Start 2020 With San Diego's Best 5Ks, 10Ks and Half Marathons

January 2, 2020

 

2020 is here! And that means it's time to look for a start line near you.  But what race? Well, look no further. We have listed some of our favorites in San Diego to kick start your year, organized by distance. Writers note: some of those half marathons have 5Ks and 10Ks as well.

 

5Ks and 10Ks

 

Event: Big Game 10K & 5K 

 Date: February 2, 2020

Location: Mission Bay

Available Distances: 10K or 5K

Website: https://www.sandiegorunningco.com/biggame10k5k

Why to Run: San Diego's only run the morning of the Big Game! Burn those calories before watching with friends and eating a little too much comfort food. Enjoy this flat and easy route and receive a really cool medal at the finish line. Plus, a football themed run wouldn't be complete without a tailgate! So enjoy your first beer on us in the Green Flash beer garden!

 

Event: Valentine's Day 10K & 5K

Date: February 9, 2020

Location: Coronado

Available Distances: 10K, 5K or 1 mile

Website: https://www.valentinesday10k.com/

Why to Run: Runners can choose from a 10K, 5K or 1 mile run. Afterward wear your Valentine themed finisher's medal while enjoying the included continental breakfast and beer garden. Bonus fun: select a bib that says Available, Taken or It's Complicated and find yourself a match.

 

Event: San Diego Leprechaun Run

Date: March 14, 2020

Location: Pacific Beach

Available Distances: 5K or 1K Kids Run

Website: https://www.sandiegorunningco.com/leprechaunrun

Why to Run: You'll have to be there to experience this one! All participants choose between a 'green gear' package or fun t-shirt before even toeing the line. You'll run among thousands of other St. Paddy's Day lovers on the streets of Pacific Beach and receive a cool medal at the finish, along with a free drink at Maverick's Beach Club. Bonus: this is the first of three legs for the Pacific Beach 5K Challenge. Do all 3 (San Diego Leprechaun Run, Pacific Beachfest 5K and San Diego Santa Run) legs and earn the HUGE challenge medal!

 

Event: Carlsbad 5000

Date: March 21-22, 2020

Location: Carlsbad

Available Distances: 5K and various kids run distances

Website: https://carlsbad5000.com/

Why to Run: This world famous race enters it 35th year, most known for the incredible fast finishes of some of the world's fastest runners. The weekend starts with the Junior Carlsbad on Saturday with various kids races followed by the 5K on Sunday. Races are split up by age groups followed by the elites at the end of the day. Even if you don't run, it's worth checking out the spectator friendly course to watch some blazing fast runners!
 

Event: Hot Chocolate 15K & 5K

Date: March 22, 2020

Location: Downtown San Diego

Available Distances: 15K and 5K

Website: https://www.hotchocolate15k.com/sandiego

Why to Run: The name says it all! When you finish this run, you'll have the event's signature hot chocolate waiting for you, along with a plate of other goodies to enjoy with it. The race has also become popular with the great finish line swag including a big finisher's medal and zip up hoodie.

 

Event: Awesome 80s Run

Date: March 29, 2020

Location: Mission Bay

Available Distances: 8K and 5K

Website: https://awesome80srun.com/san-diego/

Why to Run: If you are ready to bring back the 80s, this is the run for you! Join the 5K or 8K and receive an iconic custom 80s medal at the finish line. Be sure to bring your best 80s attire for this one, as there is entertainment throughout the course and at the finish line.

 

Half Marathons

 

Event: Resolution Run

Date: January 11, 2020

Location: Mission Bay

Available Distances: Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

Website: https://www.resolutionrun.com/

Why to Run: This is the run that has kicked off the new year for so many the last 13 years! You have three distances to choose from between the 5K, 10K and half. There will be a post-race wellness village with tons of freebies and a free Runner Recovery Zone to help make 2020 your best year yet.

 

Event: Carlsbad Half & Full Marathon

Date: January 19, 2020

Location: Carlsbad

Available Distances: Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

Website: http://carlsbadmarathon.com/

Why to Run: This iconic race has been a staple in the San Diego community for decades. With most of the race on highway 101 giving beautiful ocean views, it's no wonder why! Participants in the half and full marathon will receive a tech shirt and a 1/4 zip pull-over, along with a beautiful finisher's medal and other goodies. 

 

Event: Mermaid Half Marathon

Date: February 8, 2020

Location: Mission Bay

Available Distances: Half Marathon, 10K and 5K

Website: https://www.mermaidseries.com/mermaid-half-marathon-san-diego

Why to Run: Join this women's half, 10K and 5K for a flat and scenic route throughout Mission Bay. All participants will receive a stylish race shirt, finisher medal, and necklace! 

 

Event: San Diego Half Marathon

Date: March 15, 2020

Location: Downtown San Diego

Available Distances: Half Marathon & 5K

Website: https://sdhalfmarathon.com/

Why to Run: San Diego Half Marathon is one the best half marathons produced in town all year. Participants will enjoy a unique expo, beautiful course and a finish line in Petco Park! Participants will receive a baseball/military appreciation inspired t-shirt and finisher's medal. 

 

 

 

 

 

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