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2014 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Race Weekend Info

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For the third year, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler has crept up on us once again…are you ready to take a trip into the fifth dimension??  Well I hope so because I have all the information you will need for the race weekend so you can run directly to these medals!

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Health & Fitness Expo

Like all other runDisney race weekends you will need to start yours by heading to the Health & Fitness Expo at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Hours for the Expo are:

  • Friday, October 3rd: 10:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, October 4th: 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Participants in all of the races MUST attend the Expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick up race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt, and gEAR bag.  The gEAR bag also doubles at the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration, such as pins or necklaces.

Your first stop at the Expo will be the HP Field House for Packet Pick Up.  If you are unable to attend the Expo, you can arrange for an absentee pick-up by filling out an authorization form (found here) and providing the person picking up your bib with a photo copy of your ID and signed waiver.  This is also where the Speaker Series will be held throughout the weekend.

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From there you will then proceed across the way to the Jostens Center to pick up your race shirt and gEAR bag, visit with over 40 vendors and spend all your money on runDisney merchandise.

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Here’s a preview of some of the merchandise that will be available from runDisney!

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Resort Transportation

Bus transportation will be available to bring participants to and from ALL events taking place during The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend.  This includes the Expo, 5K, Kids Races and 10-Miler.  Bus service to the Expo will run during the following times:

  • Friday, October 3rd: 9:30 am – 7:30 pm (last bus will leave resorts at 6:30 pm)
  • Saturday, October 4th: 8:00 am – 3:30 am (last bus will leave resorts at 2:30 pm)

For the 5K, runners must be on a bus by 6:30 am to make it to the corrals by 7:15 am at the latest.  For Kids Races, families must be on a bus by 8:30 am to make it to the corrals by 9:15 am at the latest.  For the 10-Miler, runners must be on a bus by 8:15 pm to make it to the corrals by 9:15 pm at the latest.  Buses will run until 4:00 am on Sunday for a return trip to the resort.  If you are staying at the Boardwalk, Beach Club, Yacht Club, Swan or Dolphin, you have the option of walking to the staging area.

These are the host resorts for the weekend:

  • Disney’s All-Star Movies Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Music Resort
  • Disney’s All-Star Sports Resort
  • Disney’s Beach Club Villas Resort
  • Disney’s Boardwalk Villas Resort
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Old Key West Resort
  • Disney’s Polynesian Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – French Quarter
  • Disney’s Port Orleans Resort – Riverside
  • Disney’s Saratoga Springs Resort & Spa
  • Disney’s Wilderness Lodge Resort
  • Disney’s Yacht Club Resort

Driving Directions

If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation to all events.  An important thing to note is that there will be NO parking at Disney’s Hollywood Studios on the evening of the race.  Runners and spectators will need to park at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex and take shuttles to the Studios.  Runners must be on a shuttle by 8:15 pm, so make sure to leave extra time to park your car and wait in line for a shuttle.

Costumes

Since these races have a villain/Halloween theme, the costumes are always great!!  It’s amazing to see what some people run in!  Last year I ran into the Siamese Cats from Lady and the Tramp!

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Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.  This is for your own safety, especially during a night race!  So who are you dressing up as??

Bag Check

Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race.  The strings on the gEAR bags make them horribly uncomfortable to carry around if you are planning on staying for the after party.

All bags must be checked by 9:00 pm in the Film Lot at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  Bags will be available for pick-up at the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Theatre and must be claimed by 2:30 am on the morning of October 5th.  This is a LONG hike after the race so if you are meeting friends or family at the after party, consider having them take your bag instead of checking it.

Staging Area & Start Corrals

The corrals will be located on the south side of the Film parking lot past the bag check area.  Your corral will be listed on your race bib and you will only be granted access to that corral or one behind you.  All runners MUST be in their starting corral by 9:15 pm.  Corrals will then be walked down to the starting line (starting with A), which is on the other side of the main toll plaza at the south entrance to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.  The 10-Miler will start at 10:00 pm with the wheelchair start at 9:58 pm.

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You can find your corral placement by printing your waiver and finding the corresponding corral for your bib number.

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Race Bibs

Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible.

Pacing Requirements

You must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race or you will run the risk of being picked up and brought to the finish line.  Keep this in mind if you are planning to stop for character photos.  Those lines can get long and it’s easy to lose track of time.  Pace cyclists and the dreaded balloon ladies will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.

