runDisney Springtime Surprise 2023 5K Costume Inspirations: Cars!

Are you looking for costume ideas for the upcoming Springtime Surprise race weekend at Walt Disney World this April?

The race weekend takes place April 13-16, with a 5K on Friday, a 10K on Saturday, and a 10-Miler on Sunday. The theme for these races is as follows:

Cars for the 5K
Monsters for the 10K
Toy Story for the 10-Miler
Finding Nemo for the Challenge (of completing all three races)

Today I'll be highlighting some ideas for 5K costumes inspired by Cars. These come from my Etsy shop WeRunForFun.

Dress Up Like Lightning McQueen!

The star of the Cars franchise is red sports racing car Montgomery "Lightning" McQueen. Number 95 is a cocky race car in the Piston Cup circuit, a race series inspired by NASCAR. We offer a few pieces inspired by this iconic character so you can pick the garment(s) that you find most comfortable. 

More Lightning McQueen Running Costume Pieces

Fun Red Car Spoof All-Over Print Women's Lightweight Costume T-Shirt – Ka-Chow! Dress up like the hero stock car with this costume t-shirt. The costume t-shirt has cartoon eyes on the front. The back features a funny... View on Etsy
Fun Red Car Animated Cars All-Over Print Athletic Costume Headband – Ka-Chow! Add hero stock car Lightning McQueen flair to your look with this fun red headband! The hairband features cartoon eyes inspired by Lightning McQueen on... View on Etsy
Fun Red Car Spoof Racerback Medium-High Support Longline Costume Sports Bra – Ka-Chow! Dress up like the hero stock car with this costume sports bra. The sports bra has cartoon eyes on the front. The back of the... View on Etsy
Fun Red Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Tank Top – Ka-Chow! Dress up like a hero stock car with this costume tank top. The tank top has cartoon eyes on the front. The back features a funny... View on Etsy

Other Cars Character Running Costume Ideas!

The world of Cars may revolve around Lightning McQueen, but there are a lot of other characters in the franchise, like Lightning's bestie Mater, his girlfriend Sally Carrera, trainer Cruz Ramirez, Doc Hudson, diner owner Flo, and more. We've got pieces inspired by all of these fun cars characters.

Rusty Tow Truck Mater Running Costume Pieces

Rusty Brown Tow Truck Spoof All-Over Print Men's/Unisex Athletic T-Shirt – Channel your inner redneck in classic rusty tow truck style with this fun costume shirt! The brown top has a printed rust-like texture along with cartoon eyes... View on Etsy
Rusty Brown Tow Truck Spoof All-Over Print Costume Athletic Headband – Channel your inner redneck in classic rusty tow truck style with this fun costume headband! The brown headband has a printed rust-like texture along with cartoon eyes... View on Etsy
Rusty Brown Tow Truck Spoof All-Over Print Women's Lightweight Costume T-Shirt – Channel your inner redneck in classic rusty tow truck style with this fun costume shirt! The brown top has a printed rust-like texture along with cartoon eyes... View on Etsy
Rusty Brown Tow Truck Spoof Racerback Medium-High Support Longline Costume Sports Bra – Channel your inner redneck in classic rusty tow truck style with this fun costume sports bra! The brown sports bra has a printed rust-like texture along with... View on Etsy

Flo's Diner Owner Flo Running Costume Pieces

Classic Turquoise Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Tank Top – Channel your inner sassy ex-show girl in classic car style with this fun costume tank top! The turquoise tank top has cartoon eyes on the front.... View on Etsy
Classic Turquoise Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Athletic Headband – Channel your inner sassy ex-show girl in classic car style with this fun costume headband! The turquoise headband has cartoon eyes on the front. This all-over... View on Etsy
Classic Turquoise Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Crop Tank Top – Channel your inner sassy ex-show girl in classic car style with this fun costume cropped tank top! The turquoise crop top has cartoon eyes on the... View on Etsy

