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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.

158 events found
Shoreline Marathon

Sunday, Jul 17, 2022

Shoreline Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $140
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Goleta Beach

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022

Goleta Beach

LocationIndicator

Goleta, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $186
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Encinitas Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Encinitas Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$54 – $69
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Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway Run

Sunday, Jun 5, 2022

Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway Run

LocationIndicator

San Carlos, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$24 – $69
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Alameda 10 Miler

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022

Alameda 10 Miler

LocationIndicator

Alameda, California

Participants

10 miles, half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$70 – $115
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Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

McNears Beach, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$59 – $173
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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
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Holiday Running Festival

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022

Holiday Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Pomona, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $109
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Truckee Running Festival

Saturday, Jun 4, 2022

Truckee Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Truckee, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$15 – $90
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San Lorenzo River Trail Run

Saturday, Jun 18, 2022

San Lorenzo River Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Santa Cruz, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, ultramarathon

FilledTicket$50 – $90
Earlybird entry - ends soon
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Great American Race

Monday, Jul 4, 2022

Great American Race

LocationIndicator

Visalia, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $50
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Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe

Monday, Jul 4, 2022

Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe

LocationIndicator

Tahoe Vista, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $55
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Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Aug 7, 2022

Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $140
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Bizz Johnson Trail Races

Saturday, Sep 3, 2022

Bizz Johnson Trail Races

LocationIndicator

Susanville, California

Participants

half marathon, ultramarathon, marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $105
Earlybird entry - ends soon
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The Honey Badger Half, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Sep 25, 2022

The Honey Badger Half, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Santa Venetia, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $85
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Jeepers Creepers Run

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022

Jeepers Creepers Run

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$35 – $110
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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$70 – $165
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Hidden World 5k & 10k

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

Hidden World 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$5 – $65
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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
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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Dec 18, 2022

Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $110
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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$35 – $110
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Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - 2023

Sunday, Feb 19, 2023

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

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$35 – $140
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Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, Jun 18, 2022

Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $160
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Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA

Sunday, Jun 26, 2022

Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $110
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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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