Runner giving Donald Duck a High Five
  • On Jan 2, 2024
    Ashley from KY Asked Please note that experiences, policies, pricing and other offerings are subject to change and may have changed since the date of this answer.

    If we want to surprise a runner doing the Springtime Surprise 10 mile, what would be the best resort to attempt to stay at? How do we access the spectator seating?

    Welcome to planDisney, Ashley! Having experienced the pure joy of familiar faces on the course for runDisney Marathon Weekend myself, I know your friends will be so excited to have cheerleaders at the race.

    Every Walt Disney World Resort has bus transportation to the runDisney events, so no matter where you stay, you can get to the viewing locations easily. The course maps will be released closer to the race, but the races usually begin and end at EPCOT. The EPCOT area resorts, like Boardwalk InnYacht Club and the Swan and Dolphin, a perfect location as the runners go right by these resorts.

    If you want to watch your friends as they cross the finish line, you can take the runDisney event buses to EPCOT and follow the signs that guide you to the viewing and runner reunion areas. There are also Cast Members all along the path you are taking to help. A few weeks before Springtime Surprise, check runDisney for Springtime Surprise event information. There should be information on transportation, including the times the buses are available for runners and the times for spectators. 

    Once the site is updated closer to April, make sure you check the tab on "Unofficial Race Times" (or something similar). It has links to track the bib numbers and you can see when they cross the Start Line, their progress on the course and when they are estimated to cross the Finish Line based on their pace.

    I will warn you: runner or not runner, the enthusiasm at runDisney events is contagious and may make you want to lace up your sneakers. It's the most magical place to race.

    If you have any other questions as you plan your trip to be an awesome friend to a fellow runner, please come back to planDisney. We are here for you!

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Meet the Panelist: Jana, Georgia

Hi, everyone! I’m Jana, a Disney-loving wife and mom from Atlanta. My boys (my husband and sons) are the greatest joys in my life. We have so many magical memories from our vacations at Walt Disney World Resort and aboard Disney Cruise Line. I welcome the chance to share my knowledge and advice in helping you plan your visit to the Most Magical Place on Earth. Learn More About Jana

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