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.
Beginner Friendly Running Events in Glendale, California
Race in the third of this 3 race series around the Lake Balboa bike path at Woodley Park. This is a great local race for all types of runners to chase those PRs. Come for the goody bag, t-shirt and, if you complete all 3 races, an exclusive Series Finisher medal.
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.
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.
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.
California Watermelon Festival Run 5k Run/Walk and 1 K kids Fun Run Sunday June 30th 2019 at the Hansen Dam Soccer Field Parking Lot 11480 FOOTHILL, LAKE VIEW TERRACE
The Palisades Will Rogers 5 & 10K runs both traverse the beautiful city streets of Pacific Palisades, with the 10K run extending to Will Rogers State Historic Park. These runs are among the more popular and well regarded running events in California.
This event is brought to you by WISH USA and IRUN Events aiming to bring together music and fitness.
Join us for a fun and festive 5k & 10k! We have a flat, easy 5k course on packed dirt laid out for the entire family! The event is chip-timed.
It's time for the Stars and Stripes 5k, 10k, 15k, or Half Marathon! This is a fun run that is clock timed (not chip timed).
*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?
Join us for a fun and memorable 5k, mostly on the road with rolling hills. You will love the course, as well as the amazing view of Downtown Los Angeles and the L.A. Dodger Stadium.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
A 5K walk/run for Suicide Prevention. Alive & Running is an uplifting, life-affirming event that remembers loved ones lost to suicide while raising funds and awareness for the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center.
The leader in affordable fun events in Southern California since 2011. Our runs are fun and friendly with a relaxed environment!
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.
Kickin' Cancer! is a timed 5K Run, Walk, Stroll that fights ovarian and breast cancer through prevention, education, and collaboration. Every step you take helps fund innovative preventive care programs for women and families at increased risk
The leader in affordable fun events in Southern California since 2011. Our runs are fun and friendly with a relaxed environment!
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.
This is truly a "family friendly" event as long as the kiddos are over 42" in height!
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!
Join us for our flagship race, capping the year with the most challenging routes. The Pasadena Trail Half routes showcase our best and toughest trails for even the most experienced trail runners. Register soon as Pasadena Trail Half spots sell out quickly!
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.
Join us on Saturday, September 15th at our 2nd annual Superheroes Triumph 5K Fundraiser! No matter what your ability is, you are a hero to us. This 5K will pack a punch in fun and ease with a fast, gentle rolling course.
The Rolling Hills Estates Pepper Tree Foundation is pleased to present the annual Hills Are Alive 10k/5k Run/Walk!
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.
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.
It's time for the Summer Sizzle 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon Fun Run!
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!
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.
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.
This epic seaside marathon takes place on the picturesque Long Beach. Great for runners of all abilities, the course is completely flat and takes you through downtown Long Beach and along the Pacific beach path. Come along the big finisher’s medal and post-race celebrations.
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.
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!
Race along the spectacular cliffside in this scenic half marathon. This exclusive race (only 1,800 entrants) is not for the faint of heart, with challenging hills throughout the course. Come to race in one of California's most historic events and enjoy the brunch and free massages.
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!
Its time for the Red, White, and Blue 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon in beautiful Southern California!
The 10K is an out and back traveling along the South Fork Trail while the Kids K and 5K will travel along the City of Santa Clarita's 4th of July parade route, ensuring one of the best cheering sections in southern California.
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.
Join us for the Annual Al Rivera Menudo Run!
Join us for Monday Madness!
Batten Down the Hatches Cuz theres a Pirate Invasion of Long Beach And you don't want to miss it! Grab your matey, Dress to impress and join us for a Pirate Invasion of Long Beach 5K!
Join us for Rockin Tuesday!
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.