Beginner Friendly Running Events in Glendale, California

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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
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
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
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
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
AUG18
Hansen Dam Triathlon and Superhero run

Our triathlon is back and better than ever! The Hansen Dam Triathlon is one of the fastest growing and most exciting events in Southern California. Located in the San Fernando Valley of the City of Los Angeles, whether you are a novice or professional triathlete, this fun, fast and competitive event is a fantastic race to participate in.

$30 - $120
Hansen Dam Triathlon and Superhero run
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
SEP21
Be The Light 5K

Join us to be a part of Santa Clarita's premier night run/walk at the 6th annual Be The Light 5K in Valencia, California. Each year the greater Southern California community of runners and walkers come together to support youths in recovery through the A Light of Hope charity, to show them that we are here for them and together we can make a positive impact on their lives.

$46 - $51
Be The Light 5K
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
NOV2
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7th Annual POR Almost 10k/5k
Calabasas, CA, United States

The race takes runners through the stunning trails and hills of Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, CA.The Annual POR Almost 10k/5k is best known for its festive atmosphere. A true celebration with supporters dressing for the occasion!

$40 - $55
7th Annual POR Almost 10k/5k
JAN18
The Master’s University Winter 5K

Since 2011, The Masters University Winter 5K has been a favorite among local runners thanks to the welcoming atmosphere, scenic course, and community partnerships. Starting on TMUs athletic field and winding through Placerita Canyon and Quigley Canyon Open Space, The Master's University Winter 5K boasts a scenic and entirely flat course with varying terrain, perfect for participants of all ages and abilities. Come experience what local runners have called their favorite way to start off the new year!

$25
The Master’s University Winter 5K
SEP21
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Homeboy 5K

Downtown LA is host to this 5k run/walk in support of Homeboy Industries. This undulating course starts and finishes at Homeboy HQ, taking runners around LA State Historic Park. Come for the dog tag medal and to support this local cause.

$20 - $45
Homeboy 5K

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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