Monthly Archives: May 2013

Registration prices for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend

Prices have just been announced for the 2014 Princess Half Marathon Weekend:

Disney Princess Half Marathon

  • $160 by August 20, 2013
  • $175 between August 21 and November 19, 2013
  • $190 on or after November 20, 2013

 

Disney Enchanted 10K

  • $95 by August 20, 2013
  • $110 between August 21 and November 19, 2013
  • $125 on or after November 20, 2013

 

Glass Slipper Challenge

  • $270 by August 20, 2013
  • $290 between August 21 and November 19, 2013
  • $310 on or after November 20, 2013

 

Cinderella Royal Family 5K

  • $60 per participant

 

runDisneyKids Races

  • $15 per Kids Dash participant
  • $30 per One Mile Run participant

 

Pasta in the Park Party Tickets

  • $52 for Adults (ages 10 and up)
  • $28 for Children (ages 3 – 9)
  • Children Under 3 are free

 

ChEAR Squad

  • Bronze – No Charge
  • Silver – $39 per package
  • Gold – $65 per package
  • Platinum – $115 per package

 

Race Retreat

  • $120 per participant

Will you be running next year? Which events?

Tyler takes on the Yeti! Another look at the 2013 Expedition Everest Challenge.

Yesterday, Lisa shared her Expedition Everest Challenge experience – and it was so much fun, we’re back for a round two of recaps – this time, with guest poster Tyler J!

Tyler, enjoying a beverage at Gaston's Tavern!

Tyler, enjoying a beverage at Gaston’s Tavern (HAPPY BIRTHDAY!)

My first Expedition Everest 5k Challenge weekend started on Friday May 3rd, with packet pick-up at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex. Packet pick-up didn’t actually start till 12pm, but I got there around 11am, because I had one mission: “Get The Limited Edition Run Disney New Balance Shoes!”

Spoiler alert: Tyler's mission was accomplished :)

Spoiler alert: Tyler’s mission was accomplished 🙂

In the coming months prior to the weekend, there was a lot of talk about whether the Run Disney New Balance shoes would be available at the Expedition Everest 5k Challenge packet pick-up due to it not actually being a Health & Fitness Expo like all the other Run Disney events have. There was a lot of speculation leading up to the event but with our virtual goodie bag, we were given a confirmation that New Balance would be there selling the shoes, but sadly we had no clue how many there were going to be. I had heard from WDW Marathon and Princess Half Marathon Weekends that there was only a select number of shoes available and that some people who waited 3 hours in line weren’t able to get them. Luckily for me, when I got to ESPN at 11am there was only about 20 people ahead of me. At around 11:40, the crew from New Balance started going down the line giving out light blue and red cards with shoe sizes for the different shoes. One tip I would like to suggest is that, if you are serious about getting the Run Disney New Balance shoes, is to go to a New Balance store prior to the trip, and get your shoe sized trying on the 860 series shoe, trust me this will come in handy when the Expo opens.

Packet pick up!

Packet pick up!

Packet pick-up opened right around 12pm and as everyone else was rushing to go pick up their bib’s, I rushed straight to the New Balance booth to pick up my shoes. Even though I had a confirmation that I would receive the Mickey shoe in my size, I did not want to wait in the long check out line.

Going back to my original tip, if you don’t know your shoe size, you will have to wait in a separate long line to try on the shoe, it’s just best to know ahead. Expedition Everest 5k Challenge will probably be the best and easiest place to get the Run Disney shoes for the next couple of years; there’s just not as many people as there usually is at the other events around the year.  After paying for my shoes($125.00), I quickly hurried to the event merchandise store, where I bought the official “I Did It” shirt and Run Disney vinylmation. Sadly they didn’t have a medal to buy for the vinylmation, like they have had at the previous events so far this year, but I look forward to getting one at Tower of Terror 10 Miler weekend. Waited about 10 minutes to pick up my bib and pre ordered limited edition event pin and then headed off for the day.

Fun photo op!

Fun photo op!

Though the packet pick-up wasn’t as cool as the Health & Fitness Expo, there was a lot of cool photo opportunities, and some shopping to be done. The perfect way to start the race weekend!   

Mmm...BOMA!

Mmm…BOMA!

