Sunday, April 23, 2017

Records set at Star Wars Half Marathon - The Dark Side at Disney World

Samuel Souza Do Nascimento won all three races during the 2nd annual Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side weekend at Disney World, including the half marathon.
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The Dark Side winner Samuel Souza Do Nascim crosses the finish line 
first with a time of 1:07:14 at Disney World. 

Nascimento, from Limeira, Brazil, won the half marathon on Sunday with a time of 1:07:14, beating last year's record of 1:13:39 by more than six minutes.

Earlier in the weekend, Nascimento won the Stars Wars 5K, and Star Wars 10K. “The thing that impressed me about this race is the overall energy of the run,” Nascimento said, in a Disney press release. “Other races I have run in the past, there have been one or two people on the sideline cheering and here there is a whole different energy to it, which helped me perform at an entirely different level.”

Tyler Andrews of Arlington, Va. was second (1:09:40) and Sam Montclair of Durham, N.C. was third (1:13:07).

Sydney Devore, 25, of Lakeland, Fla. was the first female finisher of the 13.1-mile race, setting the race record with a winning time of 1:20:15. “This was a bucket list race for me, and I PR’d (set a personal record) by five minutes so I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out,” Devor said in the release.

The second-place female finisher was Jacki Wachtel of New Port Richey, Fla. (1:22:29) and third-place finisher was Georganne Watson of Gainesville, Fla. (1:25:44).

The Star Wars Half Marathon – The Dark Side is the fourth race in runDisney’s nine-race series that encompasses Disney World, Disneyland and Disneyland Paris. Next up is the Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend in Disneyland from May 11 to May 14. 

Disney publicity photo
The Dark Side female winner Sydney Devore crosses the finish line with an official time of 1:20:15. 
Devore joined more than 45,500 runners from across the galaxy to participate in the 2nd annual
Star Wars Half Marathon – The Side at Disney World. 

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