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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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Hot Chocolate 5k, 10k & 15k – San Diego

Sunday, 19 Mar 2023

Hot Chocolate 5k, 10k & 15k – San Diego

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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John Wayne Grit Series Pioneertown Half Marathon & 10k

Saturday, 25 Mar 2023

John Wayne Grit Series Pioneertown Half Marathon & 10k

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Pioneertown, California

Participants

10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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The Mighty Dog Trail Runs

Saturday, 25 Mar 2023

The Mighty Dog Trail Runs

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Granite Bay, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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South Hills Single Track Trail Run

Saturday, 25 Mar 2023

South Hills Single Track Trail Run

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San Jose, California

Participants

half marathon, marathon, 5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

Sunday, 26 Mar 2023

2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

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Bakersfield, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Folsom Lake Falcon Crest Trail Run

Saturday, 1 Apr 2023

Folsom Lake Falcon Crest Trail Run

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El Dorado Hills, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Déjà Vu Trail Run

Saturday, 8 Apr 2023

Déjà Vu Trail Run

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Santa Teresa King Richard Annual Trail Run

Saturday, 8 Apr 2023

Santa Teresa King Richard Annual Trail Run

LocationIndicator

San Jose, California

Participants

5k, 10k, 10 miles, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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California Gold Rush Trail Run

Saturday, 15 Apr 2023

California Gold Rush Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Coloma, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Purple Run - 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

Saturday, 15 Apr 2023

Purple Run - 5k, 10k & Half Marathon

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Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Rage 5k & 10k

Saturday, 29 Apr 2023

Rage 5k & 10k

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Boulder City, Nevada

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
The Biggest Little Half Marathon

Sunday, 30 Apr 2023

The Biggest Little Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Reno, Nevada

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Hacienda Hills Run - Spring

Saturday, 6 May 2023

Hacienda Hills Run - Spring

LocationIndicator

San Jose, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk/Run

Sunday, 7 May 2023

Lustgarten Pancreatic Cancer Research Walk/Run

LocationIndicator

Westlake Village, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Sly Park Lake Trail Run

Saturday, 13 May 2023

Sly Park Lake Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Pollock Pines, California

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Placerville Path Memorial Day Run

Saturday, 27 May 2023

Placerville Path Memorial Day Run

LocationIndicator

Placerville, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
40th Annual Brentwood Run

Sunday, 28 May 2023

40th Annual Brentwood Run

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon

Monday, 29 May 2023

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Laguna Hills, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Wrigley River Run 5k, 10k & 10 Miler

Saturday, 3 Jun 2023

Wrigley River Run 5k, 10k & 10 Miler

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k, 10 miles, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Mt. Umunhum Ultras

Saturday, 10 Jun 2023

Mt. Umunhum Ultras

LocationIndicator

San Jose, California

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Running with the Devil

Saturday, 17 Jun 2023

Running with the Devil

LocationIndicator

Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Flat road
Rancho Hills Trail Run

Saturday, 8 Jul 2023

Rancho Hills Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Morgan Hill, California

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
Trail
Kirkwood's Thunder Mountain Trail Challenge

Saturday, 22 Jul 2023

Kirkwood's Thunder Mountain Trail Challenge

LocationIndicator

Markleeville, California

Participants

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

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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Kirkwood’s Ultras

Saturday, 5 Aug 2023

Kirkwood’s Ultras

LocationIndicator

Kirkwood, California

Participants

ultramarathon, 5k, half marathon, 10k

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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