runDisney Tower of Terror Medals Revealed

runDisney recently released the 2014 medals for the Tower of Terror race weekend that will take place at the beginning of October. I love the hitchhiking ghosts on the 5k medal, and am glad they are still sticking with the super cool 10 miler medal with moveable parts, it’s one of my favorites!

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Last year was my first year to run this race, and I ended up really, really loving it. We stayed at the Boardwalk Inn, so simply walked over to the race start, and then back to the resort after the party. The ten mile distance was perfect for a humid Florida evening…just when I started getting really tired, the race was over! I originally wasn’t a huge fan of the night time races but have truly grown to love them. There were a lot of fun characters on the course that you don’t normally see at a typical runDisney race, and of course after parties are a lot of fun!

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You can check out my race recap from last year’s event for some motivation, or just to know what to expect on race day. I am super bummed I won’t be there this year (my due date is just 3-4 days before the race!) But hopefully will be able to run it again in the future.

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For more info on this race or the other runDisney events, check out runDisney.com.

QOTD: Have you ever run a night race? Thoughts on this year’s medals?

Tower of Terror 10 Miler 2013 Race Recap

On October 5th, I was able to run my very first runDisney Tower of Terror ten miler. It was a night race, and it didn’t start until 10:00. Yikes. Remember, I am like an old person, I go to bed quite early. The LSU game came on at 7:00, so we spent an hour at ESPN watching the game before going back to our room at the Boardwalk, changing clothes and walking over to Hollywood Studios for the race. (We decided to stay at Boardwalk for this very reason).

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Hidden Mickey!

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I loved my Cruella costume, and I got a ton of compliments and shout outs on the race course! The arm sleeves got very warm, but oh well.

As soon as we arrived, I ran into some friends, then hunted down Team runDisney for a group photo. There were a lot more of us there than I realized! it was great chatting with everyone.

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I also got to meet Lesley, who made my tutu for me. She was super sweet, and has started making tutu’s as a side business.

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Soon they were calling for everyone to get into their corrals. We headed into C and someone offered to take a photo of us after they saw us struggling with a sad looking selfie.

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We had walked a good ways to get to the start line, but I ran into Kristen and we chatted until the race started so it didn’t seem long at all.

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I love starting line fireworks. So pretty and adrenaline pumping!

Carissa and Rudy counting us down in adorable costumes.

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Our corral made it up to the start, we got a shout out from Carissa, and we were on our way through the twilight zone!

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It took me awhile to get into the groove. I had been eating restaurant food for days, and walked around the parks for three days already, so I was feeling sluggish. I finally felt better by time we got to Animal Kingdom and saw some cool looking stilt walkers.

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Watch out for the giant spider!

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I had to stop and get this picture for my boss. The queen is her favorite. Off with their heads!

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We headed back in the direction we had already come, and it was then that I realized just how many people were running. Look at all the people on the left side! (I’m on the right next to the guy in the green shirt). SO cool to be in the same place at the same time with so many people with the same passions as me, Disney and running.

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We headed towards the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex, and I was curious how this “trail” portion was going to go. For the most part it was ok, although my ankles did not like the huge rocks so we went really slow. There was one portion that had zero lights and I got really nervous not knowing where I was stepping, but other than that it was well lit. We ran around the track and saw these guys. They told us they liked that our bibs because they had the number 13 in them haha.

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There was one guy wandering around the track dragging his shovel, cracked me up. I love it.

I had to go to the bathroom since the race started and didn’t run into the woods like Bobby before the race started, so we took a quick stop here. It was so nice to pee in “real” bathrooms along the race course.

Soon we were going into Champion Stadium. It was nothing like running through the stadium at Disneyland, sadly not very many spectators were there. However, I had to remind myself it was late at night and most sane people were probably in bed already.

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This next photo was my favorite of the whole race. After posing with these guys, I went to walk off and one of them grabbed my shoulder and wouldn’t let me go! I started screaming that I had to finish the race so he’d better let go. They were SO in character and did a great job!

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Next we ran under the Hollywood Studios sign, if you look closely you can see a villain yelling at us from atop the sign.

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Into Hollywood Studios we went, and I knew we were close! I stopped with this guy for my dad. He loves him some Mike.

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Bobby’s photo did not come out below. One bad thing about night races.

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We passed the Sorcerer’s hat, went around a couple more corners, and then we were at the finish line. We crossed in 1:52, but the race seemed to go by so much faster than that.

We got our medals and had to walk FOREVER to get to the gear check area at Indiana Jones.

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We walked back towards the hat and I found this lovely lady.

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We were really tired and ended up not staying long at the Villain’s bash. Most people were just sitting around, and I didn’t really want to ride or eat or drink anything right after running a sweaty race.

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We left about 1:45 and made the long trek back to the Boardwalk and crashed. After showers of course.

I LOVE my new bling, it glows in the dark and the elevator moves up an down. Good job runDisney.

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Overall thoughts:

-LOVED the distance. Long enough to be a challenge but short enough to not feel like death.

-I thought the on course entertainment and amount of characters was very good. Loved seeing ones that aren’t normally out and about, and the lines were not very long.

-The course going through WWOS…meh. I wish it went through Animal Kingdom instead, would be more entertaining, and safer than the trail to WWOS.

