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Balboa Park 5K Running Tour - February 22, 2019

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This running tour happens every few days in Balboa Park. It's a great event for anyone who wants to see the sights, including Cabrillo Canyon and California Tower, and take part in some exercise at a casual pace. Come for the post-race yoga session and complimentary hydration drink.

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Balboa Park 5K Running Tour - February 22, 2019 route

We run a 3.3-mile course at an easy pace, weaving through El Prado, its many gardens, museums, along the Zoo, and certain points of interest mentioned below.

We stop about 7-10 times during the run to discover those hidden gems, take photos, and learn about Balboa Park's history and culture.

We end the tour with 5-7 minutes of "Yoga for Runners" stretching, and provide a complimentary hydration beverage.

Actual Distance: 3.3 miles

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What’s Included

Explore the history of Balboa Park with our expert tour guides as you run.

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Kit List
  • Running shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Spectators

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    There are no volunteers required.



    This tour is not for walkers. Please do not bring dogs, or strollers.

    Bag Storage

    There is no bag check. Please store your belongings in your car, or bring a light-weight running backpack.

    Here is a few hidden gems and little-known facts about Balboa Park that we cover in our running tour.

    1. At 1200 acres, Balboa Park is home to three major canyon systems: the Cabrillo Canyon on the west, the Palm Canyon in the middle, and the Florida Canyon on the eastern side. All three canyons cut deep gashes through the park, and if it wasn't for the Cabrillo Bridge, we would have to climb up a steep hill to see all the museums. The Palm Canyon is a tropical oasis home to over 450 palms (58 different species).

    2. Moreton Bay Fig may be the largest Ficus tree in the park and in San Diego, and second largest tree of its kind in California, but the most rare and unique tree in Balboa Park is a Kauri pine (very well-hidden from direct view yet right in the midst of all the action). This Kauri pine was planted here sometime around 1920, allegedly by Kate Sessions (the grandmother of Balboa Park trees); and is expected to live 2,500 years, as Kauri pines are known to be one of the oldest-living trees in the world.

    3. Most of the buildings in Balboa Park (like the most-photographed California Tower) were built in 1915 for the Panama-California Exposition to commemorate the opening of the Panama Canal. However, most people pay no heed to the entrance archway which actually declares when and why it was built: in Latin "Mare Pacificum 1915 Mare Atlanticum."

    4. The Botanical garden building (also built in 1915) houses over 2100 permanent plants including many rare plants. However, one of the most impressive features of its design is that it is the only botanical building of its kind as it contains no glass windows or cover - instead its roof is made of 12 miles of wooden lath.

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