Aid Stations

There will be 7 PowerAde and water stops along the course and they are located approximately 1.5 miles apart from each other.  The PowerAde flavor is lemon-lime, so if that isn’t your thing you should carry your own.

Changing Tents

Changing areas will be available outside the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular Theatre after the race so you can get out of those sweaty clothes to enjoy the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash.  But be warned that there is no privacy and the tents are HOT, so I have found that it is worth it to stand in line for a bit to get into an air conditioned restroom to change.

Course Maps

Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run

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The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

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More information on other events like the Kids Races is available on the runDisney website and in the Official Event Guide for the weekend.  Also, check out some of my packing tips as your get ready to travel and one of my plans for prepping for night races.  I have run this race race for the past two years and have a lot of tips and insight in my race recaps.  Hopefully you will find some of them useful:

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I decided to take a break from running this race this year, but I have tons of reporters out there bringing you photos and stories from the weekend.  I have my fingers crossed for you that this year brings some cooler temps so you have a more enjoyable race.  I can’t wait to follow along!!

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The 2013 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Race Recap

Last year’s 10-Miler was not my favorite race and I actually wasn’t sure I was going to run it again this year.  But after seeing that the race was pushed back a week I was hoping that might make it a bit cooler, plus I always like to give things a second chance.  So I registered and crossed my fingers for cooler temperatures.  Imagine disappointment when I woke up the day of the race to this:

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Sigh…  Looked like I was in for another hot one, but what would a Disney race be without heat right?!  So I was just going to make the best of it.  And what better way to start off your day than with a giant breakfast at Kouzzina.  Allergen-free waffles, bacon, sweet potato hash & fruit…perfect fuel for race.

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After breakfast, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do.  I knew I would go stir crazy if I just went back to the hotel and rested all day, but I didn’t want to go crazy at the parks and tire my legs out.  A few friends were heading over to the Food & Wine Festival for the afternoon so I decided to do that.  I could slowly stroll around World Showcase and keep my legs loose…and maybe meet some fun characters.

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I headed back to WorldQuest Resort around 4pm to get some rest before the race.  I showered, took a quick nap and heated up my leftovers from breakfast that morning.  Sweet potato hash is some awesome pre-race fuel!

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Amanda’s hubs was meeting some of our other non-runner friends for dinner on the Boardwalk, so we hitched a ride with them to the resort.  The runners took off down the path towards the Studios and the non-runners headed towards Kouzzina for a tasty dinner.

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Walking to the Studios was exciting.  You could hear the music in the distance and we were talking strategy for the race course.  It was the first runDisney race for my friends Rick & Leslie so we were going over all the logistics with them.  When we arrived to the Studios parking lot, it was CROWDED.  The bag check area was a big hectic, the bathroom lines were super long and there wasn’t much room to move.

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So we headed straight for the Runners Only area where there were NO lines for bathrooms and plenty of room to sit and chat.  We had about an hour to kill before the start of the race so we found a spot and relaxed our legs.

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Like my Team Sparkle skirt?  It actually matched my KT Tape!  Finally it was time to head to the corrals and get this thing started.  I was in Corral G for this race, but I decided to drop back to Corral I and run with Rick so he wasn’t alone for his first race.  It meant so much to me to run my first race (and so many after) with Amanda, so I wanted to pay that forward.  Besides running with friends is just more fun.  So we headed into the corral and waited some more…

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We watched the other corrals empty out and shortly before 10 we started to move and begin the trek to the starting line.

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Along the way we met some fun people, saw the starting fireworks in the distance and always my favorite, a TON of spectators cheering us on!  I got a big hug from my friend Cindy, but sadly no photo this time.

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Oh hey thanks for the sign random stranger!  Finally around 10:25pm it was our turn to get moving.  Carissa and Rudy counted us down and we slowly made our way into the 5th dimension.

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One of my biggest issues with this race last year was the lack of entertainment on the course, but within the first mile I could see that this was already improved.

As we rounded the ramp onto Osceola Parkway there was a HUGE fireball coming out of the pond in the center.  It as seriously cool!!  I tried to get some photos, but it was only going off every so often, so it was hard to have the camera ready.

