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    XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run
    Tue 9th Jul
    Laguna Beach, CA, United States
    $50 - $110
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    XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run

    8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Welcome to the SoCal XTERRA Trail Run Series!

    The XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run takes place in Crystal Cove State Park - El Moro which is located five miles south of Newport Beach and/or five miles north of Laguna Beach. The race features two distances - an introductory 6k trail run and a longer 15k trail run for the more experienced runner. This all takes place on fire roads and single track trails in the El Moro area of Crystal Cove State Park. Race field is limited, so enter early.

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    Epic Series Huntington Beach
    $35 - $80
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    Epic Series Huntington Beach

    Huntington Beach, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Get ready for an obstacle challenge of EPIC proportions! This ain't your grandma's mud run. EPIC Series is the next generation of obstacle course racing that combines functional cross-training, Strongman, and traditional obstacle course racing elements into the most EPIC course on the planet. No mud, no long-distance running, no ice baths or electric shocks. With Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced options at every challenge station, Athletes of all ability levels can conquer this course and #beEPIC!

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    Night Nation Run - Anaheim
    Sat 27th Apr
    $29.99 - $49.99
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    Night Nation Run - Anaheim

    2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806, USAView event
    About the event

    The Night Nation Run is the World’s 1st Running Music Festival an ultimate blend of a Music Festival and a Fun Run. Experience a music filled course with Live DJs, Light Shows, Bubble Zones, Neon and Black Lights. Cross the finish line into an Epic Main Stage After Party featuring Top Headliner DJs.

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    OC MTB Limestone XC Race - May 4th
    Sat 4th May
    Silverado, CA, United States
    $40
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    OC MTB Limestone XC Race - May 4th

    Limestone Canyon Regional Park, Silverado, CA 92676, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Come join us for a thrilling mountain bike race on a scenic and fun course. The 1 lap course is 12.3 miles for High School, Beginner, and Sportsman classes and the two lap course is 24.6 miles for Experts. It is a mix of single track and fire-road. It is a fast and smooth course with a few technical sections. Fast lap times are around 50 minutes and there is approximately 2430 feet of ascending and descending per lap. Cash Purse for Expert entries and 1st in age group winners will receive an OC MTB cycling jersey! We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

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    Over the Hump MTB Series - May 7
    Tue 7th May
    Silverado, CA, United States
    $10 - $30
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    Over the Hump MTB Series - May 7

    Oak Canyon Park, 5305 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Silverado, CA 92676, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Expect to have nearly the best time of your life with good friends, and amazing family and community vibes rolling through the lakeside breeze!

    On arrival youll park and head to the registration/exhibit area.

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    City of Laguna Hills Memorial Half Marathon
    Mon 27th May
    Laguna Hills, CA, United States
    $13 - $90
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    City of Laguna Hills Memorial Half Marathon

    24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA 92653, USAView event
    About the event

    Race and honor the US Marine Corp Dark Horse Battalion in these Memoral Day events. This scenic course is great for everyone who wants a hilly and challenging race. Come for a great day out in Laguna Hills and enjoy the post-race beer garden and all day DJs.

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    Fremont Canyon 28k
    Sat 1st Jun
    $49.99
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    Fremont Canyon 28k

    Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The one loop course offering 4035 feet of elevation gain and loss, will take you past many varieties of endangered plants, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, and the rare Tecate cypress. This diverse habitat of Fremont teems with wildlife, including cactus wrens, bats, Granite Spiny lizards, San Diego mountain king snakes, Bells sage sparrows, rock wrens, mountains lions, mule deer and golden eagles. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

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    Renegade Summer 5 Mile Trail Run - Tustin
    Thu 20th Jun
    Tustin, CA, United States
    $10 - $38
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    Renegade Summer 5 Mile Trail Run - Tustin

    11428 Pioneer Rd, Tustin, CA 92782, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Renegade Summer Trail Run Series will make you feel like a kid again. Join your running friends for an evening 5 mile trail run through beautiful Peters Canyon Wilderness Park at this Thursday night summer running series. Stay afterward for music and BBQ. We have the Rough Fit Kids Obstacle Course again this year and a great play area so be sure to bring the kids!

