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Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run

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Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other. Where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North County’s highest point.

Off-road racers will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peak’s summit at 1,558 feet above sea level, winding along beautiful hillside trails with amazing views.

We challenge you to commit, to train, work hard and go further and faster than you thought possible.

Reach the peak! Not up for the full 10K? No worries! Double Peaks Challenge also offers a shorter 5K course, as well as a Trail Trot for kids.

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"It’s awesome. It’s the toughest 10K I’ve ever done. Enjoy the beer garden..."
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How to enter the Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run

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    10K Double Peak

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    5K Fun Run Walk (Untimed)

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    Trail Trot - Kids Fun Run

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Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run routes


Double Peak 10K Challenge- Possibly the most challenging 10K distance course in San Diego County.  The multi-surface paths through San Elijo Hills/Double Peak offer runners the option of running on asphalt or decomposed granite.  Make no mistake, this out-and-back course is steep, but runners are rewarded with panoramic views of the entire north county and a breathtaking summit halfway point.  Expect ample aid stations on course and spectators cheering along the way.  This is a chip-timed race with awards for overall male and female finishers and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in each age group category.  All runners will receive a race medal.  Please no dogs or strollers on the 10K course for runner safety.  7:30AM start time

Jogging strollers are not advised due to very steep inclines on the 10K course.

5K Fun Run (New For 2017)- We’re not going to lie, this one’s a challenge too!  Offering views, nature and the experience of getting out and getting your heart rate up, without quite the leg and lung burning climbs of the 10K.  Come ready for some serious hills though!  This run/walk is un-timed and non-competitive.  All participants will receive a race medal.  The course alternates between asphalt paths and dirt paths/trails and some relatively steep inclines and declines.  Please no dogs on the run course. 8:00AM start time

Jogging strollers are not advised on 5K course due to some narrow and/or uneven surfaces (dirt) and steep inclines.

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What’s Included

Entry includes the race expo and beer garden featuring local San Diego beer, including some of the best from Stumblefoot Brewing and Stone Brewery. Each runner gets 1 FREE BEER! (must bring valid picture ID)

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Race Day!

Race Day Check-In begins: 6:30am

A runner drop-off area and handicap parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to San Elijo Road. No other event parking will be permitted in this area. Event parking is available at San Elijo Middle School.

​The race will start at San Elijo Park near the dog park between the two baseball diamonds.

10K Double Peak Challenge timed run start time: 7:30AM

5K Fun Run non-timed start time: 8:00AM

Kids “Trail” Trot start time: 9:30AM. Will circle the lower baseball field around the event expo.

Event Expo & Beer Garden will be located in the lower baseball diamond and will commence at 8:30AM. Awards will be announced after all events are concluded. 10K Challenge participants over 21 years of age (must show valid picture ID) will receive a complimentary beer in the Beer Garden. Additional beverages can be purchased for $5 each and all proceeds will benefit the same organizations as the event proceeds.


Chek out the Race Features:

  • Special race divisions: Heroes (Police, Fire, Military), Teams (gyms, workplace, families, etc)

  • Pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up

  • Bring your camera, plenty of killer views for that selfie on course!

  • Ample aid stations (3 on 10K, 3 on 5K course)

  • Awards: top 3 overall and 3-deep per age category (10K only), plus special award for fastest male and female overall.

  • Custom Double Peak Challenge wood “medals” for 5K and 10K finishers.  The coolest you’ll get anywhere!

Friday Packet Pickup

Optional Race Packet Pickup will be held the evening before the race, September 28, from 4PM – 7PM at the San Elijo Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Rd, San Marcos 92078.

The Recreation Center is at San Elijo Community Park, the location of the Double Peak Challenge race.  Spend a few moments while at Packet Pickup enjoying the venue.  Bring the kids!  The park features great play areas, large grassy lawns, ample shade and an off-leash dog park as well.

Also near the park are downtown eateries and at the San Elijo Town Square area.

Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run weather forecast

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Double Peak Challenge 10k, 5K & Fun Run reviews

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    Did the 10K Double Peak in 2018

    It’s awesome. It’s the toughest 10K I’ve ever done. Enjoy the beer garden after. Remember to get your spine adjusted after as well 👍🏽
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