Running Events in California

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JUN1
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Kodiak National Trails Day Run
Big Bear Lake, CA, United States

Big Bear National Trails Day is a day to celebrate our local treasure our trails! Kodiak Ultra Marathons is partnering with the Southern California Mountains Foundation to bring you a fun-filled day of running, hiking, and a chance to participate in trail maintenance. If you havent gotten your hands dirty prettying up those switchbacks, smoothing out the ruts, or building a new water diversion now is your chance!

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Kodiak National Trails Day Run

Big Bear Lake, CA, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Big Bear National Trails Day is a day to celebrate our local treasure our trails! Kodiak Ultra Marathons is partnering with the Southern California Mountains Foundation to bring you a fun-filled day of running, hiking, and a chance to participate in trail maintenance. If you havent gotten your hands dirty prettying up those switchbacks, smoothing out the ruts, or building a new water diversion now is your chance!

$40 - $120
Kodiak National Trails Day Run
JUN2
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Truckee Running Festival
Truckee, CA, United States

Come one come all and join us for a morning of Truckee Running and fun at Riverview Park in Truckee, CA. The 5K is a fund raiser for the Girls on the Run Sierras.

Try a 5K or 10K along the Legacy Trail or a half marathon featuring beautiful and scenic trails of Waddle Ranch. Bring the kids for the age appropriate distance fun races.

The event is staged out of Riverview Sports Park in Truckee, CA. We are setting up on one of the very well maintained sport fields. All races start and finish here. The kids races for younger participants will take place on the field as well. There is plenty of parking at the facility.

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Truckee Running Festival

12200 Joerger Dr, Truckee, CA 96161, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Come one come all and join us for a morning of Truckee Running and fun at Riverview Park in Truckee, CA. The 5K is a fund raiser for the Girls on the Run Sierras.

Try a 5K or 10K along the Legacy Trail or a half marathon featuring beautiful and scenic trails of Waddle Ranch. Bring the kids for the age appropriate distance fun races.

The event is staged out of Riverview Sports Park in Truckee, CA. We are setting up on one of the very well maintained sport fields. All races start and finish here. The kids races for younger participants will take place on the field as well. There is plenty of parking at the facility.

$11 - $70
Truckee Running Festival
JUN2
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Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Simi Valley, CA, United States

Race along the Arroyo bike path in this warm but well shaded summer run. A great event for all types of runners, the course is mostly flat, with only a few gentle hills. Come for the finisher's medal, tech t-shirt and post-race tacos.

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Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Nikki's Doggie Daycare, 864 Pacific Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USAView event
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Race along the Arroyo bike path in this warm but well shaded summer run. A great event for all types of runners, the course is mostly flat, with only a few gentle hills. Come for the finisher's medal, tech t-shirt and post-race tacos.
$35 - $95
Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
JUN9
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Squaw Valley Half Marathon & Run to Squaw 8 Miler
Olympic Valley, CA, United States

The Squaw Valley Half Marathon starts and finishes at the iconic Village At Squaw Valley, site of the historic 1960 Winter Olympics. The course is fast and flat, a scenic out and back featuring mainly paved trail through the valley and along the Truckee River. During the route keep an eye out for bald eagles, mule deer and trout leaping out of the river all while enjoying the cool, refreshing Sierra air.

You will be supported by five aid stations along the course which will have water, electrolyte beverage and a variety of fruit and snacks. At the finish, we will have the music pumping, a selection of recovery foods and some ice cold Lagunitas beer and soda to celebrate your accomplishment.

Stick around to cheer on the other runners and relax in the Village while enjoying a perfect Squaw Sunday afternoon. This one you will not want to miss!

