Posted by Chris on November 5, 2018 at 01:03 PM CST
Up until now, each of the Star Wars themed run weekends at The Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA and The Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL have been either Light Side or Dark Side themed. Due to some unfortunate circumstances, all races at Disneyland have been postponed indefinitely, but we still continue to run at The Walt Disney World Resort multiple times throughout the year and for the Star Wars race weekend specifically, through Disney's Animal Kingdom, Disney's Hollywood Studios and Epcot.

In 2019, fans have the ability to choose which one they'll run for, but the theming is all about rivalries! In a recent announcement on the Disney Parks Blog, we were given a list of exactly what these rivalries will entail:

Star Wars Rival Run 5K | Finn and Captain Phasma
Star Wars Rival Run 10K | Han Solo and Boba Fett
Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon | Rey and Kylo Ren
Star Wars Rival Run Challenge | Luke Skywalker and Darth Vader
runDisney Kids Races | BB-8 and BB-9E

If the merchandise is going to be themed after these epic battles that span the Star Wars Saga, I think this may just be the best offering we've seen yet and this goes for the medals, apparel, pins, toys, other collectibles & more!

If you haven't signed up yet, fear not...all of the races are currently still available depending on your level of experience and ability. For those just starting out, the Star Wars Rival Run 5K is the perfect fit at 3.1 miles. Additionally, there's the Star Wars Rival Run 10K (6.2 miles) and the Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon (13.1 miles). Runners can also sign up for the Star Wars Rival Run Challenge which consists of running both the 10K and Half Marathon for a total of 19.3 miles over two days. The Kessel Run Challenge is also another awesome option which requires you to do the Rival Run Challenge plus run the Star Wars Virtual Half Marathon on your own time and that will get you an R2-D2 themed medal along with the beautiful and coveted Millennium Falcon medal. The race weekend is still six months away, so there's enough time to start training, accomplish something amazing and come away with some ultra cool hardware.

When you sign up, you're given the choice of running for either the Light Side or the Dark Side and your race bib theme will depend on what you select provided you do so by January 15, 2019. After that, it will be up to the Force to choose which side you represent that weekend.

For more information on these Star Wars themed races and to sign up to run with us in Orlando next year, please click here.
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Back before the world wide web and social media ruled our shopping habits there was a long-established practice of driving around all the nearby toy stores to hunt down the latest releases. Obviously times have changed and online retail is far more important than it was twenty-five years ago - but has it killed the toy run? What was your shopping experience over the Triple Force Friday product launch weekend?
I managed to find everything I wanted in stores!
I found some but had to resort to big box websites to complete my haul.
I didn't bother stepping outside and ordered everything online.
I haven't bought any of the TFF product yet. Roll on clearance sales.
I'm waiting for the TV series/movie release before I commit.
I've so over it, no more Star Wars collecting for me.
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