Race Report: 2014 runDisney The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler
The main event of the weekend, and the second race of the day, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler had a start time of 10pm. A full 14 plus hours after the start of the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run. So as soon as got back to our rooms, we ate breakfast and got out of our costumes/running gear, and napped.
It is vital, especially with races both in the morning and at night, to rest and stay off our feet as much as possible. In 2013, I didn’t rest as much as I should, and the little rest coupled with Florida heat made the 10 miler difficult. This year, I stayed off my feet until it was time to costume up, park at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and bus over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
Perfectly Goofy Gail and I choose costumes from the Haunted Mansion’s stretch room – complete with props! I always complain that the 10-miler should be a half marathon – that is until I’m at mile 9 and then I’m happy to only have a mile left. I was ECSTATIC we were “only” running 10 miles since I was carrying both a parasol and stuffed gator. And then I was THRILLED I was “only” carrying a parasol and stuffed gator for 10 miles when I was handed George to carry for a stretch….He was WAY heavier than both combined!
The Tower of Terror 10 miler was a great race. The weather was humid, but not too unbearable. There were plenty of character stops, although with all our stopping and waiting in line, we ended up having to hoof it at the end to outrun the sweepers…
Here’s who we saw on course:
- Jafar – Aladdin
- Shenzi, Banzai and Ed – The Lion King
- The Queen of Hearts – Alice in Wonderland
- Doctor Facilier – The Princess and the Frog
- Captain Cook – Peter Pan
- The Witch – Snow White
- Jack Skellington and Sally – The Nightmare Before Christmas
- The gravediggers – Haunted Mansion
- Stitch – Lilo and Stitch
- Zombie football players
- The Big Bad Wolf – The Three Little Pigs
- Ballroom dancers – Haunted Mansion
- Lotso – Toy Story 3
We had a great time at The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler. Having a night race dedicated to Disney Villains with the spirit of Halloween should remain in the runDisney schedule. Unfortunately, the race is not on runDisney’s 2015 schedule, but we hope we see it back in the future. Here’s a video recap of our race – we hope you enjoy!
Did you run the Tower10Miler? What was your favorite character stop?