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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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The Rummage Run 5k & 10k

Sunday, Aug 14, 2022

The Rummage Run 5k & 10k

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Irvine, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Big Bear Ultra Trails

Friday, Aug 19, 2022

Big Bear Ultra Trails

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Big Bear Lake, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$10 – $315
Great sceneryHilly trail
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Kodiak Ultra Marathons

Friday, Aug 19, 2022

Kodiak Ultra Marathons

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Big Bear Lake, California

Participants

ultramarathon, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
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Sly Park Lake Trail Run (Summer)

Saturday, Aug 20, 2022

Sly Park Lake Trail Run (Summer)

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Pollock Pines, California

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5k and 10k

Sunday, Aug 21, 2022

XTERRA Lake Tahoe 5k and 10k

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Incline Village, Nevada

Participants

10k, 5k, olympic, sprint

FilledTicket$15 – $55
Earlybird entry - ends soon
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Almaden Hills Trail Run

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022

Almaden Hills Trail Run

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San Jose, California

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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America’s Toughest Mudder  West – NorCal

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022

America’s Toughest Mudder West – NorCal

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Sonoma, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Santa Cruz Trail Run

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022

Santa Cruz Trail Run

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Felton, California

Participants

10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
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Cal Tri Big Bear

Sunday, Aug 28, 2022

Cal Tri Big Bear

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Big Bear Lake, California

Participants

5k, 10k, sprint, olympic

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The Good Dog-Dirty Dog 5k/10k

Sunday, Aug 28, 2022

The Good Dog-Dirty Dog 5k/10k

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Granite Bay, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Big Bear Triathlon & Duathlon/Aquathon & 5k/10k

Sunday, Aug 28, 2022

Big Bear Triathlon & Duathlon/Aquathon & 5k/10k

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Big Bear Lake, California

Participants

5k, 10k, olympic, sprint

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Wildcat Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Monday, Aug 29, 2022

Wildcat Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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El Sobrante, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly road
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Bizz Johnson

Saturday, Sep 3, 2022

Bizz Johnson

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Susanville, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Davis Labor Day Run

Monday, Sep 5, 2022

Davis Labor Day Run

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Davis, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Mendocino Running Festival

Saturday, Sep 10, 2022

Mendocino Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Fort Bragg, California

Participants

10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Shaver Lake Mile High Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike, 5k & 10k

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

Shaver Lake Mile High Triathlon, Duathlon, Aquabike, 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Shaver Lake, California

Participants

10k, 5k, olympic, sprint

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Be The Light 5K and 10K

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

Be The Light 5K and 10K

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Devil After Dark Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

Devil After Dark Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Farewell to Sickle Cell 5k & 10k

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

Farewell to Sickle Cell 5k & 10k

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Bakersfield, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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China Peak Running Festival

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

China Peak Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Lakeshore, California

Participants

ultramarathon, 10k

FilledTicket$50 – $225
Earlybird entry - ends soon
Great sceneryHilly trail
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Pacifica Summit Run 10k, Half Marathon & 30k

Saturday, Sep 17, 2022

Pacifica Summit Run 10k, Half Marathon & 30k

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Pacifica, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hilly trail
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Walk and Run 2 Heal Kids 5k & 10k

Sunday, Sep 18, 2022

Walk and Run 2 Heal Kids 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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SoCal's Tiki Beach 5k & 10k Run/Walk

Sunday, Sep 18, 2022

SoCal's Tiki Beach 5k & 10k Run/Walk

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Orange County, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat beach
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SoCal’s Tiki Beach 5K & 10K Run/Walk

Sunday, Sep 18, 2022

SoCal’s Tiki Beach 5K & 10K Run/Walk

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Huntington Beach, California

Participants

5k, 10k

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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