Terror-ific! Registration for the Tower of Terror 10-miler opens TODAY!

I know, I know – I should be kicked for that pun. 😀  But I’m just so EXCITED!


This is not my picture; it is property of the Walt Disney Co.

This is not my picture; it is property of the Walt Disney Co.

Registration for the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Mile race at Disney World this October opens today!  It being a runDisney event there is more to do than just the Big race; there is a 5K, as well as kids races including – how cute is this – a Diaper Dash for crawling children 12 months and under.  My heart swells. 😀  (I am quite sure this Diaper Dash does not take place after dark the way the 10-mile race does.)


Registration for the Twilight Zone ToT 10-miler opening in 7 days!

Today is February 5, which means that the registration for runDisney’s “Tower of Terror 10-miler” event opens in one week – February 12!  If you’re considering a unique race on Disney property (well, okay, a race on Disney property is pretty unique to start with, but this one is not your standard run) and are looking for a shorter race than a marathon, this might be a good one to book!  This race is held in early October and involves a run through Disney’s Hollywood Studios… at night.  Dun-dun-DUNNNN!  In the past they’ve had villains “haunting” the area and made it nicely spooky for the runners!


The advance registration fee is a good $30 off the regular fee; if you book by March 26, the entry fee is only $135, compared to $150 if you book between March 27 and May 21, and $165 after May 21.  Disney also offers special resort and ticket rates to their runners, so you can get discounts on selected hotels on a 2-night basis.


In addition to the main 10-mile race, there is a “Happy Haunts” 5K for $50, two kids’ races for $10-$30, and a Villains Bash after-party!  (Now THAT is going to sell out.  Guaranteed.)  You’ve got a little bit longer to book the Villains party at a discount – it’s $54 until 5/21.  Your registration also includes commemorative pins, and 10-milers get a necklace as well.


Out of all the Disney races, I think this is the one I most want to do as a “What-If”.  Because honestly, my real goal is to run the Half-Marathon and I don’t know if I’d be able to do both… but ooooooh I love the thought of this one!  Even though I’m nowhere near in the right shape, I’m still SO tempted to sign up for this! 😀


*A quick note: The main page for this race says that registration is NOW open, but when I click that link, the registration page says it’s opening on 2/12/13.  Check back, I guess, and see if they open early?

Yeah, That’ll Always Be The Dream…

A few years ago I started running.  I did it to lose weight, and then to get fit, and then I stuck with it because I loved running.  I got up to running 30 minutes straight, about 3 miles, and ran a few 5Ks.  So I said to myself that I was going to train and I would run the WDW Half Marathon!  That was what I was going to do for my 35th birthday.  Unfortunately, then I became pregnant with my second child and I let myself fall off the running wagon, and I have yet to really get back on.  I’ll be 35 in May and well, clearly I did not run that Half Marathon this year and at this point it’s unlikely I’d be ready to run the Half in 2014, either.

But it’s still the big dream.  I love the thought of running a race not just near but through Disney World.  Not only for having the characters standing around cheering for you but just the running through the empty parks. Wow! Just the thought gives me chills!  We’ll see.  I mean there’s more than just the training, there’s the cost; there’s the whole part where I’d really like to have someone there to experience it with me, meaning more cost; there’s the… training… I feel faint…

I still love the Disney runs, though.  Well, and clearly that’s why I follow RunDisney on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/#!/RunDisney) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/runDisney).  Right now I’m sort of nursing this thought that I might even manage to do this at some point.  The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler.  A night run. In October.  I’ve heard it’s spooky as heck. 😀  Seeing as I’m kind of a nutjob for Halloween in general, this is perhaps equally as appealing as the Half Marathon, though in a different way…

This is as unspooky as the building could possibly look, back in February 2011... Best of my pics I could find. :P

This is as unspooky as the building could possibly look, back in February 2011… Best of my pics I could find. 😛

I just wonder if I’ll ever really get to do either one.  Has anyone out there run any Disney races?  Have you run the ToT race in any of its incarnations?  Any thoughts or anecdotes to share, leave them in the comments!