runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Recap: Part 2 of the Rebel Challenge

I'm going to bypass the build-up and get straight to the point: Guess what my new favorite runDisney half marathon is? 


Yes, you smart Jedi, the runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon is officially my favorite runDisney half marathon!

Our 10K Starbucks meet-up choice was spot on, once again. We chatted, took pics, went over our race strategies and checked out out each others' costumes. My race costume consisted of a fresh new pair of white CEP Compression socks, a handmade silver sparkle skirt with two small blue sparkle R2-D2 stripes sewn in the middle, an R2-D2 tank top and a silver sparkle visor that I embellished with blue sparkle.


The half marathon course was totally new to all of us and I was excited to get this show on the road!


We started running towards Ball Road then made a sharp right into the backstage Disneyland area. There wasn't much to see except for the projection on the buildings, but for me that was more than enough. I love being able to run through the backstage area before the magic starts and I am always so thankful that I have the ability to run these races.


After running up Main Street U.S.A. and passing mile marker 2 we turned left and headed towards Frontierland where Luke and Leia had legions of fans waiting to meet them. I kept running.


While I ran through Fantasyland I stopped to play with a Storm Trooper.


Standing by the Matterhorn hosting his own legion of fans was my one and only - Chewbacca. I knew my friend was right around the corner so I told her to come meet me. We decided to stick together afterwards and run together which was super fun!


All the hugs!


We continued our run through Tomorrowland where Darth Vader scared the crap out of me. He's not an R2-D2 fan.


After mile 3, we ran out of Disneyland via the Tomorrowland backstage area and arrived at Disney California Adventure where we stayed through mile 4.


By mile 5 were on the streets of Anaheim. I loved that we spent so much time in the parks and that the course was nice and flat. No overpasses, no dirt trail. 

I also loved the cosplayers we saw on the course!

Elvis fits right in because he's the King. He can do whatever he wants and that includes chEARing for Star Wars Half Marathon runners!


When we reached the finish line we were all smiles. I usually run alone and it was way more fun to run with a friend! We took it slow due to her knee pain and kept a nice walk/run pace throughout the last 8 miles. It gave us the opportunity to chat about life and family and running. We compared running experiences at Disney and with other race organizations and concluded that we both really loved this course.


Three days of running - done!


The Star Wars Half Marathon and Rebel Challenge medals are sweet!


Getting back to the Marriott proved to be a bit of a pain due to Harbor still being closed to runners. Christine and I waited on a bus (too tired to walk) until the roads were all clear.


By the time we got back to the hotel we were famished and extremely thankful for the all-you-can-eat breakfast buffet at the hotel.


All of the events leading up to this half marathon this weekend were fantastic. From the welcome party to the 5K and 10K - I would do them all again year after year.