15 December, 2011

Expedition Everest Challenge Now Open for Registration

With all the news coming out for Marathon Weekend in January, it's hard to keep up with the other runDisney news!

The other day, runDisney announced that registration is now open for their Expedition Everest Challenge May 5th, 2012.  Sounds like a fun race!

The details:
Expedition Everest Challenge, a race adventure with some bite, is coming Saturday, May 5, 2012 to Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

Just after sunset, individuals and teams of two will brave the mysteries of a thrilling 5K trek held in the shadows of the Forbidden Mountain. Teams will have to overcome treacherous obstacles lying in their path and scavenge for clues along their journey to be able to solve the mystery of the mountain in the end. But beware of the Yeti, the abominable snowman that guards the Forbidden Mountain! Escape from the clutches of the Yeti and celebrate conquering this Everest Challenge with an exclusive after-hours party at Disney's Animal Kingdom® Theme Park.

If you have what it takes to conquer this challenge, then find a teammate and join the trek! The challenge and the party will double your fun! If no one will brave this adventure with you, then sign up for the solo trek.


It's a night time race that starts at 9:30pm, which is pretty cool because Animal Kingdom is gorgeous at night!  The post race party also sounds fun since most of their big ticket rides will be open (Attractions open for this party include Kali River Rapids Attraction, DINOSAUR, Dinoland U.S.A. Area, and the Expedition Everest Attraction).

As for registration fees, I honestly don't think they're horrendous if you register early!  Yes, it's a 5k but you also get the obstacle course thrown in, the post race party, and a pretty amazing medal.  I saw the medal when I was at Marine Corps and it's sweet!

Here's a photo of the 2008 medal, but this years is very similar.



Entry Fees and Deadlines
Individual Registration
  • $89 between December 13 – February 26, 2012
  • $99 between February 27 – April 15, 2012
  • $109 between April 16 – May 5, 2012
Individual Registration Plus 1– Day Theme Park Ticket*
  • $129 between December 13 – February 26, 2012
  • $139 between February 27 – April 15, 2012
  • $149 between April 16 – May 5, 2012
Team Registration
  • $175 between December 13 – February 26, 2012
  • $190 between February 27 – April 15, 2012
  • $205 between April 16 – May 5, 2012
Team Registration Plus 1– Day Theme Park Ticket*
  • $249 between December 13 – February 26, 2012
  • $269 between February 27 – April 15, 2012
  • $289 between April 16 – May 5, 2012

For all of the official runDisney information, head over to their website to check it out! 

I would LOVE to do this race one day but I first need to figure out when Wine & Dine is and how much money I'll be throwing at Disney between that trip and the Goofy trip in January!  :)

Who's registering?

16 comments

  1. I would LOVE to do this!! I can't possibly pull off doing 3 WDW races AND this, plus airfare and hotel. If I still lived there I would be all over this one!

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  2. Have to talk this over with my husband! Need more bling...

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  3. I would like to do this one too, but with five other runDisney trips, I don't know how I can add this one in.

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  4. I happened to be at WDW last year the same weekend as Expedition Everest but didn't participate. Although as I kept seeing more and more people with the shirts and bling, I really wished I had. I would love to do it, but same - need to figure out how much other money I am throwing at Disney in 2012! :)

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  5. Awesome! I would LOVE to do this race someday - it looks like so much fun! Thanks for sharing. :)

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  6. If I do it, it would be my first race. I'm thinking of doing it with my daughter (age 9). Is this a good race to do as a first timer?

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  7. If I do it, it would be my first race. I'm thinking of doing it with my daughter (age 9). Is this a good race to do as a first timer?

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  8. do any of you have info on how hard or easy the scavanger hunt and obstacles are. this is my first time doing this with some friends and we just wanted to have a better understanding of what to expect.
    thanks
    Kim

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  9. I noticed the pic of the medals here and the comment that 'this year' medal was similar. Do we know if this medal changes every year? If so, any idea where we can find pictures of the medals? Thx guys!

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  10. @FF...ditto, me too! Wish I lived closer :(

    @Anonymous...we all need more bling!

    @Amanda...agreed. There's already too many trips planned :(

    @Emily..Disney is getting enough of my money at the moment!

    @miami...hope you have a great race!

    @Sara...thanks! Hope we both get to do it one year!

    @Raquel...I think it would be a great first race for you and your daughter. I think she reaches the age limit too!

    @Kim...I heard it was all in fun. And the obstacles you can opt out of if you don't think you can complete them safely. Everyone I've talked to had a great time in past years!

    @Peter...They usually only change the medals every 5 years for anniversary years. When it's not an anniversary year, the medal stays the same for the 4 years in between.

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  11. Does anyone have a team entry they want to sell??
    Pay good!!
    Ill pay all transfer fee!!j
    julie4299@yahoo.com

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  12. this is only a 5k i still think its to much money your average 5k costs 20 to 30 dollars

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  13. @Anonymous...unfortunately runDisney doesn't allow you to sell entries. It results in a ban of both parties from the races.

    @Anonymous...yes, it's an expensive 5k. But the Expedition Everest Challenge is more than just a 5k. There is also the scavenger hunt and other festivities. Definitely more than a local 5k.

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  14. The race is in 3 days for me! I am superexcited and nervous! This is my first disney race.

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  15. @Anonymous...How did you like it?? :)

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