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|January 25, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under Guest Posts, Race Recaps, Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend|
Well if I wasn’t jealous about not being at Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend prior to the race, I’m SURELY jealous now. At first it was due to the killer medals for the races, but after seeing all the characters, costumes and fun…the whole weekend was just too cool! Kallen ran the Inaugural Rebel Challenge and did it in some amazing costumes. So come along and be jealous with me of her super rad time!
I just got back last night from an amazing runDisney event, the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.
After running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon last year, I knew I wanted to do another runDisney race, but it wasn’t until they announced the Star Wars event in late May that my hubby and I knew which one we had to do.
With such a great theme, I took the plunge and registered for my first challenge event.
The Rebel Challenge— never has an event inspired so much foreboding. During many training runs, I thought, “I have a bad feeling about this.”
But fear is the path to the Dark Side. Come race weekend, finishing the challenge was not a matter of trying, but doing. Or do not.
For me, the best way of overcoming pre-race nerves is to watch a runDisney event.
— Kallen Dewey Kentner (@KallenKentner) January 16, 2015
My hubby and I enjoyed spectating the 5K, where the short distance means the costumes are outrageously fun.
The Expo is another amazing way to get excited. I love listening to the speaker series. I attended the expo two days, Thursday and Saturday. Arriving about noon on Thursday, I found packet pick-up extremely well organized with minimal wait.
For recognition purposes, all Rebel Challenge participants had their photo taken at the expo after picking up their packet. This system replaces the wristbands they’ve used at previous challenge events. Even though I didn’t wait for the mad merchandise rush at opening, the official merchandise line was a short wait and well stocked. I managed to score a really nice Rebel Challenge Jacket, which later sold out. However, even by the last day of the expo I saw plenty of Dooney and Burke purses left, which tells me that runDisney is working hard on their supply-and-demand models.
I was up bright and early Saturday with the alarm going off at 3:30. I donned my Star Tours running costume and headed to the race. Running a runDisney race solo for the first time, I was a bit bored in the corrals, but soon enough they were playing clips from the original Star Wars trilogy.
After a Darth Vader cameo, a visit from C-3PO, R2-D2, and an opening crawl, the race started. All of a sudden, it was B Corral’s turn and we were off! I loved the way the course was set up. Because we ran down Disneyland Drive, up Ball Road before turning onto Harbor to head to the parks, runners had a chance to spread out on the wide roads (including the incline on Ball Rd) before turning into the parks. As expected, there were plenty of aid stations along the course. Excitement will do you in every time so I did a really stupid thing for a challenge event. I ran my heart out in the 10K. I just felt so amazing and it was so wonderful being in the parks that I just ran.
By the time I got to many of the character stops, a long line had formed. I skipped Chewbacca (who had the longest line by far), Darth Vader and some of the Jedi, but I had to stop for a quick photo with Boba Fett.
I was surprised that only Star Wars characters were on the course. I would have liked to see a few Disney characters thrown into the mix.
As we ran past the Disneyland Hotel toward the finish, I could feel an incredible grin on my face in response to the cheering crowd. Stormtroopers watched as runners crossed the finish line. First part of the challenge, done!
It was over too fast and I had a brief moment of sadness before remembering I was going to do it again the next day! Wait. I was going to run again the next day? Maybe running so fast wasn’t a good idea. After breakfast at La Brea Bakery and a quick clothing change, I went to the Expo for a second time. I mostly came for the speaker series so I didn’t wander around the expo too much. I also made sure to put on my compression socks and take it easy. After all, the half marathon was the next day. Although I went to bed around 7:30 p.m, that 3:30 alarm was still an unwelcome sound… that is, until I remembered that I was going to Disneyland!
I had the privilege of running the half marathon with my mom. We did the run-walk method with about a minute of walking to a minute of running. Because of the crowds, sometimes we missed the bell, but we did our best.
My hubby also ran the half, but as he was in A Corral, I didn’t see much of him. He also got a better view of the video screen.
