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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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?
Run/walk with hundreds of community-minded and socially conscious participants to advance awareness and provide proceeds to local initiatives focused on the prevention and elimination of homelessness in Los Angeles charity Back on My Feet. Nestled in Culver City, this electronically chip timed USATF-certified 5K/10K Walk/Run is being held to experience fun with friends, family, locals and tourists for a great cause.
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.
With a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, runners/walkers of all abilities will enjoy the incredible scenery of Crissy Field, Hawaiian style music and entertainment, tasty Aloha treats, and childrens activities.
Bring the entire family including your canine buddy for this fun and healthy event which will include special kids activities for our younger athletes and doggie treats for your four-legged companion.
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.
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)!
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.
A Runner's Mind, the Bay Area's local run specialty store, is proud to present the annual Gobble Wobble. Join us on Thanksgiving morning for your choice of a 5K or 10K race and a kids dash, celebrating friends, family and community as we ARM up and give thanks!
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.
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!
You have not run far enough. Nor have you run fast enough. Krampus (the Christmas devil) is displeased.
Pay penance to Krampus on Sun, 12/9 and you will not be visited by the cloven hooved devil contracted by Santa to deal with those who have been naughty!
Krampus is hosting his chip timed, cross country 5K & 10K on the beautiful Presidio Trails in San Francisco.
Enjoy a beautiful run around San Diego's Fiesta Bay to start your New Year. Great for runners and walkers alike, this flat course takes you around Mission Bay Park and Fiesta Island, keeping you by the waterside. Come for the chalkboard medal and t-shirt.
The race will start at Rancho Simi Park at 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley CA 93065 and run along the Arroyo bike path. Which is lined with beautiful trees for shade and makes a wonderful environment. The bike path runs through the center of Simi Valley and along the Arroyo Creek. This is still home to ducks and herons, (not cranes), who are soaking up the sun while playing in the gently flowing spring /summer time water.
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Welcome to the annual running of this all flat Ventura beachfront course
Choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k distance!
This is also a Certified Boston Qualifier marathon
The leader in affordable fun events in Southern California since 2011. Our runs are fun and friendly with a relaxed environment!
Classic cross country course in Golden Gate Park. Starts at upper dirt track of the Polo Fields, runs along combination of paved bike path, dirt path, and grass to finish at the lower paved track of the Polo Fields.
It's time for the Summer Dash 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon!!! This is a fun run that is clock timed (not chip timed). Bib pick up will be at the start from 7:00AM - 7:30AM.
Out and back course along JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park. Unique opportunity to run both west and east sides of the park. Gradual uphill to flat on first half, gradual downhill to flat on second. Race starts and finishes near the Dutch Windmill on JFK Drive near the Great Highway.
A community of athletes creating a better, loving and more sustainable world through outdoor exercise, animal kindness and environmental awareness.
Enjoy a beautiful view of the San Joaquin River as you run along the levy surrounding River Islands while helping Foster Youth in need get braces. Enjoy the Post-Race faire, Celebration of Life, Remembering Jerald Asican with food, music, and crafts.
Challenge yourself by finishing in consecutive order any combination of 5K/10K/Triathlon events in each of the cities of Cypress, Los Alamitos and Seal Beach to receive a unique and coveted medal!
Rising up from the depths of Lake Chabot, the Bad Bass (a strangely kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing Scottish bass with teeth) shows itself once again! Why is he Scottish? What is he doing in Castro Valley? How can he play bagpipes with his fin? We have no idea how to answer those questions. Why is he so bad-to-the-fishbone? Maybe he just knows how awesome the trails of Lake Chabot really are! Whatever the Bad Bass is doing here, we hope you'll join us at the beautiful Lake Chabot Marina in Castro Valley for the scenic Bad Bass 5K, 10K or Half Marathon!
You'll fall in love with San Francisco all over again as you follow this hilly loop trail circumnavigating Angel Island. Along the way, savor the panoramic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay and Marin County. The 10K is a single loop. The Half Marathon does the loop twice. The event is limited to 400 participants so don't wait too long to register!
