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Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend Medals Revealed!

Yesterday runDisney officially revealed the SUPER RAD medals for the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend in January 2015, and I am now having serious regrets about not signing up for these races!

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I was fortunate to get to see these first hand at the Wine & Dine Half Marathon Expo this past weekend and let me tell you…they are too cool.  Let’s take a closer look!

Star Wars Half Marathon Medal

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Here’s a fun fact about this medal that RAD reader Andrew left on the Running at Disney Facebook page:

The 1/2 marathon medal is a replica of the medal that Princess Leia gave to Luke and Han at the end of the original Star Wars movie at the ceremony, it’s the medal of Yavin!!

Well this Star Wars geek finds that super cool!

Star Wars 10K Medal

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If you’re a fan of Storm Troopers, this one is for you.  I can’t even imagine all of the great Storm Trooper photo ops that will be on the course!

Star Wars Rebel Challenge Medal

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Runners who complete both the half marathon and the 10K will receive the Rebel Challenge medal.  This is a spinner medal (which I wasn’t aware of when I took the photo!) and Yoda is on the other side!  Well, this is by far the coolest of all the medals ever in existence.  Yup…it is.

Star Wars 5K

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The 5K medallions are fun and colorful…and really, who doesn’t love C-3PO?

Kids Races

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This is too cute!!  I wish I could run the Kids Races to get this R2-D2 medallion!  I think the best part of this is the ribbon.  Here’s a look at all the fun ribbons!

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Rest assured that I will be having some serious envy issues when Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend rolls around!  Which medal is your favorite??

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May the force be with you!

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2014 Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend Info

Update 11/13/14: Thank you to RAD Reader Paul for pointing out a change to the Coast to Coast Challenge experience for this race.  Please see the update in the section below.

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Runners are assembling at the Happiest Place on Earth to participate in the Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend!!  Disney’s partnership with Marvel has spawned many great films in the past few years and these races seem to be the icing on the cake of for this magical conglomeration.  I can’t wait to see what this race has in store…including these super cool medals!

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Like any runDisney race weekend, there are TONS of details that you need to know to make your race go smoothly.  Well I’ve got all of that for your right here in one place!  Let’s get started…

Health & Fitness Expo

As all runDisney race weekends do, the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend starts with the Health & Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel.  The times are as follows:

  • Friday, November 14th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, November 15th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Notice that there are only two days for the expo, which could mean big crowds.  Also, since this is an inaugural race you can expect the merch to sell out very quickly.  So if you have your heart set on something you should get there early.

All race participants MUST attend the expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick up race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt(s), and gEAR bag. The gEAR bag also doubles as the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration.

When you arrive at the expo, your first stop will be the Lower Exhibit Hall for Packet Pick Up.  This is the first runDisney race weekend that you will not be able to have someone pick up your packet for you, so there are no authorization forms available.  This is also where you will get your pre-ordered Dooney & Bourke bags and your Pasta in the Park tickets.

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You will then proceed to the Upper Exhibit Hall to pick up your race shirt(s) and gEAR bag, visit with vendors, listen to the speaker series, and spend all your money on runDisney merchandise.

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Resort Transportation

If you are staying at one of the Disneyland Resorts, you will simply be able to walk to the both the Expo and the Starting Line for each race.

If you are staying at a Good Neighbor hotel, there will be complimentary Anaheim Transportation Network (ART) shuttles for the entire weekend for runners and spectators.  This doesn’t just include during race time…it is COMPLIMENTARY ALL WEEKEND, November 14 – 16.  Make sure to get a pass from one of the drivers…this is a BIG bonus!  The shuttles make stops around every 20 minutes, so plan your trip accordingly.  The schedule will be extended to the following times:

  • Friday, November 14th: 7:20 am – 12:30 am
  • Saturday, November 15th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
  • Sunday, November 16th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am

Here is a map of the Good Neighbor Hotel locations:

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Driving Directions

Parking will be available in the Mickey & Friends Parking Structure located on Disneyland Drive and Ball Road for all weekend events.  Standard parking rates will apply and there are no discounts for runners.  Roads will be closing beginning at 5:30 am on race days and there will be numerous detours that will be set up.  Make sure to leave enough time for traffic delays!

Costumes

This is one of the best parts of Disney races…the costumes!!  I have a feeling that runners are going to pull out all the stops for this and come dresses as some super cool super heroes! Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.  So which super hero are you dressing up as??

