Welcome to the Darkside, Runners! We’ve got bananas.
Next weekend is Run Disney’s inaugural Darkside Half Marathon at Walt Disney World. Whether you’re running the Darkside Challenge, completing your Kessel Run Coast to Coast Challenge or just spectating, I’ve got all of the quick links you’ll need for the weekend. Below are the links to Run Disney’s official guide, course maps and more.
Good Luck, runners!
Link to the 2016 race waivers can be found HERE! Kid’s Races, 5k, 10k, Darkside Half Marathon and Darkside Challenge Participants needs waivers. If you are running the Darkside Challenge, your waiver will include both the 10k and half. Print waivers before your trip to save time at the Expo.
Official Event Guide:
The link to the official event guide can be found HERE! It contains valuable information for each race day and medical advice. I advise every reader to get an official copy at the expo and read through it the night before your race. At the very least, you’ll need to know transportation specifics!
Corral and Bib Assignment:
Your bib number can be found at the bottom of your waiver (see above). Below are the official corrals for the Darkside Half Marathon and the Darkside Challenge. If you’re registered just for the 10k or 5k, you’ll find out your corral at the expo upon bib pickup.
If you believe your corral assignment is wrong, contact Run Disney prior to the race weekend.
Dooney & Burke Pre-Order:
Below is the 2016 Dooney & Burke bags for the race weekend. These are available to purchase at the expo. Runners have the opportunity to pre-order the bag, but that option is now closed. If you do not pre-order you can still purchase a bag, but styles may not be available.
New Balance Queue Sign Up:
To purchase the New Balance shoes, you register online, at their virtual queue, prior the expo opening at 7pm on the day before attending. The link can be found HERE! They’ll assign you a time to return to purchase your shoes. If there isn’t a line, the New Balance website will tell you to go straight to the booth.
The Run Disney Health and Fitness Expo will be at the following times…
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 14, 2016
9:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. on Friday, April 15, 2016
10:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, April 16
Below is the merchandise preview. Expect Darkside Challenge and “I Did It” shirts to go first. Arrive about a 1/2 hour prior to the expo opening for best selection.
Take the time to familiarize yourself with the course maps before the race. Don’t forget to pack your own fuel options for race day. Bus transportation information for race day is located in the event guide.
Click HERE to sign up for runner tracking. I even track myself, as a runner, during the race.