5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Divas Run SAN FRANCISCO BAY 15 April 2018 Runlikeadiva
    Golden Gate Bridge Run San Francisco 15 April 2018 cityrunningtours
    Malibu 5K Run Zuma Beach (Malibu) 4 November 2018 Malibu5K
    Color Run 5k LOS ANGELES 23 June 2018 TheColorRun
    Hip Hop Run San Jose 23 September 2017 HipHopRun
    Halloween 5k San Jose 7 October 2017 TheHalloweenHustle
    Superhero Fun Run San Mateo 29 April 2017 Superherorunforacure
    The Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble El Sobrante 22 November 2018 Wolfpackevents
    Earth Day Run Union City 21 April 2018 Nhsfoundation
    Run to Remember Pleasanton 12 May 2018 CPOA
    Foam Glow Run Fresno 16 June 2018 Foamglow
    Wicked Wine Run Fresno 21 April 2018 Wickedwinerun
    The Super Run SACRAMENTO 21 April 2018 Thesuperrun
    Life Run Los Angeles 6 May 2018 Laliferun
    Finish The Run Los Angeles 29 April 2018 Finishtheride
    The Dark Side Run Anaheim 20 April 2018 Rundisney
    Cinco de Mayo Long Beach 5 May 2018 Abetterworldrunning
    Bubble Run Pomona 14 April 2018 Bubblerun
    Del Mar Race Corona Del Mar 2 June 2018 Cdmchamber
    Miles for Melanoma San Diego 3 November 2018 joinmelanoma
    Exodus 5K Victorville 16 June 2018 theexoduschallenge
    San Diego Fire Rescue 5K San Diego 6 October 2018 sdfirerescue
    Hansen Dam Superhero Run Sylmar 19 August 2018 hdtri
    Foxy 5k San Diego 14 April 2018 dirtdevilracing
    Soaring Over Ripon Ripon 2 September 2017 riponchamber
    Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run Palo Alto 21 September 2018 paloaltoonline
    Run For Great Schools 5K Cupertino 26 August 2017 ceefcares
    8th Annual STOP CANCER 5|10K Run|Walk Van Nuys 15 October 2017 stopcancerrunwalk
    Anaheim Hills Firecracker 5K/10K Run/Walk Anaheim 4 July 2018 anaheimhillscommunitycouncil
    Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival 12K/5K Sonoma 28 September 2018 valleyofthemoonvintagefestival
    Brave 5K San Pedro 10 November 2018 brave5k
    Montclaire 5K Los Altos 1 October 2017 montclaire
    Run in the Forest Pebble Beach 7 October 2017 stevensonschool
    Survive and Thrive 5K Irvine 14 April 2018 surviveandthriverunwalk
    SOFITCITY: RUN TOWN 5K/10K/MASK-erade! Fairfield 30 September 2017 sofitcity
    The Newark Mile 4k (2017) Newark 22 September 2018 cxc4l
    Lake Forest Chamber 5K Elf Yourself Lake Forest 16 December 2017 lakeforestcachamber.com
    High Country Goliath Sonora 28 October 2017 highcountrygoliath
    SAN DIEGO SOUTHBAY TURKEY TROT & FOOD SAN DIEGO 22 November 2018 sdthanksgivingrun
    Girls on the Run 5K of Sonoma County Rohnert Park 29 April 2018 gotrsonomacounty
    2017 Piedmont Turkey Trot Piedmont 23 November 2017 piedmontturkeytrot
    Sundial 5k REDDING 20 January 2019 reddingmarathon
    Campus Life 5k Clovis 26 August 2018 yfcnow
    Superhero Run Lodi 6 October 2018 nochildabuse
    Lung Cancer walk/run San Francisco 24 September 2017 yournextstepisthecure
    Finish The Ride, Run, Walk N' Roll Griffith Park Los Angeles 29 April 2018 finishtheride
    PSAR Zombie 5K Bonita 7 October 2017 psar
    Double Peak Challenge SAN MARCOS 29 September 2018 doublepeakchallenge
    Spartyka Wounded Warrior 5K Run/Walk San Diego 2 September 2018 spartyka
    Hesperia Days 5K Hesperia 16 September 2017 hesperiaparks
    Pardee Homes Carmel Valley 5K & Fun Run San Diego 25 March 2018 carmelvalley5k
    Alhambra Pumpkin Run 2017 Alhambra 28 October 2018 alhambrapumpkinrun
    San Mateo Rotary 10K / 5K Fun Run San Mateo 22 October 2017 sanmateorotaryfunrun
    Hope for Hearing Halloween 5K Sacramento 28 October 2017 hopeforhearinghalloweenrun
    Los Angeles Triathlon Series Event 1 San Dimas 14 October 2018 trievents
    Silicon Valley Turkey Trot San Jose 22 November 2018 svturkeytrot
    Murrieta Run Forrest Run 5K Murrieta 4 November 2017 murrietafieldofhonor
    Hoofin & Woofin 5K9 San Jose 14 October 2017 5k9run
    Down by the Bay 5K Sunnyvale 12 November 2017 downbythebay5k
    40th ANNUAL PUMPKIN RUN Half Moon Bay 14 October 2018 seniorcoastsiders
    Thanksgiving Day 5k Simi Valley 22 November 2018 thanksgivingday5k
    WRIGLEY RIVER RUN Long Beach 2 June 2018 wrigleyriverrun
    Run In The Dark San Francisco 5k and 10k Option San Franciso 15 November 2017 runinthedark
    Conquer Our Run - Turkey Quest 5K, 10K Manhattan Beach 18 November 2017 conquerourrun
    Hot an Dirty Mud Run - Mud Fest 5k Acton 16 June 2018 hotandirtymudrun
    Harvest Half Marathon 5k, 10k Van Nuys 23 September 2018 harvesthalf
    Foster Park Half Marathon 5k 10k Ventura 21 October 2018 fosterparkhalf
    Bad Ass Beer Run Camino 28 April 2018 badassbeerrun
    Shasta Mud Run Redding 12 May 2018 shastamudrun
    KAMB Family Fun Run Turlock, CA 14 April 2018 Celebrationradio