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Squaw Valley Half Marathon & Run to Squaw 8 Miler

Tahoe Via Ferrata, 1985 Squaw Valley Rd #23, Olympic Valley, CA 96146, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Squaw Valley Half Marathon starts and finishes at the iconic Village At Squaw Valley, site of the historic 1960 Winter Olympics. The course is fast and flat, a scenic out and back featuring mainly paved trail through the valley and along the Truckee River. During the route keep an eye out for bald eagles, mule deer and trout leaping out of the river all while enjoying the cool, refreshing Sierra air.

You will be supported by five aid stations along the course which will have water, electrolyte beverage and a variety of fruit and snacks. At the finish, we will have the music pumping, a selection of recovery foods and some ice cold Lagunitas beer and soda to celebrate your accomplishment.

Stick around to cheer on the other runners and relax in the Village while enjoying a perfect Squaw Sunday afternoon. This one you will not want to miss!

$60 - $95
Squaw Valley Half Marathon & Run to Squaw 8 Miler
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.

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Lake Tahoe Burton Creek Half Marathon Trail Run

2355 N Lake Blvd, Tahoe City, CA 96145, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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!

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Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe

6600 Donner Rd, Tahoe Vista, CA 96148, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
JUL9
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XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run
Laguna Beach, CA, United States

Welcome to the SoCal XTERRA Trail Run Series!

The XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run takes place in Crystal Cove State Park - El Moro which is located five miles south of Newport Beach and/or five miles north of Laguna Beach. The race features two distances - an introductory 6k trail run and a longer 15k trail run for the more experienced runner. This all takes place on fire roads and single track trails in the El Moro area of Crystal Cove State Park. Race field is limited, so enter early.

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XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run

8471 N Coast Hwy, Laguna Beach, CA 92651, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Welcome to the SoCal XTERRA Trail Run Series!

The XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run takes place in Crystal Cove State Park - El Moro which is located five miles south of Newport Beach and/or five miles north of Laguna Beach. The race features two distances - an introductory 6k trail run and a longer 15k trail run for the more experienced runner. This all takes place on fire roads and single track trails in the El Moro area of Crystal Cove State Park. Race field is limited, so enter early.

$50 - $110
XTERRA Crystal Cove Trail Run
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.

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Shoreline Marathon

102 Ventura Promenade, Ventura, CA 93001, USAView event
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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
JUL28
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The San Francisco Marathon

Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.

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The San Francisco Marathon

182 Howard St, San Francisco, CA 94105, USAView event
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Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.
$64 - $269
The San Francisco Marathon
AUG11
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Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Sanger, CA, United States

Enjoy the whoops and cheers of the crowd as you take on 4 laps of this well-known course. Flat as a pancake and on entirely paved roads, this is a good one if you're after a PR. And who can say no to the promise of post-race street tacos?

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Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

2630 Croydon Drive, Sanger, CA 93657, USAView event
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Enjoy the whoops and cheers of the crowd as you take on 4 laps of this well-known course. Flat as a pancake and on entirely paved roads, this is a good one if you're after a PR. And who can say no to the promise of post-race street tacos?
$45 - $130
Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
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.

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Marlette Lake Tahoe 50K & 10 Miles Trail Run

Carson City, NV 89703, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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.

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XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5K and 10K

Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, 111 Country Club Dr, Incline Village, NV 89451, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
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
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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
OCT11
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Santa Barbara 100 Mile Run
Santa Barbara, CA, United States

The Santa Barbara 100 is Southern Californias premiere coastal mountain range 100 Mile endurance run.

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Santa Barbara 100 Mile Run

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

The Santa Barbara 100 is Southern Californias premiere coastal mountain range 100 Mile endurance run.

$265 - $295
Santa Barbara 100 Mile 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.

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Jeepers Creepers Run

Foster Park, 37 Casitas Vista Rd, Ventura, CA 93001, USAView event
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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)!

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The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K

1 Shoreline Trail, San Rafael, CA 94901, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
NOV10
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
Ventura, CA, United States

What better way to wrap up the fall running season than with a seaside marathon. This course will appeal to all types of runners, being largely flat and picturesque, with only a few hills to keep you on your toes. Treat yourself to free tacos and beer at the end of the race.

