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    The race that takes you to another dimension got off to a great start on Saturday night. It was part of the 13th Anniversary of the Tower of Terror. In its honor, WDW Sports put together its first night-time race and post-race party. I heard there were 4000 runners in attendance, and many more at the post-race party as spectators (hard ticket required, included in race price for runners).

    The course started at the parking lot toll plaza, and wound it way over to the Wide World of Sports and back - the finish line was just below TOT, in the area currently set up behind Rock and Roller for the Playhouse Disney tent. The most unexpected element of the event, in my humble opinion, was what my friend appropriately called "race-mo-sphere" (you may have heard of street-mo-sphere at MGM before). Anyway, part of the course at WWOS led us through a wooded section, and they had castmembers dressed all in white as though they had escaped from a mental hospital. Some were banging pots and pans, others jumping out from trees and so forth. Kind of unusual for a race, but I thought it was a lot of fun. The finisher's medal was awesome: a replica of the TOT, with a little elevator that slides up and down on a spring - very cool. It goes without saying that there was a limited edition pin for the event, so I won't bother to mention that.

    However, the really cool part of the evening for me was that I ran the race in costume. Many other people were also in costume as it was Halloween and people often dress up for Disney races in general. My costume, to be a little different, was the Tower of Terror itself. I made a foam hat/head piece representing the towers and turrets from the building, and put a half-moon shaped elevator floor indicator above my forehead, and then I had foam letters across my chest that said "Hollywood Tower Hotel." It was a big hit. After the race, the rides were open, so my friend and I had to go on the actual TOT. As I was exiting the elevator at the end, a manager pulled me aside and through a door. She said the castmembers on the closed circuit TV wanted to see me - so I got a tour of the control room (very cool) and then since it was close to closing time, they got all the bellhops together to ride it with me again and they gave me the photo. It was definately a "magical moment" as I've never had so much attention rewarded upon me for one of my crazy ideas before. I was kind of nervous while I was making it that perhaps I had gone over the top a little - but the results where totally worth the effort.

    I will have to scan in the photo and post here, as well as a photo of the medal and pin - I'll try to do that tonight.

    I think overall everyone had a great time at the race. It was the first time for this event, and I really didn't see any significant shortfalls - the planning team did a great job. It was quite the party atmosphere in the park afterward, which was much more fun than the typical conclusion in the Epcot parking lot.

    More later - my lunch break is over.

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    Can't wait for pictures
    Good morning, son
    In twenty years from now
    Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
    And I can tell you 'bout today
    And how I picked you up and everything changed
    It was pain
    Sunny days and rain
    I knew you'd feel the same things...


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    • #3
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      http://web.mac.com/orlflakrtectaia/i...ror%2013k.html

      Ok folks. I've been learning how to use my Mac to make web pages - here is the link to the one I just made for the race. Let me know what you think.

      There are more pictures on another page called "Halloween at Disney."
      Last edited by jeffrey orl fla; 10-29-2007, 06:33 PM. Reason: added one more sentence about more photos

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      • #4
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        Cool costume. Thanks for sharing the pics.

        I'm also very impressed that you ran over 8 miles wearing that...

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          http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...k/IMG_3784.jpg

          http://i17.photobucket.com/albums/b7...k/IMG_3764.jpg

          Ok, here's a couple in case you can't get to my website.
          Last edited by Dustysage; 10-30-2007, 08:53 AM.

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          • #6
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            Hey! Just looking for pictures from the run. I am a TOT 13K survivor. I found this on another site and thought you might like to see it!

            http://www.flickr.com/photos/dstewar...7602752491184/

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            • #7
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              I love it!!! How fun! Was it hard to run with that costume on??
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              Will trade husband for Disneyland and DCA Pins!

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              • #8
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                Such a cool costume!
                Good morning, son
                In twenty years from now
                Maybe we'll both sit down and have a few beers
                And I can tell you 'bout today
                And how I picked you up and everything changed
                It was pain
                Sunny days and rain
                I knew you'd feel the same things...


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                • #9
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                  That's great Jeffrey! :cgrin: Congrats on the run and what a fun costume!!

                  I'm glad you had fun doing the 13k! It was fun to see guests in the shirts on Sunday and again on Monday in the airport and even on my flight back to Minneapolis.

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                  • #10
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                    Originally posted by jeffrey orl fla View Post
                    GASP

                    Is that CM (redhead, back row, right side) pointing with ONE finger?

                    Oh lord, the world may come to a screetching halt.

                    -dave
                    "I'm gonna build my own amusement park. But with gambling and hookers!" - Bender
                    "You should never underestimate the predictability of stupidity." - Bullet Tooth Tony

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                    • #11
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                      Great pics. I posted mine on my website at http://www.disneyrunning.com/07tot13kphotorm1.html .

                      It was a fun race with the exception of a few logistical isuues.

                      I will be at the race again on 10/25/08!
                      Robert
                      DisneyRunning.com
                      DisneyRunning.com Forum
                      Going for Goofy #4 in 09

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                      • #12
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                        What a fun costume Jeffrey! One question: is that elevator photo posed or did you guys get to ride the TOT?

                        On a different note. How lucky for you to get to DLP on its 15th! I had thught about doing that but went to WDW for my birthday instead. Got to spend a whole week there and had lots of R&R for me doing all the Disney things I love.

                        Now I am either headed to NYC next June (possibly with a group of friends, there's talk about it) or back to WDW next October for MNSSHP. Can't do both.
                        Cliff
                        WDW '72, '97, '00, '02, '03 '06 '07, '08 DL '98, '05, '10 DLP '00 DCL '09




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                        • #13
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                          [quote=DisneyParkFan;2322527]What a fun costume Jeffrey! One question: is that elevator photo posed or did you guys get to ride the TOT?


                          The picture is not posed - its the actual picture taken while the ride is in motion. Good to hear from you - its been a while!

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                          • #14
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                            Just loved you costume Jeffrey !!! )


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                            • #15
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                              Totally awsome!! love the costume!!!

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