Welcome runners, spectators and fans from around the galaxy to the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox. The runDisney team has arranged an out-of-this-world weekend, featuring epic Star Wars rivalries from the light side and dark side throughout the races, challenges, entertainment and more.
This powerful weekend kicks off Thursday at the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo that runs through Saturday. The Expo will be your headquarters for all running and fitness essentials to prepare for this weekend, and feature new and official runDisney and Star Wars Rival Run Weekend merchandise, the latest running products – but most importantly – your race bib and event shirt.
Many participants have chosen a side to run for this weekend, so will it be the light side or dark side that prevails? Race events begin on Friday with the Star Wars Rival Run 5K followed by the Star Wars Rival Run 10K on Saturday, both with unique courses through Epcot. Also on Saturday, our young Padawans seeking their own medallion will be participating in the Kids Races at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.
Finally, the weekend concludes with the Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon on Sunday, when runners explore 13.1 miles throughout three theme parks – Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Disney’s Hollywood Studios and Epcot. To those who consider themselves a Jedi Master, we congratulate you as you take on the ultimate test – the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge – totaling 19.3 miles throughout Walt Disney World Resort Saturday and Sunday. Or, those who have completed the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon at home and are here to complete the runDisney Kessel Run Challenge – best of luck!
Whether you run for the Resistance or the First Order, we can’t wait to host you for this incredible weekend. On behalf of our Cast Members, volunteers, our presenting sponsor OtterBox and celebrated charity, Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida, thank you for joining us during the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend.
May the Force be with you,
ESPN Wide World of Sports, runDisney and Disney Water Parks