Tuesday, September 16, 2014

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Thriller



Join the countDOWN to The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler .  On Saturday, October 4th, 2014 thrill seekers will run through the fifth dimension under the cover of darkness.  Beginning at 10 p.m., runners will follow this supernatural course from Disney's Hollywood Studios, towards Disney's Animal Kingdom, through Champion Stadium at ESPN Wide World of Sports, and then enter Disney's Hollywood Studios for the chilling race finale.

Courtesy of runDisney
I have had the honor to both volunteer and run for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Celebratory Charity, Autism Speaks.  If you spot hordes of colorful jigsaw singlets on the course (or riding The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror during the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash) you'll know why.
The haunting commences as you cross the starting line; many of the Disney Characters found during Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run are lurking in the 10 miles of shadows.  Spooky details hang in the trees, in the woods, and even above you...

Watch the web!
After spending many miles on Osceola Parkway, ESPN Wide World of Sports is not only a welcome sight, but your joints will appreciate the segue to sand, grass, and track surfaces.  (This year, runDisney promises a "series of four gentle slopes dotting the course" will "elevate the fun."  I'm intrigued!!)


The true entertainment begins when you enter Disney's Hollywood Studios.


My posse wanted to call "ACTION" as we entered Lights, Motors, Action Extreme Stunt Show and we saw our mugs on the giant screen.  What a perfect way to bring out the Hollywood ham in every runner!


After a sprint down the oh-so-familiar New York Street, it's time for the star of the show.  Running past The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror at the stroke of midnight is ghoulish indeed.


The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Halloween, nighttime race trio is a metaphysical mix.  It is certainly not your typical runDisney experience, and not for the faint of heart.  (Especially if the temperature and humidity are as sinister as they have been the past two years.)  This race is 10 miles of guilty pleasure- if you dare!


A description of all other Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend events can be found at the Virtual runDisney Blog Hop HERE.  Thank you again to all 15 writers and a special shout out to co-host Julie @runwalkfastpass!

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory

Happy Trails~ Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run



A runDisney 5K is always a happy, feel-good event, but Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run stands apart from the usual.  In addition to the expected "haunted" 3.1 miles, the grass, dirt/sand/gravel path and track running surfaces can present unexpected but enjoyable challenges.  Personally, once a runDisney trail run was announced I couldn't sign up quickly enough.  My joints just love these forgiving surfaces (Top PT Tips for Trail Running), and with some basic planning yours will too!

On Saturday, October 4th, 2014 the fun begins at 5:30 a.m., as busses transport racers from the Host Resorts to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  All participants must be in their corrals by 7:15 a.m. to prepare for the 7:30 a.m. race start.

Leave plenty of time for photo ops with characters and friends alike!
Watch the sunrise as you enter the corrals.
Dew-coated grass greets the happy haunted runners as the 5K begins, so ghouls and goblins should take care as they make their stride.

Watch your step!
Take advantage of the distinctive "villainous" Disney Character entertainment on this course; Br'er Bear and Br'er Fox, Big Bad Wolf, Captain Hook, a haunted pirate ship and the Haunted Mansion Grave Diggers to name a few.


Notice the hazard cones and muddy conditions.
Keep your head up for terrain changes, occasional narrow paths and spooky sounds emanating from the woods.

5K Finisher Medallion
Useful Tips:
-   Stay alert on the course, as mud turns to marsh and then to sand quickly.  It would be wise to step aside and come to a full stop before snapping your race photos.
-   Be watchful for ruts, stones and other surface abnormalities on the natural path; there's nothing magical about a turned ankle!
-   The sides of the paths are generally less worn and may offer more traction.
-   If you own trail shoes, you will appreciate them on this course.
-   There are two water stops during Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run (mile 1.5 and mile 2.25).
-   Perhaps this is not the 5K for runDisney newcomers; the added variables might distract from the fabulous runDisney fun factor.
-   Be aware that the entire course route traverses ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  There is no time spent running through a Disney Park during this race.


A description of all other Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend events can be found at the Virtual runDisney Blog Hop HERE.  Thank you again to all 15 writers and a special shout out to co-host Julie @runwalkfastpass!

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Virtual Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Blog Hop



Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop Directory


Virtual Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Blog Hop
"Drop in" on these supernatural authors for your virtual race experience.

Get set for thrills, chills (and a few hills)!





Best Hotel Accommodations~   Krissy Murphy    Shiawase Life

Training/Pacing~   Pamela Potter Frost~    Wife Mother Runner 

Race Costuming~   Gail Gudehus Savidge~   Run All The Races

Tips for Running Your 1ST Race at Walt Disney World~   Blair Toombs~   runFIERCELY

Transportation~   Kristen George Smith~   The Smith Summary

runDisney Health & Fitness Expo~   Pam Keenan~   We Run Disney 

Fueling for a Night Race~   Julie Smith Franklin~   Run. Walk. FASTPASS. Repeat. 

Pacing Your Day for a Night Race~   Anne Martin~   Outrunning the Fork

What to Carry When You Run~   Becky Ginther~   Disney in Your Day

gEAR Bag Check & What to Pack~   Melanie Adams~   My Glass Sneaker

Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run~   Didi Marie~      DIStherapy

A Non-Runners Guide to the 10-MILER~   Kimberly Kahl    Magical Memories With the Mouse 

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Thrills~   Didi Marie    DIStherapy

Characters on the Course~ Kimberly Torres Markey~   Maker Mother Marathon Runner

Medals~ Michael E. Kirby

Disney Villains Hollywood Bash~   Shannon McKinney Dill~   Purveyor of Pixie Dust


A huge thank you for each of our 15 authors- you have prepared us well for things that go bump in the night.  A special thanks to our operator, Julie Smith Franklin @runwalkfastpass; she safely steered us through the fifth dimension and away from that 13th floor!



More Virtual runDisney magic:

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Expedition Everest Challenge Blog Hop

Virtual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop


Sunday, September 7, 2014

Runners/Writers Wanted for the Virtual Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend Blog Hop




Are you ready for some virtual planning?  A virtual overview- from the top to the bottom-  of
   ThTwilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Marathon Weekend?

Join us in the Fifth Dimension.  Going UP?!

Attention experts, pros, beginners and wannabes, we want YOU!  My co-host, the most loveable blogging ace Julie of Run.Walk.FASTPASS.Repeat @runwalkfastpass, and I are looking for brave souls with a runDisney passion who will join us in a Virtual runDisney Blog Hop on Wednesday, September 17th.  Each runner/writer will choose a race topic (from costuming to Disney Villians Hollywood Bash)  and cover the ups and downs from an instructional and/or personal point of view.  Together we'll plot The Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror 10-Miler Weekend; for the benefit of first-timers and veteran spooks alike!




Would you like more details?  Are you ready to take the ride?  Please contact me HERE.  *This blog hop is open to bloggers and non-bloggers alike.  Remember, every post is supernatural!!


Prior posts in the series:

Virtual Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Tinker Bell Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop

Virtual Expedition Everest Challenge Blog Hop

Virtual Disneyland Half Marathon Weekend Blog Hop