Yesterday on the Star Wars site, they revealed the 2017 RunDisney Star Wars Half Marathon – Dark Side medals. This event takes place at Walt Disney World in Florida in April 2017. I am so excited I signed up for the Dark Side Challenge, which means I will run the 10k & Half Marathon in back to back days, thus earning me three medals. I will end up with a StormTrooper for the 10K, a Kylo Ren for the Half Marathon, and a Death Star for the Dark Side Challenge!
Greg has posted a nice article on the RunDisney Star Wars – The Light Side Half Marathon Weekend medals. I really love the BB-8 10k medal.
So, I know I’m a couple days late on getting this blog post out. However, on Monday, runDisney revealed their medal line-up for the 2017 Star Wars (Light Side) Half Marathon Weekend at Disneyland. I got to not only see 2 of the medals I’ll be earning, but I got to see Colton’s first medalion. Let’s take a look…
First up is the medallion for the Kids Races. It’s an interesting picture because we have R2-D2 and Yoda holding the medallion up. However, it’s R5-D4 on the medallion itself. Who is R5-D4?
In Star Wars IV: A New Hope, R5-D4 is the droid that Luke and Uncle Owen almost went home with. However, he blew a fuse and R2-D2 replaced him. The rest is Star Was history.
The Star Wars 5K Medal is a little harder to make out. I can’t tell what ship is at the top of the…
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On Sunday, November 30, 2014, I participated in the Space Coast Half Marathon in Cocoa Village, Florida. This was my second of five years running this race for the Big Bang Series. The Big Bang Series, is a five year plan, in which they will offer a finisher medal of one of the space shuttles each year, with a three year Milky Way Challenge medal, and a five year intergalactic medal if you complete all five years.
Last year the medal was for the Space Shuttle Columbia.
This year, the medal recognized the Space Shuttle Challenger. The medal was very meaningful to me, because as a kid, I grew watching the shuttle program, and was watching the day Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff. The medal has 7 stars on it to represent the lives of the astronauts we lost on that day.
My running partner was at the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler race weekend at Walt Disney World last week. She took a few pictures of some of the race medals for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon.
As you can see there isn’t much change from last year, except for Goofy. The Goofy Race and a Half Challenge will be celebrating it’s 10th anniversary, so they have made a different medal to celebrate.
UPDATED: Here is the official picture of all the medals from RunDisney.
Today I completed my 7th state toward my 50 By 50 Challenge with the completion of the Disneyland Half Marathon in Anaheim, CA. In doing so, I have now created a page for California medals. Click the link to see the medals. Even though I only completed the half marathon today, the page has two medals listed. I also attained the Disney Coast to Coast Medal for finishing the half marathon at Walt Disney World in January and the Disneyland Half Marathon today. If you complete a race in both parks in a calendar year you get this medal. The better part, you don’t have to pay extra for this RunDisney race medal. I’m glad I was able to get it before that come up with this brilliant idea to charge for it too…
Stay tuned for the race recap later in the week.
Since I will be running the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon, and am a RunDisney Blogger, I agreed to participate in a Virtual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop. This is a compilation of RunDisney Bloggers discussing many different topics related to the race weekend. Click on the icon above (link goes live Wednesday, August 13, 7AM EST) to visit all the topics that are discussed to help your race weekend experience be the best it can be.
Now for my topic. It is all about the B-L-I-N-G! That is right, I will be writing on the medals. Since we will be releasing this prior to the race weekend, I will come back after the race, and update this topic with the actual medals. Here is the official picture of all the race weekend medals.
As a 50 Stater, meaning I am attempting to run a half marathon in all 50 states, I love race medals. I hang them on rods in my game room at home to remind me of my accomplishments. This race will represent my 7th state, and my 14th half marathon. I will only be doing the half marathon for this race weekend. I will not be doing the Dumbo Double Dare, but have a friend that will be, so after the race I will post actual pictures of all the medals.
So in the picture above, even though it is pretty obvious, let’s review what each medal is for.
The first medal to the left is for the Disneyland Family Fun Run 5K. This is a rubber medal. According to RunDisney’s website, “The Disneyland® Family Fun Run 5K kicks off Friday morning as you race a 5K course throughout the Disneyland® Resort. Adults, teens, and tweens are invited to join the fun. The Disneyland® Family Fun Run 5K is great fun for all ages.”
