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Whether you’re completely new to running or just getting back into the swing of things, we’ve got some great race recommendations to get you started. Chosen by our team, these are some of our favourite events for first-timers. 5k races & 10k races are perfect for beginners, they tend to be relatively flat (always check the elevation just in case) and there’ll usually be a great crowd to cheer you on.

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To keep motivated try to run with friends and to organise a race a few months away as something to work towards. Running as a sport is very inclusive, people love to chat and give a boost to those around them! Practice makes perfect so with the right training you can achieve anything. Start small and it won’t be long before you’re a total professional tackling the bigger races.

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Welcome to the inaugural Cottontail half marathon, 10k and 5k

All flat two loop course along the Famous bike path. Start / Finish location Woodley park-1 at 6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys CA 91406

Cottontail Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Los Angeles, California, US
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The Foxy Trail Half Marathon and 5K is the first event in both Dirt Devil Racing Series. You can run all 4 Trail Half Marathons earning a race logo pint glass, medal and performance technical shirt for each race. Run all 4 and earn the coveted Mike Hess Brewing - Dirt Devil Racing logo beer growler.

You will earn a medal, logo pint glass and performance technical fabric shirt!

Foxy Trail Half Marathon & 5K

San Diego, California, US
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Run through some of San Diegos most beautiful beaches, bays and resorts, with this fast, flat and scenic half marathon, 5k and 8k. Stick around because the party starts at the finish line with live music, a beer garden (your first 12-ounce beer is on us!), snacks, photo opportunities, and much more.

San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5k & 8k

San Diego, California, US
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Please join our 7th annual 5k benefitting Public Counsel Debtor Assistance Project and Samohi XC! This year's course is all flat, all ocean front. It's a great event for everyone from elite runners to casual walkers with great music and a family atmosphere. Finisher medals for all participants as well as free race photo downloads, AG medals, trophies, prizes, great music and post-race snacks.

Since 2012, Leslie Cohen Law PC has sponsored the annual Leslie Cohen Law 5K, a fundraiser to benefit the Public Counsel Debtor Assistance Project and Santa Monica High Schools Cross Country and Track program.

310K run/walk powered by Leslie Cohen Law

Los Angeles, California, US
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Ojai Half Marathon, 10k and 5k is a one loop course along the famous Ojai bike trail and you will run right past Lake Casitas too. A rolling hills course that has something for everyone. Finisher medals, goody bag, and the tech shirt for all runners come join the fun!

​Ojai Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Ojai, California, US

Wildflower is not just a race, it's a full weekend festival with live entertainment, wine tasting, celebration beer garden, the latest and greatest in training gear, race clinics presented by top professionals, movie under the stars, campfire antics, and more. We are excited about some new additions we will be announcing soon that will be sure to make friends and family want to join in on the fun of the weekend.

Wildflower Experience

Bradley, California, US

The LA Life Run is for everyone who loves to live in Los Angeles. Each year the event has a different theme and finisher medal inspired by an LA icon: music, sports teams, facilities, and iconic buildings (LA City Hall, LA Library, Disney Concert Hall, Coliseum, Staples Center, Griffith Observatory, Watts Towers) will all get their day at the event. With live music electrifying the course and a Taste of LA style finish line festival, everyone will love the celebration on the steps of L.A. LIVE and the STAPLES Center in the heart of the City of Angels.

The LIFE in LA Life Run isnt just about living in this beautiful and diverse city it represents life for kids with cancer. The LA Life Run raises money for the Childrens Cancer Research Fund, an LA-based organization, that funds lifesaving research in the prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and cure of childhood cancers and blood-related disorders.

LA Life Run

Los Angeles, California, US

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.

Don't just spectate, participate!

Renegade Trail Run Challenge

San Dimas, California, US

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 afterwards 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!

Renegade Summer 5 Mile Trail Run Series #1

Tustin, California, US

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