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Choose Your Side: Run the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox at Walt Disney World Resort in 2019

Darrell Fry

by , Sports Media Director, Walt Disney World Resort

We recently hosted more than 43,500 runners for the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side presented by OtterBox at Walt Disney World Resort and we’re already exploring ways to channel the Force for next year’s race.

In honor of Star Wars Day, we’re excited to announce that the Star Wars race weekend at Walt Disney World Resort will celebrate epic Star Wars rivalries in 2019. With this new theme comes a new name – Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox. Starting next year, runners will be able to choose which side of the Force they will run for during the race weekend April 4-7, 2019.

This race event will feature some favorite Star Wars rivalries from across the saga, with distances geared for all skill levels. In addition to the 5K, 10K, half marathon and the runDisney Kids Races, there will again be two challenges for runners to tackle. There’s the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge, which involves running the 10K and the half marathon during the race weekend, and the runDisney Kessel Run Challenge – completing the Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon at Walt Disney World Resort and running the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon at home.

Regardless of which side you choose, you won’t want to miss your chance to be a part of this unique adventure where you’ll encounter Star Wars characters along the course as you journey to the finish line to earn one-of-a-kind medals.

Check out some highlights from our recent Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side in the video below. For updates, follow runDisney on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. For more information on upcoming runDisney races, visit

Which side of the Force will you run for next year?


  • Same question about legacy here. I ran 8 months pregnant 2 years ago to keep my legacy and with a stress fracture in my foot a few weeks ago. I am going to be so bummed if it was all for nothing.

  • Bummer – SW Marathon weekend 2019 is a week before my kid’s high school spring break this year. Anyone else have this issue?

  • I have run every Darkside Half Marathon. Does this mean it doesn’t count towards legacy status? I pushed through a knee injury to get it done in April because I always wanted to gain legacy status.

  • Same question about legacy status. Going to be really sad if this change means the last 3 years don’t count!

  • Yes, inquiring minds need to know what this means for legacy. Please and thank you!

  • Same question as Jason…will this change those trying to obtain legacy status in 2020?

  • What does this mean for those that have run the Dark Side Half and trying to legacy into it?

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