May 14, 2013

Expedition Everest Recap from Guest Blogger Kim

We were lucky enough to have Kim share her experiences with us from Expedition Everest - thank you, Kim!!!

My name is Kim and I am from Long Island, New York.  In September I decided that I wanted to run a 5K and made the one at the Disney World Marathon Weekend my goal.  I got hooked after that and signed up to run in the Expedition Everest Challenge in May.  I am now signed up for the Wine and Dine 1/2 Marathon and the 2014 Marathon Weekend 5K, 10K and 1/2 marathon – all at Disney.  I’m sure I will do some other runs in between as well.  I am honored to be a guest blogger on my experiences at the 2013 Expedition Everest Challenge.
Kim conquered the Yeti!!!
On Friday, I went over to ESPN Wide World of Sports to pick up my registration packet and go through the exhibition area.  Registration was as smooth as I would expect for a Disney event.  You picked up your packet and then got your t-shirt.  The exhibition area seemed small to me, but I only had Marathon Weekend to compare it to where the exhibition area was huge.  runDisney had a store with shirts for Expedition Everest Challenge and some “in training” gear.  Otherwise, I would say there were no more than 10 exhibitors.

Saturday morning, they held the Family Edition and Kids Races associated with the event at ESPN Wide World of Sports.  The Challenge itself was held at night at Animal Kingdom.  As with any Disney event, they held to the theme.  Buses started running from the resorts at 7:30pm and you were dropped off at “base camp.”  You had the opportunity to sign a poster and take pictures with the Yeti and at other base camp items.  The challenge kicked off at 10pm with the first wave of runners going and another wave going every 7 minutes.  Once you started, you ran the 5K race with three obstacles spread throughout the course that took you through Animal Kingdom.  The first obstacle was to jump over bales of hay.  The second obstacle was a tire run and the final obstacle was to crawl under netting.  You could choose not to do the obstacles if you wanted to and there were plenty of volunteers to ensure safety.  

At the end of the 5K, you were handed your first clue for the scavenger hunt.  The scavenger hunt took you back into the park and sent you to specified locations.  At each location, you had to tell the volunteer the answer to the clue, which had to do with a direction and then they would give you the next clue.  The volunteers were great, showing you how to get the answer if you were unable to solve it yourself.  Once you had the 4th clue, you needed to use the clue cards to solve the final clue, which was one of the symbols on your race bib.  This was probably the most difficult part.  Again, the volunteers were willing to help get you started on solving the final clue.  Once you knew the final clue, you could go on to the finish line and point to the correct symbol in order to be given your medal – a cool compass.  As in any Disney race, you could stop along the way to get pictures with some characters as well.  Unlike my race in January, when I did not stop for pictures, I stopped at every opportunity this time around.  Throughout the entire race course, there were volunteers and cast members cheering you one and encouraging you.
Safari Donald!
Once you completed the race, you were able to go back into Animal Kingdom for a post race party.  The party was based in Dino-land.  There were open rides throughout the park, a DJ and photo opportunities with characters.  There was food and beverages available for purchase.  Everyone was having a good time at the party and enjoying the camaraderie of their fellow racers and friends.

The Expedition Everest Challenge was a great race!  Besides the 5K, we probably did another 2 miles in order to complete the scavenger hunt.  I enjoyed doing the race but not sure that this is a race that I would repeat.

Did you run EE?  What did you think?

14 comments:

  1. Expedition Everest looks like so much fun! I was wondering how it all worked with the clues, etc. A nice change of pace (ha) from the typical 5K experience :)

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    1. AAgree Karen! We need to try this one sometime!

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  2. It looks like you had a blast! I can't wait for Tower of Terror and the Wine & Dine!

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    1. We are excited about the Wine and Dine race weekend too!

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  3. Oh, that looks like so much fun! I really think I want to do EE next year!

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  4. I would love to run it some time!!!!

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  5. This looks like such a fun race! Thanks for sharing, Kim!!

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  6. SO glad that I was able to share...it was certainly interesting and fun...much more than just a 5K!

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    1. Thanks so much and so excited that you are signed up for your first half at WDW. The Wine and Dine Half Marathon is a favorite of ours and you will love it. Hopefully we will meet you that weekend!

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  7. Thanks for the race recap! This is one runDisney race I haven't done but would love to do!

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    1. It does look fun and we both love the night races too! Always a fun after party!

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  8. Hate that I missed this and I was even there that night! looks so fun

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    1. Even thought it is not a big race weekend, we would love to try this. Sorry you could not get it at the last minute!

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