Whether you’re a seasoned runDisney participant or you’re training for your very first race at the most magical place on earth, you’ve probably seen some chatter on social media regarding your runDisney race corral placement.

Why is corral placement so important? Well for some, it isn’t, but for others that enjoy the character photo ops along the course, corral placement is critical. Corrals also help cluster runners with similar pacing together in an effort to create less crowding along the course and an overall more pleasant running experience. Corrals are assigned based on your submitted Proof Of Time, (POT). If you chose not to submit a time or miss the deadline, rest assured, you will be assigned to one of the last corrals.

Corrals have a staggered start time and runDisney policy does not allow you to jump corrals to join a fellow runner unless it’s to jump BACK to join someone from your group. Typically, corrals are assigned about one month or less prior to your race.

As we move into “run season” you should be able to find many options to participate in an officially timed race in your area. Proof of time deadline for events at Star Wars™ Half Marathon-Dark Side is January 16th 2018. There are several online sites available to assist you with registering for a local race. Of course, as a registered runDisney participant, you have already viewed Active.com a valuable resource in discovering officially timed races, even some with interesting themes.

The list below may also assist you with finding a race near you:

*Runner’s World Race Finder


*Running in the USA


*Running in the USA

*Half Marathons

Travel by Groups offers discounted resort packages created exclusively for our runDisney Marathon Weekend participants. The bibs sell fast and are sold via our website on a first come, first serve basis. You can purchase your race bib(s) HERE.

As always, your complimentary quote from Trave by Groups is provided to you as part of our concierge-style service, YES! It’s free! Click the link below to be directed to our quote request form for the Star Wars™ Half Marathon-Dark Side Weekend. You will discover that it is a simple Google Docs questionnaire and your answers will be automatically emailed to Travel by Groups, upon where we will begin the quote process for your race-cation.


Below is the proof of time policy pasted directly from the runDisney website:

runDisney proof of time guidelines:
If you believe you will finish the Half Marathon in less than 2:45 hours, proof of time is required for start corral placement. Star Wars Dark Side Challenge participants should adhere to Half Marathon proof of time requirements. Proof of time is not required for the 5K and 10K races. Please reference the Race Pacing Chart below for finish times and associated pacing per mile. Please note we do not accept self-timed runs.

  • Proof of time must be provided from an officially timed race reflecting results on or after April 1, 2015 and must be one of the below listed distances. Runners will be placed in the last corral if the appropriate race distance is not submitted for Proof of Time.
    • Half Marathon – 10K, 12K, 15K, 10 Mile, Half Marathon or Marathon
  • A valid proof of time provided at the time of registration must include the following*:
    • Name of Race
    • Distance
    • City
    • State
    • Date
    • Finish time
    • Link to Results

*For example, Walt Disney World Marathon, 26.2, Orlando, FL, 1/10/16, – 3:35

  • For starting corral placement, proof of time must be submitted by the participant for each individual race.
  • If proof of time is not provided by January 16, 2018, data provided is incomplete or cannot be verified, you will be placed in the last start corral. We do not accept self-timed, training or virtual runs.
  • No corral changes will be made after January 16, 2018.
  • Past runDisney races may be used as proof of time, however they are not automatically input for your race registration.
  • To update the proof of time for a minor, please email disneysports@trackshack.com.
  • For any questions regarding proof of time, please email disneysports@trackshack.com
  • Update your proof of time.

Pacing Requirements

  • 16 minute per mile pace for all athletes in the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side, Star Wars 10K and the Star Wars 5K
  • Half Marathon and 10K are timed events using the ChronoTrack B-tag timing system.
  • The Star Wars 5K is NOT a timed event but in order to receive a finisher medal, participants must maintain a 16 minute per mile pace requirement.
  • Runners unable to maintain the pace may be picked up at any point along the course and transported to the course pick-up tent.
  • A training pace of 15-minute per mile pace is recommended to allow for photo and restroom breaks.
  • Pace Cyclists will be on the course indicating when runners are behind pace by waving light wands at each mile markers according to the official pace time. If you reach a mile marker with a light wand waving, please note you are behind the required 16-minute per mile pace and can be picked up at any time and transported to the course pick up tent.
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