Beginner Friendly Running Events in Anaheim, California

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Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los Angeles
Culver City, CA, United States

Run/walk with hundreds of community-minded and socially conscious participants to advance awareness and provide proceeds to local initiatives focused on the prevention and elimination of homelessness in Los Angeles charity Back on My Feet. Nestled in Culver City, this electronically chip timed USATF-certified 5K/10K Walk/Run is being held to experience fun with friends, family, locals and tourists for a great cause.

$20 - $45
Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los Angeles
JUL4
July Red, White, & Blue Or Brew 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

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.

$30 - $35
July Red, White, & Blue Or Brew 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run
JUL4
La Palma Fitness Run For Fun
La Palma, CA, United States

The 39th Annual La Palma Fitness Run for Fun is a healthy way to kick off your Fourth of July Festivities! La Palma's Fitness Run for Fun is more than just another run, it's an opportunity to experience that small town / hometown sense of community; to share quality time with your family, neighbors, and friends; and to focus on health and wellness while participating in a quality running, walking, or strolling experience.

$32
La Palma Fitness Run For Fun
JUL4
Orange Park Acres 4th of July 5k and 10K Epic Challenge

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.

$40 - $50
Orange Park Acres 4th of July 5k and 10K Epic Challenge
JUL27
Cypress Run
Cypress, CA, United States

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!

$35
Cypress Run
JUL4
Surf City Run 5K

The Surf City Run 5K in Huntington Beach takes place along the historic route of Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Come out and enjoy an 'All-American' start to this terrific Holiday by running along our parade route, see the famous pier, and beautiful Pacific Ocean before a gentle sloping return to Worth Park for the finish.

$20 - $40
Surf City Run 5K
JUL4
Rock the 4th

The course is run along the scenic city streets around a lake and a beautiful oceanfront view. Marathon & Half course is a 4.37 out and back loop where you will pass the aid station at miles 3.1 and 4.37. The course is run 3 times for the half marathon,

4 times for the 2/3 marathon, and 6 times for the full marathon. The out-and-back section of the course is a perfect 5k and it is run twice for the 10k and thrice for the 15k. Well stocked aid station. Beautiful 5" medal to all finishers.

$25 - $35
Rock the 4th
JUL25
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Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5K #1 - July
Orange County, CA, United States

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

$29.99
Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5K #1 - July
JUL13
Meals on Wheels 5k/10K Race

Our fundraising event will be held at the Veterans Memorial Stadium, at Long Beach City College Liberal Arts Campus near Carson & Clark Ave.

The net proceeds will be used to fund our meal program that provides meals with a friendly visit for low-income, homebound disabled neighbors across Long Beach, Signal Hill, and Leisure World in Seal Beach.

£35
Meals on Wheels 5k/10K Race
JUL13
Rockin’ the Beach

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.

$25 - $35
Rockin’ the Beach
AUG1
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Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5k #2 - August

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!

$29.99
Into the Wild Rockin' Summer Run 5k #2 - August
JUL4
El Toro Chargers 5K
Lake Forest, CA, United States

The El Toro Chargers 5K Run/Walk is hosted by El Toro High School in partnership with the City of Lake Forest. More than just a fundraiser, it is a community event for the city of Lake Forest and the surrounding area. Many families have made this part of their 4th of July tradition for years. We invite you to come join us and show your spirit! Walk, run or race through the tree-lined streets of Lake Forest and celebrate the 4th of July with your friends, family and neighbors! Then plan to stay for our citys annual Independence Parade at 10am.

$20 - $35
El Toro Chargers 5K
JUN30
The Color Run – Los Angeles
Carson, CA, United States

*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?

$14.99 - $49.99
The Color Run – Los Angeles
JUL4
Claremont Village Freedom 5000
Claremont, CA, United States

The Annual Claremont Village Freedom 5000 1K/5K is a family friendly event that kicks off the Fourth of July Celebration in the City of Claremont. The event features a 1K Kids Run, a 5K Competitive Race Walk, and a 5K Run through the scenic tree-lined streets of Claremont.

$35
Claremont Village Freedom 5000
MAR7
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Pasadena Triathlon

This event features a reverse sprint triathlon (5k run, 15k bike and 150m swim in the Rose Bowl Aquatic Pool), duathlon, 5k Fun Run, and a Junior Triathlon for kids. This event is a great event for new triathletes and competitors.