The second medal from the left is the grandest of them all. It is for the Dumbo Double Dare Challenge. According to RunDisney’s website, “if you think that a half marathon is just a walk in the park, put your endurance to the test and compete in the Dumbo Double Dare! A 19.3-mile adventure held over two days, participants will run the Disneyland® 10K on Saturday, followed by the Disneyland® Half Marathon on Sunday. If you finish both races within the pacing requirements, you will be awarded the Dumbo Double Dare medal in addition to your Half Marathon and 10K finisher medals.”
The middle medal is the headliner for the weekend, the Disneyland Half Marathon. RunDisney has revamped the design of the half marathon medal just slightly, by adding a circle around the Classic D icon. According to RunDisney’s website, “it’s the moment you’ve been training for. Your 13.1 mile run on a magical course in the Happiest Race on Earth takes you through Disney California Adventure® Park along legendary Main Street, U.S.A. in Disneyland® Park, and then on to the streets of Anaheim. You’ll complete your Disneyland® Half Marathon race with an exciting finish near the Disneyland® Hotel. It all adds up to miles of smiles, unforgettable memories, and a perfect ending to a magical Disneyland® Half Marathon Weekend.”
The fourth medal is for the Disneyland 10K. According to RunDisney’s website, “the Disneyland® 10K starts on the streets of Anaheim, passing through the Grand Plaza of the Anaheim Convention Center before entering Cars Land at Disney California Adventure® Park. Continue into Disneyland Park, down Main Street, U.S.A. before completing the final stretch of the course through the Downtown Disney® District and arriving at the finish line next to the Disneyland® Hotel.”
The final medal in the picture is for the Kids Races. Disney takes care of all the family members. If you have never seen the Kids Races, you should go for inspiration and tons of smiles! This is a rubber medal. According to RunDisney’s website, “every child eight and younger who participates in the runDisney Kids Races goes home a winner with a finisher medallion designed for the tiniest of runners. Encourage your child to join the excitement and sign up for any of the Kids’ Dashes during this fun-filled weekend. There’s even a Diaper Dash for crawlers! Space is limited. Parents are allowed to run with their children, but only registered children will receive a finisher medallion. The event will follow a rolling start beginning with the 100m dash followed by the 200m, 400m and Diaper Dash.”
For all the medals, other than the Half Marathon and Dumbo Double Dare medals, Stitch (and Lilo) were used in the design. Disney Imagineers did a great job of capturing the personality of Stitch in each of the medals.
But that is not all…. There is one more medal that trumps them all. It is called the Coast to Coast Challenge Medal. You can acquire this medal by running a race in Florida at Walt Disney World and a race at Disneyland in California within a calendar year. Since I completed the 2014 Walt Disney World Goofy Challenge (ran the half marathon on Saturday and the full marathon on Sunday) in January, I am eligible for this medal as well on August 31st! Here is a picture of that medal.
Finally, if this is your first RunDisney event, I am going to let you in on a little secret. If you are staying at the parks after the race for a few days, WEAR YOUR MEDALS IN THE PARK!!!! You will see other runners to discuss the race with and other runners will congratulate you along with all the cast members. This makes the experience so much better than other races in that you get to experience that feeling of elation for several days! So Exciting!
I will attempt to get pictures of each of these medals prior to the races at the RunDisney booth at Expo. Once I have them, I will update this post with actual pictures.
If you are running one or more of these races, I wish you good luck. Get your training in these last few weeks, and safe travels! See you in California. Follow my RunDisney Blog at http://www.doombuggyrunner.com.
Yesterday, RunDisney revealed the medals for the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend which kicked off on August 29, 2014. We will be flying out to California, as I will run the Half Marathon on that Sunday, August 31st.
The Half Marathon medal for Disneyland doesn’t normally change much, with the focus on the Big D; however, this year, they have added a circle around it. For the other races, it appears Lilo and Stitch are going to be the headliners.
Because I ran the Goofy Challenge and a Half at Walt Disney World in Florida in January, this race will allow me to acquire a second medal out in California, called the Coast to Coast Medal. This medal is awarded to anyone who completes at least a half marathon at both Walt Disney World and Disneyland in a calendar year.
This race will go toward my 50 By 50 Challenge and count as State #7, by completing a half marathon in California.