Early Saturday morning, the day of the race, my mom and I headed to Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge to have a wonderful breakfast at Boma: Flavors of Africa. This was something I was introduced to at the Inaugural Tower of Terror 10 Miler weekend and now has come to be a race weekend tradition. I would  suggest going the morning of a night race, it’s the perfect way to carb up for the day. The restaurant is very busy during the early hours of it being open, so I would suggest going at around 9:30. This allows all the guests who are heading to the park to be able fuel up and leave. Like all other Disney World restaurants try to make a reservation so you don’t have to wait at all, trust me you don’t want anything standing in your way between you and the food. Boma is set up as a breakfast buffet, with the section all the way to the right just being breakfast foods from Africa. All the rest is your common American breakfast foods like bacon, eggs, pancakes, and sausage; but done right. It’s about $22 per adult with delicious coffee and jungle juice. Once you have had your first taste of Boma, you will always go back!

After having our delicious breakfast, we headed over to check into the Disney’s Caribbean Beach resort. Growing up, we always stayed at the very nice value resorts that Walt Disney World offers but with this trip also being a celebration of my 21st birthday, we decided to stay at this wonderful moderate resort. The resort itself is very big, its separated into six different “islands” which make up this 45-acre resort. Each island has a different feel to the rooms, like ours was Finding Nemo based and a shuttle to help transport you throughout the resort. My mom and I spent a majority of the day walking around the resort, relaxing at the pool, and watching old school Disney cartoons on the television in the room. One of the conveniences of staying at one of the host resorts during the race weekend, is that you are given transport to and from the expo’s and runs. Around 7:30, I headed out to wait at the bus stop, to find about 10 other runners waiting as well. 30 minutes went by and everyone seemed to be confused on what to do, we had seen a couple regular Disney transport buses to Animal Kingdom, but not the regular coach buses that normally pick up runners during race weekend. After another round of buses went by, about 40 of us runners got on a regular Disney bus to Animal Kingdom, where we walked from the entrance of the park to the butterfly parking lot. Now, I think I may know what have possibly happened, at the same weekend of  Expedition Everest 5k Challenge, there was some kind Summit cheerleading competition, which were using the same kind of bus system for their event. I think there was just some confusion in the transportation system. We got to the butterfly parking lot at Animal Kingdom in good timing, allowing us to have the chance to stretch, and check in our bag. Took some photos with my friends and as the time ticked towards to 10pm, we got into our separate corrals.

Ready to run!

Ready to run!

At 10pm the 6th annual Expedition Everest 5k Challenge commenced! I was in corral B which started at 10:06, sadly there wasn’t any kind of fireworks to start us on a journey, but there was a jet stream of fog instead. The first mile of the course is really just going around the edge of the parking lot leading us into the entrance of the park. At about three quarters into the first mile we faced our first obstacle, hay bales. The hay bales weren’t tricky to get over and I was able to keep a steady pace jumping over them. At the end of the first mile, we were heading into Animal Kingdom, making sure to watch out for the dangerous Yeti. The one bad thing about the park itself, is that on a normal day the park closes right as the sun is setting.  Animal Kingdom is a beautiful park to run through at night, as you can see all the detail the park builders put in, plus it has a mysterious feeling to it. Now after a while, I was trying to figure out where the 2nd mile marker was going to show up. I kept running and running and I never saw it. We went through Africa, Asia, and then headed out to the backstage portion of the park, where we faced our second obstacle, the tires. At this point I was starting to get worn out and I didn’t want to risk planting my face on the ground trying to run through the tires, so I just walked through them. At this point I still thought we were heading towards the second mile marker, so when I finally saw the mile 3 marker, I was happy to know that the scavenger hunt portion would be starting soon. But, before we could do that we had to face the final obstacle, crawling under a net. I flung myself down and quickly crawled under the net, not a problem for me, but for some could be a major problem. After crossing the finish line, it was time to start the scavenger hunt portion of Expedition Everest 5k Challenge.

 Now prior to the race, I had done some research on what some of the past year’s clues were, just to get an idea on what to expect leading into the scavenger hunt portion. Now one thing you will read about when researching the Expedition Everest 5k Challenge, is that after running three miles your brain really isn’t ready to have to solve riddles, and think outside the box; this is very true.

Clue 1

Clue 1

When I grabbed the first clue, it took me a minute to realize what it was trying to say. Prior to the race, we were told that we were trying to find the “direction”, so I assumed that most of our answers to the clues would be direction based. With the first clue, you have to connect all the 0’s to make out NW or north west.

