Running Down a Dream is a recurring challenge from Survivor. It debuted in Survivor: Edge of Extinction and has since re-appeared in Winners at War.


Castaways must toss two balls into an overhead track and navigate through tripwires to catch the ball before it hits the ground. Once both balls have been caught, they must dig their way under a log with their two balls before accomplishing a final task.


When the challenge debuted in Edge of Extinction as a Reward Challenge, the final portion was taken from the Matt Finish challenge, in which the castaways had to land their two balls on a narrow perch. In a race to land their final ball on the perch, Gavin Whitson was ultimately able to edge out Aurora McCreary and Victoria Baamonde to win reward.

In Winners at War, the challenge was used as an Immunity Challenge, where the final portion was a slide puzzle depicting the season's logo. In a race between most of the tribe, Nick Wilson managed to solve the puzzle first, winning immunity and two Fire Tokens.


Episode Challenge Type Winner
Edge of Extinction
"Idol or Bust"
Individual Reward S38 gavin t
Gavin Whitson
Winners at War
"The Penultimate Step of the War"
Individual Immunity S40 nick t
Nick Wilson




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