I was running Tower of Terror 10-Miler later that same night for a total of 13.1 miles for the day with a mix of types of friends on this trip. I had my bestie, Carrie and I knew that we would be step for step. I had three friends from back home, Dorothy, Eric and Wendi. The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler was going to be their first runDisney event as well as their first official race longer than a local 5 and then I had my pal Jason...he's a Disney pro so he knew what's up. But overall, strange mix.....but the most fantastic mix. When I say that we had a BLAST. I mean we had a BLAST!!! More to come about my pals and their race results soon in my Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Race Recap.
We all went to the runDisney Health and Fitness Expo together, so nothing out of the ordinary there. Saturday morning arrived and I decided to drive my car over to the Wide World of Sports Complex even though I was staying at a host resort. I had lots of things that I wanted to do after the race so it's just easier for me to zip around in my car. Luckily for me, I know my way around Walt Disney World Resort. ;)
I left Pop Century by 5:30am. Race time was 7:30am. I like to be early to runDisney events and I was expecting traffic but there just wasn't any! I made it to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex by 5:34am and I was in my parking spot by 5:37am. Seriously, driving my car was the best decision that I ever made. As soon as I parked, I was getting out to find my running shoes out of my trunk and the rain started coming down. Whaaaaaa??? So yeah, I sat in my car for about 45 min. Hey, I'm not complaining though. I was dry when the race started so it's all good.
|Waiting out the rain in the car Selfie.|
|Umbrellas out everywhere before the race started.|
Regardless, I got out of my car when the rain let up. I had about 45 minutes until the start of the race. I walked to my corral. Again...totally weird going it alone.
This was not my first runDisney race to run alone (I ran Goofy Challenge and Neverland 5K by myself and had so much fun by myself) but.....I was walking in and hanging around pre/post race with friends. So yeah. runDisney weirdness was happening. For sure.
|Corral A Selfie.|
Sounds good to me.
|Bob Hitchcock Selfie. :)|
|Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run Start Line|
Running on the rocky road..headed to the woods.
I ran like a bat out of heck...trying to make it to the first character stop without slowing down. First up were Honest John and Gideon from Pinnochio, The Hag from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. I hit Mile one at 9:41. Not bad for two character stops with pics.
|Me and the Hag.|
|Mile 1 Selfie. 9:45min.|
|Brer Bear and Brer Fox....just chillin' in the woods.|
|Another Blurry Woods pic.|
|Mile 2 Selfie. 19:35 min.|
|Still running on the trails......|
|Who's Afraid, YO.|
|Running Fast Selfie. Tried to capture the moss in the trees ....|
didn't quite turn out the way that I thought it would.
|I'm out of the woods and headed to the track!|
|Grave Diggers....spooky dudes with bad attitudes.|
|Seen on my run: Grave Digger Scene|
|Headed toward the Finish Line!|
|Zombie Athletes at the fence.|
|Zombie Atlete Selfie. BAD pic of all of us. lol.|
|Mile 3 Selfie.|
|Running it in for a spook-tacular finish!|
|Oh hey there, BEST MEDALS EVER.|
|Totally in love with this bling!!|
|Finish Line Fuel...even the boxes are cute.|
|As I'm standing in line to have my pic made with Mickey Mouse, I look down and see this.|
How GROSS is this?!? Sweat just dripping off of my legs.....Welcome to Orlando!!
|Seriously. How adorable is this mouse?!?|
|chEARing at the Finish Line.|
Go #HappyHaunted5K Runners!!
|Me and @BeOurGuestMike chEARing on the runners, being silly,|
representing the Lizards and sporting our SEC Love.
He's a Mizzou boy and I'm a Bama Girl...We'll get along for most of the season. Roll Tide. ;)
|chEARing on Disbroads Kristen and Suzanne!|
|Ghostly Friends, Gail and Kimberly...Hatbox and All!|
These ladies looked great!
|Look who I found on my way out! It's my buddy Marc Acosta!|
It's always a fun time running into him....just the nicest guy.
I'll do a post on Flying Fish Breakfast soon.
Overall, I have to say that I love the Happy Haunted Trail 5K and am super sad that it's going away next year. The theming of the race is phenomenal and one of the best that runDisney has to offer! In my opinion the medal was "to die for" and I LOVE running at ESPN Wide World of Sports so this is one of my favorite races...see what I did there?? ;)
|The event shirt from Disney's Happy Haunted 5K Trail Run.|
|The Bling! It Glows in the Dark Too!|
|Hope to see ya again, Happy Haunted 5K!|
1. This race is cancelled. Terrible runDisney, just terrible. I totally get the fact that this race weekend is probably not as prosperous as the others or but it's also not as wound up as the others either. There's a totally laid back vibe about this weekend and we like it. Who knows why they cancelled this race?!?! I'm sure they have a good reason but I LOVE running at The ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex. It's Gorgeous! Please bring this race back in the future.
|Entry to ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex....home of Sports Awesomeness.|
|My Happy Haunted 5K Bib.|
So there you have it. I'm glad that I ran this race by my Selfie...I was able to take it all in. I paid attention to the race and not just my happy experiences with friends. Next up, Disney's Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-miler race review. Stay tuned.....
*For more great runDisney events like this one, please visit runDisney.com and for more information on sporting events happening at ESPN Wide World of Sports, please visit www.espnwwos.com.
Check out all of the highlights from this year's event...you may just see a familiar face. ;)
Happy Running and See you real soon!