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Springtime Surprise Information & Maps

This weekend happens in April and always has a new theme. The race weekend consists of sunrise yoga, a 5k, a 10k, and a 10-Miler. You can also register for the weekend’s Challenge by running the 5k, 10k, and 10-Miler to earn a bonus challenge medal.

runDisney 2024 Springtime Surprise banner image

2024 Race Weekend Information

The race weekend theme is Embrace the Adventure! The way that each race is described is very adventure and place focused and I hope this means unique race courses/entertainment. I am also hoping this means one if not all the races will be held at Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

  • Race Weekend Dates: April 18-21, 2024
  • Registration Dates: Club runDisney – Aug 15, 2023 | Regular Registration – Aug 22, 2023 10am ET
  • Where: Epcot, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL
  • Events:
    • Expo: Apr 18-20, 2024 | Wide World of Sports | 4/18 – Thurs 10-7, 4/19 – Fri 12-6, 4/20 – Sat 11-3
    • Yoga: Apr 18, 2024 | $111.93 | Disney’s Hollywood Studios | 5am (Check-In begins at 4:15am)
    • Neverland 5k: Apr 19, 2024 | $107.99 | Epcot | Time: 5am (Arrive by 4am)
    • Adventure is Out There 10k: Apr 20, 2024 | $150.99 | Epcot | Time: 5am (Arrive by 4am)
    • Hakuna Matata 10-Miler: Apr 21, 2024 | $212.00 | Epcot | Time: 5am (Arrive by 4am)
    • Ohana Challenge: Apr 19, 20, & 21, 2024 | $485.00 | Epcot
    • runDisney Springtime Surprise Splash: Apr 21, 2024 | $85 | Typhoon Lagoon | Time: 7pm

Important Links:

2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise Expo overall of the Wide World of Sports.
2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise Expo Field House map for picking up bibs.

Location C on the map

2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise Expo Athletic Center map for vendors and shirt pickup.

Location B on the map

2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise Expo Advent Health Arena map for expo merchandise and Club runDisney.

Location A on the map

2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise yoga transportation times.
2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise map of the Epcot parking lot including the start and finish areas.
2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise 5k start group corral opening and closing times.
2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise 10k start group corral opening and closing times.
2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise 10-Miler start group corral opening and closing times.
2024 runDisney Springtime Surprise Epcot parking lot start and finish line map.

2025 Race Weekend Information

  • Race Weekend: April 3-6, 2025
  • Registration for 2025: Club runDisney – Aug 20, 2024 | Regular Registration – Aug 27, 2024 10am ET/7am PT
  • Where: Epcot, Walt Disney World, Lake Buena Vista, FL

Race Weekend Description

Springtime Surprise 5k

The Springtime Surprise 5k (3.1 miles) occurs on the Friday morning of the race weekend and is an untimed, family race. The race has been run in and around Disney’s Animal Kingdom and Epcot in the past but it will likely be run in Epcot in the future. There are usually 4-6 characters along the course and at the finish you will get a medal, a water, a Powerade, a snack box, and a banana.

Springtime Surprise 10k

The Springtime Surprise 10k (6.2 miles) is run on the Saturday morning of the race weekend and is a timed race usually around Epcot and the Epcot resort area. The race begins and ends in the Epcot parking lot, runs backstage, around World Showcase Lagoon, around Crescent Lake, through Epcot, and finishes back in the Epcot parking lot. There are usually 6-8 characters on the course and at the finish you will get a medal, a water, a Powerade, a snack box, and a banana.

Springtime Surprise 10-Miler

The Springtime Surprise 10-Miler is run on Sunday morning at 5am. The race starts in the Epcot parking lot, runs into Future World, then runs to Disney’s Hollywood Studios, around Crescent Lake, around World Showcase, and then ends in the Epcot parking lot. There are usually 10-15 characters on the course and at the finish you will get a medal, a water, a Powerade, a challenge medal (if applicable), a snack box, and a banana.

Springtime Surprise Weekend Maps

Past Race Weekend Info and History

This race weekend was originally introduced as the Star Wars Dark Side Half Marathon Weekend in 2016 and took place April 13-16. It mirrored the Disneyland Start Wars race weekend that then rebranded to Light Side. If you ran both, you got a special coast to coast medal for completing the Kessel Run. It hosted a 5k, 10k, and Half Marathon.

In 2022, the race weekend turned into to Springtime Surprise and was changed to a 5k, 10k, and a 10-Miler (which is much more forgiving since April can be very hot). The fun of the weekend that each year it will have a new theme!

Until the 2025 race weekend, this race happened the second weekend in April but was moved to the first weekend.

Disney Blog Posts:

2023 Springtime Surprise 10-Miler Course Review

It's a perfect 10… miler! Let's run like the Toys and take a look at the Springtime Surprise 10-Mi…

2023 Springtime Surprise 10k Course Review

It's time for a monstrously good time. Let's take a look at the Springtime Surprise 10k map together…

2023 Springtime Surprise 5k Course Review

It's time to take a look at the Springtime Surprise expo, yoga, and 5k together!