2017 Training Stats

Miles Completed = 28.18
(Run/Walked = 28.18, Biked = 0.0, Elliptical = 0.0)

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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

2016 Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon

This was an inaugural race - this can be good or bad.  In this case, it was a brand new course so it was exciting to think we'd be doing something different.  The thinking about it was the best part.  I like to explain this course as my least favorite parts of every other Walt Disney World race combined in to one race.  There were bottlenecks, boring parts, dust trails and a horrible ending area.  To cap it all off, the race ended in the parking lot of ESPN Wide World of Sports, which might not have been bad, but this is also where the resort buses were picking up.  The lines for the buses were some of the longest lines I have ever experienced and I waited for a very long time to get back to my resort.

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Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Bib
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Star Wars Dark Side Official Program Guide
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Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Participant Shirt
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Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Bondi Band
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Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Car Magnet
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Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Commemorative Pin
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Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Commemorative Spinner Medal Replica Pin
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Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Participant Shirt
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Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Bondi Band
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Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Car Magnet
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Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Commemorative Pin
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Star Wars Dark Side Weekend T-Shirt Front
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Star Wars Dark Side Weekend T-Shirt Back
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Standing at the front of my corral watching the corral ahead of me fill up
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Fireworks at the start of corrals ahead of mine
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The start line banner
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The announcers
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Headed in the backstage of Epcot
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A blurry R2-D2
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Going through Epcot in the dark
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I think I was chuckling about the pink lights on the countries again
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World Showcase countries were all lit up
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The path to Hollywood Studios - this was a very congested area of the course
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Storm Troopers guarding the finish line
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Outside Animal Kingdom
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Coming in to ESPN Wide World of Sports
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Glad to be done with this one
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Official Finisher Photo
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Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Medal
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Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Medal (the other side)
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Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Lanyard
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Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Medal
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Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Lanyard

Friday, January 27, 2017

2016 Inaugural Star Wars Dark Side 10K

The Star Wars Dark Side 10K course was another course that I can't say I was overly fond of.  The course started out on the road, headed in to Epcot, on to the Boardwalk, around to Hollywood Studios , on the road, through the trail area on the way in to ESPN Wide World of Sports, through the ESPN Wide World of Sports and ended in the parking lot at the entrance.  The course was full of bottlenecks and caused a lot of unplanned walking for a lot of people - even I had to modify run/walk intervals in places.  Character lines were long again and some were closed by the time I got to them.  The energy was infectious though - Star Wars fans have a lot of fun and that did make the race more enjoyable.  Ending in the ESPN Wide World of Sports parking lot was not great and don't even get me started on the lines for buses back to the resorts - they were insane.

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The Star Wars Dark Side Challenge Bib
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Participant Tech Shirt
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Star Wars Dark Side 10K Car Magnet
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Star Wars Dark Side 10K Commemorative Pint
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Star Wars Dark Side 10K Medal Replica Pin
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So weird, we're heading the wrong way - at least that's what you would say if you've done all the other WDW races
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Must be early, this is not a great photo of the start line banner
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The announcer's stand - I assume there were announcers there, but they must be hiding
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And we're off!
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The countries are pink again this morning - I can't help it, this reminds me of Valentine's Day not Star Wars
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I need to explain that my phone was in the process of breaking during these races - sorry for the blurry pictures
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Bambi and friends
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The Yacht Club across the water
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Strolling along
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This was one of the areas that was pretty crowded at Hollywood Studios
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Enjoying the views in Hollywood Studios
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Mile 3 inside Hollywood Studios
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A rather pretty morning with the Studios all lit up
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You should have seen the line for pictures in this chair - it was a bit insane!
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Still pretty crowded even out here on the road at mile 4
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Mile 5 and we're on the trail heading in to ESPN Wide World of Sports - this is a bottleneck in all races I've done that use this area
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Going by the fields at ESPN Wide World of Sports - and yes, it's still very crowded
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Cosplayers are out lining the way - there were some really great costumes
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Storm Troopers
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Mile 6, still crowded and there's the parking lot
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There's the finish line
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Look, it's the elusive announcers!
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The finish line banner
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All done
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Star Wars Dark Side 10K medal
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Star Wars Dark Side 10K lanyard


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