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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, Mar 19, 2023

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

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San Diego, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicketPrice TBC
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2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

Sunday, Mar 26, 2023

2023 Bakersfield Marathon & Half

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Bakersfield, California

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marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

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Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

Saturday, May 13, 2023

Silver Moon Race - Paso Robles

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Paso Robles, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$90 – $170
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Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, Jun 17, 2023

Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

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Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

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FilledTicket$25 – $95
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Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA 2023

Sunday, Jun 25, 2023

Arroyo Creek Half Marathon, 10k & 5k - Simi Valley, CA 2023

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Simi Valley, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon

FilledTicket$35 – $75
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Shoreline Marathon 2023

Sunday, Jul 16, 2023

Shoreline Marathon 2023

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Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $130
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Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k 2023

Sunday, Aug 6, 2023

Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k 2023

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Camarillo, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$35 – $100
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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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