runDisney cancels the 2020 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend planned for April 16 at Walt Disney World

Mar 20, 2020 in "Star Wars Rival Run Weekend"

runDisney has canceled the upcoming 2020 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend that was planned to take place at Walt Disney World April 16 2020 due to the continuing impact of coronavirus.

Here is the full update from runDisney:

With circumstances continuing to change rapidly around the globe, we are making critical and timely decisions based on guidance from local, national and international health agencies. As we have shared before, we are basing our decisions on the safety and well-being of our Cast Members and our Guests, since there is nothing more important than that.

In an abundance of caution, the 2020 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend will be cancelled. In addition, because our runDisney races require the presence of local medical professionals and first responders to monitor and treat runners, this will free up those resources for more critical needs during this time.

All participants for the Star Wars Rival Run Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort who purchased their registrations on will receive a refund for their race registration.

Star Wars Rival Run Weekend:
Runners registered for the 2020 Star Wars Rival Run Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort will receive a refund back to their original form of payment for the following:

  • Race registration (Half Marathon, 10k, 5k, Rival Run Challenge)
  • Commemorative merchandise
  • ChEAR Squad
  • Processing fee

Guests who’ve already received a partial refund will receive their remaining balance to a Disney gift card.

Refund Timing:
Refunds from runDisney can be expected to be processed in four to six weeks. If you haven’t received your refund after six weeks, please visit the “contact us” section on

Alternate booking methods:
Runners who’ve booked through a charity or tour operator should reach out directly to that organization. Runners who’ve booked through the Walt Disney Travel Company may call them at 407-939-4786 (407-939-IRUN) for available refund options.

On-sale dates:
On-sale dates for future runDisney races will be adjusted, and we will have more information to share soon.

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Article Posted: Mar 20, 2020 / 11:16ak ET
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Surferboy5671 day ago


EPCOT-O.G.1 day ago

I really appreciate you staying on top of these updates! Very helpful!

Surferboy5671 day ago

Kessel run challengers and virtual half runners your profile should have been updated for the virtual half with a numbered bib.

Surferboy5672 days ago

That Chewbacca medal was last years virtual medal.

EPCOT-O.G.2 days ago

Excellent. Thank you! For some reason I thought they had shown the medals for the virtual half and it was a Chewbacca one. This is cool! Will go well with my Disneyland 2016 one (which was modeled after the medal given after the Battle of Yavin).

Surferboy5672 days ago

runDisney Twitter, it’s probably one of the best Star Wars medals ever made. It’s that well made they really went out with a bang.

EPCOT-O.G.2 days ago

Where is it?

Surferboy5672 days ago

They FINALLY showed off the virtual half medal. It is perfection...

DznyGrlSD7 days ago

Got both of my refunds. Sad I'll never get to participate in a Star Wars run weekend but oh well.

surfsupdon8 days ago

I am still excited to see what this weekend morphs into!! I was not a Star Wars fan, so this weekend did not appeal to me. Looking forward to the future! Hope it is more than the now regular 5K, 10K, Half spread over three days. We shall see!

DznyGrlSD10 days ago

yep...I think it's BS but what are we going to do, right?

Texas8410 days ago

Got my notice for the challenge. Card has been refunded for everything else. Did you all notice the non-refundable processing fees?

DznyGrlSD10 days ago

...and just like that I got the cancellation email for the challenge. From my fingers to runDisney's ears.

DznyGrlSD10 days ago

Logged into RunDisney and I have access to the virtual toolkit for the half. I'm going to give it a few more days before calling rD to make sure this has been canceled. My 5k registration is showing canceled.