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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 new fun run series!

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

The inaugural 5K run is on May 11, 2019 starting at 6:00 am, featuring the Minions from the Despicable Me franchise. 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 2019 – 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.

Let’s run them down, shall we?

  • Fan Package: $45 per spectator (does not include 5K run). Includes: Minion cap, Minion drawstring backpack, guaranteed access to fan zone at the finish line at Universal CityWalk’s 5 Towers, and complimentary refreshments at the finish line.
  • Standard Package: $75 per runner. Includes: collectible Minion 5K medal, bib with timing chip, t-shirt, collectible Minion pin, post-race refreshments, custom finisher digital certificate, free parking before 5:30 am, and discounted admission tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood after the race (includes Early Park Admission).
  • VIP Package: $135 per runner. Includes all items in Standard Package, PLUS:  Exclusive VIP check-in, complimentary valet parking, post-race VIP breakfast on Universal CityWalk, reusuable Running Universal water bottle, and meet-and-greets with the Minions following the race.
  • Play All Day Package: Starting at $169 per runner. Includes standard ($169) or VIP ($229) race registration, PLUS: One free general admission ticket to Universal Studios Hollywood on either May 11 or May 12.

Annual Pass members and NBCUniversal employees are eligible for $10 off on the Standard and VIP packages.

Registration link HERE.

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 must up their packets at the ET parking garage (located on Universal Studios Blvd) on May 9 or May 10, day-of run pick ups will not be available. Pick-up times will be announced closer to race day.
  • The event starts at 6:00 am, with the running corrals opening up at 5:00 am at the front gate of the theme park. Runners must complete the 5K run by 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 mailed out 4-6 weeks following the event.

Running Universal – Course Map and Elevation Chart


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