In the middle of C corral, we couldn’t see much of the video screen, but the fireworks during the national anthem were fantastic. After a bit of waiting, C Corral was off! For the first 2 miles, I could feel the effect of the 10K, especially on the walking portion where my hip flexors were so tight I couldn’t powerwalk effectively. It was pretty crowded, especially once we entered the backstage areas, so we couldn’t do much running. Going into Disneyland, we had to stop by some Jedi, who asked “What planet are you from?” It was the first of many references to our Pigs in Space costumes. “Koozebane” I cheerily threw out before we kept running.
We waited in line for Luke and Leia, who were stationed in front of an illuminated Mark Twain. While in line, I saw a text message from runner tracking: hubby had already passed the 5K point a while ago. Because he is so much faster, Jason was able to fully enjoy the lights of California Adventure. The sun was already coming up by the time we got there.
As in the 10K, running through fantasyland was one of my favorite parts. Some of the rides were going, and the cheerful sounds of the Mad Tea Party kept us going. All too soon, we were leaving Disneyland and heading to California Adventure. I was very excited to spot the very piglike Gammorean Guard on Hollywood Blvd. We had to stop for a photo.
— Kallen Dewey Kentner (@KallenKentner) January 18, 2015
We left Disney property around mile 4. I dreaded the long straightaway, but I shouldn’t have. Fans and spectators were out in force and we were never too far from the next band.
The 501st was a special treat and worth stopping for photos. We stopped for a photo with C-3PO and had a better character interaction than inside the parks.
We even crossed Newhope St and plenty of people were stopping for pictures.
I was still feeling good around Mile 10, although feet were a bit sore from two days of running. But after mile 10, there’s only a 5K left, which is a huge boost for me. I know I can do a 5K.
A shout out to Mouse Planet and other people who were handing out Redvines to runners. It made me so happy!
Nearing the finish, I caught my first glimpse of Disney characters on the course —Jedi Mickey, Leia Minnie, Darth Goofy, and Chip & Dale Ewoks. I wish I could have stopped for a photo, but right at the finish, I would have caused a pile-up.
After crossing the finish line and receiving the beautiful Star Wars Half medal, there was a short and fast moving line to receive the Rebel Challenge medal. They very quickly looked up my bib number and then gave me my medal.
I had completed the Rebel Challenge!
runDisney does a great job organizing such a large event. Add the amazing fans and runners and this is an event I hope I’ll do again.
Kallen is the content and marketing manager for GeekyLibrary and calls herself a half-hearted runner but a full-fledged geek. She blogs about her running at KallenInMotion.wordpress.com. Follow her adventures on Twitter or check out her running boards on Pinterest.
|January 12, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend|
This is an inaugural race weekend that has been HIGHLY anticipated for years and it’s so exciting that it’s finally here!! Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend kicks off in just a few days and to say that I’m jealous of everyone participating is an understatement. However, I will living vicariously through all of you and anxiously awaiting photos of these amazing medals to begin flooding my social media streams!
This race weekend is jam packed with Star Wars goodness, so let’s get to the details! (I apologize in advance for a few of the images and diagrams from runDisney that are not very clear.)
Health & Fitness Expo
Your galactic journey will begin with the Health & Fitness Expo at the Disneyland Hotel and the hours are as follows:
- Thursday, January 15th: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Friday, January 16th: 9:00 am – 8:00 pm
- Saturday, January 17th: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
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, like this AMAZING Dooney & Bourke bag. Who wants to pick one up for me?!? Seriously…look at this thing!
When you arrive at the expo, your first stop will be the Lower Exhibit Hall for Packet Pick Up. Remember that you can no longer have someone pick up your packet for you. Everyone MUST turn in a waiver, show ID and pick up their own packet.
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. I’m sure this merch will be amazing so break open those piggy banks now!
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, January 15-18. Make sure to get a pass from one of the drivers…this is a BIG bonus and will save you a lot of time and money! The shuttles make stops around every 20 minutes, so plan your trip accordingly. The schedule will be extended to the following times:
- Thursday, January 15th: 8:20 am – 12:30 am
- Friday, January 16th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
- Saturday, January 17th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
- Sunday, January 18th: 3:30 am – 12:30 am
Here is a map of the Good Neighbor Hotel locations:
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 5:00 am on race days and there will be numerous detours that will be set up. Make sure to leave enough time for traffic delays!