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    July Red, White, & Blue Or Brew 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
    Thu 4th Jul
    $30 - $35
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    July Red, White, & Blue Or Brew 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

    2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Join this EVERY BODY & EVERYBODY Race - This event gives you the BLING to wear for the rest of the day! Its a Red, White, & Blue custom cast medal, a patriotic event shirt, the freedom feeling vibe, stage entertainment, games, music, & BLING. Baseball & Ball Cap Age division awards. Angels Memorabilia and randomly raffled. This event will outfit the rest of your day! And sprinkle a healthy start to it. Fun Run is 1 mile of camaraderie. 5K is a race, run, walk , or jog. You pick how to do 3.1 miles.

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    Orange Park Acres 4th of July 5k and 10K Epic Challenge
    Thu 4th Jul
    $40 - $50
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    Orange Park Acres 4th of July 5k and 10K Epic Challenge

    6500 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA 92869, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Run the races where horses are spectators, and take home a lucky horseshoe medal if you win your age bracket. Join this annual Orange Park Acres 4th of July Pre-Parade 5K and the 10K Epic Challenge cross-country race through the rural and picturesque Orange Park Acres on the edge of Orange, known for its equestrian estates and animal husbandry. Pass horses grazing and catch a glimpse of unusual farm animals and miniature horses if you keep a sharp eye.

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    Survive and Thrive Run Walk Health & Safety Expo
    Sat 27th Apr
    San Dimas, CA, United States
    $30
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    Survive and Thrive Run Walk Health & Safety Expo

    120 Vía Verde, San Dimas, CA 91773, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This event is a fun-family event with a 5K Run/Walk, Health & Safety Expo, Food & Entertainment, and fund-raising opportunity to help support programs and direct services at the Crime Survivors Resource Center. Awareness. Prevention. Advocacy. Healing.

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    $30
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    Gone Too Soon 5k

    Bloch Field, 1500 S Harbor Blvd, San Pedro, CA 90731, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Gone Too Soon 5K was created in honor of our brother and friend Ernie Carrillo whose life was lost at the young age of 25. We want to invite everyone who has lost a family member or friend to join us and conquer the Gone Too Soon 5K in honor of their loved one/s. Our goal is to unite the community, spread the love, and support one another.

    All proceeds will go to the Ernie Carrillo Scholarship Fund that will benefit high school graduates pursuing a higher education at a trade school, community college, or 4-year university.

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    YMCA Run In The Parks
    Thu 4th Jul
    Laguna Niguel, CA, United States
    $10 - $35
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    YMCA Run In The Parks

    29831 Crown Valley Pkwy, Laguna Niguel, CA 92677, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The 40th Annual Run In The Parks will take place on Wednesday, July 4th at the Crown Valley Community Park at the Laguna Niguel YMCA. This proud community tradition features a 5K run/walk, 10K run, dog walk, and childrens races with proceeds benefiting the Ys scholarship program. Get ready to EXERCISE YOUR INDEPENDENCE!

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    Renegade Off-Road Triathlon, Duathlon & Trail Run Challenge
    Sun 5th May
    San Dimas, CA, United States
    $30 - $160
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    Renegade Off-Road Triathlon, Duathlon & Trail Run Challenge

    Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park, 120 Vía Verde, San Dimas, CA 91773, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Renegade Trail Run Challenge. Beginners will love it for the scenic lake and forest views and experienced runners will enjoy the challenging trails. If you need a little more challenge than just 3-miles, then the 6-Mile Trail Run Challenge is for you. More fun, more hills, and more scenic lake and mountain views. This trail run is one you won't want to miss.

