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runDisney announces themes for Springtime Surprise Race Weekend at Walt Disney World

by Attractions Magazine Staff

runDisney has announced the details for the 2022 edition of the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend, a newly-designed running event at Walt Disney World Resort that will change its theme each year.

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The inaugural four-day race weekend, set to debut March 31 through April 3, 2022, will bring back fan-favorite elements of runDisney events from years past — including the Expedition Everest 5K, the Race for the Taste 10K, and the Tower of Terror 10-Miler — and blend them with new features of “The World’s Most Magical Celebration” for a unique and nostalgic race weekend.

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The new Springtime Surprise Weekend will include:

  • Expedition Everest 5K (April 1, 2022) – The race will once again feature a nighttime 5K combined with a scavenger hunt, but this time the hunt will be conducted during the 5K.
  • Race for the Taste 10K (April 2, 2022) – The event will mirror the 10K from the past, but now the race will celebrate Remy’s Ratatouille Adventure at Epcot.
  • The Tower of Terror 10-Miler (April 3, 2022) – The race will still be a 10-miler, but will be run in the morning instead of at night.

“To mark the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort, we wanted to create a runner experience unlike any other, and this Springtime Surprise Weekend concept is certainly unique and fun,” said Faron Kelley, Disney Sports vice president. “This year’s version of the race weekend brings together some of the fondest memories that runners have of our past runDisney races along with new memories they are sure to create during this one-of-a-kind running experience. It’s the ideal way for runners to be part of ‘The World’s Most Magical Celebration.'”

Another twist to the event will be a Springtime Surprise Challenge, where runners can test their endurance by participating in all three events — 19.3 total miles — and earn a special “challenge” medal. There will also be a sunrise yoga event in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom to kick off the weekend, similar to the yoga event announced for the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in February 2022.

Registration for the Springtime Surprise Weekend begins on Dec. 9 at runDisney.com. Additional details will be announced in the coming weeks, as well as the theme for the 2023 Springtime Surprise Weekend. This race weekend will also include a virtual race option.

To learn more, visit runDisney.com.

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