One of the most important differences of the race from the previous expeditions has been the Social Challenge. The main idea was to carry out good things by teams during the whole route of adventure. Not good words and intentions but real actions which remain in the memory of people for a long period of time. It is interesting that the results of this challenge did not influence on the sports part of the game. Moreover, teams which made good thinks real ruined their sports results. The more valuable their choice was. The more important their contribution was. And they are much closer to the all real that constitutes the basis of «Expedition».
Tasks for headquaters and team fans have bacome another bright particularity. For example, to collect wishes and congratulations from celebrities: Mikhail Zhvanetsky, Vyacheslav Polunin, Shnur and others including Angelina Jolie and Richard Branson. And the most interesting part that teams managed to do it! The race went beyond of the route and attracted the worldwide attention. Perhaps, anybody could think that it was cleverly made – up PR and they would be right. But as Tom Sawyer said «The fence has been painted! ». And everybody had a great pleasure of it.
The race 2013 had a huge difference from the previous ones. Firstly, with new routes from Murmansk to Vladivostok across Kazakhstan and Baikonur Cosmodrome. Secondly, with new tasks including space-vehicle launching. Thirdly, with new teams. Strong and solid teams which were not afraid to challenge to organizers from the beginning of the route and united at the most difficult part at the end. Team line-up was very interesting: veterans «Brodyagi» and «Ermak» gathering «mix» with strong participants from the previous races; the team of prayers «Mayak»; new participants «Kosmos» being leaders during the whole route and deserved to win the race at the finish line; «Yeti» where 5 brutal men went headed by the fragile female captain. « Perviy Bit», «Lemaks», «Oleni», «Nasha Alaska», «Alga», «NEC», «Trust» and teams Prolog.
The route: Vladivostok – Murmansk. There was no Sports Challenge in 2012. The main goal of the expedition is Legends of Motherland. Searching of people, significant events and places which could be named Legends and Pride of Russia. Several films were shot according to materials of «Expedition-Trophy».
For the first time, places of start and finish changed. The route: from the White Sea to the Black Sea, Arkhangelsk – Tuapse. The most difficult special locations in Arkhangelsk, Veliki Ustyug, Tomsk, Elista and the most important is the Great Caucasus Ridge crossing in winter. Anyone never did the same in such scale. The final special location was organized in the sea by sail catamarans.
The route: Murmansk- Vladivostok. The third «Expedition-Trophy» had become a final stage of the big Expedition Around the World traveling which was held on different continents in 2007. For the first time Prolog appeared in the race – open route Murmansk – Arkhangelsk for all any interested persons. And for the first time ever – Baikal-Amur Mainline crossing.
The route: Murmansk- Vladivostok. A new nomination – Cultural Navigation. It is more 300 points on the route of the race which provide historical, cultural, geographic value.
Participant discovers such places and people have a connection to it. According to cultural navigation, several films and TV programs were made. New price is «Expedition». The passing prize. It is given to the team which is consistency with the spirit of «Expedition-Trophy». Teams choose it by themselves.
The route: Murmansk – Vladivostok. 68 teams at the start. Participants from Russia, Ukraine, Latvia, Kazakhstan, Kirghizia, Serbia, Germany, Bulgaria, and the USA. The grand prize is 10 kilos of gold. Since the first year «Expedition-Trophy» has set 5 world records:
- The longest route of winter car competition: 2005 – 15 800 km
- The fastest passing of the longest route of the winter car competition – 2 weeks.
- A large number of female participants of winter car competition – in the race 2005 34 teams took part, 5 men and 1 woman in each.
- The most massive concert event at the Baikal lake. The big ice town was built on the lake where the concert was held. The band Boney M in the legendary group membership, Oleg Mityaev, and others gave the concert.
- The largest route of the train in the world which follow the race (there were a mobile headquarters, guests, journalists, musicians in the train): Moscow – Murmansk – Vladivostok – Moscow.