Looking Back at the Inaugural The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend
The inaugural The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend featured athletes from all 50 states and 14 countries from around the world. Runners were launched into the twilight zone with an all-new runDisney race distance, 5K trail run and after party to make the first The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend race even more memorable.
The weekend kicked off with Disney's Health and Fitness Expo on Friday. Over 30 vendors set up shop at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex with an assortment of apparel and products for runners and their families to browse through.
The action started early Saturday morning when 2,500 runners trekked through the wooded trails during the Disney Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run. Brer Fox and the Big Bad Wolf were waiting in their natural habitat inviting any runners who dared to come close enough for a picture. Following the 5K, 1,000 kids dashed their way towards winning their own runDisney medals in the Mickey Mile, 100m, 200m, 400m and diaper dashes.
The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler featured a new twist-- a brand new 10 mile course winding through Disney's Hollywood Studios and ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Starting at 10 p.m., over 10,000 racers were sent off into the dark, haunted streets of Walt Disney World® where an array of Disney villains stood waiting to spook runners off course. Runners were presented with an all-new glow in the dark finisher medal as they crossed the finish line at Disney's Hollywood Studios.
Following the race, the Disney Villains took over Disney's Hollywood Studios at the Disney Villains Hollywood Bash. Villains like Cruella de Vil and Jafar were on their worst behavior, but nevertheless provided endless entertainment all night. Guests celebrated until the early hours of Sunday morning with DJ Steve's dance party the Sorcerers Hat while those seeking an additional adrenaline rush after the race rode Rock 'n' Rollercoaster®, The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™, Star Tours and other Disney's Hollywood Studios attractions.
The inaugural The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror™ 10-Miler Weekend is just a memory now. But if you'd like to relive it, check out the runDisney Facebook page for the event photo album, or join the conversation with @runDisney on Twitter, where Followers were using the hashtag #Tower10Miler. And if you want to run next year, be sure to register early as it was a sold-out inaugural event. You can sign-up for an email reminder to be sure you don't get left in the dark.
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