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Star Wars Dark Side 10K Recap

Star Wars Dark Side 10K Recap

To wear a race costume or not to wear a race costume. That always seems to be the question. Especially when running at Walt Disney World. Humidity is my Kryptonite. If I could run in a tiny sports bra and booty shorts, I would. Believe that. But since I can't, and since it was the Inaugural WDW Star Wars 10K, I had to think. I knew I didn't want to wear a Star Wars themed costume. I wanted to be creative, unique and out of this world. My first thought: Captain Eo. Problem? Too many clothes. Second thought? Epcot Minnie Mouse circa 1980s.

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Unique: CHECK  |  Creative: CHECK  |  Out of this world: CHECK  |  Yup, I had achieved my goal, but it was SO silver. I was either going to pull it off with style or look like a giant Mylar balloon. The truth is I really didn't care either way so I rolled it. And it was a HIT!

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The night before the race I didn't get much sleep. I had taken the red eye from LA to Orlando and went straight to Universal Studios for fun. I showed up at the runDisney Expo about 10 minutes before closing and grabbed my bib only to then head to Disney Springs for a late dinner. Much, much later I checked into my hotel room. I set out my race kit, set my alarm and went to bed. By 4:00 AM I was outside my hotel and onboard the runDisney shuttle. In almost no time we are at the staging area where I soon met up with friends.

One of the cool things about WDW races are the concessions stands in the staging area. I hadn't had coffee and was pretty dehydrated, so I happily bought a coffee and POWERADE with my magic band. I chugged both (seriously, WHO DOES THAT before running?!) and started on the 20 mile walk in the dark to the corrals.

I kid. But yeah, it's a hike compared to Disneyland.

Just a few minutes after corral A started, corral B was on its way.

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First stop was Epcot. (You can check out the course here). A really cute family of runners took my photo and I took theirs with Spaceship Earth as our backdrop.

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When we left Epcot we headed towards Hollywood Studios via the Boardwalk. At this point I had passed two character lines: R2-D2 at the beginning of the race and Chewbacca here after Epcot. Both lines were insane so I ran by. 

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This photo captures how tight the sidewalks were for runners. There really wasn't much room to run fast as people of all speeds were all over the place. Little did I know how much more tight this space would be the next day!

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Finally, characters! Cosplayers were stationed at the entrance of Hollywood Studios. Runners were helping each other snap photos and I was able to get a few good ones.

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I love running into friends on the course! How cute is her Darth Minnie costume?

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The cosplayers were my first and last photo stop along the course. I was running super slow and steady with really no intention of stoping for photos because I was so eager to get ready for Dapper Day. Thankfully, runDisney has PhotoPass photographers on the course and I have great race photos to commemorate this inaugural race. With no characters in sight anyway, I just decided to smile at the camera!

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By the time we reached ESPN Wide World of Sports the sun was up and more cosplayers were out.

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I told the Storm Trooper a joke and he laughed. I really wish I could I see his face!

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I tried to broadcast myself crossing the finish on Facebook Live, but the service was terrible and I was only able to broadcast a bit. I really wanted to share crossing the finish line with my friends. Unfortunately, it didn't work as expected but I crossed the finish line all smiles anyway.

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I collected my medal and treats and headed back to the bus area. Of course my bus number would be 1 all weekend. The farthest stop from the finish. I had to laugh. Thankfully, transportation was a breeze and I was back at the All-Stars Movies resort in less than 15 minutes. 

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The medal and finisher shirt for this race are both super awesome! I love the neon colors on the shirt. So 80s!

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The TIE fighter medal is SO sweet! It feels nice too...has a lot of weight to it. I really liked the quality of the medal and shirt.

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This was a fun race and I had a great time because I was running through Disney parks, which is one of the many reasons I run these races. However,  it wasn't nearly as fun or as wonderful as the Star Wars 10K races at Disneyland (2015 & 2016). I'm sure I am biased because those are my "home" races, but this race paled in comparison to the course, spectators and characters at the Disneyland Star Wars 10K races. It was humid and I sweat like a beast in that silver costume. I don't recommend it!

I had breakfast, showered and got ready to enjoy Dapper Day and the Epcot International Flower and Garden Festival. I was looking forward to finishing this Dark Side Challenge with the Half Marathon the next day, but in the meantime - I wanted to enjoy myself. Stay tuned for the Dark Side Half Marathon recap!

Did you run the Dark Side 10K? Thoughts?

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