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My 2013 Walt Disney World Tower of Terror 10 Miler runDisney Race Recap

2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler disney race stitch“Dear baby Jesus in your tiny manger, please let this race be cooler than last year’s”

This was my prayer when I hit the purchase button on my 2013 Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler race registration.

I wasn’t planning on buying any of the merch at the expo so there was no pressure to get there early.  I spent Friday in Epcot with friends and then headed over around 3:30ish. runDisney Disney tower of terror 10 miler expo amanda tinney

I love this expo. Everything is in the Josten’s Center. Bib pick up, shirt pick up and the entire expo…all under one roof.  This is the shortest line for merch I have ever seen!

runDisney Disney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler expoWe were in and out easy and headed over to the California Grill for dinner. Sushi, bread and cheese. Sounded like good pre-race fuel to me. The wine and martinis…maybe not.

On Saturday morning, as soon as I got up, I checked the weather. Still saying a little prayer.

2013 runDisney Disney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler weatherNot ideal. But not as bad as it was last year. Under 80 and less than 100% humidity with a slight breeze. My spirits were up.

Last year I made the mistake of eating too large of a meal before the race. I also ended up standing on my feet in uncomfortable shoes for a Disney Mom’s Panel Luncheon for hours in the early afternoon before the race.  This year my plan was to eat a large breakfast followed by a few snacks and to stay off my feet the entire day.

Breakfast was had at Kouzzina on the Disney Boardwalk. I went with a delicious frappe’ and waffles topped with mascarpone cheese, honey and walnuts with a side of bacon.

kouzzina disney boardwalk frappe breakfastkouzzina disney boardwalk waffles breakfastKouzzina breakfast is tied with BOMA breakfast as my all time favorite breakfasts on Walt Disney World property. In Disneyland it’s Carnation Cafe…but I digress.

I sadly headed back to my resort around noon so I could kick my feet up and relax while the rest of my friends headed into Epcot for some more Food and Wine Festival fun.

Breakfast kept me pretty full until around 4:30pm. I toasted a bagel and spread one side with peanut butter and the other side with cream cheese and figured that this would be my last meal before the race start around 10pm.

2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler disney race amanda tinneyOur group of 9 consisted of 6 runners and 3 spectators. The spectators made dinner reservations at Kouzzina so we just rode in with them and walked over to Disney’s Hollywood Studios from the Boardwalk.

runDisney really stepped up their game with the corral placement.  I love that they are listening to runner feedback. There were more corrals added this year. The faster corrals had shorter start time intervals and the larger, slower corrals had longer intervals. This helped runner congestion massively from my experience in starting in Corral F.

2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler disney raceAll those lit balloons represented a different corral. And because there was no parking at Disney’s Hollywood Studios, there was plenty of room for runner butt parking.

The cast of characters…

2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler disney race costume2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler disney race costume2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler disney race costumeWe ran into the executive chef of California Grill…Brian Piasecki. I always thought the saying went “never trust a skinny chef”. Well Chef Piasecki breaks that stereotype. He’s fit and nimble both on the race course and in the kitchen.

disney Chef Brian Piasecki Amanda Tinney Rick Howard 2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 milerTime to get the corrals placed in the start chute.  Each corral filtered into the Disney’s Hollywood Studios entrance road and began the slow walk to the parking lot ticket booth.

Disney 2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 milerDisney 2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 milerIt was hard to photograph but…”In Case of Zombies…I’m Tripping You”

Disney 2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 milerDisney 2013 rundisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler startThat’s the start line up in the distance.

Through this blog, I have been blessed to have been able to connect with runDisney announcer Carissa. Here’s her recap on the Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run that took place earlier in the morning. And here’s me geeking out over her throwing me a shotout from the starting line stage.

Fireworks to start the show and …gotta run…

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler start line disney fireworks2013 runDisney twilight zone tower of terror 10 miler disneyI was running this race again with my daughter. We ran the inaugural race together as well.  We had settled on doing the Jeff Galloway method and ran 30/30’s. For those not familiar with this method, it’s 30 seconds of running followed by 30 seconds of walking.  Whenever someone tells me they couldn’t even run a mile I ask them if they can run for 30 seconds and then try and sell em on the Jeff Galloway method.