Bag Check

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.  Bag check will be located in the Lilo Parking Lot/Family Reunion Area.  All bags must be checked by 5:15 am for all races prior to heading into the start corrals.  Bags must be picked up by 7:15 am for the 5K and 10:30 am for the half marathon at the same location.

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Start Corrals

The start corrals are located on Disneyland Drive between Mickey Way and Paradise Way.  For each race, your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or the one behind you.  You can find your corral placement by printing you waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.  Corral placement for the 5K will be available at packet pick-up.

Avengers Super Heroes 5K

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Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

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Starting Times

All races will begin at 5:30 am.  The wheelchair start for the half marathon will be at 5:29 am on Sunday, November 16th.  Runners are encouraged to arrive to the staging area no later than one hour prior to the race start time and be in your assigned corrals no later than 30 minutes prior.

Race Bibs

Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible.

Pacing Requirements

You must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line.  Keep this in mind if you are planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists and the dreaded balloon ladies will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.

Aid Stations

There will be nine PowerAde and water stops along the course and they are 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.  There will be one food station near mile 9 that will have Clif Shots available.  There will also be four medical stations set up along the course.

Coast to Coast Challenge Participants

If you are participating in this challenge, you will receive a wristband when you pick up your bib at the Health & Fitness Expo.  A runDisney official will put this on for you and it can not be taken off until you complete the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon.  After completing the race, you will need to present this wristband at the Coast to Coast tent to receive your medal.

Update 11/13/14: According to the Official Event Guide (page 31), the procedure for the Coast to Coast Challenge has changed for the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend.  Instead of receiving a wristband, participants completing the second half of the challenge “will have their photo taken at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo.  Once you cross the finish line, please immediately visit the runDisney Coast to Coast Tent where your photo will [be] used to award your runDisney Coast to Coast Challenge medal.”

I’m assuming this is to avoid giving your wristband to another runner, but I am VERY curious as to how well this system will work.  In particular, what will the line be like at the tent to get your medal when everyone’s photo will need to be pulled up?  I’m looking forward to hearing reports on this!

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Course Maps

Avengers Super Heroes 5K

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Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon

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More information on other events like the Kids Races and the Pasta in the Park Party are available on the runDisney website and in the Official Event Guide for the weekend.  Also, check out some of my packing tips as your get ready to travel.

I can’t wait to hear all about this inaugural race weekend and see the creative super hero costumes everyone comes up with!!!

Best of luck!!

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Contributors Needed on Both Coasts!

This is an exciting two weeks in the world of runDisney!  First we have the 5th anniversary of the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend in Walt Disney World and then we have the Inaugural Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend in Disneyland the following week!  It’s like runDisney overload…wait does that even exist?!

Contributors Needed

While I will be at Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (if you see me around PLEASE say hi!!), I am still looking for contributors to share their adventures eating and running around Walt Disney World.  Some things in particular…

  • Perfect Wine & Diners!! (You have run all 5 years)
  • Mickey’s Jingle Jungle 5K Recap
  • Wine & Dine Pre-Race Taste Recap
  • Finish Line Party Recap
  • Fitting the Epcot International Food & Wine Festival into your race weekend
  • Running with MagicBands

Since I will not be at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Weekend, I am looking for even more coverage there.  Here are some ideas…

  • Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon Recap
  • Avengers Super Heroes 5K Recap
  • Pasta in the Park Party Recap
  • Staying at a Disneyland Resort vs. a Good Neighbor Hotel
  • Disneyland Dining for Race Weekends

And of course there are topics that can apply to both weekends, such as…

  • runDisney Kids Races Recaps
  • Coast-to-Coast Experience
  • Health & Fitness Expo and runDisney Speaker Series
  • First Time runDisney Runners
  • A Spectator’s Point of View
  • VoluntEARing
  • Creating a Race Costume

I’m open to any ideas for please feel free to send anything my way!  Choice of topic will come on a first email, first serve basis.  Email me your ideas to sarah@runningatdisney.com and please note the race weekend in the subject line.  If you are feeling ambitious and would like to cover multiple events OR if you are running BOTH weekend, I want to hear that too 🙂

Now, let’s take a look at some of the bling that will be flashing around the next few weeks to get the excitement going!

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Best of luck to everyone running and I look forward to hearing from you!

