Beginner Friendly Running Events in Pasadena

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SEP22
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Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k

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.

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Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k

6350 Woodley Ave, Van Nuys, CA 91436, USAView event
About the event
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.
$35 - $95
Harvest Half Marathon 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.

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Pasadena Triathlon

Rose Bowl Dr, Pasadena, CA 91103, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
JUN1
Run 4 Their Lives 5K Glendora in partnership with Redeeming Love
Glendora, CA, United States

Run 4 Their Lives is a Freedom 4/24 event that raises awareness and funds to bring sexually exploited women and children into freedom.

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Run 4 Their Lives 5K Glendora in partnership with Redeeming Love

Finkbiner Park, 160 N Wabash Ave, Glendora, CA 91741, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Run 4 Their Lives is a Freedom 4/24 event that raises awareness and funds to bring sexually exploited women and children into freedom.

$24
Run 4 Their Lives 5K Glendora in partnership with Redeeming Love
JUN2
Registration Perks
Herbalife24 Triathlon

Herbalife Nutrition is excited to announce its inaugural Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles. Starting in Venice Beach and ending in Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live, join us for a one-of-a-kind journey through the heart of L.A.

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Herbalife24 Triathlon

Venice, Los Angeles, CA, USAView event
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From the organiser

Herbalife Nutrition is excited to announce its inaugural Herbalife24 Triathlon Los Angeles. Starting in Venice Beach and ending in Downtown Los Angeles at L.A. Live, join us for a one-of-a-kind journey through the heart of L.A.

$55 - $355
Herbalife24 Triathlon
JUN1
Wrigley River Run & Tadpole Trot

For twelve years we have strived to provide something for everyone and are proud to have become Long Beachs Premier 5/10K and 10 mile road race.

All of our courses are USATF certified, contain multiple bands and other entertainment and end with you receiving a medal at the finish line.

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Wrigley River Run & Tadpole Trot

Long Beach, CA, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

For twelve years we have strived to provide something for everyone and are proud to have become Long Beachs Premier 5/10K and 10 mile road race.

All of our courses are USATF certified, contain multiple bands and other entertainment and end with you receiving a medal at the finish line.

$40
Wrigley River Run & Tadpole Trot
JUN23
Summer Dash — Santa Monica
Santa Monica, CA, United States

It's time for the Rockin' Summer 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon! We emphasize a more relaxed, fun and personal racing experience and somewhat informal.

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Summer Dash — Santa Monica

Santa Monica, CA, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

It's time for the Rockin' Summer 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon! We emphasize a more relaxed, fun and personal racing experience and somewhat informal.

$20.99 - $25.99
Summer Dash — Santa Monica
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?

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The Color Run – Los Angeles

18400 S Avalon Blvd, Carson, CA 90746, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

*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
SEP14
Hecho en Mexico 5k run/walk

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.

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Hecho en Mexico 5k run/walk

LAPD Police Academy/Elysian Park, 1880 Academy Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90012, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

$25
Hecho en Mexico 5k run/walk
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.

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Meals on Wheels 5k/10K Race

5000 E Lew Davis St, Long Beach, CA 90808, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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Hansen Dam Triathlon and Superhero run

11798 Foothill Blvd, Sylmar, CA 91342, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
AUG10
WetNWild 5K
La Mirada, CA, United States

This is truly a "family friendly" event as long as the kiddos are over 42" in height!

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WetNWild 5K

Splash! La Mirada Regional Aquatics Center, 13806 La Mirada Blvd, La Mirada, CA 90638, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

This is truly a "family friendly" event as long as the kiddos are over 42" in height!

$45
WetNWild 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.

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Rock the 4th

5415 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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July Red, White, & Blue Or Brew 5K & 1 Mile Fun Run

2000 E Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
JUN23
Rockin’ Summer — Huntington Beach

It's time for the Rockin' Summer 5k, 10k, 15k, or Half Marathon! This is a fun run that is clock timed (not chip timed).

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Rockin’ Summer — Huntington Beach

eaves Huntington Beach, 6700 Warner Ave, Huntington Beach, CA 92647, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

It's time for the Rockin' Summer 5k, 10k, 15k, or Half Marathon! This is a fun run that is clock timed (not chip timed).

$20.99 - $25.99
Rockin’ Summer — Huntington 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!

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Cypress Run

Cypress Civic Center, 5275 Orange Ave, Cypress, CA 90630, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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Best Friend 5K

Griffith Park, 4730 Crystal Springs Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90027, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
SEP29
Alive and Running

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.

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Alive and Running

Los Angeles, CA, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

$35
Alive and Running
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.

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Rockin’ the Beach

5415 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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Orange Park Acres 4th of July 5k and 10K Epic Challenge

6500 E Santiago Canyon Rd, Orange, CA 92869, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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.

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Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K

5415 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90803, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
SEP21
Superheroes Triumph! 5K

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.

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Superheroes Triumph! 5K

6300 Balboa Blvd, Van Nuys, CA 91406, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

$50
Superheroes Triumph! 5K
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.

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Aloha Run – Long Beach

The Lions Lighthouse for Sight, 200 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, CA 90802, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
OCT12
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JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

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.

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JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

Renaissance Hotel, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, 300 E Ocean Blvd, Long Beach, CA 90802, USAView event
About the event
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.
$30 - $110
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon
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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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