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The Final Expedition Everest Challenge


Well folks, this is it.  The final running of the Expedition Everest Challenge.  I remember the first year the challenge took place, I was in Walt Disney World for our honeymoon.  I tried to convince B to do it, but that idea got shot down quickly.  I guess his idea of a honeymoon did not include running a 3 mile obstacle course.  I was more intrigued by the scavenger hunt portion of the event, but that still had no appeal to him.  Turns out it was a good thing we decided not to do it because there was a monsoon that evening.  We returned from a night in the parks dodging rain storms and came across numerous soggy, miserable looking runners in the lobby of the Animal Kingdom Lodge.  But enough about that, let’s get to this year’s race!

Part 5K, part obstacle course, part scavenger hunt, the Expedition Everest Challenge is one of the most unique race weekends runDisney has to offer.  It is definitely more about fun and friendly competition than serious racing.  All of this ends with a fun afterparty in the shadow of the mountain itself.  Oh and you get some super cool medals!


Let’s take a look at some of the race details…

Packet Pick-Up

For this final year, runDisney has moved packet pick-up to the Animal Kingdom Parking lot.  Unlike other races, there is no Health & Fitness Expo to attend.  There is sure to be some runDisney commemorative items and great photo ops available, but don’t expect a big vendor show to pick up last minute race needs. Packet pick-up hours are:

  • Friday, May 1st: 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 2nd: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

Participants in all of the races MUST attend packet pick-up to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and collect race packets, which include your race bib with B-Tag timing devices, race shirt, and gEAR bag.  The gEAR bag doubles at the bag to use for bag check during the race.  This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration, such as pins.  If you are part of a team, both team members must be together to get your packets.

Resort Transportation & Parking

Bus transportation will be available for participants staying at resort hotels to and from packet pick-up and the race. Buses will run during the following times:

  • Friday, May 1st: 11:30 am – 6:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 7:30 pm)
  • Saturday, May 2nd: 7:30 am – 1:30 pm (last bus will leave for the resorts at 2:30 pm)
  • Saturday, May 2nd: 7:45 pm – 9:00 pm & 10:15 pm – 3:00 am

These are the host resorts for the weekend:

  • Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge
  • Disney’s Caribbean Beach Resort
  • Disney’s Pop Century Resort

If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation.  Parking will be at the Animal Kingdom parking lot.


Costumes are one of the best parts of any Disney race and this race seems to bring out some of the best! Yetis, Wilderness Explorers, you name it!  The Disney Parks Blog has some great ideas for costumes if you haven’t figured yours out yet.


Please note that runners are NOT allowed to wear a face mask of any kind and will be removed from the course if this is violated.  This is for your own safety, especially during a night race!  So who are you dressing up as??

Bag Check

Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the expo to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  Bag check will be located in the Animal Kingdom parking lot from 8:15 pm – 1:30 am.

Tip for you: Put a small, lightweight backpack or duffle bag inside your clear gEAR bag to transfer everything into after the race.  The strings on the gEAR bags make them horribly uncomfortable to carry around if you are planning on staying for the after party.

Race Bibs

Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet at the expo.  Do not bend our fold your bib, as the ChronoTrack B-tag will be affixed to the back of the bib which will be used to track your time.  If your bib is not properly centered, damaged or covered, your time may not be recorded properly.  Your bib will also be used for the on course photographers, so make sure the number is clearly visible.

Pacing Requirements

You must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile for the 5K adventure run.  If you fall below this pace you will will run the risk of getting swept.  Pace cyclists will be on the course to let you know if you have fallen behind.  Your final time will be based on your cumulative time for the 5K adventure race and scavenger hunt.

Aid Stations

There will be 2 water stops along the course.  One along the 5K adventure race and one at the start of the scavenger hunt.  There is also a first aid station at the start and finish line.

5K Adventure Race & Scavenger Hunt

The 5K Adventure Race will begin promptly at 10:00 pm in the Butterfly parking lot at the Animal Kingdom.  Runners must arrive no later than 9:00 pm.  There are a few obstacles along the course that you can complete individually or as a team.  The course will be closed at 11:45 pm.

