Thursday, October 9, 2008

Expedition Everest Challenge Race Photos

We wore these snazzy wrist bands all weekend
that allowed us into the post-race party.
We spent some time at Animal Kingdom on Saturday. Jim took this photo of Everest. We enjoyed many of the nature trails throughout the park.
We had plenty of time to wait before our wave, so we took advantage of the staged photo opportunities. The polar bear's sign says "Good luck! I'll be right behind you!"
Here we are posing in the Butterfly parking lot by the expedition plane. You can see the obstacle course in the distance. Others walked over to check it out, but we were conserving our energy.
They had several costumed characters doing the countdown and playing music while we waited. This guy shook our hands before the race. Jim joked that we were on our way over to the medical tent to introduce ourselves to the staff (to save time in case of any race injuries).
Our bunch of runners started grouping together around 6 pm. Little did we know we would wait nearly 2 more hours to run. We chatted with many nice people while we waited. Team Highlanders was also in a race for the first time.
We were the last wave of runners to start at 7:50, and it was already dark. Many of the first runners had already run past us and gone off to the Scavenger Hunt while we waited. Jim, who had stated several times that we would be walking the course, ran like he was shot out of a cannon after the final countdown.
The fever was upon us!
Jim completed all of the obstacles (cargo net, hurdles, balance beam and crawling) in lightning speed. Here he is flying over the balance beam. I was a wuss and ran around them, which luckily was allowed.
Ahhh, the end is in sight.
Crossing the finish line, our goal for our first race! I had the timing chip attached to my shoe for our team time. We finished 127 out of 175 in our coed division with 3/4 scavenger hunt items correct. We had found the correct location for the clue, but in our hurry we "pulled out" the wrong answer. Drat!
Got our medals, bananas, sports drinks, and, of course,
BAGELS at the finish line.
Time to celebrate...... ain't the beer cold!
Here's my blurry photo while riding Expedition Everest in the dark.
VERY exciting!
Animal Kingdom was beautiful at night with lots of dramatic lighting. Since we were in the last wave of runners, we pretty much had the park to ourselves. We loved riding Kali River Rapids and Everest as many times as we wanted in the dark without any waiting. We had a blast. Kungaloosh!

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