Running Events in California

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JUN23
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Lake Tahoe Burton Creek Half Marathon Trail Run
Tahoe City, CA, United States

The Burton Creek Trail Run takes place on a beautiful, fun and challenging trail system within Burton Creek State Park near Tahoe City, CA. The course features miles of single track through pine forests and high sierra meadows.

Burton Creek drains the runoff from Mt. Watson into Lake Tahoe. Youll see and hear the creek often and June is a great wildflower time of year as well. Choose between from the 6K, 12K, or Half Marathon. The Burton Creek Half Marathon is one of the best Lake Tahoe Half Marathons. Also bring the kids as we offer age appropriate distance kids races for those 4 and older.

$35 - $65
Lake Tahoe Burton Creek Half Marathon Trail Run
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
AUG11
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Marlette Lake Tahoe 50K & 10 Miles Trail Run
Carson City, NV, United States

Both the Marlette 50K and 10 Miler are RRCA Nevada State Championship Events!

The Marlette 50K is a truly adventurous romp through some of planet earths most scenic and challenging trails. Based at Spooner Lake in Lake Tahoe Nevadas State Park the run features 30 miles of epic trail and view. Think prime Sierra single track and add in 360 degree panorama views of Lake Tahoe, the Carson Valley and Range. Marlette Lake lies in the middle of the course and if youre heating up during the run feel free to take a plunge.

$65 - $105
Marlette Lake Tahoe 50K & 10 Miles Trail Run
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
SEP8
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XTERRA Laguna Beach Triathlon & Trail Run
Laguna Beach, CA, United States

Battle your way round this epic and challenging run, swim and triathlon. With an icey swim, a rigorous off-road bike and a hilly trail run, there’s something for everyone. Come along to put your body through its paces in the great outdoors and test your washing machine the next day.

$35 - $220
XTERRA Laguna Beach Triathlon & Trail Run
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
JUN20
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Renegade Summer 5 Mile Trail Run - Tustin
Tustin, CA, United States

The Renegade Summer Trail Run Series will make you feel like a kid again. Join your running friends for an evening 5 mile trail run through beautiful Peters Canyon Wilderness Park at this Thursday night summer running series. Stay afterward for music and BBQ. We have the Rough Fit Kids Obstacle Course again this year and a great play area so be sure to bring the kids!

$10 - $38
Renegade Summer 5 Mile Trail Run - Tustin
JUN22
Coronado Rotary Club Low Tide Ride & Stride
Imperial Beach, CA, United States

The Coronado Rotary Club presents the 22nd annual Low Tide Ride & Stride. Held on the lowest tide of the month, the 5 mile beach course is perfect for runners, bikers and walkers. For any questions please contact the event organizer at [email protected] or call (619) 312-7465.

$25 - $45
Coronado Rotary Club Low Tide Ride & Stride
JUN22
Tough Topanga 10K Trail Race
Topanga, CA, United States

What used to be a no-holds barred run up a mountain in the 1970's, turned grassroots community running event, is now back with a competitive edge that's fun for everyone!! This classic trail run is one of the hardest 10k races in Los Angeles and offers a cash prize purse, a "Downhill Flyer" time bonus, and a fastest "Local Legend" prize. Finisher medals, overall winners and age group awards are handcrafted by local artists, the shirts are soft, a sweet design, and fit specific to men, women, and children, and you get official bragging rights for next year's event.

$20 - $75
Tough Topanga 10K Trail Race
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
JUN28
Hot N Hilly Riley Wilderness Park 6k & 10k
Coto de Caza, CA, United States

Celebrate the warm Summer evenings with a gorgeous 6K or 10K run/hike through all the trails of Riley Wilderness Park in Coto de Caza. Hang out and share you experience with your friends -- new and old!