    Renegade Off-Road Triathlon and Duathlon. This 1/2 mile swim, 15 mile (2-loop) bike and 3 mile trail run is challenging enough for the seasoned triathlete yet short enough to entice novices. The mountain bike course has a beginner/intermediate rating. The bike course is a mixture of paved roads, fire roads and single track trails. The trail run is hilly with a mixture of paved paths, fire roads and single track trails.

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    Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5K #1 - July
    Thu 25th Jul
    Orange County, CA, United States
    $29.99
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    Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5K #1 - July

    Irvine Park Rd, California 92869, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Our summer evening 5k race will introduce people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our evening single loop races will wind its way on a course designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to race the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. Post-race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle

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    Hot N Hilly Riley Wilderness Park 6k & 10k
    Fri 28th Jun
    Coto de Caza, CA, United States
    $50 - $60
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    Hot N Hilly Riley Wilderness Park 6k & 10k

    30952 Oso Pkwy, Coto De Caza, CA 92679, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Celebrate the warm Summer evenings with a gorgeous 6K or 10K run/hike through all the trails of Riley Wilderness Park in Coto de Caza. Hang out and share you experience with your friends -- new and old!

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    Wrigley River Run & Tadpole Trot
    Sat 1st Jun
    $40
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    Wrigley River Run & Tadpole Trot

    Long Beach, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    For twelve years we have strived to provide something for everyone and are proud to have become Long Beachs Premier 5/10K and 10 mile road race.

    All of our courses are USATF certified, contain multiple bands and other entertainment and end with you receiving a medal at the finish line.

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    Glen Eden Nude 5K Run/Walk
    Sat 1st Jun
    $50
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    Glen Eden Nude 5K Run/Walk

    Glen Eden Nudist Resort, 25999 Glen Eden Rd, Corona, CA 92883, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Please note: This is a nude event. Only shoes, socks, hats/visors, sunglasses, water packs, and big smiles may be worn during the race. (This goes for guests too!)

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    Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5k #2 - August
    Thu 1st Aug
    $29.99
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    Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5k #2 - August

    1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Our summer evening 5k race will introduce people of all ages to the exciting world of short distance trail racing. Our evening single loop races will wind its way on a course designed for the beginner trail runner or advanced street racer. Runners will use their skills to race the trails outlining Irvine Park as the sun slowly lowers in the sky. Post-race participants will be treated to a concert in the park as they relax with their family and friends enjoying the sounds and sights of the pleasant summer evenings in Southern California. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

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    Lexus LaceUp Running Series - Orange County
    Sat 7th Sep
    $20 - $300
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    Lexus LaceUp Running Series - Orange County

    20 Lake Rd, Irvine, CA 92604, USAView event
    About the event

    Throw yourself into the LaceUp Running Series kick-off celebration. Great for all levels of runner, with an additional kids run too. Come for a shot at a half marathon PR (the course has just 220 feet of elevation) or for the free beer and brunch at the finish line.

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    Annual ‘Super Bulldog Jog’ & Health Fair
    Sat 18th May
    East Los Angeles, CA, United States
    $10 - $25
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    Annual ‘Super Bulldog Jog’ & Health Fair

    5101 E 6th St, East Los Angeles, CA 90022, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    It is our honor and great pleasure to inform you about our 2Annual Super Bulldog Jog" 5K & Health Fair. The event will take place on the Garfield High School Campus. With this event, we hope to continue to promote health awareness for our students and their families, which is why it will be held during the month of May.

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    $25 - $35
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    Rockin’ the Beach

    5415 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. The beach restrooms open at sunrise and there are plenty of drinking fountains along the course. There will be a fully stocked aid station at the start area, with Gatorade, water, bananas, chips, cookies, and more.

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    Cypress Run
    Sat 27th Jul
    Cypress, CA, United States
    $35
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    Cypress Run

    Cypress Civic Center, 5275 Orange Ave, Cypress, CA 90630, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Challenge yourself by finishing in consecutive order any combination of 5K/10K/Triathlon events in each of the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach to receive a unique and coveted medal!

