Nearly two weeks ago, I finished the Inagural Star Wars Darkside Challenge - the Star Wars 10K on Saturday followed by a Half Marathon on Sunday. I have to go into this and state - I am not a Star Wars fan. Prior to this weekend, my knowledge of Star Wars was R2D2, Chewbaca and the gold person (aka C3PO). I've seen some negative reviews of this weekend so my take may be a bit different not being a super fan.
runDisney Half Marathon. The event started at 5:00am (Princess and WDW Half both start at 5:30am). I stayed at Waldorf Bonnet Creek as part of the Marathon Weekends and used their transportation to the start.
ASICS Emma Racerback
Shirt Design: R2D2 Distance Designs by Pamela
Skirt: Sparkle Skirts Sparkle Light Basic in Royalty Red
Shoes: ASICS Gel Nimbus 17
Bow: R2D2 by Cara Craft Corner
Headband: Halo Headband
We had to be on the bus by 2:45 and I am not a morning person. At 2:15am, my alarm clock went off which made history of the earliest alarm I've ever woken up to....however, I didn't use the snooze button once due to fear of not waking back up.
Hilton Bonnet Creek to take part in the Marathon Weekends festivities. I made myself giggle when rave music and glow sticks appeared and the realization that I've been up at this same time of morning, listening to the same song, with a glow stick in my hand...MUCH different circumstance though! I grabbed a bagel and was happy to find peanut butter and honey. After I chugged two cups of coffee, I was good to go! Aside from loving everything about the Hilton/Waldorf Bonnet Creek property, their Marathon Weekends package is one that every runner would ever want. They've got specials going right now for Wine Dine Half and Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Marathon Weekend is as low as $149 a night if you book by 5/31!!!!). Click here to check it out.
Gelcys was also on the bus over to Epcot as well - if I have to be up that early, at least I was in good company :) You can read her recap here. My best memory from the entire weekend was being able to share the experience with her. We are both thankful for everything that ASICS has done for us, but bringing us together as friends is better than any of the perks.
Star Wars 10K on Saturday, I knew R2D2 would be at the back entrance of Epcot, just before we entered the World Showcase. Being there were only two characters I wanted photos with, I made a goal to get a photo with R2D2 and Chewie during the Half Marathon. The line was about 14 minutes long according to the nice guy standing behind me. I do not wear a Garmin to runDisney races or worry about my finishing time. I was very happy to have gotten this photo.
In hindsight, I am glad I got the photo above as I didn't think my photo of me at the finish would be gone forever. I do plea to runDisney, with this new service, we should have a way to find missing photos like we had when marathonfoto was in charge. The new service is a bit expensive and not getting a finishers photo is a major let down.
Would I do this race again? Probably not.....never say never though. I am not a Star Wars fan and I mentally lost on a lot of the photo stops that had scenes and no characters. But overall, I had a great time. I do hope that next year, they will have a better handle on the transportation back to Epcot.