Nick Arciniaga Wins Star Wars Half Marathon at Disneyland for Second Year in a Row


For the second year in a row Fountain Valley, California, native Nick Arciniaga won the Star Wars Half Marathon at the Disneyland Resort. This year he won with a record-setting time of 1:05:49! Adam Roach of Pebble Beach, Calif., came in second (1:12:29) and Hunter Sapienza of Seattle, Wash., was third (1:12:38).

SWH winner

“This is a race that means a lot to me,” Arciniaga said of the victory. “I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I can remember.” Arciniaga will be competing in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in the upcoming weeks.

Annie Bersagel of Colorado was the female winner with a time of 1:15:09. She is also set to compete in the upcoming U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon. Second-place female finisher was 2015 Star Wars Half Marathon female winner, Jennifer Berry, of Denver, Colo. (1:21:11) and third-place finisher was Kendal Sager of Los Altos, Calif. (1:25:05).

SWH female winner

“I was the fastest stormtrooper out here today,’’ Bersagel joked after her win, clad in Star Wars-inspired running gear. “So that’s all you can really ask for, right?”

Arciniaga and Bersagel outran more than 13,000 athletes in the 13.1-mile intergalactic journey through Disneyland Resort and Anaheim area streets.

The Star Wars Half Marathon Weekend included several events including a three-day Health and Fitness Expo that showcased the latest in fitness apparel, running gear and high tech gadgets. This is the first runDisney event of the year at the Disneyland Resort. There were races for all skill levels, from Padawans to Jedi Masters. Younglings ages 8 and under were able to participate in Kids Races. There was the Star Wars 5k, Star Wars 10k and the Star Wars Half Marathon. Some Star Wars Rebels put their endurance to the test and competed in the Star Wars Rebel Challenge – a two-race challenge that combined the Star Wars 10k on Saturday with the Star Wars Half Marathon on Sunday.

Did you participate in any of the runs this weekend? Let me know how you did in the comments!

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