Storm Runner

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Storm Runner
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roller coaster
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Status Operating since May 8, 2004
Cost $12,500,000 USD
Manufacturer Intamin
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Model / product Accelerator Coaster
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion Hydraulic launch from 0 mph-72 mph in 2 s
Height150 feet
Drop180 feet
Top speed75 mph
Length2600 feet
Steepest drop90°
Storm Runner launch.jpg
The top hat element

Storm Runner is a steel launched roller coaster located at Hersheypark in Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA. It was opened on May 8, 2004 and is located in the Pioneer Frontier section of the park.[1]

History[edit | edit source]

In August the park announced that it would build a new roller coaster for the 2004 season. The specifications were also revealed and the public were asked to choose between three names: Steel Stampede, Renegade, and Storm Runner.[2] In November, it was revealed that Storm Runner was the most popular choice. The logo was also revealed at this time.[3]

General Information[edit | edit source]

Storm Runner features a hydraulic launch, experienced as the train car first rolls onto the magnetic break platform. The car launches from 0 to 72 mph in 2 seconds, just after a pre-recorded voice finishes saying "Now get ready, here we go." The car then climbs straight up an 150-foot-tall "top hat" and travels back down 180 feet at 75 mph before entering the first-ever "Cobra Loop". Continuing on, the car twists and turns through tracks laid out all across Pioneer Frontier, entering a heartline roll and a snake dive before coming to a complete stop at the brake run.

Facts[edit | edit source]

  • Storm Runner is available as a ride design as part of the Soaked! expansion of Roller Coaster Tycoon 3.
  • During "Hersheypark in the Dark" Storm Runner is dubbed Ghost Runner.
  • The pre-recorded voice is done by an African-American named K.D. Bowe.

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