runDisney Star Wars: A Wookiee Welcome

The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend kicks off with a party fit for a Wookiee!

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.

Let the Wookiee Win!

I let the Wookiee win!

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 Be sure to get there quick for the official merchandise; they’ve got gear for every type of runner or collector.

Official merchandise at the Expo

Official merchandise at the Expo.

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!

Chip the Ewok dances on the party stage.

Chip the Ewok dances on the party stage.

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,, and Star Wars Celebration. You can find him on Twitter @ColeHorton.