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Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side

Event Overview

May the Force be with you!  The Disneyland® Resort is happy to celebrate the Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side race weekend!  This event will welcome thousands of runners to the Disneyland® Resort and the surrounding areas January 12-15, 2017.

Volunteers are needed during the Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side race weekend events including the runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, the Star Wars™ 5K, the Star Wars™ 10K, the runDisney Kids Races presented by GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce on the Go, and the Star Wars™ Half Marathon.  Assistance is needed in the following areas: athlete registration, gEAR bag distribution, start area, water stops, finish line and family reunion area.

Designated Charity

The 2017 Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side celebrates Discovery Cube Orange County.

Discovery Cube Orange County serves as the program-development, marketing and fundraising arm for hands-on science learning museums in Orange County and Los Angeles. Established in 1989, the original non-profit Discovery Science Center in Santa Ana, now renamed Discovery Cube Orange County, continues to inspire and educate millions of young minds through engaging science based programs and exhibits. In 2012, the Cube was named one of the ten "Most Trusted Brands" in Orange County and in 2013 was awarded Library Services.the National Medal of Service from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

In November 2014, Discovery Cube Los Angeles, offering an exhibit and program mix unique to Los Angeles, opened in the Hansen Dam Recreational Area of the San Fernando Valley.

Click here to donate to Discovery Cube.

Volunteer Needs


Volunteers are needed on behalf of Discovery Cube Orange County for various roles throughout the weekend including:

  • Expo & Packet Pick-Up
    Thursday, January 12 – Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • Star Wars 5K
    Friday, January 13, 2017
  • Star Wars 10K
    Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • runDisney Kids Races presented by GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce on the Go
    Saturday, January 14, 2017
  • Star Wars Half Marathon
    Sunday, January 15, 2017

Medical Volunteer Needs

Celebration Health will be providing complete medical coverage for all Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side races, including the 5K, 10K, Half Marathon, and Kids Races. We invite you to be part of the elite medical team that will provide pre- and post-race support for 30,000+ runners. We need State Certified/Licensed MDs, DOs, PAs, DPMs, ARNPs, RNs, ATCs, PTs, LMTs, PMs and EMTs to volunteer their time at the event. We also welcome students of these professions to apply. Members of the medical team must be willing and able to volunteer from as early as 3:00 a.m. until as late as 11:00 a.m. To request an application or for more information, please visit www.thesportsmedicineteam.org.


All volunteers must be at least 14 years of age.

Volunteers under 18 years of age must have parental/legal guardian consent and must present a waiver signed by a parent or legal guardian. Volunteers under 16 years of age must be accompanied by an adult. Children under the minimum age of 14 are not allowed to volunteer or accompany you, NO EXCEPTIONS. You will be told on event day that your services cannot be utilized if you have anyone under the minimum age with you. This is for the safety of your child, all volunteers and participants.

Team Leader Opportunities

Team Leaders are needed to oversee specific volunteer locations, act as volunteer leaders, and must be a minimum age of 18 years old. Leadership experience and previous runDisney volunteer experience are preferred. Must be positive, work well with others, communicate, take direction, and be able to lead a team. Team Leaders are required to attend Team Leader Training midweek in the weeks prior to race weekend and commit to two Team Leader shifts per weekend. To be considered as a Team Leader, you must be registered as a volunteer for the Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side.

All Team Leaders have been selected and notified for Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side Race Weekend.

Event Recognized Group Opportunities

All Event Recognized Groups have been selected and notified for Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side Race Weekend.


Individual Volunteer Registration is now open.

Volunteer Resources


All volunteers must sign a waiver.  Please note that there are separate waivers for adults and minors. Anyone age 18 or older must complete an adult waiver. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or legal guardian complete a waiver for a minor. All minors must be accompanied by a parent, chaperone, or guardian registered for the same event, no exceptions.

Volunteer Dress Code

All Volunteers are expected to wear clothing appropriate to the Disney style, providing for appropriate covering of body parts and no offensive graphics. For all scheduled shifts please wear comfortable neutral colored shorts or pants (khakis preferred, nice jeans are allowed) and comfortable closed toe shoes. Costumes will not be permitted as acceptable Volunteer attire. Flip flops are not permitted.

Security Guidelines

In an effort to provide athletes, spectators, volunteers, and staff with the safest environment, listed below are security guidelines.  Thank you for taking time to review and understand all initiatives.  Additional guidelines may be instituted at any time and your flexibility is appreciated.  

  • All volunteers will be required to present photo identification upon checking in for their shifts in order to volunteer.
  • Volunteers must wear the proper credentials and have his/her photo identification available at all times.
  • All bags, parcels, and carry packs will be searched.
  • Please keep personal items to a minimum and leave valuables at home.  Facilities are not available to store personal items.
  • NO FOLDING CHAIRS. Volunteers are not allowed to bring folding chairs with them.



Volunteer shifts will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Schedules are always subject to change due to event needs. Although every effort will be made to accommodate your selection, the scheduling office reserves the right to schedule volunteers based on event needs. You will receive a confirmed volunteer schedule closer to the event.


A confirmed volunteer schedule will be emailed approximately one month prior to the event. Due to the nature of the event, schedules are subject to change. All volunteers are required to comply with the Volunteer Code of Conduct and sign a Waiver and Permission Form.


The Disneyland® Resort understands that in the true spirit of volunteerism, you volunteer your time and services to make an impact for the Anaheim community without expecting anything in return. All appreciation is subject to change and is posted on each event's registration and scheduling request page when individual volunteer registration opens for that event.

As a volunteer for Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Light Side race weekend, you will receive a commemorative event t-shirt and one snack per shift (if you have dietary restrictions, please plan accordingly).

Volunteer appreciation is based on the following requirements:

  • Individual Volunteers:  Each individual volunteer must check-in, check-out, and complete two assigned volunteer shifts Tuesday– Saturday OR one assigned volunteer shift on Sunday, to be eligible for appreciation.

  • Event Recognized Group Volunteers:  Event Recognized Groups of 50 or more must check-in, check-out, and complete one assigned volunteer shift Tuesday – Sunday, to be eligible for appreciation. *Subject to change

  • Team Leaders:  Event selected Team Leaders must complete a minimum of two volunteer shifts Tuesday - Sunday, as well as attend Team Leader Training prior to the event, to be eligible for appreciation. *Subject to change

Contact Us

For events at the Disneyland® Resort, please email DL.runDisney.Volunteers@disney.com