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2014 Expedition Everest Challenge Race Recap

Today Sarah from Running for Inspiration is here with a really fun recap of the Expedition Everest Challenge.  After reading this post and seeing all of the fun photos, I am even more disappointed that I didn’t take part in the event this year.  It is definitely on my runDisney to do list for 2015!

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Have you ever ridden a roller coaster at 1 in the morning?

It’s pretty awesome.

Not so awesome? Rain. Especially in 60 degree weather. Especially for Floridians who have been training in 70 and 80 degree rainless weather.

The Expedition Everest Challenge weekend kicked off on Friday with the expo which was at ESPN Wide World of Sports. Unlike the last expo I went to there (for Princess Weekend), this was all outdoors and pretty small. Packet pick up was in the inside part of the baseball stadium, as was the official merchandise (where I spent wayyyyyyy too much money).

Packet pick up

The vendors were all outside which was unfortunate since it was threatening rain. There were only 6 or 7 vendors there but I picked up a new shirt from Raw Threads, a couple of shoe charms from BeeCause, and I gazed longingly at the Garmin Forerunner 220 that I’ve been pining after for the last month. After grabbing some free yogurt (I love free food!) I headed back to my resort to beat the rain.

My sister-in-law Lackey and I stayed at Caribbean Beach Resort which was one of the host resorts, so the day of the race we caught the bus, and arrived at Animal Kingdom around 8:45, which left us plenty of time to go to the bathroom and get situated in our corral. We spent a good hour or so just people watching and looking at everyone’s great costumes.

Wampa

There were a bunch of people dressed as Elsa and Anna who committed! Full costumes! We just did the shirts and braided our hair.

Me and Lackey

We also saw Robin Hood and Maid Marian along with the vultures and 3 men dressed like Indiana Jones. Which was perfect because I love Robin Hood and Lackey loves Indiana Jones.

Robin Hood

Indiana Jones

We were in Corral I, which was the second to last corral and with 6 minutes in between each wave we had to wait a loooooooooong time. Add to that the rain and then the breeze and Lackey was a very grumpy Elsa. But by the time we started running the rain had stopped and we were itching to go.

Grumpy Lackey

The first half mile we ran with no problem and no walk breaks and we came to the first obstacle around .75 miles in which was hay bale hurdles. I jumped about 4 of them and then went around the rest. I’m not breaking an ankle on a hay bale less than a mile into the race! Lackey loved it, wanted to do it again even. I put the kibosh on that though.

About a mile in we entered the park and we saw Donald Duck so I made Lackey stop for a picture because Donald is my soul mate.

Donald

We looped through the park and saw people already working on the scavenger hunt. Around mile 2 we saw Mickey and then went behind Expedition Everest for the out and back portion of the race and through the second obstacle which was tires. I stepped daintily through (again, I don’t want to break an ankle) and we continued on. Once you get to the end of the road there was FIRE! and you turned around and headed back.

Mickey

My favorite part of the race? On the way back, we passed the tires again and a dude dressed as Iron Man said, “Obstacles! Yes!” and then tripped over the first tire. He was ok! Iron Man just forgot how to fly. Let’s blame Jarvis for that one.

After that we were just on the back road behind the park until mile 3 where the final obstacle was located. You had to crawl under netting and come out the other side. Not going to lie, we skipped it. Super lame, I know. But we just wanted to cross the finish line which we could see! So we sprinted! And then began the scavenger hunt.

Animal Kingdom Sign

There were 5 clues of varying difficulty. We got the first one wrong. And the second one wrong. But the rest we got right! And I might be biased because we got it wrong, but that second question was hard! You had to find letters spelled out in the previous clue and then add them together; it was weird and not what I would have thought of. But I guess that’s the point of a scavenger hunt, to make you think differently. Plus we got cool Sharpies/Flashlights so that soothed my battered pride. Back through the rest of the park, collecting and solving clues as we went and across the finish lines to get our medals! So pretty and shiny. It opens up into a compass but my compass didn’t know how to compass. I’m always going north. But I’m not planning on taking my medal through the wilderness where I might get lost so that’s ok.

After the race

Back through the park again for the party! This was my first time going to Animal Kingdom and I rode Expedition Everest for the first time and it was the Best. Roller. Coaster. EVER. Not even exaggerating. We also rode Dinosaur where I felt like I was about to be thrown from the ride and left 65 million years ago. That would have been ok with me though because I had a backup plan. I think I would find one of the herbivores to befriend and ride him around like an elephant. I’d name him Frederick, I think.

After that I had to feed Lackey because she is always hungry (I think she has a tape worm or something) and then she got scared of the Yeti on stilts and we had to leave.

Moral of the story: Always ride roller coasters in the dark; don’t worry if your college education let you down during a scavenger hunt because you’ll still get a medal; always have a backup plan in case you get left in the past; and if you see a Yeti on stilts, run away.

Also, if you’re able to, definitely do Expedition Everest next year. I had a blast.

Me!

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Sarah Simpson. Alabama born, Florida raised. Florida State University alumna (Go Noles!). Perpetrator of harebrained schemes foremost of which is running a half marathon in 6 months. Some people call me Gonzo. You can call me Gonzo the Great. No, wait, don’t do that. My ego will explode. Just call me Sarah. And read my blog. And follow me on Pinterest. You can follow me on Instagram or Twitter too but that’s not as much fun as the others.

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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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Are you taking the Expedition Everest Challenge?

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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!