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In Search of Yeti at the Expedition Everest Challenge at Disney’s Animal Kingdom

Robert Hitchcock

by , Content Director

More than 5,000 runners came in search of the Yeti during the Expedition Everest Challenge this past weekend. Participants braved the elements and conquered their fears as they ran 3.1 miles throughout Disney’s Animal Kingdom. The nighttime adventure included obstacles like jumping over hay bales and crawling under nets. After completing the 5K runners went back into the theme park for a scavenger hunt. Once participants solved four clues they were allowed to cross the finish line and receive their commemorative Compass finisher medal. It was a real “wild” night.

With the exception of few participants dressed as Yetis, there were no actual confirmed reports of a “real” Yeti sighting, and all runners are accounted for. We call that a success.

Here is a look at this year’s Expedition Everest Challenge and we hope to see you at next year’s event.

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  • Wow that looks like it was a ton of fun! There aren’t many things that inspire me to want to get up and go running or get moving, but I swear that video might have just been it. Seeing that little girl run the 5K was great too. I may be in California, so I don’t know when I’d ever be able to do that in Disney World, but if there was something like that in Disneyland, I might just be inspired to start training for a 5K run like that! 😀

    Thanks Disney! You guys always light up my life.

  • Would love to do this next year – has the date been set for next year’s race?

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