Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side

April 14-17, 2016

Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side

It is a weekend of galactic fun and fantastic runs during the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side – at the Walt Disney World Resort. You’ll find yourself running on Darth Vader’s turf with storm troopers cheering you on your way. Darth Vader has a weekend of powerful surprises in store for this runDisney event including spectacular running events, special events, entertainment, and much, much more!

Guests will be able to feel the power of the force with runs for Star Wars fans of every age including the Star Wars Half Marathon, Star Wars 10K, Star Wars 5K, and the runDisney Kids Races. Guests looking for a bigger challenge can participate in the Star Wars Dark Side Challenge combining the Star Wars 10K and Half Marathon. May the Force be with you!

2017 race registration opens August 9, 2016.

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend Information

Weekend Events   2017 Fees and Discounts Race Information   Spectator Information

Weekend Events

Take a look at the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side Weekend Event Guide from 2016

Weekend events will include:

  • Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side
  • Star Wars 10k
  • Star Wars 5K
  • Dark Side Challenge
  • runDisney Kids’ Races
  • Health & Fitness Expo

runDisney’s Health & Fitness Expo

Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 21, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 22, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex

This is a one stop for everything happening during race weekend. The Expo will host seminars on training, racing, and nutrition, featuring speakers and panelists from the world of running. While picking up your official race number and packet, check out the newest Official runDisney Star Wars Half Marathon Merchandise, as well as the latest in apparel and fitness equipment.

runDisney’s Kid Races

Friday, April 21, 2017
Saturday, April 22, 2017
Location: New Balance Track & Field Complex

Children 13 and under are invited to participate in the runDisney Kids Races taking place at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Track & Field Complex. Each runner who participates will go home with their very own Finisher Medallion! The Dashes will take place at 11:00 a.m. and the 1-Mile Run will occur at 12:30 p.m.

Disney’s Kids’ Races Age Groups:

  • 12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
  • 1 – 3 years old – 100m dash
  • 4 – 6 years old – 200m dash
  • 7 – 8 years old – 400m dash
  • 1 Mile Run – Open to all children 13 years old & under

Star Wars 5K

Friday, April 21, 2017
Time: 6:00 a.m.
Start/Finish: Epcot
This is a fun-filled 5K that the whole family can enjoy under the watchful eyes of Darth Vader and his storm troopers! Star War fans (age 5 or older) are invited to take part in all the racing fun and enjoy on-course entertainment on a thrilling course winding through World Showcase and then Future World and on to the finish. Beginners, intermediates, and even experienced runners are all invited to join the fun.

Star Wars 10K

Saturday, April 22, 2017
Time: 5:30 a.m.
Start: Floridian Way
Finish: Epcot
The Star Wars 10K is packed with 6.2 miles of running excitement. The thrills begin on Floridian Way where you will head to Disney’s Hollywood Studios running down Hollywood Boulevard past Disney’s Yacht and Beach Club Resorts and on to Epcot where you will complete your journey! The race features Disney entertainment on-course. Those who complete the race will receive a Star Wars 10K Finisher Medal.

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side

Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 5:00 a.m.
Start: Floridian Way
Finish: Epcot

Star Wars’ most legendary villain, Darth Vader, the Galactic Empire’s Sith Lord, reigns over the first-ever Star Wars Half Marathon – Dark Side Feel the force on this 13.1 mile thrilling adventure that begins on Floridian Way and makes its way to Epcot. Your half marathon will take you through Disney theme parks with Disney entertainment on hand to delight and entertain you on your run. Finishers receive a Star Wars Half Marathon Finisher Medal.

Dark Side Challenge

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 2017
Start: Floridian Way
Finish: Epcot
If you think that a half marathon is just a walk in the park, put your endurance to the test and compete in the Dark Side Challenge. A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Star Wars 10K on Saturday, followed by the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the Dark Side Challenge medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.

You must register for the Dark Side Challenge to receive the Dark Side Challenge medal upon completion of both races within the pacing requirements.


Overall Half Marathon male (top 3), female (top 3), wheelchair (top male and female – push rim only), and female and male Masters Champion winners will receive their awards at the Awards Ceremony at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 23, 2017.

2017 Fees and Discounts

Registration Fees

Runners should register early to get the best price! Keep in mind that runDisney events sell out rather quickly, often on the day registration is opened.

Star Wars Half Marathon

  • $185

Star Wars 10K

  • $120

Star Wars 5K

  • $80

Star Wars Dark Side Challenge

  • $330

runDisney Kids Races – Dashes

  • $20 per participant

runDisney Kids Races – 1 Mile Run

  • $30 per participant


Early Registration Opportunities

Select early registration opportunities are available one week prior to official registration opening date for each race weekend. These are for Walt Disney World Annual Passholders, Disneyland Annual Passholders, and Disney Vacation Club Members.

Race Information

Cancellation & Transfer Policy

Entry fees for the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend events are non-refundable.


Star Wars Half Marathon
To compete, you must be 14 years of age or older.

Star Wars 10K
To compete, you must be 10 years of age or older.

Star Wars 5K
To compete, you must be 5 years of age or older. Each participant must be able to complete the 5K on their own.

Star Wars Dark Side Challenge
To compete, you must be 14 years of age or older.

runDisney Kids Races
Children 13 and under can participate in the 1-Mile Run. Distances for the dashes are determined by age group for kids 8 and under.

Pacing Requirements

All athletes entering the Star Wars Half Marathon, Star Wars 10K, or the Star Wars 5K, must maintain a 16-minute per mile pace throughout the race. Anyone not able to maintain the respective paces may be picked up and transported to the finish. You may be picked up at any point along the course and transported for not maintaining pace. It is suggested that you train at a 15-minute per mile pace.

