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Star Wars Half-Marathon – The Light Side in photos

See why the Star Wars Half-Marathon - The Light Side race weekend is one of the most popular running events in North America.

Star Wars Half-Marathon

Star Wars Half-Marathon

Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. was full of runners and Star Wars references this weekend.

The Star Wars Half-Marathon – The Light Side was held in southern California from Friday through Sunday one week after the Walt Disney World Marathon in Florida. The event, a favourite among many runners, featured a half-marathon, the Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars 5K.

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Race weekend wrapped up on Sunday morning with the half-marathon beginning at 5:30 a.m. (All races began at 5:30 a.m.) As expected, the race medals were a highlight for runners with the half-marathon souvenir reading “May the force be with you.” RunDisney hosts two Star Wars events each year including this past weekend’s Light Side and April’s Dark Side. The April event is Empire-themed where Darth Vader is likely to make an appearance.

Runners may have been particularly motivated as this weekend’s races came one month after the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Participants were dressed as Ewoks, Jedi, Lando Calrissian, Wookiees and many others.

One of the weekend’s highlights was the Rebel Challenge, which involves running both the 10K and half-marathon on back-to-back days on Saturday and Sunday. Like the Walt Disney World Marathon Dopey Challenge, runners earn a medal for each of the individual races as well as the Star Wars Rebel Challenge finisher medal.

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Adam Roach won the Star Wars Half-Marathon – The Light Side in 1:10:33 and Jennifer Brill won the women’s race in 1:24:18.


Nick Arciniaga, who last year won the Star Wars Half-Marathon finishing with a lightsaber in hand, finished sixth on Sunday morning and was dressed appropriately for the entire 21.1K. He referred to his singlet as a “storm trooper jersey.”

Race medal

Full results can be found here.