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances researched on Runnerclick, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in California? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in the bay area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Bay Area is host to many 5k races throughout it's many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include the Divas 5k, Halloween 5k, Moon Joggers event, Bubble Run, Color Run and  Hip Hop Run. Others include Brisbane's Awesome 80s Run, Fremont's Breast Cancer Run, SF's Aloha Run and Mermaid Run. There are many other Bay Area 5k runs. These are just a few events.

    5Ks in Sacramento:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Super Run, the Color Run and the Foam Glow 5k.

    5Ks in Oakland:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Hip Hop Run, The Towns Half Marathon/5k, and the Oakland Fun Run.

    5ks in San Jose:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Bubble Run, Color Run and Halloween 5k.

    5ks in Los Angeles:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Finish The Run event, Life Run 5k and Music Run.

    5Ks in San Diego:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Warrior Run 5k, Carmel Valley 5k and San Diego's River Run 5k.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    LA Life Run Los Angeles 6 May 2018 Laliferun
    FINISH THE RIDE AND FINISH THE RUN Los Angeles 29 April 2018 Finishtheride
    Beach Blast Santa Monica 20 May 2018 Abetterworldrunning
    Superheros Run San Mateo 29 April 2017 Superherorun4acure
    Hip Hop Run Oakland 22 July 2017 Hiphoprun
    Run for Kids Van Nuys 21 May 2017 Active
    Terrain Race San Jose 19 May 2018 Terrainracing
    River Run Los Angeles 3 December 2017 Lariverhalf
    Mother's Day Run Van Nuys 13 May 2018 Abetterworldrunning
    City Impact's 8th Annual Ventura Beachfront Run Ventura 9 June 2018 Cityimpact
    River Run Visalia 6 May 2017 Facebook/Visaliariverrun
    Earth Day Celebration Union City 21 April 2018 Nhsfoundation
    Hip Hop Run San Jose 23 September 2017 Hiphoprun
    Chasing Cupcakes San Francisco 29 April 2017 MoonJoggers
    Run the Rocks Agua Dulce 30 April 2017 Runtherocks
    Mental Health Run Orcutt 6 May 2017 Active
    City Running Tours San Francisco 1 January 2018 Active
    Run to Remember 5k, 10k & Kid’s Fun Run Pleasanton 12 May 2018 Cpoa
    The Dream Mile San Jose 3 June 2018 Thedreammile
    Spirit Run Livermore 29 October 2017 livermorerotaryrun
    Lighting the Way Los Gatos 21 July 2018 aiducatenow
    Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot... San Jose 23 November 2017 svturkeytrot
    Manhattan Beach 10K Manhattan Beach 7 October 2017 mb10k

