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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.

352 events found
Silver Strand Half Marathon
Booked 101 times this week

Sunday, Nov 13, 2022

Silver Strand Half Marathon

LocationIndicator

Imperial Beach, California

Participants

half marathon, 10 miles, 5k

FilledTicket$25 – $113
Booking perksTrail
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San Jose Trail Challenge
Booked 49 times this week

Saturday, Oct 1, 2022

San Jose Trail Challenge

LocationIndicator

Saratoga, California

Participants

10k, half marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket$91.99 – $174.99
Booking perksGreat sceneryFlat trail
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Golden Gate Trail Classic
Booked 59 times this week

Friday, Nov 18, 2022

Golden Gate Trail Classic

LocationIndicator

San Francisco, California

Participants

10k, half marathon, ultramarathon

FilledTicket$105.99 – $279.99
Booking perksHilly trail
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Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge
Booked 25 times this week

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022

Palm Springs Aerial Tram Road Challenge

LocationIndicator

Palm Springs, California

FilledTicket$30 – $40
Booking perksHilly road
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Marin Endurance Festival
Booked 26 times this week

Saturday, Oct 29, 2022

Marin Endurance Festival

LocationIndicator

San Rafael, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, olympic, sprint

FilledTicket$69 – $244
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 30 times this week

Sunday, Nov 6, 2022

Surfers Point Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Ventura, California

Participants

marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star4

(4 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $140
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Back on the Ranch Trail Run and Campout

Sunday, Oct 2, 2022

Back on the Ranch Trail Run and Campout

LocationIndicator

Solvang, California

Participants

ultramarathon, 5k

FilledTicket$55 – $240
Booking perksGreat sceneryTrail
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Booked 6 times this week

Sunday, Oct 16, 2022

Jeepers Creepers Run

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

FilledTicket$55 – $110
Booking perksFlat road
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SPACEROCK Trail Race

Saturday, Oct 22, 2022

SPACEROCK Trail Race

LocationIndicator

Agua Dulce, California

Participants

half marathon, 5k, 10k

Star5

(1 reviews)

FilledTicket$80 – $165
Booking perksGreat atmosphereTrail
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LA Cancer Challenge
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

LA Cancer Challenge

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$25 – $45
Booking perksFlat road
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Hidden World 5k & 10k
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

Hidden World 5k & 10k

LocationIndicator

Los Angeles, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$5 – $65
Booking perksRoad
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Moonlight Beach Fun Run
Booked 2 times this week

Sunday, Oct 23, 2022

Moonlight Beach Fun Run

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$50 – $69
Booking perksGreat sceneryBeach
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Finish The Ride & Finish The Run Halloween

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Finish The Ride & Finish The Run Halloween

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k

FilledTicket$30 – $85
Booking perksFlat road
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Finish the Ride & Finish the Run Santa Clarita

Sunday, Oct 30, 2022

Finish the Ride & Finish the Run Santa Clarita

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k, 10k, half marathon, medium (50–100km)

FilledTicket$30 – $85
Booking perksFlat
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Lake Chabot Trail Runs

Saturday, Nov 5, 2022

Lake Chabot Trail Runs

LocationIndicator

Castro Valley, California

Participants

ultramarathon, half marathon, marathon

FilledTicket$45 – $75
Booking perksFlat trail
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Tierra Redonda Mountain Trail Run

Friday, Nov 18, 2022

Tierra Redonda Mountain Trail Run

LocationIndicator

Bradley, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k

FilledTicket$50 – $200
Booking perksFlat trail
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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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Oakland Turkey Trot
Booked 3 times this week

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Oakland Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Oakland, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$19 – $54
Booking perksRoad
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Thanksgiving Day 5k - Simi Valley

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Thanksgiving Day 5k - Simi Valley

LocationIndicator

Simi Valley, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$46.50 – $50
Booking perksRoad
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Encinitas Turkey Trot
Booked 6 times this week

Thursday, Nov 24, 2022

Encinitas Turkey Trot

LocationIndicator

Encinitas, California

Participants

10k, 5k

Star5

(3 reviews)

FilledTicket$56 – $69
Booking perksGreat atmosphereFlat road
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Thanksgiving 5k Santa Clarita

Saturday, Nov 26, 2022

Thanksgiving 5k Santa Clarita

LocationIndicator

Santa Clarita, California

Participants

5k

FilledTicket$50 – $186
Booking perksFlat road
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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$40 – $320
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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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Booked 3 times this week

Sunday, Dec 18, 2022

Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

LocationIndicator

Camarillo, California

Participants

half marathon, 10k, 5k

Star5

(5 reviews)

FilledTicket$55 – $110
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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