With months of training, costume making, and gearing up behind us, the day has finally come! As the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend kicks off, I’ve got a full report on the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo and Wookiee Welcome live from the Disneyland Resort.
This Expo is a three-day event where runners can find exclusive event merchandise, get tips from experts in the runDisney speaker series, and more. The Health & Fitness Expo continues Friday, January 16, and Saturday, January 17. For hours and more, check out runDisney.com. Be sure to get there quick for the official merchandise; they’ve got gear for every type of runner or collector.
The real highlight of the day was the Wookiee Welcome Party, a private event in the Disneyland Park. Runners had the chance to ride Tomorrowland attractions with fellow runDisney Star Wars fans and celebrate the start of the weekend. I had my fill of Wookiee Cookies and met fellow runners from all over the country. To top it all off, Star Wars and Disney characters were there for the occasion. I couldn’t pass up a photo with Chewbacca; After all, it was his party!
I’m off to face my own trials in the 5k and 10k races. If I pass my challenge, I’ll be back at the end of the weekend with a full recap of events. For all of the runners out there: May the Force be with us!
Cole Horton is a historian and pop culture geek featured on StarWars.com, Marvel.com, and Star Wars Celebration. You can find him on Twitter @ColeHorton.