After completing the 5K, participants will receive their first clue for the scavenger hunt.  Answers to all of the clues will be found throughout Animal Kingdom.  Once all clues are completed, teams and individuals must cross the finish line back in the Butterfly parking lot.  The course will be closed at 1:00 am.

Post-Race Party

The Post-Race Party will take place from 10:30 pm – 2:30 am in the Dinoland USA area of Animal Kingdom.  Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids and all of the attractions in Dinoland will be open during the party.  Race registration includes access to the party and spectators can still purchase tickets here.  Wristbands for the party must be collected at packet pick-up.

Everest at Night

More information on the Expedition Everest Challenge is available on the runDisney website and in the Official Event Guide for the weekend.  Also, check out some of my packing tips as your get ready to travel and one of my plans for prepping for night races.  Lastly, check out recaps from 2014 & 2012 from some great guest writers here on RAD.

If you’ll be in WDW for the Expedition Everest Challenge, head over to Starbucks at Downtown Disney’s Westside from 3:00 – 4:00 pm on Saturday, May 2nd for a fun meet-up with my friends from Kingdom Magic Runners!  You’ll meet some fellow runDisney enthusiasts and get some fun giveaways too!  Get more details and RSVP here.

This is the only WDW race weekend I haven’t participated in and I’m pretty bummed that it won’t be returning.  I LOVE scavenger hunts so this really is right up my alley.  Sadly it’s just never worked out with my schedule.  I hope you all have a wonderful time and enjoy ever moment of this unique race!  If you are interested in writing about your experience, send me an email and I’ll feature you’re story here on RAD!

Good luck finding the Yeti!

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2015-16 runDisney Race Calendar Released With Some Holes…

runDisney has released the 2015-16 race calendar and there are some things noticeably missing.

2015-16 runDisney Calendar

The most glaring hole in the schedule is the removal of The Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10-Miler Weekend.  Most likely  the reason for this is that Disney’s Hollywood Studios seems to be in the beginning stages of a major renovation.  The Backlot Studio Tour recently closed and it is rumored that others are soon to follow.  This time next year, the Studios could be under major construction which will not work for a race through the park or an after party.  This makes me wonder if the Wine & Dine Half Marathon course will change for 2015.

While this is the reason that logically makes the most sense, it makes me wonder if runDisney is taking a break from racing in WDW that weekend because they are going to host the first Disneyland Paris Half Marathon.  Remember these pins?  They say September 2015…the mystery continues…

The other hole in the schedule that might not be as noticeable is the absence of the Expedition Everest Challenge for 2016. This is the one WDW race weekend I haven’t participated in yet, so obviously it is now a priority for me.  I want to experience this event before it gets eliminated, so May 2015…I’m coming for ya!

What races are a priority for you in 2015-16?

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RAD Recap for May 11, 2014

Happy Mother’s Day to all you moms out there!  Enjoy your day and treat yourself to something special…you deserve it!


It’s been a good week around here.  Now that spring has finally sprung, I’m trying to go to as many local events as possible.  Last week I went to the Milford Harbor Duck Race, which was quite entertaining and then I walked around the Westville Artwalk this weekend.  I love getting out to these events and supporting the community….there is so much cool stuff going on here in CT!

Thankfully we had no issues with the house this week and I think my adventures in home ownership are coming to an end.  I also got some crazy workouts in this week and I’m really starting to push myself again with heavier weights and not taking the easy road.  Who cares if it takes me longer to finish…I’m getting stronger!


This week I debuted a new series on RAD called Transformation Tuesday after being inspired be so many of you out there who have transformed your life through running at Disney.  I wanted to create a place for you to share your stories and inspire others.  Liz kicked off the series with her story…just look at her transformation!


Danielle was back this week with another installment in her Yoga for Runners series!  She featured my favorite recovery pose, Legs Up The Wall…you must try this!

Legs up the Wall 2

To round out the week, Sarah (not me) stopped by with a really fun recap of the Expedition Everest Challenge.  Can’t wait to do this next year!


Coming up this week: another transformation story, a game of Kill, Refurb, Marry and a contributor to RAD discussion goals and getting started with running.  It’s going to be a fun week so make sure to come back and check it all out!!

Have a great week!

