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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.

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Placerville’s Holiday Jingle & Mingle Run

Saturday, 24 Dec 2022

Placerville’s Holiday Jingle & Mingle Run

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Placerville, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Run In The New Year 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

Saturday, 31 Dec 2022

Run In The New Year 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

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Huntington Beach, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Resolution Run

Saturday, 31 Dec 2022

Resolution Run

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Brazen New Year's Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, 31 Dec 2022

Brazen New Year's Eve Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Castro Valley, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Brazen New Year's Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Sunday, 1 Jan 2023

Brazen New Year's Day Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Castro Valley, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

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Hacienda Hills Run (Winter)

Saturday, 7 Jan 2023

Hacienda Hills Run (Winter)

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San Jose, California

Participants

5k, 10k, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryHilly trail
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Hot Chocolate 5k, 10k & 15k - San Francisco

Sunday, 8 Jan 2023

Hot Chocolate 5k, 10k & 15k - San Francisco

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San Francisco, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The Running Chicken 10k/5k Fun Run & Walk

Sunday, 8 Jan 2023

The Running Chicken 10k/5k Fun Run & Walk

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San Luis Obispo County, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

Lake Mead Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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Boulder City, Nevada

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k, marathon

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San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k, & Half Marathon

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Rio Bravo Rumble

Saturday, 14 Jan 2023

Rio Bravo Rumble

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Bakersfield, California

Participants

10k, 5k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Coyote Hills Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, 21 Jan 2023

Coyote Hills Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Fremont, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The Gumby 5k & 10k Trail Runs

Saturday, 28 Jan 2023

The Gumby 5k & 10k Trail Runs

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Granite Bay, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Folsom Lake Sweetwater Trail Run

Saturday, 28 Jan 2023

Folsom Lake Sweetwater Trail Run

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Orangevale, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Valentine’s Day 10k & 5k Run

Sunday, 5 Feb 2023

Valentine’s Day 10k & 5k Run

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Coronado, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$24 – $56
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Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, 11 Feb 2023

Bay Breeze Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

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San Leandro, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

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Rock ‘n’ Roll - Las Vegas

Saturday, 25 Feb 2023

Rock ‘n’ Roll - Las Vegas

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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Davis Stampede Half Marathon

Sunday, 26 Feb 2023

Davis Stampede Half Marathon

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Davis, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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Mardi Gras Madness 5k/10k

Sunday, 26 Feb 2023

Mardi Gras Madness 5k/10k

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Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Trail Trashed Ultra

Saturday, 4 Mar 2023

Trail Trashed Ultra

LocationIndicator

Henderson, Nevada

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Beer City Half Marathon

Saturday, 4 Mar 2023

Beer City Half Marathon

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Santa Rosa, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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Labor of Love

Saturday, 11 Mar 2023

Labor of Love

LocationIndicator

Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

ultramarathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
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Catalina Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, 11 Mar 2023

Catalina Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Los Angeles County, California

Participants

marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
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Folsom Lake Southside Trail Run

Saturday, 18 Mar 2023

Folsom Lake Southside Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Folsom, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Great sceneryTrail
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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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