What makes this such a popular race? Is it the refreshing cool breezes in August? The flat course? The race shirt? The finisher medal? The custom age group medals? Probably the 'It's It' ice cream sandwiches at the finish! Find out for yourself at our 10th Annual Summer Breeze races. Everybody will enjoy a flat, easy bayside trail that rarely strays more than a few feet from water. Perfect for setting a personal record.vHikers/walkers are always welcome!
Join Us at the Twilight Trail Adventure Runs! Our mission is to empower and educate runners of all abilities on the safety of trail running in the dark. We provide a safe and fun experience where novice and veteran runners alike can practice trail running in the night.
Giant redwoods dominate the landscape in our Santa Cruz trail run. Aside from twisting single track that opens up to expansive roads and paths, youll enjoy the ocean breezes pouring in from the Santa Cruz coast. The race will offer everything from river crossings to high ridges with aid stations every 5-6 miles for refueling before tackling the next beautiful, albeit strenuous, section. Bring your families and stay after the race to enjoy Henry Cowell park where well have post race food fit for a trail running king or queen!
This event is brought to you by WISH USA and IRUN Events aiming to bring together music and fitness.
Join us for this amazing race through ten of the most beautiful, urban forest kilometers in the United States.
Golden Gate 10K, UjENA 5K and DOUBLE 8K (5K+3K) offers unparalleled views of the Golden Gate Bridge for more than 80% of the course! The course will begin on historic Crissy Field near the Presidio of San Francisco. Runners will enjoy the gorgeous vistas of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Join us for the 7th annual S.H.E. 365 on Sunday, August 4th at Michael David Winery and finish on the red carpet and collect your jewelry bling! Feel secure, be healthy and empower yourselves with all your girlfriends and family S.H.E. 365!
Rock on with us as we host our annual Radical 80s 5K & 10K, family & pet friendly, running event. Let's rock out to our favorite 80s jams while we get fit and celebrate one of the most tubular eras of our time. We encourage all participants to dress up in their favorite 80s wear. Selfie ready! Ladies, rock those iconic side ponies & neon spandex! Fellas! How about those cutoff tees, jean shorts and sweatbands? The possibilities are endless! Let's travel back in time and make some totally radical memories together.
Join us for a fun and festive 5k & 10k! We have a flat, easy 5k course on packed dirt laid out for the entire family! The event is chip-timed.
Enjoy the the only trail run in the Santa Maria Valley. 5k, 10k and 16k courses will start from Orcutt Community Park and loop around the Orcutt Trails. Moderate elevation changes on a non-technical dirt trails make the course just challenging enough, and with beautiful views across the Santa Maria Valley and out to the ocean.
The Rolling Hills Estates Pepper Tree Foundation is pleased to present the annual Hills Are Alive 10k/5k Run/Walk!
It's time for the Rockin' Summer 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon! This is a fun run that is clock timed (not chip timed).
The Run Through the Pines is one of the longest "running" runs of Southern California that features a 10K, 5K run or walk, and Racewalk. Walkers/runners can enjoy a semi-paved roadway around Lake Gregory which passes scenic mountain and lake views. The run is at a 4,720 feet elevation, which makes it a perfect little challenge for mountain locals and especially those folks down the hill. Race day staging is located at the Lake Gregory Educational and Community Center, 24740 San Moritz Way, Crestline, CA 92325.
If you are looking for a super-fast, flat, easy course to set a personal record, you are probably in the wrong place. These courses have hills...lots of hills. If, however, you are looking for a great time on the trails, with beautiful scenery, awesome support and unique, high-quality shirts and awards, you have come to the right place!
Do you dare run "the bear"?
This course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. Runners go 3.275 miles on the beach path, then reverse and go back 3.275 miles to the start twice for the half marathon, thrice for the marathon, and four times for the full marathon. For the 15K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and then out 1.55 miles and back. For the 10K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and for the 5K, runners go out 1.55 miles and back. Beach restrooms open at sunrise. Plenty of drinking fountains along the course.
