2016 Star Wars Half Marathon Expo and Packet Pick Up

After our flight got in Thursday morning, we took our rental car and drove straight to the Mickey & Friends Parking lot so we could go to the runDisney Health & Fitness expo.

Yay! We made it to Disneyland!

Yay! We made it to Disneyland!

Start the trip out right with the specialty drink offered at the expo!

Start the trip out right with the specialty drink offered at the expo!

I was so excited to start off the exciting weekend, look at the expo and see the shirts for this year’s Star Wars Half Marathon weekend. When we got there around 12:30, there was still a line for merchandise— we didn’t have our hearts set on anything in particular, so we explored the expo.

It seemed like there were less vendors this year, but still lots to see. I nearly bought a shirt with fairy wings from Raw Threads. Jason and I both picked up a new pair of compression socks, a necessity for back-to-back challenge runs.

We did finally check out the merchandise later Thursday when the line had gone down. It didn’t look like anything had sold out, and I fell I love with the “Stay on Target” shirt.

Jason and I signed up for New Balance virtual queue as well to check out their new 2016 RunDisney kicks. I loved the look of the Ariel shoes, even though what I really wanted were the 2015 Tinker Bell shoes. Unexpectedly, they still had some in stock! I was so excited. Jason walked away with the Red Carpet Mickeys— Disney or not, the New Balance 860v6s just so happen to be his favorite running shoe.

Aside from the three official shirts, Jason and I both got New Balance RunDisney shoes. Also pictured is a pin, his vinylmation, my stay on target shirt, and the tea diffuser I won!

From the expo: Aside from the three official shirts, Jason and I both got New Balance RunDisney shoes. Also pictured is a pin, his vinylmation, my stay on target shirt, and a tea diffuser I won!

The speaker series, something we’ve always looked forward to, was really pared down from previous years, but we did return on Saturday to hear talks from Tara Guides and Jeff Galloway—always worth it. Thanks Tara, for my annual reminder to eat a decent breakfast. Jeff Galloway’s talk actually helped me solidify my new plan for the half marathon as well, and it worked wonders.

They also had Star Wars trivia and I won a question! For knowing the name of the planet we first see Rey in The Force Awakens, I got a glass runDisney tea infuser.

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The walk down the carpet to packet pick-up makes me feel like a million bucks.

Yes, we are Rebel Challengers!

Yes, we are Rebel Challengers!

Of course, we did have to pick up our packets. This year, Jason and I both stood to get our pictures taken to verify our Rebel Challenge completion. As always, the process was very smooth and I was thrilled to get our race shirts.

Although I’m not fond of long-sleeved running shirts, I love the race shirts better than last year—especially the 10K shirt.

After we were finished with the expo, what did we decide to do? Go to Disneyland of course!

A monorail stop in Downtown Disney took us from the expo into the park in short order!

A monorail stop in Downtown Disney took us from the expo into the park in short order!

Coming up, the 2016 Star Wars 10K and the 2016 Star Wars Half Marathon!

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