Sally Carrera from Cars Running Costume Pieces

Fun Blue Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Crop Tank Top – Channel your inner plucky attorney in classic car form with this fun costume cropped tank top! The blue tank top has cartoon eyes on the front.... View on Etsy
Fun Blue Car Spoof * w/ Run-Eze Back * All-Over Print Costume Lightweight Women's T-Shirt – Channel your inner plucky attorney in classic car form with this fun costume t-shirt! The blue women's cut top has cartoon eyes on the front. The... View on Etsy
Fun Blue Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Athletic Headband – Channel your inner plucky attorney in classic car form with this fun costume cropped tank top! The blue headband has cartoon eyes on the front. This... View on Etsy
Fun Blue Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Tank Top – Channel your inner plucky attorney in classic car form with this fun costume tank top! The blue tank top has cartoon eyes on the front. This... View on Etsy

Doc Hudson from Cars Running Costume Pieces

Dark Blue Doctor Lawyer Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Crop Tank Top – Dress up like a well-respected and wise doctor / judge in car form with this fun all-over print costume crop tank! The dark blue crop has cartoon... View on Etsy
Dark Blue Doctor Lawyer Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Lightweight Unisex T-Shirt – Dress up like a well-respected and wise doctor / judge in car form with this fun all-over print costume shirt! The dark blue shirt has cartoon eyes... View on Etsy
Dark Blue Doctor Lawyer Car Spoof Racerback Medium-High Support Longline Costume Sports Bra – Dress up like a well-respected and wise doctor / judge in car form with this fun all-over print costume sports bra! The dark blue bra has cartoon... View on Etsy
Dark Blue Doctor Lawyer Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Tank Top – Dress up like a well-respected and wise doctor / judge in car form with this fun all-over print costume tank top shirt! The dark blue tank has... View on Etsy

Cruz Ramirez from Cars Running Costume Pieces

Fun Yellow Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Crop Tank Top – Don’t fear failure, fear not having the chance! Dress up like a hero stock car trainer and motivator with this costume crop tank top. The crop top... View on Etsy
Fun Yellow Car Animated Cars All-Over Print Athletic Costume Headband – Don’t fear failure, fear not having the chance! Add hero stock car trainer flair to your look with this fun yellow headband! The hairband features cartoon... View on Etsy
Fun Yellow Car Spoof All-Over Print Costume Women's Tank Top – Don’t fear failure, fear not having the chance! Dress up like a hero stock car trainer and motivator with this costume tank top. The tank top has... View on Etsy

Checkered Race Flag Running Outfit Pieces

The perfect accompaniment for the above Cars-character-inspired tops would be a checkered (or chequered) flag skirt or leggings! Add the headband as part of your accessories, or match the checkered flag shirt with other costume pieces for a unique Cars-inspired look!

Checkered Flag Black and White Race Flag Pattern All-Over Print Costume Skater Skirt – This simple black and white checkered pattern is perfect for evoking the feel of a high speed race! Wear this as part of a race themed... View on Etsy
Checkered Flag Black and White Race Flag Pattern All-Over Print Costume Leggings – This simple black and white checkered pattern is perfect for evoking the feel of a high speed race! Wear this as part of a race themed... View on Etsy
Checkered Flag Black and White Race Flag Pattern All-Over Print Athletic Costume Headband – This simple black and white checkered pattern is perfect for evoking the feel of a high speed race! Wear this as part of a race themed... View on Etsy
Checkered Flag Black and White Race Flag Pattern All-Over Print Costume Women's Crop Tank Top – This simple black and white checkered pattern is perfect for evoking the feel of a high speed race! Wear this as part of a race themed... View on Etsy

Speed Racer Race Car Pattern Running Shirt & Skirt

If you'd like to wear something Cars-themed (or cars-themed), but don't want to get into character, consider these two costume garments that feature an all-over print from Speed Racer and include checkered flags and blue and red race cars.

Speed Racer Race Cars Checkered Flag All-Over Print Costume Lightweight Women's T-Shirt – Blue and red sports cars, checkered flags, and stars in a splatter pattern make up this graffiti-style design. This fun race car themed pattern is perfect... View on Etsy
Speed Racer Race Cars Checkered Flag All-Over Print Costume Skater Skirt – Blue and red sports cars, checkered flags, and stars in a splatter pattern make up this graffiti-style design. This fun race car themed pattern is perfect... View on Etsy

Run-eze Spoof of Cars Rust-eze Logo Running Shirt

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