Proof of Time

Proof of time must be provided from a certified race reflecting results after April 1, 2015 and must be one of the below listed distances. Runners will be placed in the last corral if the appropriate race distance is not submitted for Proof of Time.

    • Half Marathon – 10K, 12K, 15K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon or Marathon

A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following:

    • Name of Race
    • Distance
    • City
    • State
    • Date
    • Finish time
    • Link to Results

For example, Walt Disney World Marathon, 26.2, Orlando, FL, 1/13/15, – 3:35

Keep in mind that If proof of time is not provided by January 17, 2017, or information is is incomplete or cannot be verified, you will be placed in the last start corral. Also keep in mind that no corral changes will be made after January 17, 2017.


Waivers for the race will be provided online approximately two weeks before the race. You must have your signed waiver and a Photo ID with you to pick up your race packet. A parent or legal guardian must complete and sign the waiver for any participant under 18 years old. No exceptions will be made.

Packet Pick-Up

Runners can pick up their packet at the ESPN Wide World of Sports. You must pick up your own participant packet (which includes an event-issued bib number and timing device) during regularly scheduled hours. Individuals will no longer be able to pick up participant packets on behalf of others. Download and complete your personalized race waiver on-line (available approximately two weeks prior to event). Parents or legal guardians must download and complete the personalized race waiver for minors and pick up their packet. You must have a valid ID in order to pick up your packet (driver’s license, passport, Military ID, Government issued ID.) If you do not have a valid photo ID we cannot issue you your race bib. No exceptions will be made


New rules have been laid out for costumes on the race course. Guests may dress as their favorite character during the races, but must follow these guidelines:

  • Costumes must be family-friendly and may not be obstructive, offensive, objectionable or violent.
  • Guests who dress like characters may not pose for pictures or sign autographs for other Guests.
  • Costumes may not contain any weapons that resemble or could easily be mistaken for an actual weapon.
  • Costumes may not contain sharp objects, pointed objects or materials that may accidentally strike another Guest.
  • For runDisney participants ages 13 and under:
    • Costumes and some masks may be worn, as long the mask does not cover the entire face and eyes are visible.
  • For runDisney participants ages 14 and older:
    • Layered costumes, that could conceal prohibited items, are not permitted (e.g. Jedi robes).
    • Costume props, including those that surround the entire body (e.g. Death Star, UP House) are not permitted.
    • Costumes may not reach or drag on the ground. (e.g. full-length Princess dresses)
    • Capes may be worn if the length does not go below the waist.
    • Themed T-shirts, blouses, sweatshirts, and hats are acceptable.
    • Acceptable accessories include: transparent wings, plastic light sabers, toy swords, and tutus. Headwear may be worn as long as it does not cover the face.
    • Guests may not wear masks of any kind.

Guests who do not adhere to these guidelines may be refused entry into, and/or removed from, a race or any race related event/activity unless his or her costume can be modified to meet the above standards.

Please note that while costumed attire may be worn during runDisney events, Guests 14 and older are not permitted to wear costumed attire in the theme parks. As a result, Guests may need to change their attire prior to visiting the parks after participating in a runDisney race.


  • The race will be held rain or shine. If there is lightning in the area, the race will either have a delayed start or, depending on the intensity of the weather, be canceled.
  • For everyone’s safety, baby joggers, strollers, baby carriers, baby backpacks, inline skates, motorized scooters, bicycles, skateboards, canes, crutches, walkers, walking sticks and animals of any kind are prohibited from the course. Violators will be removed from the course and transported to the finish line area.
  • Headphones are discouraged due to audio messages that are placed throughout the course to ensure runners safety.

Race Photos

Disney PhotoPass Photographers will be on the course and at the finish line taking your photos during the race. To make sure that your photos show up, make sure your bib is in view on the front of your shirt! Race photos will be available to view at (select Walt Disney World). If you are on the My Disney Experience app, the photos should appear within 24 hours of the event. To link your photos, you will need to enter the 11-digit RaceID followed by  your 5-digit bib number. If your bib number is less than 5 digits, you will need to add zeros at the beginning of your bib number to complete the 16-digit code. See below for RaceIDs; you will need to replace the x’s with your bib number to complete the code:
Kids Races
Half Marathon

Spectator Information

Spectators help runners by motivating them during their training and cheering them on during their runs. As a spectator, you play a huge part in the success of your runner.

Viewing Your Runner

You can view your runner in a number of different areas along the Half Marathon course.

Finish Line Viewing

Spectators can see their runners again at the Finish Line. There will be a limited number of complimentary seats along the Finish Line available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Reserved seating is available for purchase through Disney’s ChEAR Squad.

Runner Tracking

Family and friends will be able to track participants with live online runner tracking for the Half Marathon and 10K. Participants will have the opportunity to send split times via email and text messaging by registering for this service on the event website approximately one week before the event. You can also sign up for runner tracking at the Expo.

Star Wars 10 K and Half Marathon Parking

Parking at Epcot is free before 7:00 a.m. If you arrive afterward, you will be charged the daily parking fee. Athletes and spectators should plan on arriving at Epcot by 4:00 a.m. on the half marathon race morning. Road closures will occur due to the race.

Star Wars 5K Parking

Parking at Epcot is free before 7:00 a.m. If you arrive afterward, you will be charged the daily parking fee. Traffic will not be affected for the Star Wars 5K.

Keep in mind that transportation is only provided to and from the host resorts. and that parking is limited at all venues. We strongly encourage the use of event transportation whenever possible.

For more information or to register, visit Disney’s official web site opens in new window.


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