As you know, Chris and I were signed up for the Rebel Challenge which meant that we would be running the 10k on Saturday and the Half Marathon on Sunday. The only thing I found more shocking than the cost to register for the Rebel Challenge was the insanely early start times for all of the races. Both the 10k and the half started at 5:30am. I’m a morning person but that is way too early. I get why they do it, they want the runners out of the parks before the parks open but still.
Luckily on Friday my body was still on Michigan time so I was in bed by 9pm California time which gave me plenty of sleep before my alarm went off at 4am on Saturday. So in a sense, the time difference worked in my favor.
The start line and the finish line of the 10k were just outside of the Disneyland Hotel so we were already familiar with where to go since we had attended the expo and packet pick up there on Friday. We got to the start area about a half hour early and easily found our way into our corral. Chris and I were both in corral C which was close enough to hear and see what was going on at the start line stage. Because of the wave start, we ended up crossing the start line about 12 minutes or so after the race began.
Between the 10k and the half, the 10k had the best course as most of it was inside Disneyland and Disney California Adventure. Running inside the parks is really the main reason anyone signs up for a Disney race in the first place right?!
We stopped a lot throughout the course to take pictures. We had no intention of PRing at these races or even trying to get a specific time. These races were purely for fun and we planned to soak up as much of it as we could.
It was so fun to see the parks all lit up. A lot of the rides were running (empty of course) and there were plenty of characters dispersed throughout. We found the lines for the characters to be way too long (Disney races are very crowded) so we mostly just took pictures of them as we ran by. My favorite areas that we ran through were by the castle at Disneyland and Cars Land in Disney California Adventure.
Once we crossed the finish line we got our medal!
Disney definitely does not skimp on the race bling. The medals I got that weekend are easily my favorite medals in my entire collection!
After getting our medals we got our post race food box and made our way to the finish line party area.
We didn’t spend much time at the party area as we had a full day planned out at Disneyland. Both a perk and a downfall of the RunDisney races is being able to spend the rest of the day in the parks. We don’t regret it but walking around Disneyland all day made the Half Marathon on Sunday a little more difficult. But more on that tomorrow.
Overall I thought that the Star Wars 10k was awesome! As we were running it, I kept telling Chris that it was the best race ever. Between running in the parks, the characters and the sweet finishers medal we had a great experience at our first RunDisney race!