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    BOOK IT! 5K Run/Walk & 1K Fun Run
    Sun 8th Sep
    Costa Mesa, CA, United States
    $40
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    BOOK IT! 5K Run/Walk & 1K Fun Run

    Costa Mesa, CA, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Ethan & Chocos Book Club (ECBC) was founded by Leukemia warrior Ethan after he noticed that books and reading were missing from the hospital experience of patients at CHOC Childrens Hospital in Orange County. ECBC is working on building a library and reading program at CHOC, with the goal to make access to books and reading part of patients everyday care. ECBC recognizes that literacy support for children fighting cancer and other life-threatening conditions can help promote cognitive development and social connections that are part of thriving through treatment and beyond.

    This will be a fast flat course at (location TBD).

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    OC MTB Limestone XC Race - September 7th
    Sat 7th Sep
    Silverado, CA, United States
    $45
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    OC MTB Limestone XC Race - September 7th

    Limestone Canyon Regional Park, Silverado, CA 92676, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Limestone Canyon offers riders the experience of seeing "original California" in its fall glory. The course will meander under a canopy of thick oaks, alongside seasonal creeks, a year-round dripping spring and past a striking geological formation known as the Sinks. This pristine canyon will give riders a sense of calm solitude as they race through serene meadows and rolling hills. Once on the ridge you will be captivated by panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Irvine Lake, and the Cleveland National Forest.

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    Trail Joy 5 Miler
    Sun 15th Sep
    $22
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    Trail Joy 5 Miler

    1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Rock it Racing has a trail run for everyone. Join us for a beautiful 5 Miler, 15K run or 1 Mile Kids' Race on September 15, 2019 at Irvine Regional Park. The 5 Miler is especially good for first-time trail runners. The 15K (9.3 miles) is a relatively fast trail course with only a few brief hills and a few technical sections. Both courses are beautiful and show you the backcountry of Irvine Regional Park. The Kids' 1 Mile Race is a timed out-and-back course on a relatively flat (and uneven) trail. Course is subject to change based on trail conditions.

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    Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K
    Sun 11th Aug
    $25 - $35
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    Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K

    5415 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. Runners go 3.275 miles on the beach path, then reverse and go back 3.275 miles to the start twice for the half marathon, thrice for the marathon, and four times for the full marathon. For the 15K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and then out 1.55 miles and back. For the 10K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and for the 5K, runners go out 1.55 miles and back. Beach restrooms open at sunrise. Plenty of drinking fountains along the course.

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    The Color Run – Los Angeles
    Sun 30th Jun
    Carson, CA, United States
    $14.99 - $49.99
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    The Color Run – Los Angeles

    18400 S Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    *TICKETS COMING SOON - AVAILABLE 20th MARCH!*

    Less about your 10-minute mile and more about having the time of your life, The Color Run is a five-kilometer, un-timed race and epic Finish Festival. Thousands of Color Runners are doused from head to toe in different colors at each kilometer and finish with a larger than life party with music, dancing, and massive color throws.

    Now the single largest event series in the world, the Happiest 5K on the Planet has hosted more than 7 million Color Runners at 1,000 events in 40+ countries.

    This year features an all-new participant kit, new course elements, and a super-charged Finish Festival as part of The Color Run Hero Tour! Celebrate the hero in you in a realm where NOTHING is impossible and you are UNSTOPPABLE. Soar to new heights in the Hero Zone; confront double the color in the Super Zones; suit up in gear fit for the most super of heroes. Will you rise to the challenge and be a #TCRHero?

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    WetNWild 5K
    Sat 10th Aug
    La Mirada, CA, United States
    $45
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    WetNWild 5K

    Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, 13806 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This is truly a "family friendly" event as long as the kiddos are over 42" in height!

