Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend has come and gone and now we’re all back to the Monday grind. ☕️ It was a great weekend for the 10k, Flower and Garden fest at Epcot, and lots of fun with friends and family! I’m having some Monday blues like always, but it’s always fun to think back over the weekend and share recaps on the blog. It makes Monday that much better! 😉
Friday evening kicked off race weekend with a quick trip to the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend expo at ESPN’s Jostens Center. We printed our waivers, picked up our bibs, packets, and shirts, and did a quick loop of the expo merchandise. We were on the hunt for shirts to wear to the race, but had no luck at the expo, so we made an emergency trip to Target for last minute snacks, coconut waters, and the muscle tanks we ended up wearing for the race!
Back at Lindsay’s we whipped up turkey burgers and sweet potato fries with big fresh salads, laid out our outfits and packed up for our 3:45am wakeup call Saturday morning.
Our alarms rang way too early Saturday, but I felt rested and ready to go! We made it to Epcot by about 4:50am with enough time for a potty stop and the long walk to the corrals. The wait once in the corrals seemed faster than usual, but I guess that’s because there were a lot less corrals at the 10k than at larger distance races. At about 5:45am Corral C (!!!) crossed the start line and we were off!
We started on main roads outside Epcot, heading back towards Epcot. We ran by Test Track and in the World Showcase between China and Mexico. We took a right towards the front of the park and ran right through to Canada, then out of the park before reaching France. There were tiny hills to get past on the way to the Boardwalk, then my awesome family was stationed cheering us on. Shoutout to them for coming out at 5am to cheer for us!
super blurry UK pic
Before leaving Boardwalk, we hit the mile 2 marker and made our way on the path to Hollywood Studios. The pathway that connects Boardwalk and DHS is pretty narrow, so we slowed our pace here because of all the people. I heard it was like that for the half too. It quickly broke up and we were back on track for reaching DHS and mile 3! We entered Hollywood Studios by the front entrance of the park and took a back way in to come out right on the main road into the park. We stopped for a super fast bathroom break (hello real bathrooms!) and were back on the course. Taking a right on Streets of Hollywood, we passed Tower of Terror and went out a service entrance onto Lake Buena Vista Drive and onto the more boring point of the race. We turned off LBVDr as fast as we got on and made our way to ESPN. Up and over one overpass and onto Osceola Parkway, before we knew it we were on the final mile!
We left Osceola Parkway and turned on the dirt and gravel path that everyone hates so much for about a quarter (ish) mile into ESPN. Once we were in to ESPN, the last bit of the mile flew by and the finish line was in sight! At this point, we thought we were close to a PR, so we huffed it to the finish line and crossed at 1:24:11, just four minutes away from a PR. We ran the mileage straight through, with the exception of the fastest bathroom stop ever, and felt really good! The 10k was the furthest distance I’ve run since the marathon, and it felt challenging but also really great.
We crossed the finish line, received our medals, and made our way to Powerades and snack boxes! Somehow I ended up with 2 boxes, which meant double the cheese and chips for me! After getting our boxes, we headed towards the fleet of buses shuttling runners and spectators back to hotels or Epcot. We found the Epcot shuttles and of course had the longest line. We thought we’d be stuck there forever, and with some looming rain clouds, we weren’t too thrilled. Thankfully the lines moved rather quickly and we were on the bus back to Epcot within 15 minutes. Back at the Epcot parking lot, we found our car and drove over to Boardwalk to meet up with our group. We had also packed a change of clothes and some things to freshen up since we planned to hang at the park after the race, so we just freshened up in the car in the parking lot. I must do this for future races, but I felt so fresh and so clean! After meeting back with our group we made our way into Epcot and did a little eating and drinking around the world at Flower and Garden and enjoyed the day together.
Overall, I really enjoyed the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend. I liked the course of the 10k, and not to mention the 10k distance! It felt good to be able to run straight through and have less pressure than the marathon or a half.
The on course entertainment was really great…seemed like we constantly passed characters and photo spots around every corner. We rarely, if ever, have stopped for photos during a runDisney race, usually due to the line lengths, we want to avoid the balloon ladies, we want a good time, etc.. For this one, the lines for character photos were probably the longest I’ve seen in awhile at a Disney race, so there was no way we would’ve stopped at this race. However, I thought the amount of stops was awesome. The final bit of the race was lined with various Star Wars characters..mostly Storm Troopers, fighters, etc. which was really cool. We still didn’t stop, but there were no lines, you just stopped for a selfie and went on to finish. I really just thought that the race theme was better carried out throughout the entire weekend. I guess because it’s a newer race, I thought there was more fanfare surrounding the entire weekend than previous races if that makes sense. Overall, I’m excited to do the race again. I loved the 10k distance for something to change it up and look forward to it next year!
Would you run a race during Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend? Have you run a runDisney race before? Share with me!