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in California? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks in the bay area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Bay Area is host to many 10k races throughout it's many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include the Hip Hop Run, Terrain Race, Earth Day Run, Chasing Cupcakes 10k, Dream Mile and those presented via San Francisco's City Running Tours. There are many other Bay Area 5k runs. These are just a few events.

    10Ks in Sacramento:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Capital City Classic, Resolution Run and Wounded Veteran Run.

    10Ks in Oakland:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Hip Hop Run, Moon Joggers 10k and Color Run.

    10ks in San Jose:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Terrain Race, Hip Hop Run and Dream Mile 10k.

    10ks in Los Angeles:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Life Run 10k, Walk N Roll event and Los Angeles River Run.

    10Ks in San Diego:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be San Diego's City Running Tours, Girls on the Go 10k and Peace Run.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Superhero Half Marathon Fremont 13 May 2017 Active
    Wine Country Half Marathon Napa 16 June 2017 Destinationraces
    Healdsburg Half Marathon Healdsburg 8 October 2017 Runwinecountry
    Divas Half Marathon San Francisco 4 June 2017 Runlikeadiva
    Santa Barbara Half Marathon Santa Barbara 24 June 2017 Sbhalfmarathon
    Ventura Half Marathon Ventura 10 June 2017 Cityimpact
    Oakland Half Marathon Oakland 12 August 2017 Runoak
    Golden Gate Half Marathon San Francisco 5 November 2017 Runsf
    Santa Rosa Half Marathon Santa Rosa 6 August 2017 Runwinecountry
    Malibu Half Marathon Malibu 5 November 2017 Malibumarathon
    Livermore Half Marathon Livermore 4 March 2018 Runliv
    Dream Mile San Jose 4 June 2017 Thedreammile
    San Diego Half Marathon San Diego 12 March 2018 Sdhalfmarathon
    Los Angeles Half Marathon Los Angeles 18 March 2017 Lamarathon
    Rock and Roll Half Marathon San Diego 3 June 2017 Runrocknroll
    Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon Napa 16 July 2017 Destinationraces
    La Jolla Half Marathon Del Mar 23 April 2017 Lajollahalfmarathon
    Surf City Half Marathon Huntington Beach 4 February 2018 Runsurfcity
    Disney Half Marathon Anaheim 3 September 2017 Rundisney
    Virgin Sport SF Bay Half San Francisco 14 October 2017 virginsport
    Two Cities Marathon FRESNO 5 November 2017 twocitiesmarathon
    2017 SPACEROCK Trail Race Dulce 15 October 2017 spacerocktrailrace.com
    5th Annual San Diego Holiday Half Marathon 2017 San Diego 16 December 2017 sandiegoholidayhalf
    2017 San Diego Holiday Half La Jolla 16 December 2017 sandiegoholidayhalf
    Buffalo Stampede -10 mile Sacramento 9 September 2017 buffalostampederun
    2017 SPACEROCK Trail Race Dulce 15 October 2017 spacerocktrailrace
    SUGAR DADDY HALF MARATHON Santa Clarita 16 June 2018 sugardaddymarathon
    Lake Balboa Half Marathon Van Nuys 28 May 2018 lakebalboahalf
    Arroyo Creek Half Marathon Simi Valley 17 December 2017 arroyocreekhalf
    Harvest Half Marathon Van Nuys 24 September 2017 harvesthalf
    Foster Park Half Marathon Ventura 15 October 2017 fosterparkhalf
    Surfer's Point Marathon Harbor Blvd 12 November 2017 surferspointmarathon
    Arroyo Creek Half Marathon Simi Valley 17 December 2017 arroyocreekhalf
    Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Los Angeles 14 October 2017 griffithparktrailruns
    2018 VALENCIA Trail Race Santa Clarita 31 March 2018 valenciatrailrace.com
    2018 Southern California Half Marathon & 5K Irvine 13 January 2018 schalfmarathon

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in California? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in the bay area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Bay Area is host to many Half Marathon races throughout it's many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Half Marathon running events include the Super Hero Half Marathon, Divas Half Marathon, Oakland Half Marathon, Golden Gate Half Marathon and Dream Mile.  There are many other Bay Area Halfs. These are just a few events.

