PACIFIC BEACHFEST 5K - FAQ
If I sign up for one wave, can I participate in the others?
You will only be able to participate in wave which you registered for.
What is included in my registration?
Registration includes: race entry, official race tank top, sunglasses, 1 complimentary beer in the PB Craft Beer Garden (if 21+), and upon finishing a unique finishers medal.
Is there event day registration?
If the event does not sell out, there will be event day registration at an additional fee.
Can I get a refund for my registration?
All event registrations are non refundable.
Where do I pick up my race packet/event goodies?
Thursday, October 1st from 3pm - 7pm at Road Runner Sports AND
Friday, October 2nd from 3pm – 7pm ON THE BEACH in front of Baja Beach Cafe, 700 Thomas Ave, San Diego, CA 92109.
If you don’t get a chance to get your packet/event goodies early, you can also pick up at the day of the event in the same location but we highly encourage you come the day before to beat the crowd!
Can I have my packet/goodies mailed to me?
YES, you can have your tank top, sunglasses and bib mailed right to your house for a $15 fee.
Can someone else pick up my packet/goodies at the Friday packet pick-up?
Can’t make it to pick up your own packet but a friend is willing to get it for you? Make sure they have a copy of your ID and your signed waiver. The waiver can be found here. Just print, sign and send along with your friend!
Is the run in the sand?
YES, the race consists of approximately 1.75 miles of running in the sand along the water. The other portion of the race is on the boardwalk.
Can I walk the 5K?
Yes! We gladly welcome and encourage walkers. Although there is no defined course cut-off time, we ask that 5K participants maintain a 20 min/mile pace allowing us to remain on schedule with our later waves.
Where should I park for the event?
All parking will be street parking in Pacific Beach. The Pacific Beachfest gets tens of thousands of visitors throughout the day. While many of them are local, allow extra time to park due to the amount of people driving into the area.
For a map of paid lots, click here.
Can I run with my dog?
Per Pacific Beach regulations, dogs will not be allowed on the beach at the time of the run, therefore they cannot run with you. So unfortunately you’ll have to keep your dog on the sidelines for this one!
Can I run with a stroller?
There are multiple soft sand crossings on the course and one small stair crossing so we would not recommend it.
How do I volunteer?
If you would like to join the festivities as a volunteer, we would love to have you! Email us at and let us know you would like to volunteer. As a volunteer, you’ll receive a complimentary staff shirt, #PBFest5K sunglasses and a drink ticket (for volunteers that are 21+).
Does the event benefit an organization?
The event benefits Discover Pacific Beach, a non-profit that supports Pacific Beach community, the local beaches and its businesses. You can learn more about DiscoverPB at www.PacificBeach.org.
How do I become a sponsor or have a vendor booth?
To become a sponsor or have a vendor booth at packet pick-up and/or on race day, email us at for more information.
Where I can find race results?
Race results will be posted to the website following the conclusion of the event. This only applies to the morning waves of Pacific Beachfest 5K. Click here to see all results.
Will there be age group awards for both waves?
Yes we will give out the same age group awards for both morning waves. Additionally, we will crown the overall fastest male and female champion across both waves!