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    OC MTB Fremont XC Race - October 5
    Sat 5th Oct
    Orange County, CA, United States
    $48
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    OC MTB Fremont XC Race - October 5

    Irvine Park Rd, California 92869, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Come join us for a thrilling mountain bike race on a scenic and fun course. The 1 lap course is 17 miles on a fire-road. It is a fast and smooth course with steep inclines and descents. There is approximately 3805 feet of ascending and descending. This course is designed for the experienced mountain biker. Cash Purse for top 5 male and female expert finishers. 1st in age group awards! We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Post-race refreshments and a raffle for all!

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    Into the Wild Limestone Eco Challenge 12k/25k
    Sat 2nd Nov
    Silverado, CA, United States
    $49.99
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    Into the Wild Limestone Eco Challenge 12k/25k

    5388 Hicks Haul Rd, Silverado, CA 92676, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Limestone Canyon offers runners the experience of seeing "original California" in its fall glory. Meandering through the serene meadows and rolling hills runners experience the calm solitude of this pristine canyon. The 12k and the 25k include a new trail called Dripping Springs. Both courses have sections of steep inclines and fast descents. Loma Ridge and Limestone Ridge will captivate you with panoramic views of Pacific Ocean, Catalina Island, Irvine Lake, and the Cleveland National Forest. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

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    Aloha Run – Long Beach
    Sat 14th Sep
    $25 - $40
    1 review
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    Aloha Run – Long Beach

    The Lions Lighthouse for Sight, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USAView event
    1 review
    About the event
    From the organiser

    The Aloha Run is a fun and festive, Hawaiian-themed 5k/10k event. Be inspired by music from the islands and beach tunes as you run or walk the flat and scenic bayside course in San Diego or Long Beach. And thats just the beginning stick around for a luau party at the finish line with Tahitian dancers, live music, photo opportunities and much more.

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    • Did the 5k Run in 2018

      As someone who lives in Long Beach, it was not difficult to navigate through the area and parking situation. There seemed to be a great traffic flow, it was not jam-packed with cars. It was a beautiful run along the water, hardly any incline and only one set of 2-step stairs to run through, with proper signage so runners could not miss it and trip. The 10K departs first and due to the trail being back and forth, you do run into 10K runners on their back half of the race, but only for a short while. It makes for a great cheering session. Participants dressed up and it made the ambiance more fun as well. Overall a fun time!
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    Conquer the Bridge
    Mon 2nd Sep
    $40
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    Conquer the Bridge

    N Harbor Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90731, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    This year Conquer The Bridge celebrates over a decade of hard work, innovation, perseverance, and incredible growth primarily because of the thousands of women who have embraced our race as walkers and runners. Our amazing Teams have continued to grow because of our wonderful Team Captains who work so hard to encourage their members to take Labor Day and make it theirs to CONQUER!

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    $30 - $110
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    JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

    Renaissance Hotel, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802, USAView event
    About the event

    This epic seaside marathon takes place on the picturesque Long Beach. Great for runners of all abilities, the course is completely flat and takes you through downtown Long Beach and along the Pacific beach path. Come along the big finisher’s medal and post-race celebrations.

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    $29 - $120
    3 reviews
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    Irvine Half Marathon

    20 Lakeview, Irvine, CA 92604, USAView event
    3 reviews
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Welcome to the 29th Annual Southern California Half & 5K, now the Irvine Half Marathon!

    Reviews
    • Did the 5k in 2019

      The turnaround at the 5K was a little bit hard to manage--especially for the leaders of the race who had to double-back. That course isn't one that would allow the event to grow much. There are plenty of ways to make it a true loop in Irvine/Woodbridge area so I feel like it wasn't necessary to double back for so much of the course. It was fine for the number of participants THIS year, but it's going to be a problem in the future. Your sponsors were amazing. Participation was great and growing like crazy. This is a fun race and it was our second or third time doing it.
    • Did the 5k in 2019

      HAVE A RACE DAY BID PICK UP! I DIDNT LIKE THERE WASNT ONE THIS YEAR!Over than that, the race fine
    • Did the 5k in 2019

