5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Golden Gate Bridge Run San Francisco 3 November 2019 motivrunning
    Malibu 5K Run Zuma Beach (Malibu) 3 November 2019 Malibu5K
    Color Run 5k LOS ANGELES 30 June 2019 TheColorRun
    Hip Hop Run San Jose 23 September 2019 HipHopRun
    Halloween Pumpkin Run San Jose 31 October 2019
    SAN MATEO ROTARY FUN RUN San Mateo 20 October 2019 San Mateo Rotary
    The Thanksgiving Gobble Wobble El Sobrante 28 November 2019 Active
    Earth Day Run Union City 1 January 1970 Nhsfoundation
    Run to Remember Pleasanton 1 January 1970 CPOA
    Foam Glow Run Fresno 1 January 1970 Foamglow
    The Super Run SACRAMENTO 9 November 2019 Thesuperrun
    Life Run Los Angeles 1 January 1970 Laliferun
    Finish The Run Los Angeles 26 April 2020 Finishtheride
    Bubble Run Pomona 1 January 1970 Bubblerun
    Del Mar Race Corona Del Mar 1 January 1970 Cdmchamber
    Miles for Melanoma San Diego 2 November 2019 Cancerhealth
    San Diego Fire Rescue 5K San Diego 5 October 2019 sdfirerescue
    Hansen Dam Superhero Run Sylmar 1 January 1970 hdtri
    Foxy 5k San Diego 1 January 1970 dirtdevilracing
    Palo Alto Weekly Moonlight Run Palo Alto 11 October 2019 paloaltoonline
    Run For Great Schools 5K Cupertino 1 January 1970 ceefcares
    Anaheim Hills Firecracker 5K/10K Run/Walk Anaheim 1 January 1970 anaheimhillscommunitycouncil
    Valley of the Moon Vintage Festival 12K/5K Sonoma 29 September 2019 valleyofthemoonvintagefestival
    Brave 5K San Pedro 9 November 2019 brave5k
    Montclaire 5K Los Altos 29 September 2019 montclaire
    Survive and Thrive 5K Irvine 4 April 2020 surviveandthriverunwalk
    SOFITCITY: RUN TOWN 5K/10K/MASK-erade! Fairfield 13 October 2019 sofitcity
    The Newark Mile 4k Newark 21 September 2019 cxc4l
    Lake Forest Chamber 5K Elf Yourself Lake Forest 14 December 2019 Active
    Girls on the Run 5K of Sonoma County Rohnert Park 8 December 2019 gotrsonomacounty
    Piedmont Turkey Trot Piedmont 28 November 2019 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
    Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon Laguna Hills 28 May 2018 renegaderaceseries
    2018 Laguna Niguel Triathlon Laguna Niguel, CA 28 January 2018 renegaderaceseries
    Catalina Island 5K Avalon, Catalina Island, CA 3 November 2018 renegaderaceseries
    LA Life Run Los Angeles, CA 6 May 2018 renegaderaceseries
    Laguna Niguel 5K Laguna Niguel, CA 28 January 2018 renegaderaceseries
    Awesome 80's Run - Pasadena Pasadena, CA 24 February 2018 awesome80srun.com
    Piedmont Turkey Trot Piedmont, CA 23 November 2017 piedmontturkeytrot
    Fitness Run For Fun La Palma, CA 4 July 2018 cityoflapalma
    Folsom Lake Sweet Water Trail Run Folsom, CA 27 January 2018 tctruns
    High Mountain Tri Mountain Center, CA 8 September 2018 highmountaintri
    Tinsel Triathlon Hemet, CA 9 December 2018 tinseltriathlon
    Jack O Smash Run Poway 28 October 2018 jack-o-smash
    Aloha Run - San Diego San Diego, CA 9 September 2018 thealoharun
    Foxy Half Marathon & 5K Trail Run San Diego, CA 24 April 2018 dirtdevilracing
    Mardi Gras Madness 5K/10K Valencia, CA 25 February 2018 mgm5k.weebly
    WetNWild 5K La Mirada, CA 11 August 2018 wetnwild5k
    Santa Rosa Marathon Santa Rosa, CA 26 August 2018 santarosamarathon
    ACT Today! for Military Families 5K/10K San Diego, CA 20 April 2019 act-today
    10th Annual Wrigley River Run Long Beach, CA 2 June 2018 wrigleyriverrun
    Pup Cup 5K-9 Orange County Huntington Beach, CA 28 July 2018 pastimewithpurpose
    Folsom Blues Breakout 5K Folsom, CA 21 October 2018 folsomblueshalf
    San Luis Obispo Marathon San Luis Obispo, CA 28 April 2018 slomarathon
    Veterans Honor Run Rocklin, CA 13 October 2018 jessup
    Palm Springs Health Run Palm Springs, CA 26 January 2019 palmspringshealthrun
    Komen San Diego Race for the Cure San Diego, CA 4 November 2018 komensandiego
    Look Good Feel Good Half Marathon San Leandro, CA 20 October 2018 divinemercyfamily
    Roar 5K Hemet, CA 21 April 2018 theseraphimproject.org
    Unicorn Dash 5K Placerville, CA 15 September 2018 goldrush1034
    Moorpark Mammoth Run Moorpark, CA 7 October 2018 moorparkmammothrun
    Buena Park Silverado Days 5K Fun Run & Walk Buena Park, CA 20 October 2018 silveradodays
    Aut2Run for Autism Camarillo, CA 28 April 2019 aut2run
    Homeboy 5K Los Angeles, CA 22 September 2018 homeboy5k.rallybound
    Northgate Market Downtown Anaheim 5K Anaheim, CA 9 June 2018 anaheim5k

