Friday, October 5, 2012

runDisney Tower of Terror 10 Miler Wrap-up



Juan Morales of Huntington Beach, Calif., bested more than 10,000 runners at the inaugural Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler race at Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., Saturday, checking in with a 58:00 finish.

Another Golden State runner, Kimberly Mueller of San Diego, was the first woman to cross the finish line. Mueller finished with a time of 1:04:50.

The frighteningly fun course steered runners through ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex before returning to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, past the set of the “Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show” and around Mickey’s Sorcerer’s Hat, finally finishing near the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror attraction.

Finishers received a commemorative medal inspired by the iconic Tower of Terror, then celebrated with a triumphal Disney Villains Hollywood Bash post-race party with family and friends. Guests enjoyed live music and characters and had exclusive access to attractions such as The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror, Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith, Star Tours and Toy Story Mania.

Other weekend events included the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run, runDisney Kids’ Races and a health and fitness expo at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

The new Twilight Zone Tower of Terror race is a reincarnation of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 13K and the sixth signature runDisney event. This is runDisney’s second nighttime race, joining the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend, held Nov. 9-10, during the final weekend of Epcot’s International Food & Wine Festival.

I was very happy to be participating in my sixth event for runDisney, and although my finish time was nowhere near Kimberly or Juan's, I am happy to report that my Jeff Galloway Training for the 20th Walt Disney World Marathon in January of 2013 is in full swing and I'm looking forward to my first 26.2 miles at the "happiest place on earth!"