All flat 4 loop Boston Qualifier course. This new format will allow runners to see their official half marathon time as they pass along the half way point and race day clock. This course is 100% on the Camarillo bike path ( no auto traffic) all paved roads. At this marathon you will feel like part of the celebration all race long.
Welcome to the Annual Tiki Beach 5K/10K. It's Polynesian themed. Every participant gets a Hawaiian style race shirt and CUSTOM CAST FINISHER MEDAL! CAREN WARE EVENTS are RFID CHIP Timed by ITZ ABOUT TIME and have very cool age division awards and overall finisher trophies. EVERYONE gets a time, even the pack of the pack walkers. They are SOMETHING for Everybody and every body races! FUN themed warm-ups. This year, we are serving Coconut, banana, pineapple pancakes! And we have grass skirts and race logo beach balls!
We are taking a moment to celebrate the courage and dedication of our patients, doctors, nurses, researchers, caretakers, friends, and families by participating in the Courage Over Cancer 5K & 10K Run/Walk in beautiful Crissy Field!
An event for the entire family, join us for this Fresno County Search And Rescue FUNdraiser!
Join the fun for the 2nd Annual Race the Peak trail run at China Peak Mountain Resort. Choose from the 1-mile brutal uphill race to the peak, 10k run, Half Marathon, or 50k Ultra Marathon. The 10k and Half Marathon courses will be challenging but beautiful! The 50k race will start with the 1-mile uphill race since this is the first mile of the 50k. All 50k runners will automatically be entered into the 1-mile uphill race and will be eligible for awards/prize money in both events.
The course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. The beach restrooms open at sunrise and there are plenty of drinking fountains along the course. There will be a fully stocked aid station at the start area, with Gatorade, water, bananas, chips, cookies, and more.
This event is held at the Sly Park Recreation Area in Pollock Pines, and its held under special use permit with the El Dorado National Forest. The course follows the trails surrounding Jenkinson Lake through endless pine trees.
Join us for the Mountain Gallop 5k / 10k in cooperation with the annual Tehachapi Mountain Festival on the third Saturday in August.
About 10k events in California
Still a great distance for beginners, and though more challenging, you'll find a very similar mix of people as on the 5k circuit. Very much like in 5k events, the large running festivals, like the Avenue of the Giants marathon festival, often have their own 10k event to participate in. This creates a great opportunity for friends and family of different running abilities to take part in the same race weekend and compare their swag and medals at the finish.
What are the best 10k events?
Though technically not a 10k, the Bay to Breakers, at 12k, is one of the biggest running events of the year in Cali. With 50,000 costumed competitors cruising through central San Francisco it's definitely a memorable race. It's also one of the oldest races, as it's been going for over 100 years. Watch out for the infamous Hayes Hill on mile 2â€¦ this isn't the easiest run we've come across. If fun and fancy dress sounds like your thing, but you'd prefer a less challenging course, the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot might be worth a pluck.
How long will it take to run 10k?
Regular competitors at these events might expect to finish in around an hour (or better). However, if it's your first time, you might want to take a little longer, but be aware that some events have a cut off time - usually around 3 hours.
If you're into your trivia, or fancy yourself as the next winner of the Cali Beach Blast, then perhaps you'll be interested in the road racing world records. These stand at 26:44 and 29:43 minutes for men and women respectively, held by Leonard Patrick Komon and Joyciline Jepkosgei (who also holds the record for the women's half marathon).
How do you train for a 10k race?
Training for a 10k involves starting small and building up, regardless of your fitness level. Check out our 6 weeks to 10k training plan which will help you choose your starting point depending on your base fitness and goals. Following a plan helps to minimise the risk of injury, and you give the best start on race day. Check out our half marathon and marathon event calendars if you're feeling ready to expand your running horizons.