A few weeks after the Disneyland Half Marathon weekend, I found myself at Walt Disney World for the Tower of Terror 10 Miler. You may remember that I ran the inaugural race last year and had an absolute blast even though the weather was not the greatest. For this year’s race, my boyfriend and I stayed at Port Orleans Riverside Resort, which is one of the host resorts for the race weekend. He picked me up from work around 4 PM on Friday, October 4th and we headed to the hotel. After we checked in, we headed over to Downtown Disney to have dinner with my best friend and her husband at Raglan Road.
We woke on Saturday morning and headed down to the main building of the hotel to grab some breakfast. Once we were finished, I grabbed one of the official race weekend buses and went over to the Tower of Terror Health and Fitness Expo to pick up my race packet. Since this is a smaller race (only 10,000 participants), everything is held inside of the Jostens Center at the ESPN Wide World of Sports.
Once I got to the Expo, I headed straight to the merchandise area. I knew from previous runDisney expos that the merchandise is a hot commodity and I wanted to see what was still available. The only souvenir that I was really looking for was the medal for my Vinylmation Mickey doll. I am pretty sure that he has almost as many runDisney medals as I do this year. Thankfully, there were still plenty of those still available. Then it was time to pick up my race packet, including my bib, shirt and commemorative pin.
With my packet in hand, I decided to wander around the expo and check out some of the vendors. Of course, I couldn’t resist stopping by the runDisney booth to check out the medals. I am so excited about the Dopey Challenge medal. While I was there, I also had some fun with the photographers. To celebrate the new runDisney instagram account, there was a photographer taking spooky photos of anyone who was following them.
How do you think my photo turned out? Spooky enough? The photographer gave me the word ghost as my inspiration. I attempted the whole ghost dragging chains down the hall look but I think I look more like a zombie. He thought I resembled Wednesday Addams without the braids.
I also spotted by the Sparkle Athletic booth to say hello Kelly, who was rocking an awesome Cruella DeVille costume. I really need to ask her for some help with my Dopey Challenge running costumes. Her outfits are always amazing! After spending a little more time at the Expo, I decided to head back to the hotel to relax before the race. I had to go up to the 13th floor first though. Have you ever noticed that tall buildings never have a “13th” floor? For some reason, the Hollywood Tower Hotel does. Maybe that is why the lightning struck the elevator shaft that night long ago …
When I got back to the hotel, I grabbed some lunch in the main building. Then I went back to the room and relaxed. I had several hours before I needed to catch a bus to the starting area and I wanted to stay off of my legs as much as possible.