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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.

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Valencia Trail Race

Saturday, 23 Mar 2024

1. Valencia Trail Race

Location

Santa Clarita, California

Running

10k, ultramarathon, half marathon

Ticket$125 – $195
Booking perksTrail
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Sunrise Marathon SAN DIEGO

Saturday, 23 Mar 2024

2. Sunrise Marathon SAN DIEGO

Location

San Diego, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

Ticket$35 – $45
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Run SAN DIEGO 5K/10K/13.1 SPRING

Saturday, 23 Mar 2024

3. Run SAN DIEGO 5K/10K/13.1 SPRING

Location

San Diego, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

Ticket$35 – $45
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Hope Easter Run 5K/10K/13.1 SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, 30 Mar 2024

4. Hope Easter Run 5K/10K/13.1 SAN FRANCISCO

Location

San Francisco, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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Hope Easter Run 5K/10K/13.1 LOS ANGELES
Booked 2 times this week

Saturday, 30 Mar 2024

5. Hope Easter Run 5K/10K/13.1 LOS ANGELES

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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Hope Easter Run 5K/10K/13.1 SACRAMENTO

Saturday, 30 Mar 2024

6. Hope Easter Run 5K/10K/13.1 SACRAMENTO

Location

Sacramento, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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Wine Lovers Run SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, 4 May 2024

7. Wine Lovers Run SAN FRANCISCO

Location

San Francisco, California

Ticket$35 – $45
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Wine Lovers Run SACRAMENTO

Saturday, 4 May 2024

8. Wine Lovers Run SACRAMENTO

Location

Sacramento, California

Ticket$35 – $45
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Wine Lovers Run LOS ANGELES

Saturday, 4 May 2024

9. Wine Lovers Run LOS ANGELES

Location

Los Angeles, California

Ticket$35 – $45
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Wine Lovers Run LOS ANGELES

Saturday, 4 May 2024

10. Wine Lovers Run LOS ANGELES

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

Star5.0

(1 reviews)

Ticket$35 – $45
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Autism Shero Run

Saturday, 11 May 2024

11. Autism Shero Run

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, 10k and more

Star5.0

(1 reviews)

Ticket$10 – $65
Booking perksGreat atmosphereTrail
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Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Saturday, 15 Jun 2024

12. Sugar Daddy Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

Location

Santa Clarita, California

Running

half marathon, 5k, 10k and more

Star4.9

(6 reviews)

Ticket$35 – $95
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Snails Keep MOVING Run LA

Saturday, 29 Jun 2024

13. Snails Keep MOVING Run LA

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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Sunset Marathon LOS ANGELES
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, 29 Jun 2024

14. Sunset Marathon LOS ANGELES

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

half marathon, 10k and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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Run LAS VEGAS "City of Lights" 5K/10K/13.1 SUMMER

Saturday, 6 Jul 2024

15. Run LAS VEGAS "City of Lights" 5K/10K/13.1 SUMMER

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

Ticket$35 – $45
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July 4th Freedom Run LAS VEGAS

Saturday, 6 Jul 2024

16. July 4th Freedom Run LAS VEGAS

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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July 4th Freedom Run SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, 6 Jul 2024

17. July 4th Freedom Run SAN FRANCISCO

Location

San Francisco, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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July 4th Freedom Run SAN DIEGO

Saturday, 6 Jul 2024

18. July 4th Freedom Run SAN DIEGO

Location

San Diego, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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July 4th Freedom Run SACRAMENTO

Saturday, 6 Jul 2024

19. July 4th Freedom Run SACRAMENTO

Location

Sacramento, California

Running

half marathon, 10k and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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July 4th Freedom Run LOS ANGELES

Saturday, 6 Jul 2024

20. July 4th Freedom Run LOS ANGELES

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

half marathon, 10k and more

Ticket$35 – $45
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Run SACRAMENTO "Big Tomato" 5K/10K/13.1 SUMMER

Saturday, 6 Jul 2024

21. Run SACRAMENTO "Big Tomato" 5K/10K/13.1 SUMMER

Location

Sacramento, California

Running

5k

Ticket$35 – $45
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Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 SACRAMENTO

Saturday, 10 Aug 2024

22. Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 SACRAMENTO

Location

Sacramento, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

Ticket$35 – $45
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Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 LAS VEGAS
Booked 1 time this week