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Then at the top of the ramp was the Evil Queen from Snow White…you very rarely see her out.

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We got on Osceola to make the looooooog trek to Animal Kingdom.  We were keeping at a steady pace, but Rick is a bit faster than me so I was struggling to keep up with him at times.  Add in the heat and by mile 2 I was already feeling myself getting very hot.

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As we passed through the gates and made the turn to head back down Osceola Parkway towards the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS), the dread started to set in.  This is where things started to fall apart for me during the Marathon and I was feeling very hot like I did on that day.  Thankfully this GIANT spider was there to distract me a bit…how cool is this?!

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By the time we hit the 5K mark I had to slow down.  I could feel myself overheating and I needed to stop pushing myself.  We had a long way back and I had to be smart about this.

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At all of the following water stops I started pouring water into my headband and the REALLY helped to cool me down.  I’m never a huge fan of pouring water over me because of the chafing issues it causes, but this was necessary and smart.  I was already starting to feel better by the time we reached to dark trail entrance to WWOS.  Last year there were a ton of complaints about how dark this area was, so I was glad to see that it was lit up very well.

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Entering WWOS meant that we were more than halfway through the race.  WWOS is definitely my least favorite part of the course and more so now after the Marathon.  For some reason there isn’t any air flow in there and it just feels hotter than it actually is.  However I was looking forward to seeing a bunch of my friends cheering at Champion Stadium…that always gives me a HUGE boost!  In the center of field there was this giant Tesla coil spitting out bolt of lightning.  Super coil to see, but the sound was pretty annoying.

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When we left WWOS and got back on Victory Way, the rush of cooler air was such a relief.  Both Rick and I picked up the pace a bit and headed on towards the Studios for the home stretch.

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Notice anything on top of the sign for the Studios?  Maleficent was up there warning runners about what lie ahead…she was pretty badass!

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Just before mile 9 we entered the Studios through a side entrance and immediately enter into Lights, Motors, Action!  This is one of my favorite photo spots 🙂

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Even though the Studios is a small park you cover a great deal of it.  Down the Streets of America, through Pixar Place and around the Backlot…I love this park!

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And after running through some backstage areas, we crossed the finish line!  Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler number 2 in the books!

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Now began the mile long trek from the finish line, through Fantasmic! and out to Hollywood Boulevard.  This was a much better route than filtering onto a crowded Sunset Boulevard.  Also, this allowed for a MUCH easier route to get to back check at the Indiana Jones Stunt Spectacular.  We crossed Hollywood Boulevard and entered through a backstage area right onto the stage…so much better than going up and down those stairs.

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The heat was getting the best of some people.  I saw at least 4 people puking by this point and a bunch more just sitting on the ground looking exhausted.  I was hot but I was thankful that I was smart early on in the race to keep myself as cool as possible and not push myself to the point of exhaustion.

I headed to a nearby bathroom to change out of my sweaty clothes and then met up with my friends on Hollywood Boulevard.  We headed to Toy Story Midway Mania for a ride, but the wait was 40 minutes.  Blech.  I was not up for standing that long, so a few of us headed to Backlot Express for some food.  I did a repeat of last years meal…chicken nuggets, fries and a Yuengling.  All that salt is glorious!

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We headed back toward Hollywood Boulevard and found a spot to sit and rest our legs.  I think this was probably my favorite part of the whole night.  I love people watching, especially when they enjoy life as much as this guy…

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Did I love this race?  No.  I’m glad I gave it a second chance, but I still think this time of year is too hot for a race in Florida.  I’m also not a big fan of the course.  If we were able to run though Animal Kingdom instead of WWOS, I feel like that would be a huge improvement.  I was very glad to see all of the added entertainment on the course and the other improvements that runDisney made based on runner feedback.  The after party was a lot of fun and I still think this is one of the best medals you can get.

Will I run this race again?  Probably not.  Only if some significant changes are made to the course and if it’s held later in the year.  I really don’t enjoy the out and back on Osceola Parkway.  However I do think this is a great race for newer runners to wet their feet without taking on a half marathon.

Did you run the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler?  What did you think?

