If you’re a fan of Illumination’s Despicable Me franchise and its bumbling sidekick characters the Minions, Universal Studios Hollywood is preparing the ultimate fitness event for you! The park’s 5K Minion Run (the first race in Universal Studios Hollywood’s new Running Universal series) is set to take place this spring, and those yellow mischief makers started getting in shape this morning.
Outside Universal’s front gate, Stuart, Tim, and Tom began stretching, exercising, and even practicing breaking through the finish line tape, all in promotion of the 5K Minion Run, which is scheduled for Saturday, May 11.
Watch Minions train for Universal Studios Hollywood’s 5K Minion Run:
The inaugural Minion Run, which features the popular characters straight out of the Despicable Me trilogy, its feature-length origin-story spinoff Minions, not to mention the Despicable Me Minion Mayhem attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, Florida, and Japan, invites runners from ages five and up (including any and all experience levels) to wind their way through the theme park, Universal Studios’ historic production backlot, and the adjacent Universal CityWalk outdoor shopping district, which will house the celebratory finish line.
Participants will pass by iconic movie locations such as the world-famous Psycho house and Bates Motel, the giant suburban airplane crash scene from Steven Spielberg’s alien invasion blockbuster War of the Worlds, and the colorful Whoville set from Ron Howard’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. And along the over three-mile-long course, runners will be entertained by a number of their favorite characters from throughout the park, up to and including those inescapable Minions.
Universal Studios Hollywood’s 5K Minion Run begins at 6:00 AM and culminates at 7:30 AM on Saturday, May 11. For more information and to register now, be sure to visit Running Universal’s official website. Universal encourages signing up early for the event, as space is limited.
Mike has been fascinated by theme parks and Disney all his life. He has worked in the entertainment journalism field since 2015, after spending a decade as a film projectionist at one of Hollywood’s most prestigious movie theaters. He resides in Burbank, California with his wife and cat.