Running Events in California

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Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los Angeles
Culver City, CA, United States

Run/walk with hundreds of community-minded and socially conscious participants to advance awareness and provide proceeds to local initiatives focused on the...

$20 - $45
  • Running
  • 5k
  • 10k
Hope for the Homeless 5k/10k Run/Walk - Los Angeles
SEP8
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Aloha Run – San Diego
San Diego, CA, United States

Enjoy a scenic run along the beautiful Pacific Beach. Great for all runners, the course is a flat race along the sand and then back along the boardwalk. Come...

$10 - $48
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
Aloha Run – San Diego
SEP8
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XTERRA Laguna Beach Triathlon & Trail Run
Laguna Beach, CA, United States

Battle your way round this epic and challenging run, swim and triathlon. With an icey swim, a rigorous off-road bike and a hilly trail run, there’s something...

$35 - $220
  • Triathlon
  • Running
  • Swimming
  • SwimRun
XTERRA Laguna Beach Triathlon & Trail Run
SEP14
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Horsethief Canyon Trail Half Marathon
Alpine, CA, United States

A warm evening start for a cool race finish!

With an early evening start time this half marathon will start in the warm dusk with September...

$90
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
Horsethief Canyon Trail Half Marathon
SEP14
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Aloha Run – Long Beach
Long Beach, CA, United States

The Aloha Run is a fun and festive, Hawaiian-themed 5k/10k event. Be inspired by music from the islands and beach tunes as you run or walk the flat and...

$10 - $48
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
Aloha Run – Long Beach
SEP21
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Be the Change 5K
San Diego, CA, United States

When you participate in this 5K, youll give back to charities that serve the communities of San Diego. 100% of the net proceeds from the Be The Change 5K...

$18 - $55
  • Running
  • 5k
Be the Change 5K
SEP22
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Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Race in the third of this 3 race series around the Lake Balboa bike path at Woodley Park. This is a great local race for all types of runners to chase those...

$35 - $95
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k
SEP22
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SF Aloha Run
San Francisco, CA, United States

With a spectacular view of the Golden Gate Bridge, runners/walkers of all abilities will enjoy the incredible scenery of Crissy Field, Hawaiian style music...

$15 - $65
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
SF Aloha Run
SEP29
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Marina 10K, UjENA 5K and Double 15K
Brisbane, CA, United States

Want to run a flat and fast course on the San Francisco Bay Trail (all paved and wide) which is just ten minutes north of the San Francisco International...

$40
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
Marina 10K, UjENA 5K and Double 15K
OCT5
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Back on the Ranch Trail Run and Campout
Santa Maria, CA, United States

Welcome to the Second Annual Back On the Ranch Trail Run and Campout!

Complete as many laps as possible within the allotted 3, 6, 12, 24 and 48 hour...

$20
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • 5k
Back on the Ranch Trail Run and Campout
OCT6
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Mary Jane 5K/10K - Ventura Course
Ventura, CA, United States

Enjoy an awesome course with miles of ocean views that will keep you in awe as you stroll along the Ventura beachfront. All flat course that's great...

$35 - $45
  • Running
  • 5k
  • 10k
Mary Jane 5K/10K - Ventura Course
OCT12
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Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run
San Leandro, CA, United States

Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run is organized by the Ashland Cherryland Healthy Communities Collaborative and hosted by Alameda County. This year, FamFest is...

$1 - $14
  • Running
  • 5k
Ashland Cherryland 5K Fun Run
OCT13
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Ventura, CA, United States

Head over to Ventura for a 5K, 10K or half marathon along the Ojai bike path. Courses don't get much flatter than this, so this race is well-suited to all...

$35 - $100
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Jeepers Creepers Run
OCT26
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Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Celebrate the Day of the Dead with your friends and family for this fun and scenic 5k run. The mainly flat course is great for all runners who appreciate a...

$25 - $50
  • Running
  • 5k
Carrera de los Muertos – Los Angeles
OCT26
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Spartan Race – SoCal
Lebec, CA, United States

Spartan rolls into SoCal for the final West Coast Beast of the 2019 race season. Tejon Ranch will play host to a race that will put even the most seasoned...

$25.99 - $294.99
  • Obstacle
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
Spartan Race – SoCal
OCT27
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Redwood City OktobeRun
Redwood City, CA, United States

The RC.OktobeRun is open to runners of all levels. From competitive runners on our USA Track & Field certified half-marathon, to a 5K fun run perfect...