Saturday, 10 Aug 2024

23. Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 LAS VEGAS

Location

Las Vegas, Nevada

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

Ticket$35 – $45
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Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 LA

Saturday, 10 Aug 2024

24. Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 LA

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

Ticket$35 – $45
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Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 SAN FRANCISCO

Saturday, 10 Aug 2024

25. Sloth Runners Race 5K/10K/13.1 SAN FRANCISCO

Location

San Francisco, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

Ticket$35 – $45
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Be the Light 5k & 10k

Saturday, 21 Sept 2024

26. Be the Light 5k & 10k

Location

Santa Clarita, California

Running

5k, 10k

Ticket$48 – $73
Booking perksFlat road
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SPACEROCK Trail Race

Saturday, 5 Oct 2024

27. SPACEROCK Trail Race

Location

Agua Dulce, California

Running

half marathon, 5k, 10k and more

Star5.0

(2 reviews)

Ticket$55 – $125
Booking perksGreat atmosphereTrail
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Hidden World 5k & 10k

Sunday, 27 Oct 2024

28. Hidden World 5k & 10k

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, 10k and more

Star4.3

(1 reviews)

Ticket$5 – $59.50
Booking perksGreat atmosphereRoad
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Leap Day Leap-tastic Run  - 5K, 10K

Thursday, 29 Feb 2024

29. Leap Day Leap-tastic Run - 5K, 10K

Location

Long Beach, California

Running

5k, 10k

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Great Race | Virtual edition

Friday, 1 Mar 2024

31. Great Race | Virtual edition

Location

Los Angeles, California

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Havasu Half Marathon & 5K

Friday, 1 Mar 2024

32. Havasu Half Marathon & 5K

Location

Lake Havasu City, Arizona

Running

half marathon, 5k and more

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Kingsburg Elementary and Rafer Johnson Junior High 5k Walk/Run

Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

33. Kingsburg Elementary and Rafer Johnson Junior High 5k Walk/Run

Location

Kingsburg, California

Running

5k

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LASAA Mug Run - LASD East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station

Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

34. LASAA Mug Run - LASD East Los Angeles Sheriff’s Station

Location

Commerce, California

Running

5k, 10k

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HDR Kick Off 5000

Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

35. HDR Kick Off 5000

Location

Palmdale, California

Running

5k

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Lakewood Run

Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

36. Lakewood Run

Location

Lakewood, California

Running

5k, 10k

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Bidwell Classic 5K, 10k and Half Marathon March 2nd, 2024

Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

37. Bidwell Classic 5K, 10k and Half Marathon March 2nd, 2024

Location

Chico, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon

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53rd NorCal John Frank Memorial Run

Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

38. 53rd NorCal John Frank Memorial Run

Location

Redding, California

Running

10 miles and more

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Coast to Crest 10K and 5K

Saturday, 2 Mar 2024

39. Coast to Crest 10K and 5K

Location

Del Mar, California

Running

10k, 5k

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Indian Gulch Hornitos Run

Sunday, 3 Mar 2024

40. Indian Gulch Hornitos Run

Location

Hornitos, California

Running

10 miles and more

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Griffith Park Run

Sunday, 3 Mar 2024

41. Griffith Park Run

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, half marathon

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Livermore Valley Half Marathon

Sunday, 3 Mar 2024

42. Livermore Valley Half Marathon

Location

Livermore, California

Running

half marathon, 5k and more

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LASAA Mug Run - LASD Special Enforcement Bureau

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

43. LASAA Mug Run - LASD Special Enforcement Bureau

Location

Los Angeles, California

Running

5k, 10k

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Leprechaun Chase - 5K, 10K, 10 Miler and Half Marathon

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

44. Leprechaun Chase - 5K, 10K, 10 Miler and Half Marathon

Location

Long Beach, California

Running

5k, 10k, half marathon and more

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Bok Kai 5k/10k

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

45. Bok Kai 5k/10k

Location

Marysville, California

Running

5k, 10k

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Bell Gardens 5K

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

46. Bell Gardens 5K

Location

Bell Gardens, California

Running

5k and more

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Labor of Love 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, and 50K

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

47. Labor of Love 5K, 10K, 1/2 Marathon, Marathon, and 50K

Location

Clark County, Nevada

Running

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

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Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K

Saturday, 9 Mar 2024

48. Catalina Island Marathon, 10K, 5K

Location

Avalon, California

Running

marathon, 10k, 5k and more

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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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