Sunday, June 13, 2010

Expedition Everest Challenge

This is Andy and me right before the challenge began.  Our task was to complete a 5K run with 4 obstacles along the way (balance beam, running tires, jumping bales of hay and crawling under a net) and then solve 5 clues in a scavenger hunt.  All this took place in Disney World's Animal Kingdom last night starting at 8:30pm.  We were in wave 5 so didn't get to the starting line until 8:55.  Each wave was sent on their way with a round of fireworks.  Although the sun was down it was a hot night.  The race went all through Animal Kingdom, but it was  a pretty dark course, so I only saw what was right around me.  At then end of the race we were given a a pen, mini-flashlight and our first clue to solve.  We headed back into the park to find our first destination.  The first clue was so obvious that it was difficult to solve. You know, when it is right in front of you and you can't see it.  Initially we made it harder than it had to be, but then the light bulb came on.  The other four clues were easier for us with the help of the park map. We ended the race in Dino Land and were awarded medals that resembled a compass.  From here the party was just starting- DJ party and access to rides until 1am.  I think the parks are much more fun with fewer people. We got to ride our favorites multiple times.  The swag for this race was plentiful, but I guess it should be because the entry fee was $229 for a 2 person team.  In addition to the race and after race party we got a tech t-shirt, medal, Clif bar, sharpie, Clif Shot blocks, shampoo, disposable camera, therapeutic tape a few other sample products and a 1-day ticket to any Disney Park.  We completed the run in 31:22 min and the scavenger hunt in 36:08 min for a race total of 1:07:30.  Not bad for the first time.
After this I am sure we are ready to tackle the Amazing Race

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