(PHOTO:Second Star Wars Half Marathon victory for Arciniaga; Fellow Olympics hopeful Annie Bersagel is female winner; Event was first of four runDisney events at Disneyland Resort this year; More than 30,000 runners started races during the four-day event weekend - (Jan. 17, 2016) The Force is strong with Nick Arciniaga, 32, once again as he repeats as the winner in the Star Wars Half Marathon presented by Sierra Nevada Corporation at Disneyland Resort Sunday. After winning the inaugural Star Wars Half Marathon in 2015, the Fountain Valley, Calif., native followed up with second straight victory in a record-setting time of 1:05:49.
Arciniaga, 32, who now lives in Flagstaff, Ariz., blasted past First Order stormtroopers to break the tape at the finish line. Adam Roach of Pebble Beach, Calif., was second (1:12:29) and Hunter Sapienza of Seattle, Wash., was third (1:12:38).
“This is a race that means a lot to me,” Arciniaga said of the victory. “I’ve been a Star Wars fan ever since I can remember.” Arciniaga goes on to compete in the U.S. Olympic Team Trials Marathon in the upcoming weeks.