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Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k

State Beach Access Rd, Ventura, CA 93001, USAView event
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What better way to wrap up the fall running season than with a seaside marathon. This course will appeal to all types of runners, being largely flat and picturesque, with only a few hills to keep you on your toes. Treat yourself to free tacos and beer at the end of the race.
$45 - $130
Surfers Point Marathon, 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.

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Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA

1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley, CA 93065, USAView event
About the event
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
DEC1
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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Camarillo, CA, United States

Pull on your most festive costume and head down for this jolly running series. Great for beginners and running veterans alike, this mostly flat course follows a bike path so you won’t have to worry about traffic. Come along for the medal, t-shirt and post-race costume contest.

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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

150 Westpark Ct, Camarillo, CA 93010, USAView event
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Pull on your most festive costume and head down for this jolly running series. Great for beginners and running veterans alike, this mostly flat course follows a bike path so you won’t have to worry about traffic. Come along for the medal, t-shirt and post-race costume contest.
$35 - $95
Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
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!

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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K

1669 S Casino Dr, Laughlin, NV 89029, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

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
MAY27
Memorial Day Run hosted by Gut Check Fitness

Join us for our Annual 10K Memorial Day Flag Run along the beach from Carmel Valley to Cardiff. It's not a race but more of a military style formation done at a moderate pace as we take turns handing off the American Flag. Always an incredible event and very patriotic way to pay tribute to those that have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom.

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Memorial Day Run hosted by Gut Check Fitness

12791 Sorrento Valley Rd, San Diego, CA 92121, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Join us for our Annual 10K Memorial Day Flag Run along the beach from Carmel Valley to Cardiff. It's not a race but more of a military style formation done at a moderate pace as we take turns handing off the American Flag. Always an incredible event and very patriotic way to pay tribute to those that have paid the ultimate price to ensure our freedom.

Free
Memorial Day Run hosted by Gut Check Fitness
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
JUN1
Tracy PAL Donut Dash

Welcome to the third annual Donut Dash 5K benefiting the Tracy Police Activities League (PAL). The race starts and finishes at Edgar Thoming park, located at 1001 Cambridge AV in Tracy! This 5K run will have participants running and walking 3.1 miles through beautiful Tracy with a surprise stop at the end...for donuts!

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Tracy PAL Donut Dash

Edgar Thoming Park, 1001 Cambridge Pl, Tracy, CA 95377, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Welcome to the third annual Donut Dash 5K benefiting the Tracy Police Activities League (PAL). The race starts and finishes at Edgar Thoming park, located at 1001 Cambridge AV in Tracy! This 5K run will have participants running and walking 3.1 miles through beautiful Tracy with a surprise stop at the end...for donuts!

$20 - $40
Tracy PAL Donut Dash
JUN1
Berry Creek Falls Trail Run
Boulder Creek, CA, United States

Run among grand old redwoods, going through redwood canyons and climb dry ridges experiencing a wide range of habitats and treat yourself to the 65-ft high Berry Creek Falls.

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Berry Creek Falls Trail Run

13230 CA-9, Boulder Creek, CA 95006, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Run among grand old redwoods, going through redwood canyons and climb dry ridges experiencing a wide range of habitats and treat yourself to the 65-ft high Berry Creek Falls.

$40 - $55
Berry Creek Falls Trail Run
JUN1
Poverello House Run for Meals

Join us on June 2nd at Woodward Park to support the work Poverello House provides to those in need. Bring your family and friends to participate in the 6th Annual Run for Meals 5k Run and 2 Mile Walk. All proceeds will benefit Poverello House to continue to provide vital services for the poor, hungry and homeless. Any way you choose to contribute will make a difference. Please come to join the fun.