      I had a good experience. Everyone was so friendly! I Do wish the course would have been more scenic instead of the bike path with all the construction. There is that pretty body of water and we went no where near it. Too bad. Also, Im from LA a bit of a bummer no race day bib pickup. I had to come down Friday after work and spent 3.5 hours total in traffic. Not fun. Then had to turn around and drive back the next morning. Otherwise, love the medal and tech shirt and the vendors were awesome!
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    Tour de OC
    Sat 27th Apr
    Costa Mesa, CA, United States
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    Tour de OC

    Vanguard University, 55 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa, CA 92626, USAView event
    About the event
    From the organiser

    Tour de OC is a fundraising cycling event providing life changing moments and unique opportunities of hope to children of abuse. Proceeds fund a unique Royal Family Kids summer camp experience, designed especially for their needs, with year-round mentorship opportunities. Removed from abusive situations, these kids will experience love and support from adults who truly care about them. There are 3.3 million children in America who are abused and neglected each year and a child dies every four hours due to abuse. Please join us for this commemorative event!

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    OC Marathon
    Fri 3rd May
    Newport Beach, CA, United States
    9 reviews
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    OC Marathon

    900 Newport Center Dr, Newport Beach, CA 92660, USAView event
    9 reviews
    About the event
    Reviews
    • Did the event in 2018

      Loved, loved, loved this race! Tons of parking at the finish line and an easy to catch shuttle to the start. The course was beautiful and full of picture perfect views. Lots of on course support, which some aid stations made and run by the local community. I liked their on course drinks, however they did not have any gels or other nutrition. I had my own, but some people were surprised and caught off guard by that. The finish line area is what impressed me most. Tons of space! The Sage Wellness area was wonderful with great volunteers. A huge selection of stuff to get and things to do once you finished. I'll definitely be back!
    • Did the event in 2018

      EXPO: They trap you in the expo and make you walk circles before you can exit. Lines can be long, but overall they offer a lot of vendors. I guess I should put the good things first, but I want you to be prepared before you read all the great things. There are lots of samples, and great expo prices to other local races, which I love! You also have to pick up your bib and shirt ahead of time so prepare for that, you can not do race day pick up.Parking: You have to pay for parking at the expo, which is kind of lame because if you are just trying to pick up your bib and shirt it sucks to pay more money to get this. I have never used the shuttle here so I can not comment on that.Race Day: They have a wave start, which I personally love. You get to pick and assign yourself to a time you plan on running. The course does get challenging and hilly towards the end, but I love it, they have a ton of cheer stations on the biggest hill. You run through a neighborhood, which could be boring, but everyone that lives on that street comes out and gives out fruit and waters. It really is a community feel at this race.
    • Did the event in 2018

