Disney Fit Challenge Coming to ESPN Wide World of Sports at Walt Disney World

There’s a new sport in town.  Building off the popularity and success of its runDisney endurance series, Disney Sports announced the inaugural Disney Fit Challenge to debut on the fields and arenas of the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex at Walt Disney World.  The Disney Fit Challenge will be Disney Sports’ first foray into the field of Competitive Fitness, and the three day September event will test participants’ whole body fitness levels.  However, this is more than the President’s Physical Fitness Test you may remember from gym class, and is not an event for younger kids (although they’re more than welcome to watch Mom and Dad compete).  Registration will cost $175 and opens on March 18, 2014.  Continue reading for more details from Disney Sports’ press release.

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From Disney Sports’ Press Release

The Disney Fit Challenge will be a three-day event (Sept 26-28) involving athletes competing in different fitness challenges that test a participant’s speed, strength, skill, endurance, balance and power.  Challenges are designed based on age and skill level with more experienced athletes competing in movements such as muscle-ups and double-unders while recreational participants compete in movements that may include box jumps, kettle bell swings, push-ups, squats and broad jumps.  Competitors with the highest scores in their division and age group from the first two days advance to the final day of competition.

A Health & Fitness Expo will feature the latest fitness merchandise, products and apparel during the competition.

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“Competitive fitness is one of the fastest growing sports domestically and internationally with hundreds of thousands of competitors with more and more getting involved every day,’’ said Mike Millay, Director of Sports Development for Disney Sports.  “We have uniquely designed the Disney Fit Challenge so that there are a variety of skill levels and age groups which will allow every competitor to test their true fitness abilities while also having plenty of fun, and then celebrate their achievements with a family vacation at Walt Disney World Resort.’’

Disney Sports is collaborating with I AM CrossFit, one of the leading competitive fitness organizations in the Southeast, on the staging of Disney Fit Challenge.  The event is the first of its kind held at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex, which hosts more than 350 sports events each year, and builds on the complex’s wide variety of athletic events geared towards athletes of all ages and abilities.

Registration opens March 18, with competition slated for indoor and outdoor venues at ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex.  Daily admission for spectators is $16.50 for adults and $11.50 for children and can be purchased at the sports complex box office.  For more family travel news, reviews, and trip reports, be sure to follow Adventures by Daddy on Twitter and “like” our Facebook page, too.

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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.