Brazilian Runner Wins All STAR WARS HALF MARATHON – THE DARK SIDE 2017 Races at Walt Disney World

At the STAR WARS HALF MARATHON – THE DARK SIDE 2017 races Brazilian runner Samuel Souza Do Nascimento swept all three events going on to win the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon at Walt Disney World resort.  Lakeland, Florida’s Sydney Devore was the top women’s finisher in the STAR WARS HALF MARATHON – THE DARK SIDE 2017.  All-in-all 45,500 participants competed in the STAR WARS HALF MARATHON – THE DARK SIDE 2017 races, the second-largest runDisney half marathon weekend. Continue reading for more details and results from runDisney’s press release.

STAR WARS HALF MARATHON - THE DARK SIDE 2017

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, the newest runDisney race weekend at Walt Disney World Resort. Photo courtesy runDisney

From runDisney’s Press Release

Samuel Souza Do Nascimento of Limeira, Brazil, took the Dark Side by storm, winning all three race-weekend events, including the 2nd annual Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side at Walt Disney World Resort; the second largest runDisney half marathon race weekend.

Nascimento, 28, channeled the Force to run the half marathon through Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Epcot and Disney’s Hollywood Studios in 1:07:14, smashing last year’s race record of 1:13:39.  Tyler Andrews of Arlington, Va. was second (1:09:40) and Sam Montclair of Durham, N.C. was third (1:13:07).

STAR WARS HALF MARATHON - THE DARK SIDE 2017

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side winner Samuel Souza Do Nascimento crosses the finish line first with a time of 1:07:14. Photo courtesy runDisney

“The thing that impressed me about this race is the overall energy of the run,” said Nascimento. “Other races I have run in the past, there have been one or two people on the sideline cheering and here there is a whole different energy to it, which helped me perform at an entirely different level.”

Earlier in the race weekend, Nascimento won the Stars Wars 5K, and Star Wars 10K before taking the half marathon on Sunday. When asked about winning the weekend’s three racing events, Nascimento simply replied, “Mission accomplished.”

Sydney Devore, 25, of Lakeland, Fla. was the first female finisher of the 13.1-mile race, setting the race record with a winning time of 1:20:15. The second-place female finisher was Jacki Wachtel of New Port Richey, Fla. (1:22:29) and third-place finisher was Georganne Watson of Gainesville, Fla. (1:25:44).

“This was a bucket list race for me, and I PR’d (set a personal record) by five minutes so I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” stated Devore. “It’s a dream come true, really.”

STAR WARS HALF MARATHON - THE DARK SIDE 2017

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side female winner Sydney Devore crosses the finish line with an official time of 1:20:15. Photo courtesy runDisney

The 2nd annual Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side boasted a weekend of galactic family-friendly events, including the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo and the runDisney Kids Races, in addition to the Star Wars 5K, Star Wars 10K and half marathon. The weekend also included the 19.3-mile Star Wars Dark Side challenge, completing both the Star Wars 10K and half marathon in back-to-back days.

The Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side is the fourth race in runDisney’s nine-race series that encompasses Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort and Disneyland Paris. Next month, runners can take flight with Tinker Bell and her friends during the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend presented by PANDORA Jewelry, taking place May 11-14.

STAR WARS HALF MARATHON - THE DARK SIDE 2017

Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, the newest runDisney race weekend at Walt Disney World 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.