runDisney Star Wars 10K Recap

Dressed as Princess Leia and Han Solo, enjoying a RunDisney Star Wars 10K photo opp with Boba Fett in Disneyland

Last weekend in a galaxy not so far away (ahem, Anaheim), I completed my second runDisney race, the Disneyland Star Wars 10K.

I ran the Tinker Bell 10K last May with my sister (check out my recap here) and was excited to run this one with a group of friends and the Han to my Leia, my boyfriend Michel.

We arrived about 45 minutes before our 5:30 AM race start to go through security, check bags, get the our corral, and (in my case) admire everyone else’s costumes. I was super excited to see all of the Rey, Leia, and female Han costumes, and loved being my own Señorita Leia alongside my one and only Juan Solo.

Michel and Melissa waiting at the runDisney star wars 10k start line

A word of advice: if you don’t plan on walking or walk/jogging a runDisney race, I recommend trying to get into Corral A or the front of B so that you can run or jog without having to weave around others. Someone in our large group was placed in Corral C, which put us behind a lot of people. By the time we reached some of the last photo opp lines, they were already closed off, which was kind of a disappointment. Plus, the course path was surprisingly narrow, and within the first few minutes of the race we were already struggling to maintain a decent pace. In fact, I had to weave so much that my run tracker reported I ran almost 7 miles (instead of 6.2).

My other advice for a runDisney race is to stop for the open photo opps and take pictures in front of iconic backdrops (like the ferris wheel at California Adventure). Storm troopers, BB-8, Boba Fett, and more were all stationed along the course, and getting pictures with these characters are all part of the experience!

Melissa and Michel during the runDisney Star Wars 10K taking a selfie with someone dressed as George Lucas.

We even saw a runner dressed as George Lucas! Of course we had to stop and selfie with him.

Michel and I leisurely crossed the finish line after about an hour and 20 minutes and tons of photo pit stops. We put on our medals, and took a group shot with the whole crew.

runDisney star wars 10k finishers picture

I highly recommend a runDisney race to anyone who wants to run a race but feels worried about not being fast enough. All you need to complete this 10K is a 16-minute/mile pace, which is a quick walk. Plus, TONS of people walk it, so if you’re not up to jog the whole 6.2 miles and want to take walking breaks, you’ll feel comfortable doing so.

Disney hosts quality races, and if you’re anything like me, you’ll do anything to dress up in a costume and run a few miles. Plus, nothing beats hitting the park afterwards for a spin on the teacups and ride or two on my favorite, The Matterhorn. I can’t wait to run another! In fact, I kinda have my eyes on this upcoming Dumbo Double Dare in September.

Did you run the Star War 10K, the half, or the Rebel Challenge? What was your experience like? I’d love to hear about it in the comments below!

 

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