Disney’s Hollywood Studios was the site of a new runDisney race this past weekend – Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler race. It debuted with 10,000 participants. It was a night race, starting well after the park had closed to guests.
Ten thousand people is a big number for an inaugural race. For comparison, the first Disney marathon in 1994 was sold out at 8,000 and at the time was the largest first time field for a full marathon.
We have a synopsis video of the race here.
Look closely at the elevator cab, behind “Hollwood Tower”. Note that the elevator cab is on a spring. The cab can be manually pushed up and down the elevator shaft of the medal!
The medal also glows in the dark, as seen in the inset at left.
At right is the finisher medallion for the 5K fun run that was held same day at the crack of dawn.
We have a synopsis video of the 5K here.
This was the first time the family fun run 5K was a trail run. About two miles of the course was in the back woods of ESPN Wide World of Sports. The starting and ending part of the course was on sports fields and the running track of the sports complex.
Runners needed to arrive way before the 10 mile race’s 10 p.m. start. A few of the Orlando local food trucks were in the parking lot with a late dinner available for purchase by runners and their family.
Many runners check in a bag before the race. The bag often has a change of clothes for the post-race party. It can be much more comfortable to go riding the attractions in nice dry, clean clothes than in your sweaty running clothes, and changing tents for men and women are available.
At this race, bins that are normally used for laundry at the Disney resorts carried the bags to the post race party area. Escorted by Disney security on a bike.