Running events in California

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Running is the world’s most accessible sport. Park runs, colour runs, 5k, 10k, half marathons, marathons and ultras — all you need is a pair of trainers and off you go. Running events are hugely popular on Let’s Do This and it’s a sociable sport, so get some friends involved and achieve something extraordinary.

If you’re starting small, the 5k and 10k events are great fun and definitely worth doing even if you’re training for a bigger challenge further down the line. Getting used to the atmosphere of an event is important. You’re so much more likely to hit a better time if there’s a crowd cheering you on, people in fancy dress and a big celebration at the finish line.

Find local Running races

Today, with international organisations, local clubs and national events to choose from, there are thousands of races to discover, and we want to help you find them quickly and easily. Below you’ll find selections by running type, running location and some exceptional events to take part in.

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10k Races in California

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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.

XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5k & 10k Trail Run

Glenbrook, Nevada, US
XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5k & 10k Trail Run
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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!

Aloha Run – San Diego

San Diego, California, US
Aloha Run – San Diego
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Marathon events in California

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The Truckee Marathon course truly showcases the majestic and diverse beauty of Truckee and its surroundings. The marathon and half marathon start simultaneously in Historic Downtown Truckee. Quickly after the start the course heads west and circumnavigates Donner Lake. At the 11 mile mark youll face the toughest climb of the course heading up Northwoods Blvd. The final mile or so of the half is a down slope on the brand new Trout Creek Trail. A great place to view the event is at the main venue as the half finishes, the marathon continues and the relay teams tag-off.

Marathoners and relay teams continue to the eastern part of the course on a scenic section of single-track towards Grays Crossing and Old Greenwood. With majestic views of Mt. Rose and the surrounding sagebrush landscape runners continue towards Glenshire before turning onto the Legacy Trail along the Truckee River. Runners then follow this this trail back in to town where the finish celebration will be in full swing.

Truckee Marathon

Truckee, California, US
2 races
$100$110
Truckee Marathon
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Come experience one of the most scenic events in California, Run Long Beach. Starting in Downtown Long Beach, runners head towards the historic Queen Mary and then through Shoreline Village. After running next to the Pacific Ocean on the flat beach path, half marathoners will continue down Ocean Boulevard while full marathoners veer right and head through Belmont Shore toward Marine Stadium.

JetBlue Long Beach Marathon

Long Beach, California, US
1 race
$120$375
JetBlue Long Beach Marathon
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5k Races in California

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The Conquer The Overlook Climb 282 is coming back to the historic state park "Baldwin Hills Overlook", Culver City! Come join us and bring your friends to challenge yourselves while benefiting the Aztlan Athletics Foundation! Bring your friends to this unique event and enjoy the 282 Steps Climb overlooking the beautiful cities of Culver City, Century City, and Downtown Los Angeles. Run climb or walk yourself to the top!

Conquer The Overlook 5K Run, Stair Climb & Taco Fiesta Bar

Culver City, California, US
Conquer The Overlook 5K Run, Stair Climb & Taco Fiesta Bar
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Launched in 2014 as The Towns Half Marathon by Oakland local and sports marketing professional, Ryan Dawkins, before being acquired and then cancelled in 2017. Ryan is now spearheading the re-launch of the Oaktown Half to finish his original plans of a runner-focused, hyper-local event, in his hometown.

Runners will get a taste of Oaklands authentic soul, from the steps of City Hall and Jack London Square to Uptown and Lake Merritt, the course will let runners in on the best of Oakland. Like everything else in Oakland, the experience will never be ordinary and always unexpected.

The Oaktown Half is in partnership with the successful Oakland Turkey Trot and continues the non-profit group's efforts to raise impactful funds for Oakland Schools and Alameda County Community Food Bank.

Oaktown Half Marathon

Oakland, California, US
Oaktown Half Marathon
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Ultramarathon events in California

Come and participate in a family-friendly weekend full of running, eating, and singing around the campfire. Robinson Flat Campground is a remote free campground under stately pines and firs near a beautiful meadow and stream. The campground is the last stop on the Foresthill Divide Road Driving Tour.

The race starts right from the campgrounds at 6,700 feet above sea level. Runners doing the Marathon and 50K will get to experience the 5mi Little Bald Mountain loop taking runners higher than 7,100 feet. After the 5 mile loop, all runners will head east towards the Western States trail through Duncan Canyon to then complete the course by running down from Sunflower hill back to the campgrounds where a potluck style finish line will await.

Campsites are free and on a first come basis. This campground has vault toilets and a hand pump well nearby. There is no trash removal service so pack out what you pack in. The road to the campground is narrow and winding so trailers are not recommended. This campground is located on the Western States Trail.

Robinson Flat Trail Race

Foresthill, California, US
Robinson Flat Trail Race

Join us in the scenic Santa Monica Mountains Recreation Area beginning at our base camp in Malibu Creek State Park where you will run past the famous MASH site before climbing up the infamous Bulldog Motorway to Castro Peak where you will be rewarded with miles of views of the Pacific Ocean before you wind down into the park for a fast finish! If you are bold enough to enter the 50K... you get to do it twice! The Bulldog 50K is a RRCA State Championship Race.

Bulldog 50K & 25K Ultra Trail Runs

Agoura Hills, California, US
Bulldog 50K & 25K Ultra Trail Runs

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