The Force was strong with the Brazilian runners Sunday at Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon

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The Force was strong with the Brazilian runners Sunday at Walt Disney World Resort as Dicson Falcao and Aline Freitas, both from Fortaleza, Brazil, were the male and female winners, respectively, at the 13.1-mile Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon.

The victory by Falcao marked the third straight year that a Brazilian captured the popular Star Wars-themed race. Falcao, who came in second place last year, easily won this time, crossing the finish line in 1:15:25. That was nearly a minute ahead of second-place finisher Angel Reyes Adorno (1:16:21) of Puerto Rico. George Darden of Marietta, Georgia, was third (1:16:27).

Freitas also had little trouble outrunning the field. She led from wire to wire and posted a time of 1:28:22, which put her well ahead of Emily Soppe of Decatur, Georgia, who ran the course in 1:29:17 to finish second, followed by Victoria Phillippi of New Hope, Minnesota, who was third at 1:34:14.

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