Question - Hi there, I found your site while trying to read up on the Disney Dark Side 10K. My wife and I are running it in April. Its our first real race. I run a 9-10 minute mile but I have anxiety on being swept. My real question is will there be chances to take pics with the Star Wars characters at the end of the race? I'd rather do that than try and stop for pics and be worried about my time/being swept. Any other information is appreciated. Love the site! Thanks for any help you can give me.
Answer - runDisney Star Wars Dark Side 10k has a 16min per mile minimum pace requirement as you probably already know. With your pace, and using last years character locations as a reference to this years, you should have no problem of getting a few pics with characters on the course, even if you start in the last corral. My suggestion would be to just be mindful of surroundings, when I was swept 3 years ago I was untrained and was sick, I saw a few dopeys get picked up with me at mile 8 because they didn't watch out for timing or balloon ladies.
Last year, most of the amazing characters - Darth Vader, Darth Maul, Boba, Jango, Captain Phasma and Jabba were located past the finish line. Few on course characters like R2, Chewy, and Ezra/Sabine were strategically positioned throughout the course. I felt my main goal was to get to the main characters as fast as possible. I started in a mid corral and got to the finish with tons of time for pictures, granted I had to pick and choose, you're probably not going to get everyone at on race, worth a try tho.