-Post race party, not sure what I was expecting but maybe I was just too tired to enjoy it. The lines for characters were super long and we only saw two of them, food and alcohol had to be bought, and I was just flat out tired.

-The bling is awesome, love this medal, and the race shirt design was cool. Was bummed the “I did it” shirt you can buy at the official merchandise table was long sleeved. it’s the first time EVER I haven’t bought the shirt. I just get no use out of LS, and wish they would give us an option of both.

-I think having more and smaller corrals helped. I never felt crowded at all, and am so glad runDisney listened to the runners to make the course more safe and enjoyable!

-Didn’t like I had to walk so far to get my gar check bag. I just wanted to sit down! Must be somewhere else they can put it? Minor detail.

-Would I do this race again? YES! I had a really great time just having fun with it and felt it was well organized. Two thumbs up, which means a lot coming from someone who does not like to stay up late for anything!

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Be sure to visit rundisney.com for more information about their races!

QOTD: Have you ever run a night race?

Tower of Terror Race Weekend

It’s officially the week of the runDisney Tower of Terror ten mile race weekend! I have never run this race, so I can’t wait to experience it for the first time, it’s been on my race bucket list!

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The race takes place the night of October 5, 2013, and starts at 10:00 at night. After the race is the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash until 4:00 in the morning. I am excited to see what this is all about, but I doubt I will be staying out until 4:00!

The health and fitness expo takes place Friday and Saturday (12:00-8:00 and 10:00 to 4:00) and will feature booths from many great companies and official race merchandise.

You can find a course map, final race instructions, race waiver download link, and spectator info on runDisney’s website.

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If you will be at the race, be on the lookout for me, I would LOVE to say hello to you! I will  be live posting on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook during my trip so be sure to follow along!

There is a lot going on at Walt Disney World during this event such as EPCOT’s international Food and Wine festival and Mickey’s Not so Scary Halloween party (we are going Sunday!)

*You can still sign up for the kids races and the Villains Hollywood bash!

St. Patrick’s Day 5k: Take 3

Good morning! Having a bit of a repeat of last weekend today…Bobby and I are running another 5k this weekend! Don’t judge, it’s already starting to get hot here so we have to take advantage while we can. We are running the St. Patrick’s Day 5k down by the beach. Honestly, I am a bit leery of this race. It’s our third year running it,  (2011, 2012) and last year it was a disaster! Ran out of water, started late, it was HOT, ran out of shirts for people who pre paid…I was not a happy girl. However, since we don’t have that many races to pick from, I decided to give this race another shot and hope they rectified the situation from last year. I will let you know how it goes. If I don’t die of dehydration that is. At least I won’t get pinched in my green running outfit.

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Not a happy girl after last year’s event. This year, I am bringing my own water!

Hopefully the weather will cooperate and good times will be had by all.

I also wanted to mention that not only can you now register for the runDisney Tower of Terror ten miler, but for the Wine and Dine half marathon as well. The Tower of Terror is already about 50% full, so don’t miss out on your chance! Both are going to be super fun. I am already signed up for ToT, but haven’t pulled the trigger on Wine and Dine…yet. I really want a re-do on Wine and Dine since I was so sick last year, and hopefully I can make it happen. I have fallen in love with the food and wine festival and that time of year in Disney World! Amazing weather, great food, a half marathon, what more could a Disney loving girl want?

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Speaking of Tower of Terror, Check out this message I got from reader Elizabeth:

“I know you love runDisney and I am running the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler with my mom because the beneficiary is Autism Speaks and my niece has autism. We are also looking for people to sponsor our run, so that we can help out their family with all the medical expenses that come with autism therapy.
I blogged about this here: http://www.g0ss.com/2013/03/run-for-sophia.html and created a donation site for Run for Sophia here:http://www.giveforward.com/fundraiser/qq22/runforsophia.” Be sure to check it out if you are able!

 

QOTD: Have you ever been to a race or other sporting event where they ran out of water or didn’t start on time?

Tower of Terror Ten Miler

 

More than 10,000 runners dropped in for scary good nighttime race themed around iconic haunted hotel! Yes, I’m talking about the runDisney Tower of Terror ten miler!

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Juan Morales of Huntington Beach, Calif., won the inaugural Tower of terror race in a time of 58:00. The female winner,  Kimberly Mueller of San Diego, finished with a time of 1:04:50. Speedy!

This nighttime race course wound through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, then through Hollywood Studios, and towards the Tower of Terror ride itself. Temps were hot and humid, but that didn’t seem to stop the fun!

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Finishers received a commemorative medal, fashioned after the attraction itself, and then partied the night away at the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash post-race party with family and friends. There was live music, character meets, as well as access to rides like The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.

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The weekend also included a 5k fun run as well as kids races prior to the ten mile event. There was also a health and fitness expo at the Wide World of Sports complex.

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I hate that I had to miss this fun event, and I hope to get to run it next year! The bling is awesome, and it looks like so much fun. Plus, costumes? Hello! Love it! Congrats to everyone who ran, and I hope you had an amazing time! You can check our the results on the runDisney page.

QOTD: Have you ever run a night race? or a race in costume? Tell me about it!

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