The premise was simple. At each of the three staging areas, teams would complete a series of tasks. Each team would need to “pay” for each event with a Mission Coin – which would allow a single attempt. Unsuccessful attempts would require an additional Mission Coin. When judges felt that a team had successfully completed the task, they would award a Mission Stamp. Each location had a time limit for completing the assigned tasks. Usually, the events allowed for teams to complete other events, or bonus missions, for extra stamps.
- Walking on reflexology stones and doing math
- Museum item quiz (local farming equipment)
- Identify the animal through charades
- Find the Chinese characters
- Paper butterfly flight contest
- Ball toss
- Find the animals
- Identify the paw print
- Photo scavenger hunt
As you can see by the map above, we completed all nine of the major events. We also racked up an impressive 44 extra stamps through bonus missions. So how did we do?
That’s right – 3rd place. It was a total blast, despite having to get up at 3:30am in order to shower and get ready to the bus stop early enough to ride into Seoul. Would I do the Run DMZ event again? Sure. It was a great time and had nothing to do with the fact we came in 3rd. While the events themselves really didn’t do much to promote peace or nature – it was fun and a beautiful place to escape to at the end of the summer season.
Another thing that really made the event successful, was the fact we didn’t have to plan everything ourselves. The Korean English Network (on Facebook) and a marketing manager for the DongA Ilbo put the group together and provided Korean team leaders for us. This insured that we had at least one member of our team who was bilingual to respond to questions and directions, since none of the official documents were presented in English (however, organizers did speak enough so our “translators” could actually enjoy themselves).