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RAD Recap for May 4, 2014

It’s May!!!  Bring on the flip flops and shorts!!  Ok well just the flip flops right now, but I’ll take it.  Look how gorgeous CT is looking!


So I have had a totally bizarro week.  Since I’m now working from home, we decided to get some home repairs done.  We’ve lived in our home for almost 5 years and have had a portable dishwasher.  Look I’m super thankful for having a dishwasher at all, but damn that thing was loud and we could only run it at night when we didn’t have to do anything in the kitchen.  So we decided to move some cabinets around and install a dishwasher.

Sounds easy right?  Well, the “Kitchen Magician” we hired not only brought a dog in my house without asking, dislodged the sink drain flooding the kitchen and took twice as long as he expected, he ALSO impaled his hand with a chisel which ended in a trip to the hospital and numerous stitches.  I seriously felt like I was on Candid Camera.  It was one thing after the other…ridiculous.

But all craziness aside, the dishwasher is in and I can’t believe I waited so long.  Best thing ever.  Well that was until we noticed yesterday that it was leaking into the basement.  I mean really??  My basement ceiling now looks like this…


What a mess!!  In the grand scheme of life, this was no big deal and I am thankful to even have a dishwasher.  However it has been a stressful, albeit comically stressful, kind of week.


Besides all that, some other interesting some stuff happened this week.  I was seriously jealous of the Seven Dwarfs Mine Train media event this week…weren’t you?!?

But with that event came the confirmation of Trader Sam’s coming to WDW (WOO HOO!) next yeear.  I’m so excited about this that I took a trip back to my visit to Trader Sam’s in Disneyland last year to get me pumped up!


Also this week I gave long overdue kudos to those final finishers at runDisney races. If you’ve never stayed until the end of a race, make it a priority next time….it’s pretty amazing.


I’m super excited to announce the beginning of a new weekly series that I will be debuting this week…Transformation Tuesday!  Every Tuesday I will be featuring a guest who has transformed their life through running at Disney.  These stories are so inspirational and I can’t wait to share them with you!!

Also this week, Danielle is coming back with more yoga tips for runners and a recap of the Expedition Everest Challenge.  Big congrats to everyone who completed the race last night!  It looked wet and miserable, but you did it!

And now to announce the winner of the super RAD custom designed tutu from Tutu-da-loo!  Sarah S. you are the big winner!  Missy and I will be in touch via email to get your custom tutu designed!  Congrats!

Have a great week!

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RAD Recap for April 27, 2014

My first week of self employment was a HUGE success! I started putting many wheels in motion, got my office set up and I feel truly happy for the first time in a very long time.


My new coworkers are super nice and extremely helpful.


The beginning of the week and this new journey was overshadowed by the loss of someone very dear to me.  While I feel happy and satisfied, this has been a major blow and very difficult to deal with.  However, I know that she is guiding me through this journey and giving me the strength to move forward.  Lee taught me so much and I would never be who I am or where I am today without her.


Spring has finally arrived in the Northeast after what was the longest winter ever, and I have a serious case of spring fever.  I got out and explored a gorgeous nature preserve nearby this week and I also actually started running again after a 2 month hiatus.  It felt great!


Spring also means the start of great events and festivals around Connecticut.  I went to Spring Haven this weekend which was a great gathering of local artisans.  My calendar is filling up with events for the next few months…it’s so nice to be out of hibernation!


It’s hard to believe that spring is just starting and so many were looking ahead to January this week. Registration for the 2015 Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend opened this week and most of the races sold our within hours, which is becoming the norm these days.  The only races still available are the Walt Disney World Marathon (70% full) and Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge (55% full).  I’m sure these will sell out in the next week or so, so if you are interested in partaking you should get registered soon!

runDisney confirmed this week that there will be new medals for ALL the races over Marathon Weekend, including the 10th Anniversary Goofy’s Race and a Half Challenge medal that was released a few days ago.  Can’t wait to see what those are going to be like!


Coming up this week, I will have a great giveaway for you from Tutu-da-loo that you won’t wan to miss and I will be taking a look at why finishing last for a runDisney race is sometimes just as good as finishing first!

Best of luck to everyone headed to Walt Disney World this week for the Expedition Everest Challenge.  I can’t wait to follow along as you battle the Yeti!

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