I’ve seen some great Star Wars costumes during Disney races, but these are sure to be over the top and amazing! I can’t wait to see how creative everyone will get! Who could forget Darth Goofy from the 2013 Disneyland Half Marathon?!
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 who are you dressing up as??
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. 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, 8:15 for the 10K and 11:00 am for the half marathon at the same location.
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.
Star Wars 5K
Star Wars 10K
Star Wars Half Marathon & Rebel Challenge
All races will begin at 5:30 am. The wheelchair start for the half marathon will be at 5:29 am on Sunday, January 18th. 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.
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 or fold your bib as the Chrono Track 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, or more importantly you won’t get any photos!
If you are competing in the Rebel Challenge, you will have one race bib for both the 10K and the Half Marathon, so make sure to take good care of it!
Remember that you must keep a minimum pace of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line. Pace cyclists and the dreaded balloon ladies will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind. 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.
Rebel Challenge Participants
If you are participating in this challenge, you will receive a wristband after finishing the Star Wars 10K on Saturday. This must be worn while running the Star Wars Half Marathon. After completing the Star Wars Half Marathon, you will need to present this wristband at the Rebel Challenge tent to receive your medal.
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 Star Wars Half Marathon. After completing the race, you will need to present this wristband at the Coast to Coast tent to receive your medal.
This Disneyland race weekend is the first to start down Disneyland Drive in a different direction. I’ll be interested to see what people think of this new course route!
Star Wars 5K
Star Wars 10K
Star Wars Half Marathon
Greg over at Why I runDisney has put together some great posts that give an in-depth look at the Star Wars Half Marathon course. So if you are interested on what your race will look like, definitely check these out:
- Star Wars Half Marathon – Start Through the Theme Parks
- Star Wars Half Marathon – Leaving the Theme Parks
- Star Wars Half Marathon – The Finish and Closing Thoughts
More information on other events like the Kids Races and the Wookie Welcome Party is available on the runDisney website and in the Official Event Guide for the weekend. Also, check out some of my packing tips as you get ready to travel.
Finally, if you will be out in Disneyland, I am still looking for some contributors to cover the events of the weekend. Here is a list of some ideas for posts and how to contact me. Also, please tag me in your photos from the weekend on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…I will
cry over them share them all weekend.
MAY THE COURSE BE WITH YOU!
|January 8, 2015||Posted by Running at Disney under Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend|
To say I’m jealous of everyone participating in Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend is an understatement! This race weekend is a dream come true for this Star Wars and Disney geek…talk about worlds colliding!
Since I’m not able to make it to Disneyland next week, if you are running one (or all) of the races over Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend next week, or if you will be at the Disneyland resort as a spectator I need YOU!
I’m looking for runners, walkers, spectators, Disney enthusiasts and Star Wars geeks of all kinds to cover the variety of events over that weekend! Here are the some ideas for posts:
- Race Recaps
- Star Wars 5K
- Star Wars 10K
- Star Wars Half Marathon
- Rebel Challenge
- Kids Races
- Wookie Welcome Party
- Unique Star Wars Photo Ops
- A Spectator’s Point of View
- Health & Fitness Expo
- runDisney Speaker Series
- First Time Disney Runners
- Race Weekend Dining
- New runDisney New Balance Running Shoes
- And anything else you can think of…
Choice of topic will come on a first serve basis, so email me at email@example.com if you are interested in covering one or many aspects of Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend for Running at Disney…the more the merrier!!
Best of luck to everyone running and I can’t wait to hear from you!
|November 13, 2014||Posted by Running at Disney under Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend|
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!
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
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
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
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
The 5K medallions are fun and colorful…and really, who doesn’t love C-3PO?
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!
Rest assured that I will be having some serious envy issues when Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend rolls around! Which medal is your favorite??
May the force be with you!