Are You Ready for runDisney’s Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend?

| September 24, 2013 | 2 Replies

Ahhh…..October at Walt Disney World!  Cooler temperatures, lower humidity, the Food & Wine Festival, special parties, fall colors, and Halloween.  Let’s not forget the spooky side.  Not only does the Magic Kingdom convert to one of the nation’s best Halloween parties, but runDisney takes over part of the resort for their annual Tower of Terror 10-Miler Race Weekend October 4th and 5th.


This year, the race weekend was pushed up a week to allow for cooler more moderate temperatures for the race.  Last year’s race weekend saw hot and humid temperatures causing dangerous running conditions and slower individual race times.  Even though this is a nighttime race, temperatures and humidity can be a problem in Central Florida, but hopefully this year the weather will cooperate with a later weekend date.


Speaking of change, little has changed for this year’s race weekend.   The race course remains the same this year which is somewhat disappointing.   Running along Osceola Parkway isn’t very exciting and running by the Animal Kingdom only makes racers wish they could run inside that theme park.   On a brighter note, running through Champions Stadium inside Wide World of Sports is always a treat.   The last leg of the race is very exciting with twists and turns through Disney’s Hollywood Studios backstage area, Pixar Place, and ultimately ending up with a spooky view of the Twilight Zone Tower of Terror as you cross the finish line.  As for the Happy Haunted 5k Trail run, that hasn’t changed from last year either.  The race will start and end at ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex.  The course winds through the trails of the complex and ultimately ends where you started.  One note about the 5K run: the trail can get muddy.  Definitely consider wearing older, less expensive running shoes so you don’t ruin an expensive pair of shoes.


The Tower of Terror 10-Miler race course

Also taking place at Wide World of Sports is a series of Kids Races, from a Diaper Dash for children 12 months and under, to a 1 mile run for kids 13 and under.  The full list of kids races are:

  • 12 months and under – Diaper Dash for crawlers
  • 1-3 years old – 100m dash
  • 4-6 years old – 200m dash
  • 7-8 years old – 400m dash
  • One Mile – Open to all children 13 and under

The finisher’s medal for this year’s 10-mile race hasn’t changed much.  The medal is exactly the same except with the different year (2013) denoted on the front.   The only other change is the ribbon.  This year’s ribbon displays Bell Hop Stitch all throughout.   It is typical for runDisney not to make medal design changes until every 5th year race anniversary.  I must admit I do love this medal, but I was hoping for a bit of a change this year since I already ran it last year.  The 5k trail run and runDisney Kids Races will include their usual rubber medallion finisher’s medal with a different character display and ribbon design.


The 2013 Tower of Terror 10-Miler finisher’s medal glows in the dark

After the Tower of Terror 10-Miler race is complete, runners and their guests are welcome to stay inside Disney’s Hollywood Studios for a special party.   Most of the attractions and shops will be open in the park for guests to enjoy from 10:00PM until 4:00AM.  The Disney Villains Hollywood Bash will also include character meet and greets and other special entertainment throughout the park.   It’s usually one of the highlights during race weekend and you won’t want to miss it this year.  Tickets for the party can be purchased for $74.  Tickets for runners of the 10-mile race are already included with your race registration.   Family and friends must purchase theirs separately.  Don’t delay because this event is almost sold out.


Runners gather at the health & fitness Expo to check out the latest in running gear 

Here is a complete lineup for this year’s race weekend:

Disney’s Health & Fitness Expo
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Friday, October 4th – 12:00PM – 8:00PM
Saturday, October 5th – 10:00AM – 4:00PM

Disney’s Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run – Sold Out
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, October 5th – 7:30AM

runDisney Kids Races
ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex
Saturday, October 5th – 9:30AM

The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler – Sold Out
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Saturday, October 5th – 10:00PM

Disney’s Villains Hollywood Bash
Disney’s Hollywood Studios
Saturday, October 5th – 10:00PM – 4:00AM 


Runners prepare to start the 2012 Tower of Terror 10-Miler

Are you participating in this year’s Tower of Terror Race Weekend?  Be sure to monitor the weather the closer we get to the weekend so you know what to expect and, more importantly, what to pack.   Traveling to Walt Disney World for a race is an exciting time.  Make the most of it by planning your weekend correctly.  Try not to wear yourself out before your race by walking through the theme parks and resorts.  It can be difficult to avoid going out and having fun when you are in the happiest place on earth before a big race.  Your best bet will be to wait until your race is over and you need to stretch your tired and sore body.


It’s almost time to run until you drop.  After 10 miles around Walt Disney World, you’ll get your shot at one of the best attractions on Disney World property; The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror will drop you over and over again.

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  • George Gensler

    I hope they never change the medal for this race, though I don’t mind if they change the ribbon. What could be more perfect for this race than a replica of the Tower of Terror with a working elevator? For some of us (including me) this is our fifth Tower of Terror race (3 13ks came before the 10M).

  • CastleRunner

    I hope they never change the medal for this race, though I don’t mind if they change the ribbon. What could be more perfect for this race than a replica of the Tower of Terror with a working elevator? For some of us (including me) this is our fifth Tower of Terror race (3 13ks came before the 10M).