    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 runs in California 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 runs in California. Feedback left by runners who participated in the runs in California was also considered. Other factors include how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the runs in California are.

    What are the best 5Ks in the bay area?

    There are many runs in California to choose from here as the Bay Area is host to many 5k races throughout its many cities and communities. Some of these runs in California are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs, and other 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. Other runs in California 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 runs in California.

    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
    NameCityDateWebsite
    LA Life Run Los Angeles 1 January 1970 Laliferun
    FINISH THE RIDE AND FINISH THE RUN Los Angeles 26 April 2020 Finishtheride
    Beach Blast Santa Monica 29 September 2019 Abetterworldrunning
    Hip Hop Run Oakland 1 January 1970 Hiphoprun
    Run for Kids Van Nuys 1 January 1970 Active
    Terrain Race San Jose 1 January 1970 Terrainracing
    Mother's Day Run Van Nuys 1 January 1970 Abetterworldrunning
    City Impact's 8th Annual Ventura Beachfront Run Ventura 1 January 1970 Cityimpact
    River Run Visalia 1 January 1970 Facebook/Visaliariverrun
    Hip Hop Run San Jose 23 September 2019 Hiphoprun
    Run the Rocks Agua Dulce 12 October 2019 Active
    Mental Health Run Orcutt 1 January 1970 Active
    Run to Remember 5k, 10k & Kid’s Fun Run Pleasanton 1 January 1970 Cpoa
    Lighting the Way Los Gatos 1 January 1970 aiducatenow
    Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot San Jose 28 November 2019 svturkeytrot
    Manhattan Beach 10K Manhattan Beach 5 October 2019 mb10k
    10th Annual Wrigley River Run Long Beach, CA 1 January 1970 wrigleyriverrun
    Lions Turtle Bay Run Redding, CA 6 October 2019 reddingbreakfastlionsclub
    Presidio Coyote 10K Dash San Francisco, CA 1 January 1970 redrocketracing

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These runs in California 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. Fewer runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these runs in California 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 runs in California 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 include 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 runs in California to choose from here as the Bay Area is host to many 10k races throughout its many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs in California, and other 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 runs in California.

    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 runs in California 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 runs in California in California would be San Diego's City Running Tours, Girls on the Go 10k and Peace Run.

