Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Disney's Fall Races Preview

I logged in to the "My Disney Experience" account today and it said I have 23 days until I arrive at the most magical place on earth for Disney's Tower of Terror Race weekend. 23 days!!!  I haven't even made our costumes yet. It was one of those things were I think "oh, I've got time". Well it appears that time is running out so I better get to work.

Here are a few things that are getting me excited about this fall race weekend:

 

1. I did purchase some glow in the dark fabric paint that I plan to use somehow on my 10 Miler outfit. I know that it works too because I saw the bottle of it glowing in the dark last night as I walked by it when it was sitting on my desk. This is making it all real! And a reminder that I need to get in gear and create costumes for the 5k and the Ten Miler!

2. Corrals are out! I printed my waiver for both the 5k and 10 Miler and now know my bib number and corral number. I am quite please with my number. I'm in the 1,000's. The only reason I would care about my corral for this race is because I'm not really a night person ( So you are probably asking "Why are you doing a night race?").  I figure that if I am in an earlier corral that I just might be able to finish before midnight!

3. Mickey's Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run: This will be the first Disney 5K that I will be participating in that does NOT take place inside one of the theme parks. I'm very anxious to see how this race turns out. My friend Tricia from Disneygals.com did this race weekend last year and did a guest post for us. Here are some of her thoughts and pictures.


This race started on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  The runners were broken up into five corrals as we were entertained by two very funny hosts throughout the morning. “Scarecrow” Mickey also showed up to see us off on our way but not before we were given a strong warning by a visit from the real Headless Horseman who warned us from veering off the path. New runners should be aware that this really is a trail run…it’s not just a cute name. You will be running on many different surfaces, such as dirt, grass, sand, track, gravel, woods, etc. and should be prepared for that.

The trail part makes me nervous, not for me because I do a lot of my training runs on trails, but nervous for my running partner as it will be his first race.

4. The Tower of Terror 10 miler: Again, these are thoughts from my friend Tricia.

 I loved the whole nighttime, Twilight Zone, Halloween atmosphere. The race begins at Hollywood Studios and heads out toward Animal Kingdom before turning right around and heading back toward the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex where you run through the baseball stadium! This section of the course also includes some of the same trail run from the 5K so runners need to be aware of the many surface changes during this part of the race. From the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, runners then head back toward Hollywood Studios and actually get to run through that park and finish with the backdrop of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror.

5. The Last event during this race weekend that I am looking forward to is The Disney Villains Hollywood Bash!  It is held inside Hollywood Studios  from 10:00 p.m. until 4:00 a.m. and is included in the race registration. For an additional fee, friends, family, and supporters can also come to experience this event.


 

From what I understand, buying a ticket to the Hollywood bash is the only way your friends and family will be able to see you cross the finish line. I think that kind of stinks. It's the only Disney race ( at WDW at least) that is like that.  Scott did buy a ticket so he can see me finish. I hope to finish the race before midnight but since I am not a night owl, I don't know how long we will be sticking around!
 
 
Do you have a fall race weekend planned? If not, do you have a fun fall weekend planned doing something other than running?
 
 
 

 

20 comments:

  1. Disneys Tower of Terror 10 miler is on my list of races to run. I love halloween so I think that would be a fun race. Excited to see what your costume will be.

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  2. I've wondered about the trail 5k. If runnesr aren't used to a trail run, it could be fun, it could be tough. I like the 5k's in the parks though.

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  3. I totally want to do the TOT10 miler at some point - it looks AWESOME. I know that Vic said it was really hot previously - I hope it's nice and cool for you this year. :)

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  4. That looks like the funnest Disney race!!! Funnest not even being a word.
    I love the ghost trio pic!! AWESOME!

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  5. I'm definitely more of a night person than a morning person, which is one of the reasons I chose this race. Plus Mike and I both love the Halloween theme. It seems so close now! I ran in my race outfit this past weekend to test it out and I'm glad I did. There are a couple dangly bits that got annoying so I'm going to pin them down.

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  6. Good luck with the night run! Even though both ToT and Wine and Dine are on my to do list, I don't know how I would fair running that late at night. I'm better at the 5 AM runs. You guys should get those glow in the dark necklaces/bracelets. You can get them cheap at the dollar store. I've done it many times for early morning races (Including Disney). Can't wait to hear all about it!
    @heatherlas

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  7. WOW! Have a blast at the Disney races! They look like sooo much fun. These races and the marathon are on my bucket list. Some day when our son is old enough, I hope to make a "runcation" to disney - go on the rides for him and mom can race :)

    Amy @ http://www.livinglifetruth.com/

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  8. TOT is an absolutely blast and so is the after party! You are going to LOVE it!! I can't wait to see what your costumes will be!

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  9. Oh my gosh - it sounds like so much fun! I hope I can add that race to my list someday. I love the idea of glow in the dark fabric paint and am looking forward to seeing what costumes you come up with :)

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  10. Sounds like fun!
    I have a few races on the schedule but no really "race weekends". I'll be in Philly for my November marathon but probably won't do much besides rest, eat, and run!

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  11. I've never had my sights set on TOT because I still haven't done W&D and i REALLY want to...but the after party looks like so much fun. Especially the ghost picture. What a great idea!

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  12. See you soon....looking forward to Tower of Terror, our first time to run this race. I also can't wait for Micky's not so scary Halloween party!

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  13. That sounds like such a great race! Unfortunately I live in London so I can't do a disney race. Hey! More excuse to travel :) I have one fall race that I'm training for.

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  14. It's probably really weird that I log into My Disney account like once a day huh? lol

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  15. 23 days, that is coming up!
    It will be cool to see what your costumes look like when your done. This sounds like such a fun race. You know what's funny, after I ran the Disney World Marathon it was nice, but not the greatest experience and after that I thought I'd never have the desire to run a Disney race again. But I think the whole Disney running thing has gotten so much better through the years and look at all these fun races:) I think if I was in the area, I would so love to run a Disney race again!

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  16. I love seeing all of your costumes! I'd love to do that race one day because it's at night right? I have Ragnar this weekend!!!

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  17. It's coming up fast! So exciting!
    I get excited about corral placement. For the Tink 10k I finally made it into A! Probably the only time that'll happen. Haha.

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  18. Sounds like we have the same countdown! I'm a little disappointed with my corral. I'm in second to last, even though I submitted a proof of time that would have me finishing in under 2 hours. It's not the end of the world but it seems from talking to friends and on forums that a lot of people's corrals/bib #'s don't really seem to make sense.

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  19. I really wish I'd registered for ToT now! And we're going to be AT Disney that weekend for MNSSHP, so now I'm double kicking myself for not registering! Hope you have a great race and maybe I'll see you that weekend. Thanks for linking up with us!

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