Characters revealed for inaugural Running Universal race at Universal Orlando

Universal Orlando has revealed the characters that runners will encounter during the resort’s inaugural Running Universal Epic Character Race weekend in 2020.

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The first-ever Epic Character 5K and 10K races will take place on Feb. 1-2, 2020, with participants ages 5 and up having the chance to run surrounded by some of their favorite characters.

These character encounters include:

  • Minions from Illumination’s “Despicable Me” and “Minions” franchises
  • Blue the velociraptor from the “Jurassic World” franchise alongside her Raptor Expert
  • Shrek and friends from the DreamWorks animated films
  • Autobots and Decepticons from “Transformers”
  • And more!

Many of these characters will be available along the race path for fun photo-ops if runners feel the urge to take a quick pit-stop. The race will travel through both Universal Studios Florida and Universal’s Islands of Adventure. A full course map will be available soon.

Registration is now open for Running Universal’s Epic Character Race weekend, with pricing starting at $82 per person, plus tax.

Runners can choose from multiple options, including 5K or 10K registration, VIP upgrades (including a special character meet-and-greet and post-race breakfast), and weekend package options available exclusively for race participants. Runners can also save on admission to Universal Orlando’s theme parks.

To learn more about Universal Orlando’s first Running Universal race, and to register, visit


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