Clue 2

Clue 2

 Then I headed back into the park towards Camp Minnie/Mickey, to solve the second clue. We were told to ask the volunteer to help us out with the clue, where he asked us, “if what he is wearing is not a a hat it’s a ?” I said cap, which then he said NO, which is supposed to lead you to look at the letters to get north east, because they are all in capital letters.

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Clue 3

 The third clue led me to Africa, where you had to think of the alphabet because you take the 19th letter and the 23rd letter to figure out your next coordinate is. The answer being NW or north west.

Clue 4

Clue 4

Then we get to the fourth clue in Asia, this one I don’t understand how you are supposed to figure out how to solve. It seemed like the volunteers, were pretty much having to serve this answer on a platter to all the runners. My clue was that it was between north and east, so north east was the answer.

Back of clues!

Back of clues!

Now we come to the fifth and final clue, for this clue we had to flip all of the previous clues around to try to make one of the symbols on our bib. At first this seems easy, you just use the directions given to you to make a symbol, but because it doesn’t go in any particular order, it really is more like lucky guessing. I ended up just trying to make a symbol that was on the bib, with the directions given in the previous clues, that came out to it being the symbol on the white flag. This clue took me about 10-15 minutes and was a big frustration to most of the runners there.

Once I knew the answer I started running towards the finish line, I pointed to the symbol on my bib to the volunteer, crossed the finish line, and I had just finished my first Expedition Everest 5k Challenge.

The EEC bling!

The EEC bling!

Now that the race was over and medal around my neck, it was time for the post race party inside Animal Kingdom. If I were to suggest what first Run Disney event someone should do, I would easily suggest one that has an after party in one of the parks, like Expedition Everest 5k Challenge, Tower of Terror 10 Miler or Wine & Dine Half Marathon. It’s the perfect way to finish a Run Disney race, plus it’s included with the price of race registration. I met up with my friends and we rode all the rides like Expedition Everest, Kali River Rapids, and Dinosaur. We partied all they way till 3am and then called it a night. Expedition Everest 5k Challenge was absolutely wonderful and I plan on doing it again next year. I look forward to running the Tower of Terror 10 Miler again this October and the Wine & Dine Half Marathon for the first time come November. I hope this guide helps you for any coming year of Expedition Everest 5k Challenge and I would like to thank Krissy with Outrunning the Monorail for allowing me to tell you my story. 

Thank YOU, Tyler, for sharing your pictures, story and awesome tips! I am a lot less intimidated by this event now, and I don’t know about all of you, but between this and Lisa’s recap, I am ready to register for 2014!

Please leave any questions or comments you might have for Tyler in the comments and I will be sure to pass them along!

Tyler J is from Atlanta, GA and an avid runDisney fan! Along with the EEC, he has completed the 2012 Haunted 5K Trail Run as well as the Inaugural Tower of Terror 10 Miler. His favorite character is Simba (from the Lion King) and he just might have been your skipper on the World Famous Jungle Cruise, where he worked on his WDW College Program. 

Lisa’s take on the Expedition Everest Challenge

A few weeks ago, I issued a call for guest posters to share their experience of the 2013 Expedition Everest Challenge (EEC).

Lucky for me, the call was greeted to great response and so this week, I am excited to share the tales of the journeys of two awesome guest posters, Lisa and Tyler! In each of their accounts, you’ll read about their adventures, learn some valuable tips and information, and even learn a little about the writers, themselves. So strap on your expedition gear, check your compass and get ready to be transported!

Meet Lisa!

Meet Lisa!

I had the pleasure of running the Expedition Everest Challenge on May 4 at Animal Kingdom. The experience was made even better by the fact that I was able to run it with my Mom, and this was her first runDisney event! The expo for this race was pretty small, considering there were only 4,000 people in this race it was not a surprise. They had New Balance, sweaty bands and raw threads there. It was a pretty quick and simple process to get everything, and we were able to pick up the beloved runDisney shoes
 
The race started at 10pm and we arrived to Animal Kingdom early to ride Everest a few times to get ourselves ready! We went out to the start area around 8 and were able to sign the Everest wall, and get some photos with the Everest plane and the yeti. It wasn’t too crowded so we sat down, got to talk to a great couple from Boston and enjoy the pre-race party before going to our corrals at 9:45. I had been hearing through friends on Facebook that they were having trouble getting buses from the host resort and that the line to get in the park was taking forever. Thankfully when the race started at 10 they had the waves staggered in 6 minute increments so everyone was able to get in and run.
Starting area.

Starting area.

