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Star Wars™ Half Marathon - The Dark Side presented by OtterBox

Event Overview

Volunteers are needed on behalf of the Make a Wish Foundation for the Star Wars™ Half Marathon – The Dark Side race weekend at Walt Disney World® Resort! The weekend includes out-of-this-world runs and galactic fun featuring five events: runDisney Health & Fitness Expo, runDisney Kids Races, Star Wars Dark Side 5K, Star Wars Dark Side 10K and Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon.

Please click here for information to help you have a great volunteer experience. Information includes general event overviews as well as specific information for volunteer check-in and guidelines.

Celebratory Charity

Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida grants wishes to children that have been diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 years old. Mission Statement: We grant the wishes of children diagnosed with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience through hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida has granted more than 5,500 since founded in 1994. Nationally Make-A-Wish has granted over 310,000 wishes since 1980. The average cost of (1) wish is $8,000. The wish is completely and entirely paid for by Make-A-Wish. There is no cost to the family. There are (4) main wish types:

I wish to go…       I wish to be…       I have to have…        I wish to meet…

Click here to donate to Make a Wish Foundation.

Volunteer Needs


Volunteer Ambassadors are needed on behalf of Make a Wish Foundation for various roles throughout the weekend which features five different events:

  • runDisney Health & Fitness Expo
    Thursday, April 19 - Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • runDisney Kids Races presented by GoGo squeeZ® Applesauce on the Go
    Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Star Wars Dark Side 5K
    Friday, April 20, 2018
  • Star Wars Dark Side 10K
    Saturday, April 21, 2018
  • Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon
    Sunday, April 22, 2018

Medical Volunteer Needs

Florida Hospital Celebration Health will be providing complete medical coverage for the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side race weekend. We invite you to be a part of the elite medical team that will provide race support for 75,000+ runners. We need volunteers that are state certified/licensed MDs, DOs, PAs, DPMs, ARNPs, RNs, ATCs, PTs, PMs and EMTs to volunteer their time. Hours vary by day/assignment. You should be available as early as 3:00 a.m. and as late as 2:00 p.m. You must also be able to stay for the duration of your assigned schedule. To request an application or for more information, please call our Medical Volunteer Hotline at 407-303-4053.


The Volunteer Ambassador Team Program does have minimum age requirements to participate as a volunteer. Volunteers for all events 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. Remember that children under the minimum age are not allowed to volunteer or accompany you. You will be told on the event day that your services cannot be utilized if you have children with you. This is for the safety of your child and everyone else involved.


Volunteer registration is now closed.

Volunteer Resources


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. To print a copy of the Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side waivers please click on the appropriate link below:

  • Print a copy of the waiver for ADULTS
  • Print a copy of the waiver for MINORS

Volunteer Dress Code

All Make-A-Wish Foundation Volunteers are expected to wear clothing appropriate to the family friendly Disney style, providing for appropriate covering of body parts and no offensive graphics. For scheduled shifts which take place during the Expo or Kids Races, please wear comfortable appropriate length shorts or pants (khakis preferred; no jeans please) and comfortable closed toe shoes. For scheduled shifts which take place at the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon races, please wear comfortable closed toe shoes.

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 their photo identifications available at all times.
  • All bags, parcels, and carry packs are subject to search.
  • Please keep personal items to a minimum and leave valuables at home. Facilities are not available to store personal items.
  • All necessary personal items must be carried in a clear bag. You may not place a non-clear bag, parcel or carry pack inside a clear bag.
  • All volunteers must go through the bag check route, with or without bags.
  • NO FOLDING CHAIRS. Volunteers are not allowed to bring folding chairs with them.



Volunteer shifts will be scheduled on a first come, first serve 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, which includes placing volunteers on a waiting list. You will receive a confirmed volunteer schedule closer to the event.


Volunteer Ambassadors will receive confirmation of the shifts for which they have been scheduled. Confirmations will be mailed approximately 30 days prior to the event or emailed after that time. Confirmations will include further information on parking, directions, and other useful information.

Credential Pick-Up (Star Wars Dark Side 5K, 10K and Half Marathon Races Only)

Volunteers who are scheduled for the 5K, 10K, and Half Marathon races MUST pick up their volunteer credentials at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex on one of the scheduled days listed below or at the Disney Sports Building, 3281 Sherberth Rd, Kissimmee, FL during the Early Bird Pick-Up dates. All volunteers must sign a waiver to obtain their credentials and participate. If you are picking up a credential for another volunteer, please print the waiver and have it signed in advance by the participant. Volunteers under 18 years of age must have a waiver signed by a parent/legal guardian.

Early Bird Credential Pick-Up (Disney Sports Building, 3281 Sherberth Rd, Kissimmee, FL)

  • Wednesday, April 11, 2018
    4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Saturday, April 14, 2018
    10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.*

Volunteer Credential Pick-Up (ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex)

  • Thursday, April 19, 2018
    10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Friday, April 20, 2018
    10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.*
  • Saturday, April 21, 2018
    10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.*

*Hours subject to change

Contact Us

Call the Volunteer Ambassador Team Info Line at 407-938-3880 or email volunteer.ambassador.team@disneysports.com.