The moon was shining bright this past Saturday night ...
Photo by Jim Hill
... as more than 10,000 runners lined up at the toll plaza
for Disney's Hollywood Studios theme park ...
... eager to take part in the inaugural run of the Twilight
Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler race.
Mind you, these folks had to wait a wee bit before they then
allowed to take part in this nighttime road race. But runDisney kept everyone
energized & entertained at the starting line with the help of a DJ who spun
tunes while sitting behind a rather familiar-looking front desk.
Finally the race's 10 p.m. start time arrived. And after two
waves of wheelchair athletes headed out on the course ...
... it was finally time to enter the 5th dimension. And as
multiple interruptions of fireworks streaked across the sky, wave after wave of
runners raced off into the darkness ...
... on a journey that would take them out to the ESPN Wide
World of Sports Complex and up onto the Osceola Parkway before they then
returned to Disney's Hollywood Studios, past the set of the "Lights, Motors,
Action! Extreme Stunt Show" ...
... before reaching the finish line near DHS's Twilight Zone
Tower of Terror attraction.
And all along this 10 mile-long race course, you could find
Walt Disney World Cast Members who were helping out with this runDisney event.
Whether it was setting up drink stations along the race route ...
... or getting those thousands of Twilight Zone Tower of
Terror-shaped medals ready to hand out to event participants ...
... these volunteers were everywhere.
Mind you, it didn't take all that long to hand out the first
medal. Juan Morales of Huntington Beach, CA. zoomed
across the finished line just 58 minutes after he started. And he was soon
joined by Kimberly Mueller of San Diego,
CA. Who completed the course with a race time of 1:04:50.
Juan Morales and Kimberly
Mueller, the male & female winners of the Inaugural run of the Twilight
Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler. Photo by Jim Hill
As the rest of the racers made their way across the finish
line, they then joined friends & family at the Disney Villains Hollywood
Bash, a special after-hours party at the
studio theme park which lasted until 4 a.m.
Just so you know: This
nighttime race was just one component of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror
10-Miler Weekend. Over the course of
this two day-long event, amateur athletes from around the country could take
part in a Health & Fitness Expo, participate in the Disney Happy Haunted 5K
Trail Run and/or look on as their children joined in on the runDisney Kids'
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And if this sounds like the sort of athletic event that you might like to part in ... Well, runDisney
does have its Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend coming up on November 9th
& 10th. If you'd like further
information on this two day-long event (which also features a night-time race),
please click on this link.
EPCOT's 30th anniversary today, Jim. Any articles about EPCOT (past or future) coming out this week about that?
EDITOR'S NOTE: Eric, while I was able to attend D23's Epcot 30th Anniversary event on Sunday, I wasn't able to make it to the Park on Monday to cover the actual anniversary celebration. I needed to be at MCO fairly early yesterday to catch my flight back to New Hampshire.
That said, I do plan on taking some of the info that I gleaned from Sunday's panels as well as a few interviews that I did with some of the Guest Speakers and then seeing if I can cobble together an article or two. But to answer your question ... Nope. No "This-is-what-it-was-like-at-Epcot-on-October-1st-2012" article. Sorry about that.
Perhaps in keeping with the Tower of Terror....it should have been 13 miles? *evil laugh*
FettFan - They originally had the Tower of Terror 13k. The first running of that was the 13th anniversary of the ToT. They did that for 3 years with less popularity each year. They decided to bring the event back to life so to speak this year, and turned it into a 10mi instead.