    Half Marathons in Sacramento:

    In terms of popularity, your best bet would be the Shamrock Half Marathon.

    Half Marathons in Oakland:

    In terms of popularity, your best bets would be the Oakland Half Marathon and The Town Half Marathon.

    Half Marathons in San Jose:

    In terms of popularity, your best bets would be the Dream Mile and SJ Rock N Roll Half.

    Half Marathons in Los Angeles:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Los Angeles Half Marathon, LA Rock N Roll Half and Long Beach Half Marathon.

    Half Marathons in San Diego:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the SD Rock N Roll Half Marathon, San Diego Half Marathon and the AFC Half Marathon.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Mountains to Beach Marathon Ojai 28 May 2017 Mountains2beachmarathon
    Surfers Path Marathon Santa Cruz 21 May 2017 Runsurferspath
    Oakland Marathon Oakland 2 April 2017 Oaklandmarathon
    Catalina Marathon Catalina 10 March 2017 Spectrumsportsevents
    Napa Valley Marathon Calistoga 5 March 2018 Napavalleymarathon
    Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles 18 March 2017 Lamarathon
    Big Sur Marathon Big Sur 30 April 2017 Bsim
    San Diego Marathon San Diego 4 June 2017 Runrocknroll
    Ragnar Relay San Diego 7 April 2017 Runragnar
    Bay to Breakers San Francisco 21 May 2017 Baytobreakers
    Badwater Ultra Marathon Death Valley 10 July 2017 Badwater
    Dream Mile San Jose 4 June 2017 Thedreammile
    Surf City Marathon Huntington Beach 2 February 2018 Runsurfcity
    San Francisco Marathon San Francisco 23 July 2017 Thesfmarathon
    OC Marathon Costa Mesa 7 May 2017 Ocmarathon
    Half Moon Bay Marathon Half Moon Bay 18 September 2017 Halfmoonbayim
    Long Beach Marathon Long Beach 8 October 2017 Runlongbeach
    Two Cities Marathon Fresno 5 November 2017 Twocitiesmarathon
    Bakersfield Marathon Bakerfield 12 November 2017 Runsignup
    California International Marathon Sacramento 3 December 2017 Runsra

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and most long distance runners subscribe to this distance.  In 2017 there are currently more than 800 running events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in California? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is. Many runners also expressed interest in the "goodies" and sponsorship gifts at the finishline. This can vary from running shoes to resistance bands, headphones and much more.

    What are the best Marathons in the bay area?

    There are many to choose from here as the Bay Area is host to many Marathon races throughout it's many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable Marathon running events include the Surfers Path Marathon, Oakland Marathon, Bay To Breakers, SJ Dream Mile and San Francisco Marathon to name a few.

    Marathons in Sacramento:

    In terms of popularity, your best bet would be the California International Marathon.

    Marathons in Oakland:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Oakland Marathon and the Oakland Running Festival & Marathon.

    Marathons in San Jose:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Dream Mile and the SJ Rock N Roll Marathon.

    Marathons in Los Angeles:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Los Angeles Marathon, Surf City Marathon and Long Beach Marathon.

    Marathons in San Diego:

    In terms of popularity, your best 3 bets would be the Ragnar Relay Marathon, San Diego Marathon and SD Rock N Roll Marathon.

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  • Ultra Races
    Name City Date Website
    SLO Ultra Trail Races San Luis Obispo County 9 September 2017 sloultra
  • Other Races to Consider
    Name City Date Website
    World Class Racewalking Clinic Campbell 16 February 2018 racewalking
    Paiute Meadows Trail Run Susanville 12 May 2018 paiutemeadowstrailrun
    2018 VALENCIA Trail Race Santa Clarita 31 March 2018 valenciatrailrace
    Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay Old Zoo 3 June 2018 griffithparkmarathonrelay
    TriAVAC Supersprint Triathlon San Jose 10 February 2018 avac
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