The force was with Nick Arciniaga over the weekend in Southern California.
The 32-year-old, who’s in his final preparations for the Olympic Trials marathon next month in Los Angeles, defended his title at Disneyland’s Star Wars Half Marathon, winning the race in a time of 1:05:49. As he approached the finish line, his wife handed him a toy lightsaber, which he proudly brandished as he crossed.
“Did you see that?” the PA announcer shouted after Arciniaga finished. “He’s having way too much fun!”
It’s well-documented that Arciniaga is a huge Star Wars fan. When RunDisney started the Star Wars Half Marathon last year, Arciniaga told latrials2016.com, “I knew I had to run it. It speaks to me more than anything else. That will be the race where I want to have a streak.”
Arciniaga is a 2:11 marathoner and sponsored by UnderArmour. His UA teammate, Annie Bersagel, won the women’s race at the Star Wars Half in 1:15:09. Both used the Star Wars Half as a tune-up for the U.S. Olympic Trials marathon on Feb. 13.