Runners One with the Force at the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland Resort

Over 30,000 runners were one with the Force at the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at Disneyland Resort with many competing in full Star Wars regalia.  TIE fighters, X-Wing pilots, Wookiees, Droids, and more took over the Happiest Place on Earth for the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side weekend.  Adam Roach and Jennifer Brill crossed the finish line first for the men and women in the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side.  Continue reading for more photos and news from the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side weekend.

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at the Disneyland Resort, photo courtesy runDisney.

From runDisney’s Press Release

Adam Roach of Pebble Beach, Calif., conquered the galaxy in the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at Disneyland Resort on Sunday. Roach, 32, who placed second in last year’s half marathon, beat two-time Star Wars Half Marathon winner, Nick Arciniaga of Fountain Valley, Calif., by over three minutes.

Summoning the powers of the force, Roach launched into hyper speed to blast through the finish line at 1:10:31, just past the second and third-place finishers Bradley Apodaca of Santa Barbra, Calif., (1:10:37) and Robert Hernandez of Fresno, Calif., (1:11:32).

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side

Adam Roach of Pebble Beach, Calif., conquered the galaxy in the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at Disneyland Resort on Sunday. Photo courtesy runDisney

“Last year I was second and I really wanted to come back and win it,” said Roach of the victory. “Arciniaga, who won last year, was back so I knew it would be a really competitive race.”

Jennifer Brill, 27, of Washington D.C., also soared to victory as the female winner on Sunday with a time of 1:24:15. Second-place female finisher was 2016 Super Heroes Half Marathon winner, Lindsey Carter, 28, of Huntington Beach, Calif. (1:25:20) and third-place finisher was Kaili Zink-Hernandez, 29, Fresno, Calif (1:26:54).

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side

(January 15, 2017): Top women’s finisher Jennifer Brill of Washington D.C., crosses the finish line at the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light side with a winning time of 1:24:15. (Disney)

More than 17,000 California runners were part of the 35,000 participants that joined the Rebel Alliances at Disneyland Resort at the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side. The race weekend featured several intergalactic family-friendly events, including a three-day runDisney Health and Fitness Expo, runDisney Kids Races, the Star Wars 5K, the Star Wars 10K and the 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side.

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at the Disneyland Resort, photo courtesy runDisney.

Runners also had an opportunity to test their skills through the Star Wars Rebel Challenge, running the 10K on Saturday and half marathon on Sunday. Runners who complete the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at Disneyland Resort and the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side at Walt Disney World Resort in the same calendar year will earn the coveted runDisney Kessel Run Challenge medal.

The 2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side was the first of the four runDisney race weekends scheduled for this year at Disneyland Resort, which hosts runDisney events along with Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Paris

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon - The Light Side

2017 Star Wars Half Marathon – The Light Side at the Disneyland Resort, photo courtesy runDisney.

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About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.