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Running Events in California

California has a wide range of running events on offer for runners of all standards and experience. There are lots of shorter distances over 5k or 10k which are great for getting the community involved and for providing a regular running routine. Fun runs are always entertaining events, and often have a charity element, so you can do some fundraising whilst also getting dressed in fancy dress or covered in mud, colors, and bubbles. If you are looking for a bigger challenge, the Golden State puts on a number of half-marathons and marathons. These often take place in the cities, and there are a variety of popular options in LA and San Francisco. Alternatively, California's stunning coastlines, rugged terrains outside of the cities, and historic National Parks provide amazing opportunities for trail running events. The most famous of these is the Badwater Ultramarathon, which goes 135 miles through Death Valley.

515 events found
Shoreline Marathon
Booked 47 times this week

Sunday, Jul 17, 2022

Shoreline Marathon

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Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$45 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat
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Long Beach Classic Half & 5k
Booked 26 times this week

Sunday, Aug 14, 2022

Long Beach Classic Half & 5k

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

FilledTicket$35 – $235
Booking perksFlat road
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Goleta Beach
Booked 6 times this week

Sunday, Jun 12, 2022

Goleta Beach

LocationIndicator

Goleta, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
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Mary Jane 5k - Long Beach
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Aug 14, 2022

Mary Jane 5k - Long Beach

LocationIndicator

Long Beach, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$35 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
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Oaktown Half Marathon, 5k & Stomper's Stomp

Saturday, Sep 10, 2022

Oaktown Half Marathon, 5k & Stomper's Stomp

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$19 – $183
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Joshua Tree Half Marathon
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, Nov 5, 2022

Joshua Tree Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Joshua Tree, California

Participants

half marathon

FilledTicket$119 – $159
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Oakland Turkey Trot

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Oakland Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$20.22 – $39
Booking perksRoad
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Encinitas Turkey Trot
Booked 1 time this week

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Encinitas Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$54 – $69
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Irvine Half Marathon

Saturday, Jan 7, 2023

Irvine Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Irvine, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star4.5

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$59 – $139
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway Run

Sunday, Jun 5, 2022

Hiller Aviation Museum - Airport Runway Run

LocationIndicator

San Carlos, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$24 – $69
Booking perksFlat road
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Alameda 10 Miler
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, Aug 27, 2022

Alameda 10 Miler

LocationIndicator

Alameda, California

Participants

10 miles, half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$70 – $115
Booking perksGreat atmosphere
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Cancer Warriors Run/Walk - Benefiting Angels of Las Vegas

Saturday, Oct 15, 2022

Cancer Warriors Run/Walk - Benefiting Angels of Las Vegas

LocationIndicator

Las Vegas, Nevada

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$10 – $40
Booking perksRoad
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Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Marin Endurance Festival - Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

McNears Beach, California

Participants

5k, half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$59 – $173
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Seal Beach Turkey Trot

Saturday, Nov 19, 2022

Seal Beach Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Seal Beach, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$10 – $35
Booking perksFlat beach
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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k

Saturday, Dec 3, 2022

Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5k & 12k

LocationIndicator

Laughlin, Nevada

Participants

half marathon, 5k

Star5

(14 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $272
Booking perksGreat atmosphereHilly road
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Holiday Running Festival

Saturday, Dec 10, 2022

Holiday Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Pomona, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $109
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat road
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Truckee Running Festival
Booked 10 times this week

Saturday, Jun 4, 2022

Truckee Running Festival

LocationIndicator

Truckee, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$15 – $90
Booking perksFlat trail
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Olympic Valley Half Marathon & 8 Miler

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Olympic Valley Half Marathon & 8 Miler

LocationIndicator

Olympic Valley, California

Participants

half marathon

FilledTicket$60 – $90
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Cinderella Trail Run

Saturday, Jun 11, 2022

Cinderella Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

ultramarathon, marathon, half marathon

FilledTicket$45 – $80
Booking perksFlat trail
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San Lorenzo River Trail Run
Booked 3 times this week

Saturday, Jun 18, 2022

San Lorenzo River Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Santa Cruz, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, ultramarathon

FilledTicket$50 – $90
Earlybird entry - ends soon
Booking perksTrail
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Lake Tahoe Burton Creek Half Marathon, 6k and 12k
Booked 5 times this week

Sunday, Jun 19, 2022

Lake Tahoe Burton Creek Half Marathon, 6k and 12k

LocationIndicator

Tahoe City, California

Participants

half marathon

FilledTicket$40 – $90
Booking perksTrail
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Great American Race

Monday, Jul 4, 2022

Great American Race

LocationIndicator

Visalia, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$35 – $50
Booking perksFlat trail
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Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe
Booked 3 times this week

Monday, Jul 4, 2022

Run To The Beach Lake Tahoe

LocationIndicator

Tahoe Vista, California

Participants

10k, 5k

FilledTicket$45 – $55
Booking perksGreat sceneryHilly trail
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Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 8 times this week

Sunday, Aug 7, 2022

Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$35 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Running in California

Californians are world famous for their active lifestyle. The Golden State draws people in from all over the world for its sporting events - and running is no exception. With near perfect weather and gorgeous surroundings it's no wonder that some of the world's biggest and most famous running events are hosted here. Expect beautiful scenery, amazing people and big crowds on this international scene. But, if you'd prefer to stay off the beaten path, California's culture has created the perfect breeding ground for all sorts of smaller events too.

What you need to know about running

Anyone can start running, all you need are a pair of running shoes and the proper motivation to get going. Cali has a super varied running scene. So whether it's something on the shorter side like a 5k or 10k, or maybe you'd prefer a more lengthy challenge, check out half marathons, marathons, or ultramarathons in California, you'll be able to find something that suits. These races can vary from the competitive to the downright ridiculous and everywhere in between - you'll even find races that greet you with a glass of wine at the finish line.

New to running? The 5k or 10k events can be a great challenge to help you find your running feet. You'll discover that these events often like to mix in a bit of fun too. The LA Color Run is all about covering everyone around you in giant clouds of colour. Then there's the Silicon Valley Turkey Trot which will pitch your best costume up against 25,000 other competitors. Finishing times can vary widely for these events, the 5k can take anything from 20 minutes to an hour, whereas the 10k can take anything from an hour upwards. Our advice if you're on the fence, get yourself to a big event where the cheering crowd will spur you on to the finish line.

If you're looking to stretch your legs further, check out our pages for the half marathon and marathon. If you're not too worried about smashing your PR, then you might enjoy the lighter side of these events at the Disney World Marathon Weekender. But, if you fancy yourself as a bit of a speed demon, then the California International Marathon has a reputation for being fast - and it's a Boston Qualifier event.

For those endurance addicts out there, Cali is also famous for it's ultramarathon events. These are any footrace measuring over 26.2 miles in length, and can get seriously long. For example the Badwater Ultramarathon lasts for 135 miles through Death Valley. The comparatively 'tame' Western States 100-Mile Endurance Race is another famous and stunning example. You'll want to take your time in these events, enjoy the scenery and strap in for the long haul. We've found that both the competitors and crowds at Ultras are some of the friendliest around.

Training for a running event

Training is hard, but we think it's essential. Try to link up with some friends and start a training plan together ahead of a big race - this really helps with motivation and can bring a real edge to your training. Have a look at some of our suggested training plans to get you up to race pace: 5k Training Plan; 10k Training Plan; Half Marathon Training Plan; Marathon Training Plan; Ultramarathon Training Plan.

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