We’re In! runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge May 4, 2013

In addition to a Dad, I’m a runner.  A slow runner, but a runner none-the-less.  Encouraging a healthy, active lifestyle for our daughters is important to us as parents.  Our oldest daughter swims, but Evie, our youngest, hasn’t quite found her athletic niche yet.  Therefore, in the past, I’ve invited her along for runs.  These invitations are usually met with… “I don’t want to!!!!  Noooooooo!!!”

Exercise is a tough sell when competing with the internet, television, reading and sometimes even homework.  Then it hit me.  Evie and I should train for a race together, and what better event to motivate an 11 year old girl than running at Walt Disney World?  We planned on signing up as a 2 person team for the 2013 runDisney Expedition Everest Challenge as soon as registration opened, but needed a name for our team.  What should it be… what should it be?  Continue reading for more details on the Expedition Everest Challenge as well as our official Daddy/Daughter team name.

Expedition Everest at Disney's Animal Kingdom

This year’s Expedition Everest Challenge is on May 4, 2013, and registration is currently open.  The runDisney event is a nighttime adventure held in Disney’s Animal Kingdom that includes an obstacle-laden 5K trek followed by a scavenger hunt inside the theme park.  Most entrants compete in teams of two, but individual entries are also allowed.  Once the racers complete all the challenge, there’s an exclusive post-race party inside Animal Kingdom’s Dinoland, U.S.A. until the wee hours of the morning (1:00 am).  Guests can ride attractions including the Expedition Everest roller coaster, DINOSAUR, Dinoland U.S.A., and Kali River Rapids (may be a good way to rinse off after the race).  I completed the inaugural edition of this race in 2008, dressed in my adventurer finery, and it was possibly the most fun I’ve ever had during a race.  It seemed like a perfect race to train for and run together as a team with Evie.

2008 Expedition Everest Challenge

I broached the idea with Evie, and she was all for it.  We started training runs together on and off since the beginning of the school year, and on Tuesday, December 11th, registration for the Expedition Everest Challenge opened.  During our training run that evening, I told Evie we could now sign-up for the race.  Her excited reply was, “did you sign us up?!?”  I said no, I wanted to make sure she was committed to training for it, and we also needed a team name.  She quickly agreed to put in the necessary running and exercise, and then grew quiet.  She was thinking carefully about our team name – that monicker to establish our competitor identity.

I threw out suggestions… the Billy Goats, Snowman Parfait, Surefooted Sherpas, Nocturnal Ocelots… all were shot down with a quick and resounding, “Nah!”  The conversation continued into dinner.  We were growing desperate when Evie threw out, “we could be the Prancing Pink Powerful Princess Ponies!”  I replied, “why don’t we just be the Facebook Kitten Photos?”

GAAASPPP… Oh no, what have I done?  Was it too late to take it back?  My words hung in the air as Evie and Maggie’s eyes grew wide.  What have I done?  They opened their mouths, and at the same time shouted out…

INVISIBLE CHEESEBURGER!!!

Excuse me???  What?!?  I wasn’t familiar with the phenomenon of the “invisible cheeseburger,” but, apparently, pictures of cats and kittens are sweeping the internet with the caption “invisible cheeseburger” or “invisible cheezburger.”

Invisible Cheezburger

And it’s not just limited to kitten photos either.  Here’s New Jersey Governor Chris Christie in his “invisible cheeseburger” pose.

Invisible Cheezburger

Picture me now, and insert face in palm… the name stuck.  I completed our registration form, hit send, and (due to character limitations) Team InvisblCheezburgerz was born.  Evie was thrilled.  We even came up with our own fist bump, complete with Invisible Cheeseburger hand gesture, to celebrate the end of each run.  Hey, whatever gets her moving is fine with me.

Evie training for Team Invisible Cheezburgerz

Follow along with our training as Team InvisiblCheezburgerz gets ready for runDisney’s Expedition Everest Challenge on May 4, 2013.  We’ll post updates on our training (click here for Part 2), and maybe Evie will share her thoughts on the race as well.  If you’re running the Expedition Everest Challenge yourself, make sure you say hi to the InvisiblCheezburgerz at the starting line.  Hopefully we’ll see you at the finish too, and give you a celebratory InvisiblCheezburgerz fist bump.  For more running adventures, family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on twitter and “like” our facebook page too.

About Dave Parfitt

Married, father of two girls, and living in the heart of the Finger Lakes. I'm a runner with a PhD in neuroscience and a passion for travel.