Storm Runner

Roller coaster in the United States
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Storm Runner
Location Hershey, Pennsylvania, USA
Coordinates 40°17′23″N 76°39′13″W / 40.2897605°N 76.6534932°W / 40.2897605; -76.6534932
Status Operating since May 8, 2004
Cost $12,500,000 USD
Manufacturer Intamin
Product Accelerator Coaster
Designer / calculations Ing.-Büro Stengel GmbH
Type Steel - Launched
Riders per train 20
Hourly capacity 1200
Propulsion Hydraulic launch from 0 mph-72 mph in 2 s
Height 150 feet
Drop 180 feet
Top speed 75 mph
Length 2600 feet
Inversions 3
Drop angle 90°
Duration 0:50
The top hat element

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


In August 2003, Hersheypark 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.[1] In November, it was revealed that Storm Runner was the most popular choice. The logo was also revealed at this time.[2]

Construction was completed in March 2004.[3] Storm Runner opened on May 8, 2004.[4]

Storm Runner did not operate during 2020. It reopened on June 11, 2021.[5][6][7]

General Information

Storm Runner features a hydraulic launch, experienced as the train car first rolls onto the magnetic brake 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.



2 trains with 5 cars per train. Riders are arranged 2 across in 2 rows for a total of 20 riders per train.


  • The pre-recorded voice is done by KD Bowe.[8] The voice also narrated radio commercials for the ride.[9]
  • Storm Runner is available as a ride design as part of the Soaked! expansion of Roller Coaster Tycoon 3.



  1. Hersheypark Building Hydraulic Launch Coaster for 2004
  2. Hersheypark Announces Name for New Roller Coaster
  3. "News: Storm Runner Construction Update". ThrillNetwork. 2004-03-24. Archived from the original on 2004-04-11.
  4. "Hersheypark To Open New Roller Coaster May 8". Ultimate Rollercoaster. 2004-05-06. Retrieved 2022-01-08.
  5. "Hersheypark's Storm Runner REOPENS After 18-Month Closure!". Tim & Katie. 2021-06-14. Retrieved 2022-01-08.
  6. Wagner, Patrick (2021-06-19). "Hersheypark – Storm Runner, I Missed You". We Were Inverted. Retrieved 2022-01-08.
  7. "Hersheypark tweet". Twitter. 2021-06-10. Retrieved 2022-01-08.

External links

Articles on Hersheypark