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Poverello House Run for Meals

Fresno-Clovis Rail-Trail, Fresno, CA 93720, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Join us on June 2nd at Woodward Park to support the work Poverello House provides to those in need. Bring your family and friends to participate in the 6th Annual Run for Meals 5k Run and 2 Mile Walk. All proceeds will benefit Poverello House to continue to provide vital services for the poor, hungry and homeless. Any way you choose to contribute will make a difference. Please come to join the fun.

$30
Poverello House Run for Meals
JUN1
Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon San Diego
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Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon San Diego

397 Broadway, San Diego, CA 92101, USAView event
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Run through the streets of San Diego for the originial Rock ‘n’ Roll festival in this epic combo of running and music. Great for all runners, the course features live bands, cheer teams and runner support all the way around. Come along for the Rock ‘n’ Roll medals and the post-race parties.
$65 - $192
Rock ‘N’ Roll Marathon San Diego
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
JUN1
San Diego Bayfront 4 Miler

This invigorating 4 Miler, or roughly 7k, group run is perfect for anyone interested in getting some great exercise and education to start of their Saturday in San Diego the right way. Whether youre on a business trip and cooped up at a corporate conference, a curious casual traveler, a San Diegan looking for a new experience or a part of our local Go! Running Club, we welcome you to escape with us on this enlivening waterfront weekend workout.

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San Diego Bayfront 4 Miler

San Diego, CA, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

This invigorating 4 Miler, or roughly 7k, group run is perfect for anyone interested in getting some great exercise and education to start of their Saturday in San Diego the right way. Whether youre on a business trip and cooped up at a corporate conference, a curious casual traveler, a San Diegan looking for a new experience or a part of our local Go! Running Club, we welcome you to escape with us on this enlivening waterfront weekend workout.

$28.60
San Diego Bayfront 4 Miler
JUN1
Lynch Canyon Trail Run
Fairfield, CA, United States

On the first Saturday of June, trail runners gather to test themselves on Lynch Canyon's terrain. Runners experience outstanding views of undulating open space, the Napa Valley, San Francisco Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, and Mt. Diablo. Drawing participants from all around Northern California and beyond, this top notch event has earned a reputation for being the perfect combination of "challenge & fun".

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Lynch Canyon Trail Run

580 Texas St, Fairfield, CA 94533, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

On the first Saturday of June, trail runners gather to test themselves on Lynch Canyon's terrain. Runners experience outstanding views of undulating open space, the Napa Valley, San Francisco Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, and Mt. Diablo. Drawing participants from all around Northern California and beyond, this top notch event has earned a reputation for being the perfect combination of "challenge & fun".

$40
Lynch Canyon Trail Run
JUN1
Calero Park Run

Beginning at Calero County Park, this trail run has everything! Experience awesome single track, great hills, and dirt paths. The 50K is a challenging, fantastic trainer for Western States that includes oak trees, exposure, good heat training, and panoramic vistas.

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Calero Park Run

195 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Beginning at Calero County Park, this trail run has everything! Experience awesome single track, great hills, and dirt paths. The 50K is a challenging, fantastic trainer for Western States that includes oak trees, exposure, good heat training, and panoramic vistas.

$40
Calero Park Run
JUN1
China Camp Trail Run
San Rafael, CA, United States

Once a thriving village of Chinese settlement subsisting off shrimp fishing, China Camp is now a state park popular with boaters, hikers, and mountain bikers. An extensive trail network with views of Mt. Tam, San Pablo Bay, and San Francisco Bay will greet you as you traverse beautiful single track trails climbing up and over the peak and winding along thick forests until descending again to open trails on the San Pablo Bay side of the park. China camp is a rare locale for a running race, so be sure not to miss this special event.

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China Camp Trail Run

1310 4th St, San Rafael, CA 94901, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

Once a thriving village of Chinese settlement subsisting off shrimp fishing, China Camp is now a state park popular with boaters, hikers, and mountain bikers. An extensive trail network with views of Mt. Tam, San Pablo Bay, and San Francisco Bay will greet you as you traverse beautiful single track trails climbing up and over the peak and winding along thick forests until descending again to open trails on the San Pablo Bay side of the park. China camp is a rare locale for a running race, so be sure not to miss this special event.