      I was fortunate to participate in the 14th annual OC Half Marathon. This course passes through Costa Mesa, Newport and Santa Ana, California. This run is exactly what you would expect from a California surf side race. Those looking for beautiful views of the Pacific, the breathtaking oceanside mansions of Corona del Mar, and the feel from the morning ocean crisp fresh air, then this is the place to be. Registration:
      A smooth online process through a quick, easy-to-complete form. Received an email receipt within seconds of completing the process. There are also options to join public teams or to participate in private teams as well. During registration you will find many options for donations to charities to support the cause of your choosing. Packet Pick-up/Expo/SWAG:
      The packet pickup and expo was held at the OC Fair & Event Center which was very easy to find. Make sure to bring cash for parking. The process of picking up my bib was extremely easy and quick and took just a few minutes. This was my largest event and with so many vendors and activities I found myself a little confused on how to navigate through the expo but the staff managing the event was very friendly and gave me direction on how to best route to all the race goodies. Included in the packet for participants in the full and half marathon events was an airy short-sleeve teal colored running shirt with the OC Marathon logo represented in the front. I use the top often on current runs but find the material a bit uncomfortable for long distance. The expo large, but none the less were the sheer amount of participants and family. With so many awesome vendors it was still a great time, especially the photo opportunity in front of a OC Marathon wall with all of the participants name on it. Start Line:
      The start line for the half marathon was located a few miles away in front of the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa. The race provided free shuttles to participants staying at select hotels. Participants taking advantage of shuttles were given wristbands with reserved times allocated for their ride. Participants also had the option of being dropped off near the start line. The start line in Newport was a closed off street where the center divider isolated the corral of runners on one side, and incoming participants to stretch, socialize and prepare for the race on the other. There was plenty of room to fit everyone comfortably. Along the preparation side of the street was a long block of port-a-potties to handle all the runners in hand; I didn't see or notice any particularly long lines on any of them at any one point while we waited for the start.Weather:
      Climate on race day was perfect for racing. Temperatures were in the low 50s with just a crisp refreshing mist from being so close to the ocean. Small stretches easily kept the body warm and ready for the journey ahead. Course & Support:
      The bulk of the race course was on street with small stints of sidewalks and underpasses. You begin weaving up and down the streets surrounding neighboring hotels until you find yourself on an avenue with many surf side shops and restaurants. You then turn onto a residential street to approach your first challenging hill of the run. The sunrise peaking on your back, delivering the new days colors across the sky, you summit the hill to the most rewarding and unforgettable views you will traverse over the next half hour. Running beside the Pacific to the oceans waves crashing upon the sand and the glamorous multi-million dollar mansions of Corona Del Mar. The hydration/support stations were plentiful along the way and fairly evenly spaced every half mile. They all had a variety of items such as orange slices and fruit snacks in addition to water and electrolytes. They all also had plenty of volunteers staffing them with a friendly and cheerful attitude. At around 11 miles you came across a wonderful drum line and cheerleaders rooting you on for your final stretch which really helped me find my second wind. The finish line can be seen just as you approach your last mile. With every stride closer you can hear the slow rise in volume from the fairgrounds music and congratulatory chants from the participants family and loved ones.Finish Line/Medal/Food:
      The finish line had plenty of volunteers handing out medals, water, and electrolytes, and was quite wide with plenty of room for runners to walk or greet friends and family on the sides. One vendor (Massage Envy) offered a quick free massage. Other vendors had a large area for runners to rest, stretch, and provided muscle rollers for advanced relief. The medal has an image of a wave with OC Marathon and Half across the front of it. The post-race food and refreshments included a variety of fruit, muffins, yogurt, granola, chocolate milk, and beer.Conclusion:
      I found this to be an extremely enjoyable race and find it hard to believe others could be as pleasant. For those looking for a race to set the bar I highly recommend giving the OC a try.
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    Surf City Escape Triathlon
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    Surf City Escape Triathlon

    316 Orange Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92648, USAView event
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    **This event will not be held in 2019 due to low registration numbers**

    The Olympic distance Surf City Escape Triathlon will begin with a challenging 1-mile swim in the Pacific Ocean, entering through the same beach break as the world renowned U.S. Open of Surfing. Triathletes will swim along the shoreline with the backdrop of the world famous Huntington Beach Pier. A 12-mile, double-loop bike course will then take athletes along the breathtaking Pacific Coast Highway. Showcasing the Pacific Ocean coastline the entire ride, the entire course is flat and fast. Coveted road closures along Pacific Coast Highway will allow athletes plenty of room for a safe fast ride and for spectators to capture all the action. The final 6.2-mile run will turn up the challenge as it takes athletes on to the pristine beach for a deep sand run then back to the spectator-friendly beachfront start/transition/finish.

    The 2018 race will close out the 2017-2018 Escape Series Qualifying process with valuable slots being awarded to the top three finishers in each age group to the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz in San Francisco. Top age group finishers will receive a FREE slot into this prestigious race. Chosen by many as the most iconic triathlon in the world today, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is the ultimate bucket list event for any endurance athlete.

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