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Cinco De Mayo Trail Run

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Get a taste of trail running with this mixed-distance event around the stunning Lake Poway. With three options to choose from - 5k, 10k, and the Kids race this event can be enjoyed by all the family and is the perfect outdoor activity. Sign up for the picturesque backdrop.

How to enter the Cinco De Mayo Trail Run

  1. 10k

    Run 10km
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
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  3. Kids Race

    Run 0.33mi
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Cinco De Mayo Trail Run routes

All of three course will take competitors on a stunning route right around Lake Poway and to the lake near the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. With the option of a 5k, 10k, and kids race, there truly is something for everyone.


This course is designed to let you choose your pace and can be enjoyed as a elite trail for seasoned off-road athletes, or the chance to enjoy a scenic morning hike with the family.


The 10k route presents a formidable challenge, with a testing back and out which can be characterised more as an up-and-down. You will climb up into Blue Sky before another gruelling ascent to the Ramona Dam. If you want to take part in this, then it's time to start training!

Kids Race:

This event is perfect suited for children under the age of 10 or those mini-runners who are looking for a fun, friendly time without the competition. The course is around 1/3 mile and tracks along a trail by the near-side of Lake Poway, before finishing off in the same place at the 10k and 5k.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Finisher's t-shirt
  • Virtual goodie bag
  • Free sports drinks and energy bars
  • Live entertainment
  • Chip timed
  • Awards
  • Finisher's ribbon for kids
Raceday Logistics


0700: registration opens

0730: 10k race starts

0830: 5k race starts

0930: Kids race starts

Please aim to arrive at least 30 minutes before your scheduled race in order to complete the registration process.

Packet Collection:

Entrants are advised to collect their packets (race bib, timing chip, and race shirt) the day before the event.

Where: Road Runner Sports, 5553 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111

When: Friday May 1st, 3pm - 7pm

Collection will be available on the morning of the race, however it is not encouraged.


Spectators are welcome to come along and support those competing in the event.

The Event HQ will have a variety of live entertainment for supporters to enjoy.


Volunteers are essential in helping out on race day and bringing this event to life. There a wide-range of opportunities on both the day itself and in the build up with the pre-race expo.

In return for your help, all volunteers will receive:

- A race crew t-shirt
- A bottle of water
- A chance to contribute to the epic atmosphere

If this sounds like something you would be interested in, then head over to the volunteer page here:

Frequently Asked Questions

What awards are there?
There will be cash prizes for the top 3 (male and female) finisher's in the 5k and 10k. 1st - $250, 2nd - $100, 3rd - $50. As well as a bonus of $100 for any course records set. Medals will be awarded for the top 3 in age groups from U-18 - 60+.
When can I collect my race packet?
Packets can be collected on the morning of the race, however, it is strongly advised that you grab your packet the day before and keep race-day as smooth as possible. This collection can be done here: Road Runner Sports, 5553 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111 Friday May 1st, 3pm - 7pm
What is the event in aid of?
The Cinco de Mayo Trail Run raises funds which aim to give all kids in the area equal access and opportunity to school supplies, technology tools, and enrichment activities. As a result, these allow children to build a solid foundation for lifelong success and happiness.
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Cinco De Mayo Trail Run weather forecast

Clear throughout the day.

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Meet the organizer

The Valley Elementary Educational Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, nonprofit organization, made up of Valley parents. Together, we are the fundraising arm of our children’s school — raising money to bridge the gap between what school districts can provide and what our students need to have the best, most well-rounded education possible.

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