Storm Runner is an Intamin rocket coaster at Hersheypark. It was the first rocket coaster to include inversions in the layout. The ride opened in 2004 to rave reviews.
Storm Runner uses a dual loading station which means that one train is loading while the other one is being launched. The restraints are much like those found on Maverick and nearby Fahrenheit. The ride propels itself with a hydraulic launch, 75 mph in two seconds. The launch isn’t as extreme as those of the larger rocket coasters but still very forceful.
The first element is a 180 foot tall Top Hat. At the top there is very strong airtime, especially in the back. After a vertical dive down into a ravine, Storm Runner travels over a 135 foot tall Immelmann Loop. It is actually a very fun inversion. A jump up provides the best airtime on the ride. Next is the Heartline Roll. There are a few seconds of hang time on this second inversion.
Immediately after the roll there is a one of a kind inversion, the Flying Snake Dive. Pretty much you are twisting and falling, there are some decent head choppers here. The last element Storm Runner dishes out is a weird twisting jump over a few trees. I’m not too fond with this ending but the rest of the ride makes up for it.
Here’s a POV:
Storm Runner is a very fun ride, the inversions are excellent and the top hat is great. Like most rocket coasters though, it is a bit short in length. I am giving it a 9 out of 10.
Have you ridden Storm Runner? What do you think? Please comment. Thanks for reading!