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10k Runs in California

10k (or 6.2 mile) races are a more challenging prospect for beginners than 5k events, but they maintain the friendly atmosphere. While staying friendly, they can be a bit a more competitive, as regular runners will want to push under 40 minutes and hit a new PB. The 10k distance is also a great stepping stone towards harder 10 mile races or half marathons. In California, many of these events take place in the major cities and along the famous coastlines, but there are also a range of options which explore beyond the cities, into the stunning landscapes that the Golden State has to offer. The coastlines, National Parks, mountains and deserts of California provide an endless variety. 10k races are often part of larger running festivals. For example the Avenue of the Giants has a 10k option, allowing family members to get their running fix before relatives take on the longer half-marathon or marathon distance options.

135 events found
San Jose Trail Challenge
Booked 49 times this week

Saturday, Oct 1, 2022

San Jose Trail Challenge

LocationIndicator

Saratoga, California

Participants

10k, half marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket$91.99 – $174.99
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Golden Gate Trail Classic
Booked 59 times this week

Friday, Nov 18, 2022

Golden Gate Trail Classic

LocationIndicator

San Francisco, California

Participants

10k, half marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket$105.99 – $279.99
Booking perksHilly trail
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Marin Endurance Festival
Booked 26 times this week

Saturday, Oct 29, 2022

Marin Endurance Festival

LocationIndicator

San Rafael, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, olympic, sprint

FilledTicket$69 – $244
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 30 times this week

Sunday, Nov 6, 2022

Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Booked 6 times this week

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022

Jeepers Creepers Run

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$55 – $110
Booking perksFlat road
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SPACEROCK Trail Race

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022

SPACEROCK Trail Race

LocationIndicator

Agua Dulce, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$80 – $165
Booking perksGreat atmosphereTrail
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Hidden World 5k & 10k
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

Hidden World 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$5 – $65
Booking perksRoad
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Moonlight Beach Fun Run
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

Moonlight Beach Fun Run

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$50 – $69
Booking perksGreat sceneryBeach
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Finish The Ride & Finish The Run Halloween

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Finish The Ride & Finish The Run Halloween

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $85
Booking perksFlat road
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Finish the Ride & Finish the Run Santa Clarita

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Finish the Ride & Finish the Run Santa Clarita

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, medium (50–100km)

FilledTicket$30 – $85
Booking perksFlat
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Tierra Redonda Mountain Trail Run

Friday, Nov 18, 2022

Tierra Redonda Mountain Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Bradley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$50 – $200
Booking perksFlat trail
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Seal Beach Turkey Trot

Saturday, Nov 19, 2022

Seal Beach Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Seal Beach, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$10 – $35
Booking perksFlat beach
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Encinitas Turkey Trot
Booked 6 times this week

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Encinitas Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$56 – $69
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Holiday Running Festival

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022

Holiday Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Pomona, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $109
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, Dec 18, 2022

Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $110
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

Sunday, Jan 29, 2023

Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(2 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $110
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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California Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023
Booked 9 times this week

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023

California Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $130
Booking perksGreat sceneryRoad
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Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

Saturday, Mar 4, 2023

Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

LocationIndicator

Paso Robles, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$60 – $180
Booking perksTrail
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Moonlight Beach Half Marathon
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, Mar 19, 2023

Moonlight Beach Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket$56 – $99
Booking perksFlat road
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Valencia Trail Race

Saturday, Mar 25, 2023

Valencia Trail Race

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

10k, ultramarathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$80 – $140
Booking perksTrail
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Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, Jun 17, 2023

Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$30 – $115
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Mt. Madonna Challenge

Saturday, Oct 1, 2022

Mt. Madonna Challenge

LocationIndicator

Gilroy, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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East Bay 5k

Saturday, Oct 1, 2022

East Bay 5k

LocationIndicator

California, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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California Classic Half Marathon

Saturday, Oct 1, 2022

California Classic Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Fresno, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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About 10k events in California

Very much like in 5k events, the large running festivals 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 2; 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.

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