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May the Course Be With You! Star Wars 5K

Last Friday, my kids and I got up at o-dark hundred to get to Disneyland and run in the Inaugural Star Wars 5K. I was just happy that they both wanted to join me in such a fun event. I had participated in the Inaugural Avenger 5K run back in November so I knew this one was going to be pretty high energy and full of die-hard Star Wars fans. We weren't disappointed. 

 Image from runDisney

Image from runDisney

The 5K is often referred to as the "fun run." Most everyone had some kind of Star Wars clothing or costume of their creation. There were Stormtroppers in full gear, lots of Jedi's with their light sabers, and we even spotted a Jawa in a full hooded mask. At 530 in the morning, the piercing lighted-eyes of the Jawa was a little creepy but made for great atmosphere. 

Here's a short video I made to capture some sounds and flavor of the race. 

A 5K is pretty manageable. When the course takes you through the Disneyland Parks, it is even more exciting. You get a glimpse of the park before any Guest arrive and sometimes you get to walk through some of the backstage areas. There are themed mile markers where you can take photos. There were also lots of Star Wars characters along the course so you could take your photos with them, too. 

I had several friends who participated in all the race offerings over the weekend. There was a 10K on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday. If you ran both those races, you qualified to receive a Rebel Challenge Medal in addition to the event medals. I went to the Half Marathon to cheer my cousin and some other friends who I knew were running the Half Marathon. Here are some photos from that morning. There were still some elaborate running attire.

The FORCE was STRONG all weekend. My daughter and and I think that we'll have to take on the Rebel Challenge next year. Need to start that training. 

Just in case you love some numbers facts, I came across this post for statistical information about this Star Wars Weekend event. Disney always puts on great events. runDisney is no exception and they put on a run with all the Disney magic with every mile. 

May the Course Be With You!