Minion-themed 5K kicks off new Running Universal event at Universal Studios Hollywood in May 2019

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Update 3/13/19:

Universal Studios Hollywood has added a second date to their first-ever Running Universal event taking place this May. Now, runners can register to partake in the event on Saturday, May 11 or Sunday, May 12. Space is limited, so runners are advised to register for the event as soon as possible in order to secure their spot for the May 12 date, as May 11 has already sold out. Click here to register for Running Universal on May 12! 

Original article posted 11/16/18:

Calling all runners! Universal Studios Hollywood is welcoming theme park enthusiasts, avid runners, and new racers to the park to participate in what will be the first-ever Running Universal event this spring.

On Saturday, May 11, 2019, Universal Studios Hollywood will open its gates in the inaugural Running Universal 5K event. The 5K will feature the iconic Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” franchise. Runners will adventure throughout the theme park, greeting Minions along the way. This event is great for the whole family, as well as new and experienced runners. You must be at least 5 years old in order to register for the race, and all runners must be able to complete the race on their own.

Here is what Universal Studios Hollywood has said about the event so far:

As your 5K adventure begins you’ll rush through the Front Gate and Upper Lot of the Theme Park. Before long, you’ll find yourself at the Universal Backlot where you’ll run past some of the most iconic film sets in Hollywood. Finally, race to a picture-perfect finish at the 5 Towers on Universal CityWalk where a spectacular party will be waiting with live music, food and post-race swag to commemorate our inaugural event.

Runners can register for the Running Universal 5K on the event’s official website. There are four types of Running Universal registration packages, all of which vary in price:

Fan Package ($45)

Fan Package registration is available in limited quantities and includes: 

  • Minion cap
  • Minion drawstring backpack
  • Guaranteed access to fan zone at the Finish Line
  • Complimentary beverages and refreshments at the Finish Line

Standard Package ($75)


  • Collectible Minion 5K Finisher Medal
  • Minion 5K Bib with timing chip
  • Running Universal 5K T-shirt
  • Collectible Minion Pin
  • Post-race beverages and refreshments
  • Custom digital finisher certificate
  • Complimentary General Parking until 5:30 a.m. on race day
  • Opportunity to purchase post-race entry to Universal Studios Hollywood Theme Park at an exclusive Running Universal price, including Early Park Admission

VIP Package ($135)


  • All items in the Standard Registration package, PLUS:
  • Exclusive VIP check-in
  • Complimentary Valet Parking
  • Post-race VIP breakfast on Universal CityWalk
  • Running Universal reusable water bottle
  • 1-on-1 meet and greet with Illumination’s Minion

Pass Members and USH/NBCU Team Members

Pass Members and Universal Studios Hollywood / NBCUniversal Team Members are eligible for discounted rates on Standard and VIP packages. Visit the official registration website for more information.

The Running Universal 5K will be a great way to draw more guests to Universal Studios Hollywood this spring. The theme park is known for their epic Halloween Horror Nights event, and they provide holiday cheer to all with their themed celebrations like Grinchmas and Christmas at the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. After the holiday season is over, it’s no surprise that annual passholders and fans will be itching to get back to Universal Studios Hollywood before next summer.

Since this is the first-ever Running Universal event, Universal Studios Hollywood advises runners to register for the race as soon as possible, as it may sell out. Visit the official website for more information on race packages and race day information. After registering, runners can keep checking the Runner Information page for updates.

Will you register for the inaugural Running Universal 5K event this May? Let us know what you think of Universal Studios Hollywood’s newest race event in the comments below!

Source: Universal

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