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La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour - March 21, 2019

8:15am Thu 21st Mar 2019
La Jolla Cove, La Jolla Cove, California 92037, USA
Run 5km

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From the organiser

When planning a visit to La Jolla or San Diego, and looking for fun, unique, memorable things to do, consider our La Jolla Running Tour.

Once a quaint artists' colony, La Lolla is now a popular tourist destination with a multitude of galleries, cafes, and historic places, as well as idyllic beaches, surfing spots, and secret tide pools.

La Jolla Coast and La Jolla Cove are two of the most picturesque and photographed places in the United States - all for their stunning natural beauty. However, La Jolla Village also has unique and storied history that avails itself to perfect on-foot exploration and discovery.

Distances in this event

  1. 5K

    Run 5km
    8:15am Thu 21st Mar 2019
    $30
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What’s Included

Explore the historic landmarks and culture of La Jolla Cove as you run with our guides.

Course Details

We run a 3.5-mile course meandering along the coastline and the historic area of La Jolla. We run by the Whale View Point, Children's Pool, La Jolla Cove, and the Cliff Walk. We even descend down into the Cove Cave (entrance fee included).

We stop 11 times during the run for best photo ops and to learn about La Jolla's history and culture.

We end the tour with 5-7 minutes of "Yoga for Runners" stretching, and enjoy a complimentary hydration beverage at the Cave Store.

Raceday Logistics

Set Off Time

08:15

Please plan on arriving 5-10 minutes prior to the tour start time, so tours can depart on time.

Travel

Start/Finish Spot

La Jolla Cove in front of the restrooms (La Jolla Cove, CA 92037).

Kit List
  • Running shoes
  • Sun protection
  • Water (will be provided at the end of the tour); bring your own if you need it during the tour
Spectators

Don't watch, book now and come and join us!!

Volunteers

No volunteers required

FAQs

WHAT IS A RUNNING TOUR?

A running tour is a guided sightseeing tour that takes place on the run.

HOW LONG IS THE RUN?

Our tours are typically around 3-4 miles, or a 5k+ course. It takes about 1 hour (with stops) to complete each tour. We stop several times to take photos, hydrate, and learn about the surroundings.

WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?

Anyone capable of running 3-4 miles in 1 hour. Children under 5 years old should be in strollers.

WHAT PACE DO WE RUN?

Our pace is determined by the participants of the tour. These are fun, casual tours, meant to include all running abilities. Typically, the pace is between 9 - 11 minutes per mile, with a few stops for photo opportunities and learning about the surroundings.

WHERE DO THE TOURS START?

Each tour has a specific meetup location. Please check our Tours and Routes page for details. Please arrive at least 10 minutes early to check in.

WHAT SHOULD I BRING? IS THERE A BAG CHECK?

You do not need to print your ticket. Your name will be on our guest list when you arrive. Please dress for the weather and ready to run.

We do not have lockers or storage. Bring a few extra dollars if you wish to buy extra water, and in case you wish to tip your guide.

I AM A WALKER, CAN I JOIN A TOUR?

Our tours are intended for runners.

You'll need to be able to comfortably run 3 miles in order to keep up with the group and to hear the guides. If you have done "some" running recently, you can definitely do our run!

AM I ALLOWED TO TIP THE GUIDE?

Yes, tips are not expected, but appreciated.

WHAT IF I AM RUNNING LATE AND CANNOT MAKE THE TOUR?

Please plan on arriving 5-10 minutes prior to the tour start time, so tours can depart on time. If you are running late, please text or call your guide. We will try to wait for you whenever possible within reason.

For private tours, your guide will wait 10 minutes after the scheduled time. For group runs, if we don’t hear from you and the group is ready to leave, we will not wait.

WHAT IF IT'S RAINING?

We STILL RUN. Unless there is extreme weather that makes the tour dangerous, we will run.

If conditions are not to your liking, we'd be happy to reschedule you to another run. If you contact us at least two hours before the scheduled start time.

WILL THERE BE WATER?

Yes. Your guide WILL have bottled water available at the end of the tour, but it's recommended that you bring some water, especially on a hot day.

CAN I BRING MY JOGGING STROLLER?

Only on tours that are stroller-friendly. Children in strollers take the tour for free.

Unfortunately, not all tours are stroller-friendly due to the unique geography in San Diego; many of our routes ascend and descend stairs and traverse dirt trails, making it unsafe/impractical (but not impossible) for strollers.

WHAT IS YOUR CANCELLATION POLICY?

Tours are non-refundable, unless cancelled by Iconic San Diego Running Tours due to inclement weather. If you are unable to make your tour, you may transfer your registration to another date within 6 months.

IMPORTANT

This tour is not for walkers. Please do not bring dogs, or strollers.

Bag Check

There is no bag check. Please store your belongings in your car, or bring a light-weight running backpack.

Cool Facts & Hidden Gems Encountered on La Jolla Running Tour

1. Once in the early 1900s, La Jolla boasted a railway service that ran all the way into San Diego proper. Many La Jolla residents used to take the train to work. The railway was shut down by 1940, and the railway metal sold to the Japanese. The tracks were paved over. Much of that history is now buried under the ground. However, there are still signs and remnants of that past. On our running tour, we run along what was once the railway track, and run through the Archway Building, which used to be the La Jolla depot.

2. Before the Spanish-revival architecture, and the modern European influence, most of La Jolla looked like Hobbitland - tiny wooden seaside cottages nestled into cliffs and tucked away in the canyons. At one point, in early 1900s, there were over 450 wooden cottages. To this day, some of them are still there, preserved as Historic Landmarks. We run by a few of those inconspicuous houses.

3. La Jolla Cove coastline is rather rugged. Big rocks break the waves. Numerous tide pools dot the flats. Seals and sea-lions crowd the sun-warmed spots on the rocks. However, beaches - actual sandy beaches - are few and far between. Except one spot near the Village - yes, there is a long stretch of sand in La Jolla, but unless you are staying right near it, or manage to convince a local to reveal the secret spot, you are confined to tiny coves and bays covered in kelp. Come with us on the tour, and we will reveal the secret!

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