If you ran in the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon, then you got a real treat in the 8th and 9th Miles. Members of the Cos Players and the 501st Legion (AKA Vader’s Fist) were out in force to create some truly magical moments on the race course. I included some of the pictures I took from the race in my Star Wars Half Marathon recap yesterday. However, I wanted to save the rest for one post that was dedicated to these awesome groups.
Before I get to the photos, I wanted to give y’all some information about 501st Legion. This is from their website….
What is the 501st Legion?
Since 1997, the costuming organization known as the 501st Legion has spread the magic of theStar Wars genre worldwide through its authentic-looking costumes, and has become the leading force in fan-based charity events. The 501st, also known as “Vader’s Fist,” is truly dedicated to brightening the lives of those less-fortunate.
Where did the 501st name come from?
Legion Founder Albin Johnson (TK-210) chose the name in 1997 to represent our fictional unit of Imperial Stormtroopers. Author Timothy Zahn, with the approval of Lucasfilm, honored us by incorporating the name into his Star Wars novel Survivor’s Quest in 2004. Since then, the 501st name has continued to appear in official Star Wars material including books, toys and video games.
If you’re a fan of Star Wars, you owe it to yourself to check out their website. So much fun! Without further adieu, here are my pics from the Inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon.
The Cos Players were first up in the line-up of Star Wars awesomeness!
Master Obi-Wan Kenobi!
Not exactly the best Chewbacca.
I actually saw this guy on the Walt Disney Studio Lot last year around May 4th.
I loved this parent/child pairing!
The Cos Players were fun, however the best costuming definitely goes to the 501st Legion.
There was every kind of Storm Trooper imaginable.
He wasn’t too thrilled with my Rebel recruiting efforts.
This one will be my favorite picture from the entire Star Wars Half Marathon!
Glad I wasn’t one of the droids he was looking for!
Since I got a picture with Boba Fett, I had to stop for a pic with his dad…Jango Fett!
Tie Fighter Pilot!
It looks like Mace Windu, Padme Amadala (or is it her decoy?) and another Anakin Skywalker.
Some of my rebel peeps!
More Storm Troopers! They were everywhere!
The end of the line! All of the Cos Players and the members of the 501st Legion were awesome and encouraging! For me, this is what made the Star Wars Half Marathon the best half marathon ever!