, buses will be set by resort in the Family Reunion Area to take all participants back to their resorts.


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.  Road closures will begin at as early as 11:00 pm the night before! Be sure to arrive at Epcot and be parked by 4:30 am since it is about a 20 minute walk to the starting corrals from the parking lot and you must be in there by 5:00 am.

NOTE: There will be NO parking at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Bus transportation will be provided at the end of the race to bring runners to their vehicles at Epcot.


Bag Check

Bag check is located in the Wonder Lot at Epcot.  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 walking over to the start corrals. 

Bag pick-up is located in the Touchdown Lot at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

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 start of the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side is at Epcot.  When you arrive at the Epcot parking lot, you will be directed to a large staging area in the Wonder parking lot before the corrals open.  This is where you will find bag check, water stations, photo ops and most importantly Port-a-Potties.

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The start corrals for the half marathon are located on Epcot Center Drive.  It takes about 20 minutes to walk to the half marathon starting corrals from the holding area, so you will want to head over there no later than 4:00 am.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.   You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.

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If you are participating in the Dark Side Challenge, you will have two letters on your race bib.  The second letter will be for the Half Marathon.


Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Course Map

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Aid Stations

There will be 9 PowerAde and water stops along the course (the station at mile 1.6 will only have water) and there will be one food station near mile 8 that will have Clif Shot Gels available.  Aid stations will be located approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other.  The PowerAde flavor is lemon-lime, so if that isn’t your thing you should carry your own.  Same goes for the fuel stop…don’t rely on those if you have trained with other products.

There will be 5 First Aid stations along the course and at the finish line.  Medical personnel will also be traveling along the course on bikes.


Race Challenges

There are 3 challenges that runners can participate in during Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend.

Dark Side Challenge – Completing the Star Wars 10K & Half Marathon
Kessel Run Challenge – Completing the Star Wars Half Marathon in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the same calendar year
Coast to Coast Challenge – Completing a half marathon or marathon in both Disneyland and Walt Disney World in the same calendar year

Participants in the Kessel Run and Coast to Coast challenges will be given a wristband at the expo that must be worn during the race.  After completion, proceed to the corresponding tents to claim your super awesome medals!

2016 Star Wars Half Marathon - Dark Side Challenge & Kessel Run Medals Photo: runDisney

2016 Star Wars Half Marathon – Dark Side Challenge & Kessel Run Medals
Photo: runDisney


Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Race Coverage

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Additional Information

Star Wars 10K
Star Wars 5K
Kids Races
Health & Fitness Expo
runDisney Policies & Guidelines


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