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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.

128 events found
Redondo Beach 10k

Sunday, 13th Feb 2022

Redondo Beach 10k

LocationIndicator

Redondo Beach, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star4.5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$25 – $45
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
Oakland Running Festival

Sunday, 20th Mar 2022

Oakland Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicket$15 – $140
Booking perksRoad
Shoreline Marathon
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, 17th Jul 2022

Shoreline Marathon

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $120
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
Alameda 10 Miler

Saturday, 27th Aug 2022

Alameda 10 Miler

LocationIndicator

Alameda, California

Participants

10 miles, half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$70 – $100
Booking perksGreat atmosphere
ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 12th Dec 2021

ZombieRunner Quarry Lakes

LocationIndicator

Fremont, California

Participants

5k, marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$20 – $65
Booking perksTrail
The Krampus Cross Country 5k & 10k
Booked 4 times this week

Sunday, 12th Dec 2021

The Krampus Cross Country 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

San Francisco, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $60
Booking perksFlat trail
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k
Booked 17 times this week

Sunday, 23rd Jan 2022

Sombrero Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$50 – $100
Booking perksFlat road
The Rattlesnake Ramble
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, 13th Feb 2022

The Rattlesnake Ramble

LocationIndicator

San Rafael, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $65
Booking perksGreat atmosphereHilly trail
Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA
Booked 15 times this week

Sunday, 20th Feb 2022

Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Ventura CA

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$50 – $130
Booking perksGreat atmosphereGreat sceneryRoad
Zoom San Francisco (Spring)

Saturday, 19th Mar 2022

Zoom San Francisco (Spring)

LocationIndicator

San Francisco, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$15 – $55
Booking perksHilly trail
Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, 7th Aug 2022

Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $95
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 29 times this week

Sunday, 19th Dec 2021

Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$50 – $100
Booking perksRoad
Montara Mountain

Sunday, 13th Feb 2022

Montara Mountain

LocationIndicator

Pacifica, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$40 – $75
Booking perksTrail
Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA
Booked 1 time this week

Sunday, 26th Jun 2022

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

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $85
Booking perksFlat road
Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon,10k & 5k

Sunday, 6th Feb 2022

Kaiser Permanente San Francisco Half Marathon,10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

San Francisco, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereFlat road
Cardiff Kook Run

Sunday, 13th Feb 2022

Cardiff Kook Run

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Trail
L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5k, 10k, Kid's Run, Dog Walk & Bike Ride

Saturday, 19th Feb 2022

L.A. Chinatown Firecracker 5k, 10k, Kid's Run, Dog Walk & Bike Ride

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k, 10k, medium (50–100km)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
San Jose Shamrock Run 5k & 10k

Saturday, 12th Mar 2022

San Jose Shamrock Run 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

San Jose, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly road
San Luis Obispo Spartan Trail 50k, Half Marathon and 10k

Sunday, 13th Mar 2022

San Luis Obispo Spartan Trail 50k, Half Marathon and 10k

LocationIndicator

Santa Margarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, ultramarathon

Star4

(1 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereHilly trail
Bakersfield Marathon

Sunday, 27th Mar 2022

Bakersfield Marathon

LocationIndicator

Bakersfield, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Road
37th Dole Great Race: Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, 15k, 1 Mile

Saturday, 2nd Apr 2022

37th Dole Great Race: Half Marathon, 5k, 10k, 15k, 1 Mile

LocationIndicator

Agoura Hills, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Trail
San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

Sunday, 10th Apr 2022

San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

San Diego, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great atmosphereGreat sceneryTrail
El Segundo Run for Education

Saturday, 30th Apr 2022

El Segundo Run for Education

LocationIndicator

El Segundo, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Trail
Santa Hustle Roseville

Sunday, 12th Dec 2021

Santa Hustle Roseville

LocationIndicator

Roseville, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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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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