Beginner Friendly Running Events in California

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JUL4
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Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe
Tahoe Vista, CA, United States

Come out with your friends and family and start your July 4th with a run, walk, or stroll to the Beach.

The finish is on the Beach at the Tahoe Vista Recreation Area featuring a great beach for swimming! Tahoe Vista and North Lake Tahoe are great places to spend your July 4th weekend. Fireworks are scheduled for the evening of July 3rd!

$35 - $55
Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe
JUL14
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Shoreline Marathon
Ventura, CA, United States

Make the most your Sunday morning and soak up the ocean views in races from 5k up to a marathon. With plenty of flat miles along the coast (plus a couple of moderate hills), this race is ideal for new and experienced runners alike. Don't miss the finisher's t-shirt, medal, free beer and tacos.

$45 - $130
Shoreline Marathon
AUG17
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XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5K and 10K
Incline Village, NV, United States

The XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5k and 10k trail run happens on the same day as XTERRA Lake Tahoe Offroad Triathlon. The course starts and finishes at the Village Green in Incline Village, NV.

This is a large open grass community field. The event is set up and staged from here. From the starting area the course heads north and onto the great trail system featuring tall pines, aspens and creek crossings. Run one lap for the 5K or two for the 10K. The second lap starts right back in the venue creating a fun viewing area to cheer on the 10K participants.

Bring the kids as this is a great venue for our shorter kids races for ages 4-12 years.

$11 - $50
XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5K and 10K
SEP1
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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
OCT12
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Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run
San Leandro, CA, United States

Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run is organized by the Ashland Cherryland Healthy Communities Collaborative and hosted by Alameda County. This year, FamFest is returning to build civic pride, provide a vast array of resources for community members, and, most importantly, provide fun!

$1 - $14
Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run
OCT13
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Ventura, CA, United States

Head over to Ventura for a 5K, 10K or half marathon along the Ojai bike path. Courses don't get much flatter than this, so this race is well-suited to all types of runner. Come for goodies galore, including a finisher's medal, t-shirt and water bottle.

$35 - $100
Jeepers Creepers Run
OCT27
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The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
San Rafael, CA, United States

Run like you give a SH$T on Sunday, 10/27/19 at China Camp State Park in San Rafael!

All runners have a shot at scoring a TON of awesome prizes via our trail treasure hunt! Find a special woodallion (or two) along the course and bring it back to the finish line to claim your prize(s)!

$30 - $80
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
NOV28
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Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley, CA, United States

There’s no better way to start Thanksgiving than with a 5k run through Simi Valley. Great for all, this undulating course takes you along a tree-lined bike path so you won’t have to worry about cars or the sun. Come along for the medal, finisher’s shirt and goodies.

$35 - $110
Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA
DEC7
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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
Laughlin, NV, United States

The December weather in Laughlin and Bullhead City is perfect for an early morning race crisp and clear, with high temperatures in the high 60s and visibility for miles.

The Mojave Desert is one of the most picturesque, peaceful and tranquil places to run on Earth.

This Race delivers a downhill yet challenging course, amazing sights such Lake Mohave, running alongside the Colorado River, an opportunity to traverse the Davis Dam into Arizona and back.

The post race party is hosted at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino steps away from Vegas-style Casino Gaming action, live shows, fine dining, night clubs and so much more!

Your non-running support team will find off-roading, championship golf, hiking, ghost towns, concerts, and a variety of other excursions.

Join us for an unforgettable Race + Vacation experience where you'll run:

Two States, Two Time Zones, One DAM Great Race!

$45 - $110
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
DEC8
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The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K

You have not run far enough. Nor have you run fast enough. Krampus (the Christmas devil) is displeased.

Pay penance to Krampus on Sun, 12/9 and you will not be visited by the cloven hooved devil contracted by Santa to deal with those who have been naughty!

Krampus is hosting his chip timed, cross country 5K & 10K on the beautiful Presidio Trails in San Francisco.

$30 - $60
The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K
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
JUN23
Awesome 80's Run - Long Beach

Ready to have some fun? You bring the neon shorts, leggings and big hair and we'll bring the live music, dancers and awesome course music! Run back to the future with us at the Awesome 80's Run! Awesome 80's Run is a 5K and 10K Run/Walk on beautiful and scenic Shoreline Park. There is tons of parking, music, dancers, and surprise entertainment along the course.

$42 - $45
Awesome 80's Run - Long Beach
JUN23
City Beer Runs 5K/10K
San Mateo, CA, United States

The City Beer Runs 5K/10K BrewFest is a chip timed 5K/10K race complete with a post race BeerFest featuring some of the best Bay Area breweries. Come for the running, stay for the beer, music, lawn games and food trucks. With an 11AM race start, the City Beer Runs 5K/10K BrewFest promises to be a Sunday-Funday to remember!

