Hi again! Diane asked me to write up my recap of the Tower of Terror 10 Miler runDisney race. I registered for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler back in April, and I talked my Wife, Diane into taking the plunge with me. We are not runners and never even thought about a runDisney event until the original (2012) Tower of Terror 10 Miler was announced. We both love the Tower of Terror and its back story, so this got us to overcome our fear (and to a big extent our common sense) and give it a shot. So there we stood in the Lights parking lot at DHS on Oct 5th at 7:30 pm. We were, of course, WAY back in corral J with the rest of the newbies. Luckily, there was enough time to socialize and a few friends stopped by to say hello on their way to the corrals for those with more experience.
The night before we had gone to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex to the ToT Expo to pick up our race packets. These had our bibs and race shirts plus final race instructions. We also checked out the cool merchandise! I picked up a couple of pint glasses and the mini medal for my runDisney Mickey vinylmation; that way one of us was sure to get a medal, no matter what happened the next day. There were also some cool props to take pictures with. After waiting in the corral for what seemed like forever sitting on the pavement (pro-tip 1: Florida parking lots can hold their heat long after dark, effectively cooking your butt pre-race) we started to make our way to the starting line. This was a fairly long trek but, luckily there was music piped in from the Starting line along with the commentary from the race hosts. The stage was set up to look like the check-in desk at the Hollywood Tower Hotel, it was pretty cool!
There was about 2 minutes between each group so our start was actually 10:28 or so. Once, it was our turn the fireworks went off signaling our start and the adrenaline kicked in. We started our 10 mile run, which would take us to the entrance of Animal Kingdom Park and then to ESPN Wide World of Sports and finally back to Disney's Hollywood Studios to the base of the Tower of Terror. It was so humid during our race; 80% humidity and 76 degrees at the start. The first couple of miles were not so bad, we ran out the DHS entrance and there were pillars of fire coming up from the pond, a pretty cool start! As we made our way to Animal Kingdom the heat started to take its toll and I
As we entered the park I heard the Balloon Girls say that there were no more sweeps, but finishing before them was now a point of honor (which was absurd as I have said they were experienced marathon runners). We came into the park by Lights, Motors Action and ran up the Back Lot street. It was nice to see that they have started on the Osborne Family lights show back there! We ran past the Sci-Fi dine in and down a tunnel and finally the finish line was in sight. I put what little I had left into a burst of speed and finished maybe 30 feet ahead of the Balloon Girls.