This time, there was plenty of room to spread out on the course and we found that we could easily do our run/walk/run method without getting in anyone else’s way.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race spider webMy iPhone takes terrible pictures in the dark so I didn’t get any on the Osceola Parkway leg from Disney’s Hollywood Studios to the Animal Kingdom parking lot. But I did snap this one shot on the turnaround. There was a gigantic spider hanging over the overpass as well. Super cool effects this year and more entertainment and photo opps.  Time to head back down Osceola parkway again.

Awesomeness! The Nautilus from the now retired 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea attraction in the Magic Kingdom. This was right before the trail run entrance into the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race nautilusHeading into the well-lit trail run portion of the race.  The trail was so congested last year that we had to walk the entire length of it. This year we were able to run it. Chalk that up to the extra start corrals.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race trail runEmerging from the woods and heading into the sports complex.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race espn wide world of sportsSome of my peeps in the stands at the stadium. If you’ve completed a runDisney race, you may have had a race medal hung around your neck by the “Hugs with Jugs” gal.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race espn wide world of sports spectators 2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race espn wide world of sports spectatorsFinally time to head back to Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race hollywood studiosRunning onstage at Lights Motors Action…

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race hollywood studiosMile 9 picture…it’s a family tradition…unlike those of Hank Williams Jr.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race hollywood studios..and then we finished. And I didn’t get a picture of the finish line…and I forgot to stop my watch. Grrrr. But here’s a pic of me and my pal Marc on the only ride I took of the night…Toy Story Midway Mania.

2013 runDisney tower of terror 10 miler disney race amanda tinney marc bigbieLast year I was so tired that I made my family leave as soon as we crossed the finish line. This year I felt great….like I could have run even farther. I wasn’t tired. My feet didn’t hurt. I was ready to stay for the after party. The lines were fairly short this year and crowds seemed thinner.  This cast member was having a blast.

We ended up staying til around 3am.  There were 9,477 finishers.  My official time was 2:25:29 with a pace of 14:33. My GPS watch had me at 10.41 miles which was a 13:58 pace. Whatever the case. This years time trumped last years time by leaps and bounds.

Is it time to sign up for Tower of Terror 2014 yet?

Did you run the 2013 Tower of Terror 10 Miler? What did you think?

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  • Heather Montgomery

    great job! I enjoyed the race just wish it was a little bit cooler (obviously not Disney’s fault!) Can’t wait to write my recap!

  • Patty

    I didn’t run it- but watched it unfold on Twitter and Facebook! I’m hooked! Hopefully there in 2014. Thanks for the great report- so glad you had a great run!

  • krissy murphy

    It was my first ToT and I definitely enjoyed it!

  • Shelley J

    I love Shalon’s sign, run like you stole something! I ran the ToT10mile last yr and it was a tough race with the humidity, sorry I had to miss it this yr.

  • carissa

    Great recap Amanda and thanks for the shout out! I love seeing pics from the coirse since I never see it otherwise.

  • Beth Barbara

    Great recap! Always love reading about your experience!

  • Pam

    Love your recap. This race is on our list for 2014!

  • Marissa

    I ran it! It was my first race ever and what a great pick for it. I was in corral G and finished in 2 hrs 11 mins. Unfortunately I felt horrible by the end of the race, and just wanted a shower and my bed. (Probably due to the fact that the same week I had to switch from working during the day to working overnight and I was purely exhausted before the race even began!). I was wearing a purple sparkle skirt and a black tank top with a picture of the evil queen on it, then some headband with bat ears on it. I’m registered for the Princess Half in february, exactly a month after my wedding, and I’m so excited to have another disney race under my belt!

  • DIStherapy

    It was so nice to see you (several times) on this course Amanda; we finished within seconds of each other. I think I’ll use you as my official pacer next year… !!

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