San Diego's Best Races in 2018

January 24, 2018

Finish Chelsea's Run

March 3, 2018

 

This year will mark the 8th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in partnership with the Girl Scouts of San Diego and in honor of Chelsea King. The event will take place in Balboa Park where Chelsea loved to visit and where she practiced with the San Diego Youth Symphony.  The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children’s activities, team competition,

 

In 2010, in the weeks following the passing of high school scholar and athlete Chelsea King, a handful of members of the San Diego running community were so affected by her loss that they asked some of their friends to meet one Saturday to finish the run Chelsea started on February 25 in Rancho Bernardo Community Park.  

 

Chelsea’s life was cut short by the heinous act of a known sexual predator while in the midst of her training run that day in the park. Word quickly spread and on the morning of March 20, 2010 more than 3,500 community members joined together to run and walk in solidarity with, and in honor of Chelsea, who they adopted as one of their own.

 

The original grassroots “Finish Chelsea’s Run” was such a moving and healing experience for the community that Kelly and Brent King decided to make it an official, annual tradition in San Diego hosted by the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, the organization they founded to make positive change for children. Click here to get a glimpse of the original community event that started it all.

 

This annual run/walk is now the primary fundraiser for the Chelsea’s Light Foundation Sunflower Scholarship Fund, providing scholarships for San Diego County college-bound teens who have embraced characteristics that embodied Chelsea’s academic prowess and service-over-self ethic.

 

Learn more here.

 

 

San Diego Half Marathon & 5K

March 11, 2018

 

The San Diego Half Marathon has been designed to carry runners over a spectacular 13.1-mile USATF-certified course, while showcasing one of the world’s most beautiful cities! Our signature scenic route begins between Petco Park and the San Diego Convention Center on palm-tree lined Harbor Drive and continues with spectacular views of the USS Midway Museum, San Diego Bay, San Diego’s skyline, Harbor Island, Spanish Landing Park and Cancer Survivor Park. Then it makes its way through historic Liberty Station while passing NTC Park (formerly, the Naval Training Center) and the Marine Corps Recruit Depot. Next, it’s up Washington Street through the neighborhoods of  Mission Hills and Hillcrest. The last few miles coast gradually downhill, passing beautiful Balboa Park and lead right back into downtown, with an epic finish inside Petco Park!  

 

Learn more here.

 

 

Leprechaun Run

March 17, 2018

 

Get festive with us! This is the Inaugural Leprechaun Run in San Diego. Run in our 5K and all participants receive:

  • Custom Gold Finisher Medal

  • Socks

  • Sunglasses

  • Plus your choice of one of the two extra goodies:

    • 1 - Tutu + Headband

    • 2 - Hat + Bowtie

  • Complimentary Drink at the post-run party​

 

Don’t worry there is fun for the kids too! The Kids 1K Fun Run will take place after the Leprechaun Run 5K! The run will start at 10:00am and will run on Garnet Avenue!

Parents are welcome to run alongside their kids during the run and all ​Fun Run participants will receive sunglasses and a finisher prize!

 

Learn more here.

 

 

Carlsbad 5000

March 24-25, 2018

 

Carlsbad 5000 is known as the world’s fastest 5K! This rock n roll series event has all the perks.

 

-Scenic Course

-Technical Participant T-Shirt

-Exclusive Finisher Medal

-A Beer at the Finish Line Festival

-Admission to the Finish Line Festival and Post-Race Concert

-Admission to the Two-Day Health and Fitness Expo


Learn more here.

 

 

La Jolla Half Marathon and 5K

April 22, 2018

 

The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After leaving the park, the course rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through the residential district of La Jolla Shores, and finishes in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove. The La Jolla Half Marathon is race #2 in the Half Marathon Triple CrownSM Series.

 

Learn more here

 

 

Navy Bay Bridge Run

May 20, 2018

 

This is Cornado’s signature bridge walk/ run. This family oriented event provides great views, in all directions. The races raises money for the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Rec programs! Don’t worry, transportation is provided to bring you back downtown after you and your family complete the race.

 

Learn more here.

 

 

Rock N Roll Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K

June 2-3, 2018

 

This event will be celebrating 21 years in 2018 and it’s going to be one rockin’ party! Tour San Diego by foot as you run through all of the city’s favorite neighborhoods on a course lined with live music and entertainment. There’s a distance for everyone, so grab your friends and join us for this epic summer run!

 

Learn more here.

 

 

Balboa Park 8 Miler

August 4, 2018

 

The Balboa 8 Miler is the longest consecutively run race in San Diego and the only one that offers a full tour of Balboa Park!

 

The race will start and finish in the Pan American Plaza, located near the San Diego Hall of Champions. 8 mile participants will enjoy a unique and challenging route through Balboa Park’s scenic trails, bridges and windy roads. Every paid participant will receive a 50/50 blend event t-shirt and a custom finisher’s medal!

 

Learn more here.

 

 

America's Finest City Half Marathon and 5K

August 19, 2018

 

The 41st annual America's Finest City Half Marathon is run on a fast, scenic, point-to-point course. The race starts at the historic Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma with its world-renowned vistas of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, follows scenic San Diego Bay and Harbor Island along the Embarcadero to the Star of India, winds through downtown San Diego and ends in beautiful Balboa Park.

 

The 26th annual America's Finest City 5K (3.1 miles) race is a fast loop course that starts and finishes within Balboa Park, in front of the Hall of Champions at Pan American Plaza and Presidents Way. The course winds through beautiful Balboa Park, passing by the Museum of Man, crossing over the Cabrillo Bridge and finishing just past the Spreckels Organ Pavilion.

 

AFC is recognized as one of the country’s top half marathons and is the third and final race in the Half Marathon Triple Crown. Last year the event drew runners from 46 states and 18 foreign countries. There is also a 2-day fitness expo and race day finish line festival with live entertainment and a beer garden!

 

Learn more here.

 

 

San Diego Santa Run

December 8, 2018

 

The San Diego Santa Run is a holiday experience like none other! The event consists of a series of runs that will take place in Pacific Beach on Garnet Ave featuring a 5K fun run and 1 Mile waves that include a run with your dog, kids run, and a competitive wave! Then stick around to watch the annual Pacific Beach Holiday Parade!

 

Learn more here.