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Monday, October 1, 2012

Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler

Does your idea of a fun Saturday night include a 10-mile run through the dark Central Florida woods?

If it does you might be one of the 10,000 runners who raced in the inaugural Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 miler at Disney this weekend.
RunDisney added another new themed race to its schedule with the Tower of Terror 10 miler.  The race weekend included a 2-day expo, Family Fun Run 5k, and kids races.
disney kids race
Saturday Kids Races
The race started at Disney's Hollywood Studios and was themed to the Tower Hotel with a nod to the Twilight Zone.  Our start line was designed to be the bar at the Tower Hotel. I thought it looked amazing! Such attention to detail.
I had announcing duties for the expo, kids races, and the 10 miler start and finish.  The announcers were "themed" too. I had been worried about what my "costume" would be, but I loved it.
We were going with the feel of the Tower Hotel with a modern twist.  If you've ever ridden Tower of Terror then you know what I'm talking about.  Rudy (far left) was the "hotel manager", I was a hotel celebrity guest, and John (right) was a skeptical reporter.  He  simply couldn't understand why people would want to run around in the dark woods at night.

As I mentioned the course started at Hollywood Studios at 10pm.  From there the runners headed towards Animal Kingdom and back down Osceola Parkway.  Then they entered ESPN's Wide World of Sports and for the first time ever in a Disney race they ran on the warning track of Champion's Stadium.  After that they entered Hollywood Studios and raced past Lights, Motors, Action and the Sorcer's Hat before finishing right at the Tower of Terror.

My sister-in-law Kelsey ran the race.
She didn't just run the race...she killed it. She won her age group and finished at the 6th overall female!  Her 10 mile time was 1:12:54. I need to borrow some of her speed.
She said she loved the race. She was pretty focused during the race, so she doesn't remember much of the entertainment but she liked all the people yelling and the music on the course.
I asked her about running through the stadium and I was surprised when she said how hard it was on run on the warning track.  Did anyone else who ran think this?  She was probably going at the 7:05 pace, so that might have something to do with it.  She also said it was the hottest race she's ever done.  It was nasty humid.  Can someone please tell Florida that it's fall?
Kelsey post-race.
Working this race only has me more excited about my half in November. I'm also looking to plan another half in March and maybe a 5 or 10k in December. Thoughts?

Our next RunDisney event is the Wine and Dine Half Marathon in November.  Will I see you there?

Have you ever run a night race?

Love and elevators,
Carissa & Kyle