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Expedition Everest Challenge – Race Weekend Information

The Expedition Everest Challenge is probably one of the most unique race offerings in the runDisney lineup.  A 5K with obstacles finished with a scavenger hunt…why have I never done this race?!?! Everything about it sounds like a blast!

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The weekend starts with packet pickup on May 2nd at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  The hours are as follows:

  • Friday, May 2nd: 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturday, May 3rd: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm

All race participants  MUST attend the expo to turn in signed waivers (click here to print your waiver) and pick-up race packets, which include your race bib, race shirt, and gEAR bag.  The gEAR bag also doubles as the bag to use for bag check during the race.  Teams will receive one packet, but both team members should be there to show their Photo IDs.

This is also where you will receive any commemorative items you may have purchased during registration and pick up after party tickets for spectators.  Transportation will be provided to and from all Walt Disney World Resort Host Resorts 30 minutes prior to opening and 30 minutes after closing.  The Host Resorts for this race are:

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

Unlike other race weekends that have large expos, this is much smaller and everything takes place in Champion Stadium.  There will be a few vendors in the “Base Camp & Bazaar” area to get any last minute race needs.

Here is all of the information you will need for Race Day.

  • Host Resort Transportation  Transportation will be available to bring participants to and from ALL events during Expedition Everest Challenge Weekend from the host resorts listed above.
    • Bus transportation will be during the following times for the race:
      • Saturday, May 3rd, 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm and 10:15 pm – 3:00 am
    • Participants are encouraged to arrive 45 minutes prior to the race start at 10:00 pm
  • Driving Directions  If not staying at a host resort, participants will need to provide their own transportation to all events.  Parking will be available in the Animal Kingdom parking lot.
  • expedition-everest-challenge-230x150-01Costumes This is one of the best parts of Disney races…the costumes!  Runners get so creative and it’s so fun to see.  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.  Who is dressing up as a Yeti??
  • Bag Check  Participants MUST use the clear bag provided at the packet pickup to check any belongings during the race and affix the label with their bib number on the outside.  Bag check will be open from 8:00 pm to 1:30 am.
  • Start Corrals  Corrals will be located in the Butterfly parking lot of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.  Your assigned corral will be found on your race bit.
  • Race Bibs  Bibs must be centered on the front of your shirt.  Safety pins will be provided in your race packet.  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 and smile for that camera :)
  • Pacing Requirements Remember, you must keep a minimum of 16-minutes per mile throughout the race.  Your final time will be the combination of the 5K Adventure Run and the Scavenger Hunt.  The 5K Adventure Run course will close at 11:45 pm and the Scavenger Hunt course will close at 1:00 am.  You must cross the finish line in the Butterfly Parking Lot after the Scavenger Hunt to complete the race.
  • Finish Line & Post Race Party This is where the fun really begins!  After the race, head on back into the park for a celebration until 2:30 am.  Catch a ride up Mt. Everest and challenge the Yeti again on Expedition Everest.  Kali River Rapids (a great post-race shower cool down), Dinosaur and all of the attractions in Dinoland USA will also be open.  So grab a beer and enjoy the evening!

Looking for the course map?  Here you go!

Expedition Everest Challenge

After the event you will get one of the coolest runDisney medal…it’s a compass!

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Expedition Everest Challenge

Tonight is the Expedition Everest Challenge!  This is a race like no other at Walt Disney World.  One that I have yet to run and can’t wait to experience one day!

This is a unique experience as it combines a 5K with obstacles and a scavenger hunt.  Who doesn’t love a good scavenger hunt?!  Oh wait…I’m having flashbacks to the sweatfest otherwise know as the Destination D Scavenger Hunt of 2011.  No one loved that event.

Anyways, this race is a night race which gives a very unique perspective on Animal Kingdom.  The park isn’t open at night very often and is something I’ve always wanted to see.

Tree of Life at night…Gorgeous!

What makes this race different from a normal 5k is that it incorporates obstacles along the way.  Prior years have included hay bale hurdles, a tire run and a rope climb.  They aren’t too difficult as this is a family event, but just give a little extra challenge.

Expedition Everest Challenge Map
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One of the coolest aspects of this race are the medals.  I think this is probably the best race medal I’ve ever seen and spectacular for a 5K.  It’s an actual compass!!

I want one of these!

After the race and the scavenger hunt, Animal Kingdom stays open until 1:00 am for a post-race party!  Family and friends can celebrate with the racers and experience favorite attractions.  Dinosaur, Kali River Rapids (to wash off the sweat) and of course Expedition Everest will all be open.

Only Disney could provide such a fun and unique race experience.  For a great recap of last year’s race, check out my friend Amanda’s experience.

Good luck to all the racers tonight, especially my friends Cindy and Kristen who are running their first 5K!  Hopefully I’ll be able to join you next year.  Oh and beware of the Yeti!