Did you feel that? At 11:04am PDT/1:04pm EDT, the Star Wars Half Marathon Races were completely sold out. A great disturbance in the force indeed.
Forget light speed. These races sold out in ludicrous speed. First to go was the Star Wars Rebel Challenge. That sold out in 26 minutes. That’s right…26 MINUTES! Run Disney sent out a tweet that the Star Wars Rebel Challenge was at 50% of capacity only 8 minutes after registration opened. The next tweet had the Rebel Challenge at 75% full in 14 minutes. Then, at 9:26am here on the west coast the tweet came that the Star Wars Rebel Challenge was officially SOLD OUT! The Inaugural Dumbo Double Dare challenge at the Disneyland Half Marathon last year sold out in 50 minutes. This year, the Dumbo Double Dare sold out in 43 minutes. These challenge races are selling out quicker and quicker. As I followed along with twitter and on Facebook, it felt very much like the above clip from Spaceballs. Thankfully, as of 9:04am….
I’m in for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge!
After getting registered for myself, I went to register my wife for the Star Wars 10K….
Uh, oh…there was no option to register for the 10K by itself. On the couple Facebook groups I’m in that are runDisney oriented, others were also worried. Was the 10K already sold out? What was going on? Well, there was some sort of problem and runDisney was quick to send out a tweet notifying us that they were working on it. So, we had to wait. Then…
Finally, the tweet came from runDisney that the issue had been solved! Hooray! Of course, the folks at the Team #runDisney Facebook group actually beat runDisney in letting us know the link was active a few minutes before runDisney. (Seriously, if you haven’t joined this Facebook group and are a runDisney fan, you should join today!) So, I was able to get my wife registered for the Star Wars 10K! Now, we get to run together again!
I told you all that this race would sell out fast. However, I didn’t know it would sell out this fast. Let’s look at the sell out times…
- Star Wars Rebel Challenge – 26 minutes
- Star Wars Kids Races – 41 minutes
- Star Wars 5K – 67 minutes
- Star Wars 10K – 101 minutes
- Star Wars Half Marathon – 124 minutes
So, in just over 2 hours, ALL of the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend races were gone! Did you get in? If not, there are two other options for racing during the Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend.
For now, I’m happy to be registered for the Star Wars Rebel Challenge and that my wife gets to run with me in the Star Wars 10K! With that, I get a nice break from runDisney registrations. I don’t plan on registering for another runDisney race until the 2015 Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon registration opens (probably in March or April of 2014). Of course, now that I’m set for the Star Wars Half Marathon races and have the change to be perfect with the Rebel Challenge, if I don’t like the experience at the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon, I could opt to run the Dumbo Double Dare again next year. I love that runDisney has added the Avengers Super Heroes Half Marathon and Star Wars Half Marathon races to the already existing Tinker Bell Half Marathon and Disneyland Half Marathon races! It gives this West Coast guy so many options! I love it!
Upcoming runDisney registration dates…
- Princess Half Marathon at Walt Disney World (with Glass Slipper Challenge) – July 15, 2014
- Tinker Bell Half Marathon at Disneyland – August 12, 2014
Keep in mind that if you register for BOTH the Princess Half Marathon and Tinker Bell Half Marathon in the same year, you can choose a special Coast to Coast Medal that is only available to those that complete these two races in the same calendar year.
So, are you in for any of the Star Wars Half Marathon Races in 2015? For those that got in and those that didn’t…May the Force be with Us All in whatever races we are preparing to run.