Note: USAT membership is required to enter all of the races except the 5K. If you have a membership, simply tell registration your number. If you do not, you will have to purchase a day pass.

$35 - $165
Pasadena Triathlon
AUG11
Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K

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.

$25 - $35
Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K
JUL4
YMCA Run In The Parks
Laguna Niguel, CA, United States

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!

$10 - $35
YMCA Run In The Parks
JUL20
Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA, United States

Join us for the annual Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run! The memorial run is held in memory of Sarah DeMille (SMCHS Class of 2005). Sarah was a four-year cross country and track athlete at SMCHS who had a deep love for her sport and her teammates.

The goal of this event is to bring Eagle alumni, family and friends to campus and raise funds to sustain the Sarah DeMille '05 Memorial Scholarship.

A morning full of fun and activities is planned! The main event will be the 5K Memorial Run (it's a Trail Run), but there is something for the whole family including a fun run and pancake breakfast! Come out and run or walk together as a family -- bring everyone!

$15 - $30
Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run
SEP8
BOOK IT! 5K Run/Walk & 1K Fun Run
Costa Mesa, CA, United States

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).

$40
BOOK IT! 5K Run/Walk & 1K Fun Run
SEP14
Aloha Run – Long Beach

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.

$25 - $40
Aloha Run – Long Beach
OCT19
Strides for DisABILITY

Strides for Disability, Easterseals Southern Californias annual 5k Run/Walk and 3k Family Fun Walk honors diversity, promotes inclusion, and shows what disability means today. This unifying and spirited event brings together a diverse group of people with and without disabilities to break down barriers and show whats possible with the right access, opportunities and supports.

$35
Strides for DisABILITY
SEP14
Run the River for The Ridge

Peppermint Ridge, local businesses and the community come together for a morning filled with fitness, love and happiness. Participants run along a paved path adjacent to the Santa Ana River. Filled with 25 miles of hiking trails along the Santa Ana River just to the west of downtown Riverside, Hidden Valley Wildlife Area is the setting for the annual Run the River for The Ridge race, which features the Peppermint Ridge Half Marathon as well as a 5K and a 1K event, all of which will help raise money for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

$10 - $65
Run the River for The Ridge
SEP28
Ascot Hills Challenge 5K

Join us on the best 3.1 mile trail course in East Los Angeles! The Ascot Hills Challenge 5k will take you on a journey through the rolling hills of El Sereno where the legendary Ascot motor speedway of the 1920's and 30's hosted crowds of 10,000 and more to witness weekly auto races that brought in the biggest and best racing stars of their time!

$30
Ascot Hills Challenge 5K
OCT26
Gooden Center Run For Recovery
San Marino, CA, United States

The Run For Recovery is designed to raise awareness for two of the most tragic and preventable issues facing the country today, substance use disorder and mental illness care. The Gooden Center of Pasadena has provided care to over 8,000 clients over the past 50+ years. Fully licensed and CARF accredited, The Center recognizes the importance of care for the entire family.

$45
Gooden Center Run For Recovery
SEP29
Best Friend 5K

Join hundreds of dog adorers and rescued canines at the Best Friend 5K Run and Dog Adoption Day! This is a 2 part event. While runners and dogs will be participating in the 5K run, the general public is welcome to participate in a free event - Dog Adoption Day. In support of local rescue shelters throughout California, we are striving to create the largest on-site adoption event. Local animal shelters and rescuers will be in attendance as they introduce their furry animals to members of our community. Due to animal shelters reaching capacity, animal euthanasia is the unfortunate outcome. However, there is a glimmer of hope that local animal rescuers provide by temporarily fostering these animals until they find a permanent home. Join us on as we witness new relationships created between human and canine and celebrate the bonds we have with our 4 legged BFF.

$25 - $45
Best Friend 5K
NOV28
Drumstick Dash

Drumstick Dash LA is an annual 5k / 10k running event held on Thanksgiving morning in order to raise funds for the homeless and hungry throughout the San Fernando Valley. The event is hosted by Hope of the Valley Rescue Mission located in the Northeast Valley. We rely on the generous support of the community so Move Your Feet So Others Can Eat!

$45 - $50
Drumstick Dash

What you need to know about Beginner Friendly Running Events

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.

Find the right running event for you

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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