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Animal Kingdom Construction and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon

If you haven’t been to Animal Kingdom lately, you might not know that it is currently quite the construction zone.  I was there about a month ago and was kind of shocked by the amount of construction going on. After my initial disappointment with the appearance of the park, I immediately thought of the upcoming Wine & Dine Half Marathon and how this would effect the race.

Here’s the OASIS.  For the race, the course goes to the left when you enter this area and I’m going to assume that this will cause quite a bit of congestion as we head into Africa.

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The walls in Asia and going into Dinoland USA aren’t as obtrusive so I’m hoping they won’t cause a congestion problem, but they could cause the paths to be event darker than usual.

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Animal Kingdom can be quite dark at night and all of this might make maneuvering a bit more difficult, so please be careful out there this weekend!  And while all these walls might cause a bit of an eyesore now, I’m pretty excited to see what will be revealed when they come down.  Might make next year’s Wine & Dine Half Marathon even better next year!

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Another Race Off The Bucket List

When it comes to runDisney, we all have those race weekends that are must do’s for us.  The next one for me has to be Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend!  But for some of us, it’s not just one race in particular, it’s ALL the races!  Well that’s Randy’s goal and he’s here to share his most recent races that were crossed off his runDisney bucket list over The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend.

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I remember a quote but cannot recall who said it, but it went something like, “We run not to beat each other, but to be with one another.”

I have been a ‘runner’ for many more years than I haven’t been a ‘runner’. And mostly I enjoy running by myself. With work, family, friends and other commitments and stresses, I find that my running time is my time. It gives me a chance to decompress, forget about my troubles and focus on some very basic things. Putting one foot in front of the other and breathing, two very basic functions. When I am running that is about all I have to think of and after a couple of miles it becomes instinct and I don’t even have to think about those things, they just happen. It allows me to totally zone out and forget about everything.

Six years ago I ran my first marathon and my first Disney race. It was a great experience. I loved being able to run through all of the parks as well as see some of the back lot areas. But what I really enjoyed was the camaraderie that was evident between all of the runners. I met runners who were considered elite as well as runners who ran for reasons much like mine and those who ran for other various reasons. What I found out that race was there was a social aspect to running that I had been missing. It was then that I decided I would run every race that Disney had to offer at least once and meet as many people as I could during those races.

Since that first race I have completed not only the Disney World Marathon 3 times, but also have ran the Disney World ½ Marathon 2 times, The Goofy Challenge, The Disneyland ½ Marathon, The Coast to Coast Challenge and the Castaway Cay 5K. So for 2014, I decided I would run the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run and The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler.

The 5K was a memorable event for me since I ran it with my wife and it was her first 5K as well as her first race ever. It was a special moment to complete the 5K by her side, even if the pace was slower than what I normally run at.

The one thing I hate about race day is not being able to sleep before a race. For the 10-Miler, I thought that since I got up early for the 5K that I would be able to take a nap that afternoon prior to getting ready for the race in the evening. As usual sleep eluded me and it was soon time to get ready for the race.

My wife went with me to the pre-race staging area and as usual Disney knows how to put on a party. The DJ, everyone dancing, all the runners that were in costume all made for a very festive environment. I really enjoy the time before the race and after the race because I have the opportunity to meet so many different people but being different doesn’t mean we don’t have things in common. Everyone there had at least two things in common, they like to run and they love Disney.

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The race itself is another thing that Disney does so very well. Along the race route there were Disney Villain’s along with props and special effects along the route. Not to mention all of the volunteers, cast members and all the other people that were located throughout the route cheering us all on.   With all of the distractions along the route the race is over sooner than you think. The miles just fade away when you run at Disney.

I really only had one complaint about the race and the route. I did not like where it finished. You really finish the race behind the Tower of Terror and not a whole lot of people there to watch as you finish. But that being said Disney does take care of the runners. There was plenty of water and PowerAde along the route as well as at the finish. There were snack items you could eat to refuel after the run. There were plenty of opportunities for pictures. But the most important part of the race is when you finish and get your medal. My Disney race medals hang proudly at my home and in my office.

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The park was open until 3:30am that night for the runners and their guests. So my wife and I went on some rides, ate some food and walked around. We met other runners from all over the country as well as from other parts of the world.

I still enjoy my “me time” when I run but I also enjoy the social aspect of running whenever I run at Disney.  So now I have two more races crossed off my runDisney bucket list and I can’t wait to see who I will meet during the next race weekend!

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