$40 - $70
China Camp Trail Run
JUN1
Golden Sun Run

The Golden Sun Run is the kickoff event for the annual Sacramento Filipino Fiesta weekend, a fun family event celebrating the rich Filipino Americans culture and heritage. Presented at the annual Filipino Fiesta celebration will be various educational, civic, historical, and cultural activities.

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Golden Sun Run

7320 Florin Mall Dr, Sacramento, CA 95823, USAView event
About the event
From the organiser

The Golden Sun Run is the kickoff event for the annual Sacramento Filipino Fiesta weekend, a fun family event celebrating the rich Filipino Americans culture and heritage. Presented at the annual Filipino Fiesta celebration will be various educational, civic, historical, and cultural activities.

$20 - $25
Golden Sun Run
JUN1
Glen Eden Nude 5K Run/Walk

Please note: This is a nude event. Only shoes, socks, hats/visors, sunglasses, water packs, and big smiles may be worn during the race. (This goes for guests too!)

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Glen Eden Nude 5K Run/Walk

Glen Eden Nudist Resort, 25999 Glen Eden Rd, Corona, CA 92883, USAView event
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Please note: This is a nude event. Only shoes, socks, hats/visors, sunglasses, water packs, and big smiles may be worn during the race. (This goes for guests too!)

$50
Glen Eden Nude 5K Run/Walk
JUN1
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Golden Sun Run

2nd Annual GOLDEN SUN RUN, a fun family event celebrating the rich Filipino Americans cultural and heritage.

Kicking off the Filipino Fiesta of Sacramento weekend

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Golden Sun Run

Jose P. Rizal Community Center, 7320 Florin Mall Dr, Sacramento, CA 95823, USAView event
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2nd Annual GOLDEN SUN RUN, a fun family event celebrating the rich Filipino Americans cultural and heritage.

Kicking off the Filipino Fiesta of Sacramento weekend

$20 - $45
Golden Sun Run
JUN1
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Fremont Canyon 28k

The one loop course offering 4035 feet of elevation gain and loss, will take you past many varieties of endangered plants, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, and the rare Tecate cypress. This diverse habitat of Fremont teems with wildlife, including cactus wrens, bats, Granite Spiny lizards, San Diego mountain king snakes, Bells sage sparrows, rock wrens, mountains lions, mule deer and golden eagles. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

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Fremont Canyon 28k

Irvine Regional Park, 1 Irvine Park Rd, Orange, CA 92869, USAView event
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From the organiser

The one loop course offering 4035 feet of elevation gain and loss, will take you past many varieties of endangered plants, including coastal sage scrub, chaparral, oak woodlands, and the rare Tecate cypress. This diverse habitat of Fremont teems with wildlife, including cactus wrens, bats, Granite Spiny lizards, San Diego mountain king snakes, Bells sage sparrows, rock wrens, mountains lions, mule deer and golden eagles. We take pride in giving you the best bang for your buck. Shirts, Medals, Post-race refreshments, overall and age group awards, and a raffle!

$49.99
Fremont Canyon 28k
JUN1
Sawmill Relay

Taking place in the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest, this will be an epic adventure you don't want to miss! Bristlecone Events and Triple Dare Running are hosting a solo or relay race option in gorgeous Lee Canyon, Mt. Charleston. The relay is located on the Sawmill Trail with stunning views of the mountains!

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Sawmill Relay

Las Vegas, NV, USAView event
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Taking place in the Humbolt-Toiyabe National Forest, this will be an epic adventure you don't want to miss! Bristlecone Events and Triple Dare Running are hosting a solo or relay race option in gorgeous Lee Canyon, Mt. Charleston. The relay is located on the Sawmill Trail with stunning views of the mountains!