$20 - $90
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
Redwood City OktobeRun
OCT27
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The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
San Rafael, CA, United States

Run like you give a SH$T on Sunday, 10/27/19 at China Camp State Park in San Rafael!

All runners have a shot at scoring a TON of awesome prizes via...

$30 - $80
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
NOV2
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Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K
San Diego, CA, United States

Race from the top of a hill down to the sea and raise money for the Make-a-Wish foundation. With a half marathon, a flat 5k and a 1-mile kids run, there’s...

$25 - $105
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 5k
Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K
NOV3
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Carrera De Los Muertos San Diego
San Diego, CA, United States

Grab some face paint and enjoy a race along the San Diego Bay to celebrate the Day of the Dead. Great for all ages, the flat course is family friendly and...

$25 - $50
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
Carrera De Los Muertos San Diego
NOV10
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
Ventura, CA, United States

What better way to wrap up the fall running season than with a seaside marathon. This course will appeal to all types of runners, being largely flat and...

$45 - $130
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
NOV23
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Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run
Santa Barbara, CA, United States

New Start / Finish and Campsite and Course for 2019. (Course details TBA) This is not a fancy event, it is a genuine, old fashion ultra run. It is a low...

$85
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Santa Barbara Red Rock Endurance Run
NOV24
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Mary Jane 5K/10K - Van Nuys Course
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Enjoy an awesome course along the Woodley Bike Path. All flat course that's great for beginners to advanced athletes alike. A portion of the proceeds...

$45 - $70
  • Running
  • 5k
Mary Jane 5K/10K - Van Nuys Course
NOV28
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Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA
Simi Valley, CA, United States

There’s no better way to start Thanksgiving than with a 5k run through Simi Valley. Great for all, this undulating course takes you along a tree-lined bike...

$35 - $110
  • Running
  • 5k
Thanksgiving Day 5k – Simi Valley, CA
DEC1
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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Camarillo, CA, United States

Pull on your most festive costume and head down for this jolly running series. Great for beginners and running veterans alike, this mostly flat course follows...

$35 - $95
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
DEC1
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Run Wild - San Francisco
San Francisco, CA, United States

Calling all runners, walker dashers, dancers and prancers, join A Runners Mind for Run Wild San(ta) Francisco, SFs local and original Santa hat run at...

$5 - $37
  • Running
  • 5k
Run Wild - San Francisco
DEC7
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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
Laughlin, NV, United States

The December weather in Laughlin and Bullhead City is perfect for an early morning race crisp and clear, with high temperatures in the high 60s and...

$45 - $110
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
DEC8
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The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K
San Francisco, CA, United States

You have not run far enough. Nor have you run fast enough. Krampus (the Christmas devil) is displeased.

Pay penance to Krampus on Sun, 12/9 and you...

$30 - $60
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
The Krampus Cross Country 5K & 10K
DEC14
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Spartan Race - Central California
Los Olivos, CA, United States

This December, NorCal and SoCal will unite at Ted Chamberlin Ranch for an epic day on an Ultra or Beast course. The ranch has a stunning view of the Santa...

$25.99 - $289.99
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • Obstacle
Spartan Race - Central California
JAN4
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La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run
San Luis Obispo, CA, United States

La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run presented by Running Warehouse of San Luis Obispo. The race will take place on Saturday, January 5th at the gorgeous La Cuesta...

$55 - $75
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • 10k
La Cuesta Ranch Trail Run
JAN26
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Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
Simi Valley, CA, United States

The race will start at Rancho Simi Park at 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley CA 93065 and run along the Arroyo bike path. Which is lined with beautiful trees...

$45 - $95
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
FEB16
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Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Ventura, CA, United States

Welcome to the annual running of this all flat Ventura beachfront course

Choose from Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k and 5k distance!

This is also...

$45 - $130
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Seaside Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
MAR7
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Pasadena Triathlon
Pasadena, CA, United States

This event features a reverse sprint triathlon (5k run, 15k bike and 150m swim in the Rose Bowl Aquatic Pool), duathlon, 5k Fun Run, and a Junior Triathlon...

$35 - $165
  • Triathlon
  • Sprint
  • Duathlon
  • Running
  • 5k
  • Super Sprint
Pasadena Triathlon
MAR21
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SOCAL Marathon - Half Marathon - 10K - 5K
Huntington Beach, CA, United States

The SOCAL Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K or Southern California Marathon starts in the Inland Empire in Yorba Linda and runs along the Santa Ana River...

