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Experience New Magic with a Touch of Nostalgia During the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend at Walt Disney World Resort

Sarah Harris

by , Disney Sports Social Community Manager

We’re about four months from the debut of our new runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend and I’m excited to share details about the “surprise’’ part of this unique event, whose theme will change each year. 

This inaugural event borrows from some all-time favorite runDisney events and combines them with exciting new twists and turns for a totally unique experience.

When March 31-April 3, 2022 rolls around, runners will embark on a nostalgic four-day race weekend that will have them reliving wonderful past runDisney memories while creating new ones during the Walt Disney World Resort 50th anniversary celebration.

Collage of logos for the Expedition Everest 5K, Race for the Taste 10K, The Tower of Terror 10-Miler and the 2022 Springtime Surprise Weekend

The inaugural Springtime Surprise Weekend will feature: 

  • Expedition Everest 5K (March 31, 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 the newest attraction at Walt Disney World Resort, 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.

Runners who sign up for the Springtime Surprise Challenge, can test their endurance by participating in all three events – 19.3 total miles – and earn a special “challenge’’ medal while perhaps also reminiscing throughout the weekend.

And if you’re in the mood for more relaxation, there will also be a sunrise yoga event in front of Cinderella Castle at Magic Kingdom Park to kick off the weekend, similar to the recently announced yoga event that leads off the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend in Feb. 2022.

runDisney statue

Registration for the Springtime Surprise Weekend begins Dec. 9th at The runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend is the last in the 2021-2022 race season following the Disney Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend (Nov. 4-7), the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend (Jan. 5-9, 2022), and the Disney Princess Half Marathon Weekend (Feb. 24-27, 2022). To sign up for a race or to get more information about runDisney events, visit

For more magical details about the runDisney Springtime Surprise Weekend, stay tuned to the Disney Parks Blog and @runDisney social channels! 


  • any events for kids ?

  • The RunDisney site shows the 5k to be at 10:00 p.m. on March 31st, while this article mentions April 1st. As the challenge registration is for all three races, am I correct in thinking that the 31st is the correct date? Otherwise, runners would be expected to get back to their resort at about 1:00-2:00 a.m., then do a quick turnaround to get to the corrals for the 10k.

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