The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler happened last weekend and reports are filtering down about the race. I wanted to give a little bit of information on what I’m hearing since I’m sure many of you are interested in running this race next year. If you remember back to Sunday, I gushed a bit about how awesome the Twitter reports made this race looked and how excited I was to try to run this in 2014. The reports from runners are sealing the deal for me!
It was hot, but it wasn’t AS hot as last year. Thank goodness for small favors, I guess! Most folks said it cooled off a bit as the sun set and made the race much more enjoyable than last year. Considering last year sounded like they literally ran through hell, I’ll take this as a win.
This was the first race featuring the new corral approach. There were more of them, and they were smaller. The idea is to give more space along the course by releasing runners in a small but steady stream rather than spacing corrals 5-7 minutes apart and sending huge chunks of runners down the road. Most reports I read today said this was a FANTASTIC improvement. The most supportive folks were the ones in A-D corrals.
They had less folks in each corral which allowed runDisney to send them off in 2 minute waves vs the 4-5 minutes for the larger back of the pack corrals. Those runners in the back still report crowding, but as one pointed out it was “nothing like the Princess Half this year- so yes, it’s an improvement.”
Water, water everywhere! And all of it to drink. There were 7 water/hydration stations along the 10 mile course. I don’t think you could ask for more. runDisney was prepared for the heat and humidity of the race this year and stocked the aid stations accordingly. Medical personnel at the finish lines said there was much fewer casualties due to dehydration this year than last year. Sounds like everyone took the temperatures seriously.
runDisney also gets an A+ for casting the scariest, spookiest characters yet! Gah! I’d hate to run into this guy!
Another runDisney race in Walt Disney World has passed us by and another round of folks didn’t make it to the finish line on their own. By most reports at least 200 folks had an encounter of the sweeper kind, and ended up getting a bus ride to the finish.
|Run.Walk.FastPass.Repeat caught the SAG Wagon in the background at the Princess Half Marathon. Big yellow bus.|
We call it the SAG Wagon. Saddest ride in all of Disney, am I right? By most accounts this race saw the fewest numbers of people being asked to ride the bus. Some call it the bus of shame, I call it the unwanted fast pass.
Reports are being shared that the usual care & politeness occurred with the folks who were taken off the course. Water, cool towels, medals and an air conditioned ride back to the finish line were offered. No one has told me that they expereienced an unkind word by any staff or voluntEARS during this process. I am happy to hear this.
5. Balloon Ladies
Do you remember this post where I introduced you to Molly?
The number one question I was asked about the pacers was: do they have to buy their own balloons? The answer: YES they sure did. You know runDisney always listens to their runners when it comes to ways to improve the experience. This was one of those cases where they came through in style.
Check those out! Squeeee!!! Readers, you spoke and runDisney listened! They provided Molly and Nancy with these amazing and perfectly themed balloons for the race. Give yourselves a pat on the back for making change happen! Go Team Margaritas, Miles & the Mouse! We are Change Champions, my friends! WOOT!
Yeah… I am being slightly silly about it, but I’m tickled that they got these awesome balloons. Disney knows details- and this time, they got it right! Can’t wait to see what type of balloons the ladies will be sporting at the Wine and Dine Half in 30 days. Perhaps a wine bottled shaped balloon, or even better, one of these?
|Click here, runDisney, if you want to buy one!|
Nancy and Molly both took my suggestion to try out Sparkle Skirts. Molly was sponsored by the Queen of Sparkle, Leah Powell, with this amazing hand painted one of a kind soft plum Sparkle Tech skirt. No, you cannot have one. Sorry! (That’s what one of a kind means!) Nancy wasn’t sure she was ready to commit to a skirt so she tried out a friends Sparkle Light for the race. I think they look SMASHING, don’t you?
Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)