$69 - $99
Sawmill Relay
JUN2
Dailard Dashers 5k at Lake Murray
La Mesa, CA, United States

This is a flat and fast 5k course around beautiful Lake Murray. This is the only race around this beautiful lake here in suburban San Diego and will raise money for our local Dailard Elementary School Foundation. This is the type of race to set your PR or enjoy the day. We will also have a 1 mile fun run.

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Dailard Dashers 5k at Lake Murray

5540 Kiowa Dr, La Mesa, CA 91942, USAView event
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This is a flat and fast 5k course around beautiful Lake Murray. This is the only race around this beautiful lake here in suburban San Diego and will raise money for our local Dailard Elementary School Foundation. This is the type of race to set your PR or enjoy the day. We will also have a 1 mile fun run.

$20
Dailard Dashers 5k at Lake Murray
JUN2
Unite For A Cure 5K

In San Diego, six women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer and unfortunately one woman a day passes away from this disease.

Unite For A Cure 5K Run/Walk is trying to make a difference in the Greater San Diego area by uniting the community for a greater cause, to defeat breast cancer. Unite For A Cure is teaming up with Susan G. Komen San Diego to help bring awareness, education, raising funds for research to help individuals reduce breast cancer risk by early detection.

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Unite For A Cure 5K

Girly Girl Galas, 970 W Valley Parkway #1006, Escondido, CA 92025, USAView event
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From the organiser

In San Diego, six women a day are diagnosed with breast cancer and unfortunately one woman a day passes away from this disease.

Unite For A Cure 5K Run/Walk is trying to make a difference in the Greater San Diego area by uniting the community for a greater cause, to defeat breast cancer. Unite For A Cure is teaming up with Susan G. Komen San Diego to help bring awareness, education, raising funds for research to help individuals reduce breast cancer risk by early detection.

$35
Unite For A Cure 5K
JUN2
Leigh Longhorn Stampede

Join us for our 5th Annual Longhorn Stampede Run/Walk - a 5K, USATF Certified event through the Cambrian neighborhood. Whether you are a walker, casual jogger or a distance runner, come join your community!

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Leigh Longhorn Stampede

195 E Santa Clara St, San Jose, CA 95112, USAView event
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Join us for our 5th Annual Longhorn Stampede Run/Walk - a 5K, USATF Certified event through the Cambrian neighborhood. Whether you are a walker, casual jogger or a distance runner, come join your community!

$20 - $40
Leigh Longhorn Stampede
JUN2
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Spartan Trail Monterey

Spartan Trail is a no-obstacles foot race through rugged wilderness, overseen by legendary race directors from the world of trail running. With a 10k (6.2 mile) race at all events and a Half Marathon (13.1 mile) at select locations, theres a Spartan Trail for everyone.

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Spartan Trail Monterey

Salinas, CA, USAView event
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From the organiser

Spartan Trail is a no-obstacles foot race through rugged wilderness, overseen by legendary race directors from the world of trail running. With a 10k (6.2 mile) race at all events and a Half Marathon (13.1 mile) at select locations, theres a Spartan Trail for everyone.

$65
Spartan Trail Monterey
JUN2
Big Basin - Skyline to the Sea
Woodside, CA, United States

The popular Skyline to the Sea Trail runs from the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains at Saratoga Gap through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the oldest park in California (est. 1902), and ends at the Pacific Ocean at Waddell Beach. It travels through tall redwoods and high chaparral along the way.

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

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Big Basin - Skyline to the Sea

52 Morse Ln, Woodside, CA 94062, USAView event
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From the organiser

The popular Skyline to the Sea Trail runs from the crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains at Saratoga Gap through Big Basin Redwoods State Park, the oldest park in California (est. 1902), and ends at the Pacific Ocean at Waddell Beach. It travels through tall redwoods and high chaparral along the way.

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

$80 - $90
Big Basin - Skyline to the Sea
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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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