$50 - $60
Hot N Hilly Riley Wilderness Park 6k & 10k
JUN29
Cirque du Griffith Park 6 & 12 Hour Runs

Los Angeles is primed for a fabulous timed running event and Trail Run Events is please to bring it! Join us at Crystal Springs Picnic Area for 6, 12, or 24 hours of running on the jogging path around the beautiful Harding Golf Course. Located in historic Griffith Park, you can run to your heart's content while the family takes in the sights of Hollywood or just enjoy the many attractions inside the park.

$120 - $160
Cirque du Griffith Park 6 & 12 Hour Runs
JUN29
Zoom Firecracker

The course starts in the scenic Quarry Lakes Regional Recreation area and follows the popular Alameda Creek Trail up to the mouth of Niles Canyon.

(Distances are accurately measured using a Rolatape surveyor's measuring wheel.)

$20 - $45
Zoom Firecracker
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
Scripps Ranch 4th of July Run and Ride

Presented by The Scripps Ranch Old Pros. Dedicated to the memory of Ron McElliott. The 10K race features a fast USATF sanctioned course that embraces cool Lake Miramar. A dramatic downhill finish lures the top regional triathletes and runners. The two mile fun run is a community favorite! Participants join the 10K runners at the finish line, where at 10:00 they can watch the Scripps Ranch Parade.

$15 - $50
Scripps Ranch 4th of July Run and Ride
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
Kenwood Footrace
Kenwood, CA, United States

The Kenwood Footrace holds the distinction as the oldest running 10K footrace in California. In addition, the event also features a USATF Certified 3K race. This event is subject to selling out, so don't forget to register early!

$25 - $45
Kenwood Footrace
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

Running in California

Californians are world famous for their active lifestyle. The Golden State draws people in from all over the world for its sporting events - and running is no exception. With near perfect weather and gorgeous surroundings it's no wonder that some of the world's biggest and most famous running events are hosted here. Expect beautiful scenery, amazing people and big crowds on this international scene. But, if you'd prefer to stay off the beaten path, California's culture has created the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of smaller events too.

What you need to know about running

Anyone can start running, all you need are a pair of running shoes and the proper motivation to get going. Cali has a super varied running scene. So whether it's something on the shorter side like a 5k or 10k, or maybe you'd prefer a more lengthy challenge, check out half marathons, marathons, or ultramarathons in California, you'll be able to find something that suits. These races can vary from the competitive to the downright ridiculous and everywhere in between - you'll even find races that greet you with a glass of wine at the finish line.

New to running? The 5k or 10k events can be a great challenge to help you find your running feet. You'll discover that these events often like to mix in a bit of fun too. The LA Color Run is all about covering everyone around you in giant clouds of colour. Then there's the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot which will pitch your best costume up against 25,000 other competitors. Finishing times can vary widely for these events, the 5k can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour, whereas the 10k can take anything from an hour upwards. Our advice if you're on the fence, get yourself to a big event where the cheering crowd will spur you on to the finish line.

If you're looking to stretch your legs further, check out our pages for the half marathon and marathon. If you're not too worried about smashing your PR, then you might enjoy the lighter side of these events at the Disney World Marathon Weekender. But, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a speed demon, then the California International Marathon has a reputation for being fast - and it's a Boston Qualifier event.

For those endurance addicts out there, Cali is also famous for it's ultramarathon events. These are any footrace measuring over 26.2 miles in length, and can get seriously long. For example the Badwater Ultramarathon lasts for 135 miles through Death Valley. The comparatively 'tame' Western States 100-Mile Endurance Race is another famous and stunning example. You'll want to take your time in these events, enjoy the scenery and strap in for the long haul. We've found that both the competitors and crowds at Ultras are some of the friendliest around.

Training for a running event

Training is hard, but we think it's essential. Try to link up with some friends and start a training plan together ahead of a big race - this really helps with motivation and can bring a real edge to your training. Have a look at some of our suggested training plans to get you up to race pace: 5k Training Plan; 10k Training Plan; Half Marathon Training Plan; Marathon Training Plan; Ultramarathon Training Plan.

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