$35 - $80
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
SOCAL Marathon - Half Marathon - 10K - 5K
MAR22
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Cottontail Half Marathon
Los Angeles, CA, United States

What better way to enjoy your Sunday morning than by competing in the fourth annual Cottontail half marathon, 10k and 5k races along the Lake Balboa bike...

$45 - $85
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
Cottontail Half Marathon
APR18
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San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
San Diego, CA, United States

Race around the beautiful Mission Bay. Great for runners of all abilities, this fast and flat course takes you all around Mission Bay, past Mission Beach and...

$25 - $80
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
MAY2
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Nearly Naked Ruck & Run - Los Angeles
Los Angeles, CA, United States

The Nearly Naked Ruck March is a fun event that raises money for the award-winning 23V Recon veteran transition program. Come out to support veterans in...

$39 - $49
  • Running
  • 10 Miles
Nearly Naked Ruck & Run - Los Angeles
AUG19
Mendocino Coast PAL Big River Run
Mendocino, CA, United States

We are pleased to announce that the the third annual PAL Big River Run and Walk in memory of Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino.

Join us for the third...

Free - $45
  • Running
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Marathon
Mendocino Coast PAL Big River Run
AUG24
Phil Widener Empire Open
Santa Rosa, CA, United States

Join us for 3.4 miles of rugged dirt trails, a bit of asphalt bike path, a few shorts and some wicked...

$20
  • Running
Phil Widener Empire Open
AUG24
Jay Derbidge Memorial Run
Ely, NV, United States

This event is in memory of Jay Derbidge, Husband, Father, Rotarian, and member of the Ely community, who lost his battle with cancer. The event is a...

$39
  • Running
Jay Derbidge Memorial Run
AUG24
The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K
Santa Rosa, CA, United States

The Santa Rosa Marathon weekend offers over 6,000 runners from across the U.S. and abroad the opportunity to race through the scenic vineyards of the Sonoma...

$135 - $145
  • Running
  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • 10k
  • 5k
The Santa Rosa Full/Half Marathon & 5K/10K
AUG24
Almaden Hills Trail Run
San Jose, CA, United States
$30 - $45
  • Running
  • 10k
  • Ultramarathon
  • 5k
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Almaden Hills Trail Run
AUG24
San Diego Bayfront 4 Miler
San Diego, CA, United States

This invigorating 4 Miler, or roughly 7k, group run is perfect for anyone interested in getting some great exercise and education to start of their Saturday...

€28.60
  • Running
San Diego Bayfront 4 Miler
AUG24
Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5k
San Diego, CA, United States

The mission at Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) is to honor and empower wounded warriors and Carry Forward is your chance to put that mission in motion at one...

$35
  • Running
  • 5k
Wounded Warrior Project Carry Forward 5k
AUG24
Long Beach Summer Sizzle
Long Beach, CA, United States

It's time for the Summer Sizzle 5k, 10k, 15k, Half Marathon Fun Run!

...

$20.99 - $25.99
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
  • Half Marathon
Long Beach Summer Sizzle
AUG25
LMJS Fourth Sunday Race August
Oakland, CA, United States

The Fourth Sunday Runs are held every month (except March and June) on the fourth Sunday of the month. The distances offered are a 5K (once around the...

$10
  • Running
LMJS Fourth Sunday Race August
AUG25
Diablo Trail Run
Contra Costa County, CA, United States

Mount Diablo provides spectacular views of the San Francisco Bay Area and surrounding valleys. The 4 mile course is relatively flat and fast within Mitchell...

$35 - $70
  • Running
  • Ultramarathon
  • 10 Miles
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon
Diablo Trail Run
AUG25
10K on the Bay
Hayward, CA, United States

Run or walk along the Bay Trail and enjoy breathtaking views of the San Francisco Bay-Estuary. Participate in a 5K or 10K. Proceeds from this event help to...

$35
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
10K on the Bay
AUG25
City Beer Runs - Triple Voodoo Brewing
San Francisco, CA, United States

A fully supported 5k or 10k fun run complete with course marking, water stops and awesome routes. Forget about PRs and mile split times, throw out the...

$32 - $37
  • Running
  • 10k
  • 5k
City Beer Runs - Triple Voodoo Brewing

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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