Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon Recap

Hello, team tutu! We are so excited about our 2017 race schedule. We are registered for so many fun races and adventures this year including the Disney Princess Half Marathon, Tinker Bell 10K and more! Thanks to our Raw Threads Club membership, we’ve been able to register for all of the upcoming runDisney races with ease. We started our 2017 race fun off with a trip to Disneyland for the Star Wars Light Side Half Marathon. This was our first time participating in this event and we loved the entire experience. Here is a quick review of some of our favorite moments from the weekend:

Race Expo:

The last few runDisney race expos that we’ve experienced have been pretty crowded and a lot of official race merchandise has sold out within hours of expo opening. We’ve started to arrive at runDisney expos prepared for crowds and limited race merchandise availability. Melanie and Amanda arrived at the expo on Friday evening and I came to the expo on Saturday. We were relieved to find low crowds and some of the race merchandise still available on Friday and Saturday. This was a great surprise. Melanie and Amanda were both able to snag the coveted Tervis tumbler along with some other cute merch! Packet pickup was a breeze and the long sleeved race shirts were a nice perk!

The best part of the race expos is getting a chance to catch up with some of our friends. We were excited to see so many of our friends at the expo. We got the chance to see our friends from Run all the Races, Chase this Skirt, and Raw Threads.

 

Race Day:

We drove to the race and parked at the Mickey and Friends parking garage. It was a breeze parking and getting to our corrals in time for the start of the race. The quick commute to the corrals was a relief for us because we were definitely not feeling 100% on race day. Melanie and Amanda were both fighting a cold and I was nursing some nagging foot pain. We were slow getting up that morning but thankfully traveled quickly to our corrals. Race day weather was a little chilly at the start, but quickly it warmed up to a very comfortable temperature.

We decided to dress as Ewoks for this race. We wore brown tutus and sleeveless Ewok hoodies from Her Universe. About a week before the race, I found some adorable Ewok felties on Etsy and decided to make Ewok hair bows. The Ewok bows were my favorite part of the race costume.

The race course was absolutely amazing! It was entertaining and not very crowded. This was by far our favorite runDisney course to date! That’s saying a lot considering how much we love princess things. The first 4 miles of the course ran through the parks. There were several character stops in the parks and lots of opportunities for pictures.

We ran through Fantasyland and Cars Land. The highlight of the park portion of the course had to be running past It’s a Small World. The attraction was still decorated for the holiday with beautiful lights. As I ran towards the attraction, I was giddy as I saw the pretty lights from afar. My giddiness was momentarily squelched because as soon as I ran up to the front of the attraction the lights turned off as the timer turns the lights off daily at 6:30 AM. Thankfully there were some WONDERFUL cast members working in front of the attraction. As soon as I disappointingly asked what happened to the lights, Brian and his team radioed for help and got the attraction lights turned back on for the remainder of the race!!! It. Was. Magical!!!!!

We were initially concerned about the second half of the race course as a majority of the course was outside of the park property. When we ran the Tinker Bell Half Marathon in May we found the second half of the race course to be less than entertaining. That was definitely not the case at Star Wars Half! The second half of the course actually ended up being the best part of the race! There were so many spectators cheering on the course and there were two cosplay groups out in some of the most amazing costumes. We all took the opportunity to take as many pictures as possible with the cosplayers out on the course. The cosplayers gave us the boost of energy we needed to finish the race!

All 3 of us made it across the finish line and earned the gorgeous spinner medal! We all agreed that Star Wars Light Side Half is our new favorite race course!

After the race, we headed to the parks wearing some new accessories I made for the weekend. We had some Star Wars themed ears and vintage Disney movie poster inspired tote bags. The parks were pretty crowded due to the holiday weekend, but we still managed to take a trip back to ride It’s a Small World Holiday. That attraction was completely worth braving the crowds in the park!

This was a quick trip for us. We headed back to normal life on the Monday after the race. We were sad to leave the Star Wars fun so quickly, but we know we will be back to the magic next month at Princess Half.

That’s all the race highlights for now! Did you go to Star Wars Half? If so, let us know your favorite part of the weekend!

-Christine

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