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Running Universal – Complete Insider’s Guide

Get your running shoes on as Universal Studios Hollywood opens its theme park and movie studio to the public for a fun run series!

Running Universal is a brand new series of Fun Run marathons at Universal Studios Hollywood.

The next event is on April 26, 2020; starting at 5:00 am (10K run)/6:00 am (5K run)/7:30 am (Kids 1K run) featuring DreamWorks’ Trolls. Runners will be running their way around the theme park and iconic movie studio.

Characters and entertainment is provided throughout the entire course.

Running Universal 2020 – Registration

Running Universal is not included in theme park admission and requires guests to register for their spot ahead to time as the event will sell out.

Universal is currently offering an Early Bird Pricing until December 31.

Let’s run them down, shall we?

5K Run:

  • Standard Package: $65 per runner. Includes: collectible Trolls 5K medal (choice of Team Poppy or Team Branch themed medal/bib), bib with timing chip, t-shirt, cinch bag, collectible pin, post-race refreshments, custom finisher digital certificate, complimentary parking until race time, and discounted admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood after the race (includes Early Park Admission).
  • VIP Package: $125 per runner. Includes all items in Standard Package, PLUS:  Exclusive VIP check-in, complimentary preferred parking, post-race VIP breakfast on Universal CityWalk, and a reusable Running Universal water bottle.
  • Play All Day Package: $139 per runner. Includes standard race registration, PLUS: One free general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood on day of race; and the opportunity to purchase specially priced admission tickets to the theme park for friends and family.
  • Play All Day VIP Package: $189 per runner. Includes VIP race registration, PLUS: One free general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood on day of race; and the opportunity to purchase specially priced admission tickets to the theme park for friends and family.

Registration link HERE.

10K Run:

  • Standard Package: $79 per runner. Includes: collectible Trolls 10K medal, bib with timing chip, t-shirt, cinch bag, collectible pin, post-race refreshments, custom finisher digital certificate, complimentary parking until race time, and discounted admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood after the race (includes Early Park Admission).
  • VIP Package: $145 per runner. Includes all items in Standard Package, PLUS:  Exclusive VIP check-in, complimentary preferred parking, post-race VIP breakfast on Universal CityWalk, and a reusable Running Universal water bottle.
  • Play All Day Package: $149 per runner. Includes standard race registration, PLUS: One free general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood on day of race; and the opportunity to purchase specially priced admission tickets to the theme park for friends and family.
  • Play All Day VIP Package: $199 per runner. Includes VIP race registration, PLUS: One free general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood on day of race; and the opportunity to purchase specially priced admission tickets to the theme park for friends and family.

Registration link HERE.

Kids 1K Run:

  • Standard Package: $30 per runner. Includes: Collectible Kids’ 1K Raptor Run meal, t-shirt, digital finisher certificate, complimentary general parking before 7:30  am, and the opportunity to purchase discounted admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood after the race (includes Early Park Admission).
  • Play All Day Package: $99 per runner. Includes standard or VIP race registration, PLUS: One free general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood on either November 16 or 17; and the opportunity to purchase specially priced admission tickets to the theme park.

Registration link HERE.

Annual/Season Pass Members:

  • 5K Standard Package: $65 per runner. Includes: collectible Trolls 5K medal, bib with timing chip, t-shirt, cinch bag, collectible pin, post-race refreshments, custom finisher digital certificate, complimentary parking until race time, and discounted admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood after the race (includes Early Park Admission).
  • 5K VIP Package: $125 per runner. Includes all items in Standard Package, PLUS:  Exclusive VIP check-in, complimentary preferred parking, post-race VIP breakfast on Universal CityWalk, and a reusable Running Universal water bottle.
  • 10K Standard Package: $79 per runner. Includes: collectible Trolls 10K medal, bib with timing chip, t-shirt, cinch bag, collectible pin, post-race refreshments, custom finisher digital certificate, complimentary parking until race time, and discounted admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood after the race (includes Early Park Admission).
  • 10K VIP Package: $145 per runner. Includes all items in Standard Package, PLUS:  Exclusive VIP check-in, complimentary preferred parking, post-race VIP breakfast on Universal CityWalk, and a reusable Running Universal water bottle.

Registration link HERE.

Jurassic World Virtual Run:

Jurassic World Virtual Run 5K: $49 per runner. Includes: collectible Jurassic 5K medal, collectible pin, Jurassic World drawstring bag, downloadable Jurassic World running bib, and a custom finisher digital certificate.

Jurassic World Virtual Run 10K: $49 per runner. Includes: collectible Jurassic 10K medal, collectible pin, Jurassic World drawstring bag, downloadable Jurassic World running bib, and a custom finisher digital certificate.

Jurassic World Virtual Run Virtual Challenge Run: $89 per runner. Includes: collectible Jurassic 5K and 10K medal, collectible Jurassic World challenger medal, collectible pin, Jurassic World drawstring bag, downloadable Jurassic World running bib, and a custom finisher digital certificate.

Running Universal – Runner Info

Like with any registration for a run, runners need to know what’s up, so we’re here to help you out!

  • Runners are encouraged their packets at Universal CityWalk prior to the event to avoid long lines and delays.

2020 event packet pick-up times and dates will be available closer to the run.

  • The 5K run starts at 6:00 am. Corral times will be assigned based on completion time indicated during registration.
  • and 10K runs starts at 5:00 am. Corral times will be assigned based on completion time indicated during registration.
  • The Kids’ 1K run starts at 7:30 am.
  • Ensure that waivers are signed and completed on the website so you can pick up your race bib (bring Photo ID for verification).
  • Runners must keep up a pace of at least 15 minutes per mile or you will be picked up at any point along the course.
  • Runners must be at least 5 years of age to participate.
  • Security checkpoints will be required for all runners and spectators before entering.
  • Costumes may be worn during the event only as long as they follow Universal Studios Hollywood’s costume guidelines (which can be viewed here).

Running Universal – Awards

Awards will be handed out to top finishers in four categories:

  • Top 3 Overall Male Finishers
  • Top 3 Overall Female Finishers
  • Top Overall Male Wheelchair Finisher (push rim only)
  • Top Overall Female Wheelchair Finisher (push rim only)

Awards will be distributed at ceremonies following the event.

Running Universal – Course Map

Course maps for Running Universal 2020 will be announced at a later date.

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