Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon

Ever wanted to run a runDisney race? Did you know you don’t have to fly, or drive, to Walt Disney World or Disneyland Paris to participate in these fantastic events? You can run one in your own neighbourhood. These races are called virtual races and going on right now is the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon.

Now running a half marathon may seem daunting, more than you’re prepared to run right now, or maybe you don’t want to run at all and you’d like to walk. The beauty of this race, and the summer virtual racing series, is that you can do it on your own terms. You can run the half marathon distance all at once, or you can break it up into smaller distances. You can run it in 2 hours or you can take 4 hours. You can run it on the treadmill or during your hometown half marathon. The choice is yours.

The cost of the event is $59 US, $74 for international racers, and you can register on the runDisney website. The rest is up to you. Once you’ve completed your race, you’ll input your information into the finisher’s website and download your finisher’s certificate. When you register you’ll be sent a finisher’s medal in the mail and a downloadable racer’s bib. The one restriction is you must complete your mileage before March 31st.

Coming up at Walt Disney World is their Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon, and if you choose to participate both in the virtual race and the Half Marathon you can enter in the Kessel Run Challenge. This will qualify you to receive the Kessel Run medal upon completing the race at Walt Disney World. You can take the challenge even further and participate in the virtual race, the 10k race during the half marathon weekend, and the 1/2 marathon during the race weekend. This will qualify you to receive 5 medals: the virtual race medal (which you would receive in the mail), the 10k race medal, the 1/2 marathon race medal, the Kessel Run challenge medal and the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge medal. That’s a lot of hardware for running three events.

This could be a fun event to do as a family, since you can run this at your own pace. Register the whole family and complete four 5.2k runs to accomplish the event or run two 10.55 runs. It’s a great incentive to get everyone active during the winter months. Run at your local indoor track or hit the snowy trails. That’s the beauty of this race, you can truly make it your own.

I won’t be jumping on the bandwagon for this event this year, with a brand new baby at home, this challenge is a little too much for this running mama. But I’ll definitely be hitting the trails this summer and participating in one of the three Virtual Running Shorts events or maybe I’ll do all three, stay tuned.

For more information on other runDisney events take a look at these previous posts:

runDisney: What is it?

runDisney: Anniversary Dates

runDisney: When to register?

runDisney: Costumes

Happy Planning, Friends.