runDisney for Charity: 2020 Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon

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My company, Park and Preston Travel, had the opportunity to work with several charities and their runners during the 2018-2019 race season. runDisney was trying out a new program for the charities and enlisted our help. Well, long story short, the program turned out to not be in the best interest for the Charity or the Charity Runner… so it only lasted for one season.

However, because of this, we developed some strong relationships with charities and we want to do whatever we can to support them as well as support the runners who want to raise funds!

I’ve taken some time to get all of the charity information together in one place!

How to Pick a Charity

It’s easy to take a look at the numbers and make a decision that way, but my biggest advice would be to pick a charity that holds a special place in your heart! Who do you WANT to run for? What story do you have to tell? How do you want to make a difference?

When to Decide on a Charity

The sooner, the better! You definitely want to have enough time to fundraise to make the biggest impact. Some people will sign up at the last minute in order to have access to a race registration that has sold out, and if that’s the case for you then it is time to hit the ground running! (ha! see what I did there?!)

You can also fundraise for a charity after you have your race registration. Most charities have the option to fundraise without securing your race registration through them – definitely reach out to see if that is an option for you!

Booking Your Charity Race Package

Each charity will have access to a limited number of discounted rooms that are only available to charity runners. If that’s something you would like to take advantage of – we support that decision completely! Unfortunately, we cannot book those rooms for you – but we can still work together. Definitely reach out and we can figure out the best package to fit your needs.


2020 Star Wars Rival Run Half Marathon Charity List

American Cancer Society
*Preferred Charity Partner*

Trade in your light saber for a pair of running shoes and join us at Star Wars Rival Run Weekend presented by Otterbox! This event is perfect for both first-time runners and seasoned endurance athletes. Run through Walt Disney World® Resort before the theme parks opens to guests! Along the way, you’ll enjoy entertainment, costumes, and your favorite Star Wars characters cheering you on. Make your miles more meaningful and more magical by running with Team DetermiNation!

  • Rival Run Challenge – $1,500
  • Half Marathon – $1,250
  • 10K – $750
  • 5K – $500

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

Save Lives and Bring Hope to Those Affected by Suicide

  • Rival Run Challenge – $325 + $1,000
  • Half Marathon – $180 + $750
  • 10K – $127 + $600
  • 5K – $87 + 400

Autism Speaks
*Preferred Charity Partner*

Join our team for the 2020 Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend! You can choose from any of the races, including the 5K, 10K, half marathon or the challenge. 

  • Rival Run Challenge – $1,400
  • Rival Run + 5K – $1,650
  • Half Marathon – $900
  • Half Marathon + 5K – $1,150
  • 10K – $500
  • 10K + 5K – $750
  • 5K – $500

Dragon Master Foundation

Team Fired Up has spots available for the 5th Anniversary Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend presented by OtterBox. Join us for a weekend of epic rivalries for the Star Wars™ Rival Run 5K, Star Wars™ Rival Run 10K, Star Wars™ Rival Run Half Marathon, or Star Wars™ Rival Run Challenge!

Dragon Master Foundation sets itself apart because we are data driven. We promote the sharing of information and seek to make research more effective by empowering collaboration. We believe that if we make data from previous and current trials and research more accessible, we will find a cure to cancer in our lifetime. By joining our fundraising team, you can help make that happen!

  • Rival Run Challenge – $850
  • Half Marathon – $700
  • 10K – $550
  • 5K – $500

Facing Our Risk of Cancer Empowered
*Preferred Charity Partner*

As a runner for TeamFORCE, you will be running to help those affected by hereditary cancer. Your support will help FORCE ensure that no one faces hereditary cancer alone.

  • Rival Run Challenge – $325
  • Half Marathon – $180
  • 10K – $127
  • 5K – $87

To be a participant on TeamForce they ask that you make a commitment to a fundraising level of:

  • $500 if this is the first bib you have registered for on TeamFORCE
  • $400 if you are a returning TeamFORCE & a participant in good standing
  • $200 if this is an additional bib for the 2019/2020 runDisney Race Season

Give Kids the World

When given the opportunity to have a wish granted, more than half of children will choose a trip to Central Florida. Fulfilling these wishes simply would not be possible without the unwavering support of Walt Disney World®.

Disney has been a supporter of Give Kids The World Village since the beginning, and continues to keep the magic alive nearly 30 years later. Each family member is treated to three-day park hopper tickets, valid at the four beloved Disney Parks. However, Disney doesn’t stop there. When families visit the theme parks, Disney provides wish families with complimentary photos of their visit and complimentary parking, strollers and wheelchairs. In addition, Disney Cast Member volunteers are frequently found serving meals and creating smiles at nightly entertainment activities throughout the year. Mickey Mouse and his friends even visit the Village twice a week for one-on-one time with GKTW families.

  • Rival Run Challenge – $250 + 1,500
  • Half Marathon – $200 + $1,000
  • 10K – $150 + $750
  • 5K – $100 + $500

Kellsie’s Hope Foundation

We hope you can join Kellsie’s Krew for the Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend April 16, 2020 through April 19, 2020. By joining Kellsie’s Krew, you are helping the Kellsie’s Hope Foundation fulfill its mission to provide hope to children and families battling cancer. Through your participation and generous fundraising efforts, Kellsie’s Hope is able to fund cancer research, promote childhood-cancer awareness, and provide much needed distraction to children suffering from this devastating disease. With your help we can continue to provide these wonderful children with comfort today and hope for their future.

  • Rival Run Challenge – $700
  • Half Marathon – $600
  • 10K – $500
  • 5K – $400

National Down Syndrome Society
*Preferred Charity Partner*

With your commitment to participate in the Star Wars™ Rival Run Weekend, you will be helping to support and share our mission of being the leading human rights organization for all individuals with Down syndrome.

  • Rival Run Challenge – $1,200
  • Half Marathon – $700
  • 10K – $700
  • 5K – $500

Teaching and Learning Collaborative

At TLC we are inspired every day by educators in our programs and we know they are inspiring their students in mathematics, science and computer science. All proceeds from the runDisney events support the development of resources and professional development programs for teachers.

  • Rival Run Challenge – $785 (two pi and a half)
  • Half Marathon – $417 (pi and a half)
  • 10K – $314 (pi)
  • 5K – $314 (pi)

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