We were in corral C, when we signed up we had planned to run the race, but knee surgery 2 months ago for my Mom and a stress fracture for me last week in a marathon derailed those plans. We just wanted to have fun, do the race together and not worry about time. We left the corral at 10:12 and we’re off! This race involved not only the 5k and scavenger hunt, but also obstacles on the course. Just before mile 1 we had to jump over bales of hay, we made it through and entered Animal Kingdom for the rest of the race.  
Lisa and her mom with Safari Mickey + Minnie!

Lisa and her mom with Safari Mickey + Minnie!

They had some characters throughout the course that we saw as we ran through all of the park and many behind the scenes areas. We were able to get some shots with Rafiki, Chip and Dale and, of course, Mickey and Minnie. The second obstacle was between mile 2 and 3, it was a tire step. This one was made difficult because of the number of people that were backed up here. After that we ran towards the finish of the 5k, but not before having to crawl under the cargo net for our final obstacle.  

Clues!

Clues!

After completing the 5k we got our clues for the scavenger hunt. They were directional clues that took you to 4 spots throughout the park. They were all fairly easy until we got to the last one, we finally figured it out, but it was not an easy one.
The bibs + bling!

The bibs + bling!

We then ran back towards the finish and proudly pointed out of final clue to the people at the finish. (You had to point out the right flag on the bib to get your medal.)
The after party!

The after party!

Once we had our medals we headed back into Animal Kingdom for the after party in Dinoland. They had some rides open, places to grab food and drink and a merchandise shop where we picked up our “I did it shirts!” The party was lively and a lot of fun with plenty of dancing characters!
 
Overall I enjoyed this race. One thing though, this isn’t just a 5k and scavenger hunt, according to the GPS and our legs it came out to close to 5.5 miles by the time you went through The race and scavenger hunt. It isn’t a huge distance, but would be good for people that haven’t don’t it before to know. Another thing to know is that there are only a few host hotels for this run. We were on Disney property, but the Beach Club wasn’t a host hotel. We were able to get a cab back with no problem, but we didn’t even realize until 2 weeks before that we wouldn’t be able to use Disney transportation after the race. 
 
I would recommend this run to people that want to do a RunDisney event, but not with huge crowds and too long of distance. It was a great experience for us, and a  wonderful race for my mom and I to do together and one that we will do again!
Wow, great recap, Lisa! I think she did an amazing job at really making us feel like we were right there with her and her mom! If you have any questions for Lisa, please leave them in the comments and I will be sure to pass them along to her.
Tomorrow, we’ll check out Tyler’s take on the event!
Lisa P. is a regular writer on Mouze Kateers (also on FB) from Nashville, TN. Her favorite characters are Stitch and Eeyore…and how about this fun fact: her mom was watching Chariots of Fire when she was born – therefore cementing Lisa’s destiny of becoming a runner!

Open Call for Expedition Everest Challenge Guest Post

Edited: Positions filled! 

This weekend, runDisney will be hosting its premiere spring event: the Expedition Everest Challenge (EEC)!

This night-time endurance event combines a 5K with a fun scavenger hunt at Disney’s Animal Kingdom and is entering its 6th running. Unfortunately, I have not yet had a chance to partake in this event and due to my work schedule, will not be attending this year either.

So, that’s where YOU come in…if you’re up for the challenge, that is!

Here’s what I am looking for:

  • A short (300-500 word) blog post about your experience. 
  • 5-7 photographs from the event (these can be pre, during and/or post EEC)
  • Your honest opinion/recommendations/tips.

I will be posting EEC guest post(s) the week of May 12-18, with a deadline of May 10 for submission. 

So, what’s in it for you?

  • Exposure – I will publicize your post via this blog (2,000+ monthly pageviews), the Facebook page (287+ likes), twitter (2,396+ followers) and in other relevant runDisney groups. You are welcome to share your personal blog/FB/twitter link(s) if you so choose.
  • Experience – Are you thinking about starting a blog? This is a great opportunity to see what kind of posts you might be interested in composing.
  • Fun – Word of mouth not only helps spread information about these events, but is a great venue to sound off on all aspects of a runDisney event. Share your thoughts and connect with other fans.

If this sounds like something you are interested in doing or have any questions, please shoot me an email at khiguchi at gmail dot com and I’d love to work with you.

Guest post spots for the 2013 EEC have been filled – but here’s another chance to participate: please post your questions/comments – they could possibly be answered by our special guest posters in their recap posts. 

Have you ever experienced the EEC? If not, is it on your runDisney bucket list?