Five Reasons the Balboa Park 8 Miler is a Can't Miss Summer Race!

July 2, 2018

Balboa Park 8 Miler - Saturday, August 4, 2018 
1. Become Part of San Diego Running History


The Balboa Park 8 Miler  is entering its 64th year of competition which makes it the longest consecutively run race in all of San Diego!  Started by San Diego Track Club's Bill Gookin back in 1955, the 8 Miler was created as a competition between runners in LA and those here in San Diego.  Why the 8-mile distance you might be asking?!  Well Bill and his SDTC teammates typically won over the 10K distance and their rival LA squad typically won over the 10-mile distance, so they decide on an epic showdown right in the middle!  Since that inaugural race in 1955 the iconic 8-mile race as taken place every year in Balboa Park. Read more about the history of the Balboa Park 8 Miler.


2. Amazing Tour of Balboa Park
Did you know Balboa Park is the nation's largest urban culture park and this race takes you on one epic run though all it has to offer?!  Starting out right in front of the San Diego Air and Space Museum, this race has a plethora of iconic museums to showcase.  The course wastes no time in running by beautiful scenery, when you run right by the 103-year old Spreckels Organ Pavilion at the quarter mile mark.  The Spreckels Organ Pavilion is comprised of over 4,518 pipes which makes it the largest outdoor organ in the Western Hemisphere!  Check out all the different museums, landmarks and scenery you will run by during your epic 8 mile tour of Balboa Park:

Landmarks & mile markers you will run past them:

  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion - .2, 3.6, 7.8
  • Mingei Museum: .3, 3.5, 7.8
  • Sculpture Garden: .4, 3.4, 7.7
  • California Plaza: .4, 3.4, 7.7
  • San Diego Museum of Man: .4, 3.4, 7.7
  • Cabrillo Bridge, .5, 3.1, 7.4
  • Plaza de Panama: .3, 3.7
  • Timken Museum: 3.7
  • Botanical Garden: 3.8
  • Casa del Prado: 3.8
  • Natural History Museum: 3.9
  • Morton Bay Fig Lawn: 3.9
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 4
  • San Diego Zoo: 4.1
  • Bridle Trail: 5.1 - 5.8
  • Kate Sessions Statue: 7.1
3. Epic Bling!


After finishing 8 miles through Balboa Park there must be an equally iconic finisher's medal to take home!  Each year the theme of the medal features one of Balboa Park's many beautiful features.  This year that honor goes to the San Diego Air and Space Museum.  The classically designed medal does a beautiful job capturing the Air and Space Museum.  Since race spots are limited and the medal changes each year, now is your chance to make sure this one hangs on your medal rack!




4. Automatic PR for Most


Whether Bill Gookin was planning this or not in 1955, he created a perfect race for runners to grab a brand spanking new Personal Record (PR)!  We all love coming across the finish to a race with a shiny new PR and unless you have run this race in the past, you are definitely walking home with a new PR!


5.  It Will Sell Out Prior to Race Day


Stop what you are doing!  Don't hesitate!  Get registered ASAP!


The 64th Annual Balboa Park 8 Miler will only host 2,000 registered participants and it is already well over half filled.  In San Diego there are plenty of race options in the summertime so it's hard to commit to one, but don't hesitate much longer this race will sell out and the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) effect will be real.  Each year the event strives to bring the best possible Balboa Park experience to the race and because of that we work to keep the crowd more intimate for the best experience possible.