$47
City Beer Runs 5K/10K
JUN24
Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K

Join us for CISCRPs 6th Annual Medical Heroes Appreciation 5K Run & Walk in San Diego to celebrate the study volunteers who give the gift of participation in clinical research and make new medical discoveries possible. Prizes for top fundraisers, the team with the most spirit, and more! All proceeds go towards education and outreach programs that empower patients and increase clinical research literacy.

$30
Medical Heroes Appreciation 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
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
JUL4
Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run
Big Bear Lake, CA, United States

Join us for the 2nd Annual Big Bear 4th of July Fun Run! Kick off the holiday with a fun run at Meadow Park, a great place on the lake to reserve your spot for the evening fireworks!

A fun event for the entire family. Kids (and strollers!) welcomed. We offer 3 distances - 5K, 10K, 15K. Win prizes in our costume contest too!

We are honored to support the Bear Valley Search and Rescue!

$30 - $60
Big Bear 4th of July 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
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Celebrate Hercules 5K
Hercules, CA, United States

Celebrate your 4th of July at the 5th annual Hercules Dynamite 5K Run/Walk located along the beautiful Eucalyptus trees of scenic Refugio Valley Park. The event offers chip timed, closed course 5K run/walk (3.1 Mile), 1 Mile walk and 1/4 Mile event designed for Kids ages 3-8. The distances are flat, fun and are perfect for all levels of runners or walkers. Stay afterwards and enjoy the post race Expo, refreshments, awards and the 4th of July Parade. Custom event shirt guaranteed if registered by June 20th.

$15 - $25
Celebrate Hercules 5K
JUL4
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Crown City Classic – Coronado’s 4th July
Coronado, CA, United States

Kickoff your Independence Day celebration with a run through the historic town of Coronado. Crown City Classic features a 12K and 5K distance. Why a 12K distance? Because nothing is more patriotic than running 7.4 miles on 7/4 in one of Americas most patriotic cities!

Also returning, test your speed on the Crown City Mile! New for kids 12 and under is the Crown City Half Mile on Orange. Race the parade route right on Orange Avenue as crowds gather for the west coast's largest 4th of July Parade.

$15 - $50
Crown City Classic – Coronado’s 4th July
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
JUL4
Pool Party 5k Run/Walk
La Cañada Flintridge, CA, United States

Come out for a Summer fun run/walk, held at Hansen Dam Aquatic Center (LARGEST pool in the U.S.!). Enjoy the FREE Pool Admission; take a dip & cool off while you're at it! Perfect event to beat the heat with friends and family.

$15
Pool Party 5k Run/Walk
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
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
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
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
JUL4
Alameda 4th of July R.A.C.E.
Alameda, CA, United States

The Ralph Appezzato Charity Event (R.A.C.E.) is a 5K (3.1 Mile) run and walk benefiting the Midway Shelter for Women and Children in Alameda, California. It starts at 9 AM; an hour before the Mayor's 4th of July Parade in front of the Lauren's Closet, 1420 Park Street, between Santa Clara and Central Avenues.

$15 - $25
Alameda 4th of July R.A.C.E.
JUL4
Moraga Fun Run
Moraga, CA, United States

Every year the Campolindo Track and Field and Cross Country programs sponsor the Moraga 4th of July "Fun Run" event. These races kick off many of the activities that are part of the Town of Moraga's 4th of July celebration. The net proceeds from these runs again will be going to the Campolindo High School track and cross country teams.

The starting line will be located on Moraga Road adjacent to the Moraga Garden Center, at 1400 Moraga Road. Same day packet picks up and the assembly area for the race will be in the parking lot next to the Moraga Garden Center. There is ample parking throughout the shopping centre but please avoid parking in spaces near the start of the race. Suggested parking is near Safeway, MacCaulous, Loards ice cream or UPS store. A kiddie run is scheduled before the main run and we'd like to avoid having cars in the parking lot near the Kiddie run.

$10 - $35
Moraga Fun Run
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
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Folsom Firecracker Run
Folsom, CA, United States

Celebrate & Unite

Join us for our 11th Annual Folsom Firecracker. It is a great event to kick off our Independence Day. We would like to celebrate the many blessings we have, while helping others in our community and around the world. Part of the proceeds will go to various organisations of your choice. Beneficiaries include 5 local and one in Mexico

Support Our Kids

More than 16 million children in the United States live in families with income below federal poverty level ($23, 550 for a family of 4) and 45% of all children live in low-income families. All beneficiaries this year help children in various ways, like having access to basic needs, a safe place to live, food, books and even toys. Let's Help!

$22 - $32
Folsom Firecracker Run

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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