2013 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Expo

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After a less than stellar experience at the Disneyland Half Marathon Expo (so bad I didn’t even write about it…when you have nothing nice to say…), I was looking forward to the smaller, more relaxed expo for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler.  Since there wasn’t anything I was dying to get at the expo, I spent the early afternoon enjoying Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival and headed over to the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex (WWOS) later in the day.  By the time we arrived, there weren’t many people there at all.   Ahhhh…breathing room 🙂

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No lines…woohoo!  For this race weekend, packet pick up is in the Josten’s Center with the rest of the Expo which makes for a much easier experience having everything in one place.

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I headed towards the back of the Expo to pick up my race bib first and then moved on to the shirt/bag pick up.  I always like to get that out of the way first before hitting the various vendor booths.

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After getting all of the official business done, I headed to the runDisney booth to get an up close and personal look at some of the new medals.  I of course had to see the new ribbon for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler that I would be getting the next day.

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And then the new design for the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon…can’t wait to get this one!

ToT-Expo-W&D-MedalAnd a look at the two Coast to Coast medals for 2014.  There’s the pink version for those running the Tinker Bell Half Marathon and the Princess Half Marathon and then the regular Coast to Coast for any other combination of races.  This one looks like it got a new ribbon for 2014.

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While I was at the runDisney booth I ran into Jeff Galloway and had to say hi.  He’s such an inspiration to me and my friends.  If you ever get the chance to say hi to Jeff in person, do it…he’s amazing!

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My next stop was the official race merchandise area to see what I could spend my money on.  I didn’t love any of the shirts for the race (yellow really isn’t my color), but I was glad to see the new runDisney headbands there!

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I ended up just getting a new Vinylmation with the Tower of Terror medal and a pin to add to my collection.  Before heading out, we checked out some of the vendors and made a final stop at the Sparkle Athletic booth to say hi to my friends Kelly and Krissy.  And guess what I got??  My first Team Sparkle Skirt!  I’ve never considered myself a sparkly kind of girl, but I have to say I was kind of excited to wear this for the race…thanks Kelly!

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I was only at the Expo for a little over an hour, but I managed to see a lot of the vendors and get a lot done.  These smaller expos are SO much more enjoyable 🙂  Next stop…The Fifth Dimension….

Heat Advisory for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler

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Are you planning on traveling into the 5th Dimension tonight?  Well it sounds like it’s going to be another sweat fest getting there, so be prepared!

Yesterday runDisney issued the following heat advisory to all participants:

Due to warmer weather than anticipated, we encourage all participants to closely monitor their pace and not overextend. This may not be the event to attempt your personal best. We encourage you to be well-hydrated prior to the race and maintain fluid status with alternating water and electrolyte based hydration options throughout your race and entire race weekend. Slow down and ask for assistance at any and early signs of heat illness. Heed these warnings seriously.

Please review the race program for more details, but as a reminder all medical stations will have the appropriate flag color displayed according to existing heat conditions:

  • GREEN FLAG – Good conditions. Enjoy the event but stay alert.
  • YELLOW FLAG – Less than ideal conditions. Participants with high risk of heat stroke should withdraw.
  • RED FLAG – Potentially dangerous conditions. Heat injury is possible. All participants urged to slow their pace and hydrate adequately.
  • BLACK FLAG – Extreme and dangerous conditions. All participants advised not to compete. Course may be shortened and no times recorded.

Race Director John Hughes also offered the following tips to help you prepare for the race tonight:

Remember to HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE!  This means all day today and on the course tonight.  At the water stops, mix PowerAde and water together to get some added fuel and those very important electrolytes.  And basically just try to have fun!  This is not going to be the race to try for that PR, so just go out and enjoy the entertainment!

See you on the course!

Merchandise for the 2013 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend!

Oh boy!!  Some of the merchandise for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler and Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run has been released by the Disney Parks Blog!  They have some fun stuff this year!  All of this will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo starting Friday, October 4th at 12:00 pm at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Check it out:

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I am such a sucker for a hoodie!  I really wasn’t planning on buying much for this race, but a really love this!

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Word of warning if you buy the pint glass, DON’T put it in the dishwasher.  Or this might happen…

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I have to say that I’m not in love with the new logo…it’s way too BIG!  I prefer the simpler image from last year, but who am I kidding, that probably won’t stop me from buying a bunch of stuff.  Ugh…I have no will power!

What’s your favorite merchandise item for The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend?

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