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  • Half marathons
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon Napa 18 July 2020 Motivrunning
    Healdsburg Half Marathon Healdsburg 17 May 2020 Runwinecountry
    Santa Barbara Half Marathon Santa Barbara 1 January 1970 Sbhalfmarathon
    Ventura Half Marathon Ventura 19 October 2019 Ventura Marathon
    Oakland Half Marathon Oakland 22 March 2020 Oakland Marathon
    Golden Gate Half Marathon San Francisco 3 November 2019 Runsf
    Santa Rosa Half Marathon Santa Rosa 29 August 2020 Runwinecountry
    Malibu Half Marathon Malibu 3 November 2019 Malibumarathon
    Livermore Half Marathon Livermore 15 March 2020 runsignup
    San Diego Half Marathon San Diego 15 March 2020 Sdhalfmarathon
    Los Angeles Half Marathon Los Angeles 8 March 2020 Lamarathon
    Rock and Roll Half Marathon San Diego 30 May 2020 Runrocknroll
    Napa to Sonoma Half Marathon Napa 18 July 2020 motivrunning
    LA JOLLA HALF MARATHON & SHORES 5K Del Mar 26 April 2020 Lajollahalfmarathon
    Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon Huntington Beach 2 February 2020 Runsurfcity
    Disney Half Marathon Anaheim 31 October 2019 Rundisney
    Two Cities Marathon Fresno 3 November 2019 twocitiesmarathon
    SPACEROCK Trail Race Dulce 12 October 2019 spacerocktrailrace.com
    San Diego Holiday Half Marathon San Diego 21 December 2019 sandiegoholidayhalf
    The Buffalo Stampede 10-Mile Run/Walk Sacramento 8 September 2019 buffalostampederun
    SPACEROCK Trail Race Dulce 12 October 2019 spacerocktrailrace
    SUGAR DADDY HALF MARATHON Santa Clarita 1 January 1970 sugardaddymarathon
    Lake Balboa Half Marathon 5k 10k Van Nuys 31 May 2020 lakebalboahalf
    Arroyo Creek Half Marathon 5k 10k Simi Valley 28 June 2020 arroyocreekhalf
    Harvest Half Marathon 5k, 10k Van Nuys 22 September 2019 harvesthalf
    Surfer's Point Marathon Harbor Blvd 10 November 2019 surferspointmarathon
    Griffith Park Trail Half Marathon Los Angeles 9 November 2019 griffithparktrailruns
    2018 VALENCIA Trail Race Santa Clarita 28 March 2020 valenciatrailrace.com
    Irvine Half Marathon Irvine 11 January 2020 irvine half
    America's Finest City Half Marathon San Diego, CA 16 August 2020 inmotionevents
    Folsom Blues Breakout 13.1 & Relay Folsom, CA 20 October 2018 folsomblueshalf

    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 2000s 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 runs in California 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 include 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 its many cities and communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs, and other 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
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Mountains to Beach Marathon Ojai 27 May 2018 Mountains2beachmarathon
    Surfers Path Marathon Santa Cruz 20 May 2018 Runsurferspath
    Oakland Marathon Oakland 24 March 2019 Oaklandmarathon
    Catalina Island Marathon Catalina 9 March 2019 Spectrumsportsevents
    Napa Valley Marathon Calistoga 3 March 2019 Napavalleymarathon
    Los Angeles Marathon Los Angeles 24 March 2019 Lamarathon
    Rock N' Roll Marathon & 1/2 Marathon San Diego San Diego 2 June 2018 Runrocknroll
    Reebok Ragnar So Cal San Diego 6 April 2018 Runragnar
    ALASKA AIRLINES BAY TO BREAKERS San Francisco 20 May 2018 Baytobreakers
    Badwater 135 Furnace Creek & Lone Pine 23 July 2018 Badwater
    THE 2018 DREAM MILE!! San Jose 3 June 2018 Thedreammile
    Surf City Marathon & Half Marathon Huntington Beach 1 February 2019 Runsurfcity
    The San Francisco Marathon San Francisco 29 July 2018 Thesfmarathon
    OC Marathon Costa Mesa 5 May 2018 Ocmarathon
    Half Moon Bay Marathon Half Moon Bay 18 September 2017 Halfmoonbayim
    JetBlue Long Beach Marathon Long Beach 5 October 2018 Runlongbeach
    Two Cities Marathon Fresno 5 November 2017 Twocitiesmarathon
    Bakersfield Marathon Bakerfield 12 November 2017 Runsignup
    California International Marathon Sacramento 2 December 2018 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 1900s, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and most long-distance runners subscribe to this distance.  In 2017 there are currently more than 800 runs in California 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 runs in California. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors for those runs in California include 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 finish line when attending to the runs in California. This can vary from resistance bands, headphones to top running shoes from sponsors 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 its many cities and communities. Some of these runs in California are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs, and other 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 3 runs in California would be the Ragnar Relay Marathon, San Diego Marathon, and SD Rock N Roll Marathon.

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  • Ultra Races
    NameCityDateWebsite
    SLO Ultra Trail Races San Luis Obispo County 1 September 2018 sloultra
  • Other Races to Consider
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    The Paiute Meadows Trail Run Susanville 12 May 2018 paiutemeadowstrailrun
    2018 VALENCIA Trail Race Santa Clarita 31 March 2018 valenciatrailrace
    Griffith Park Trail Marathon Relay & 8K Old Zoo 3 June 2018 griffithparkmarathonrelay
    TriAVAC Supersprint Triathlon San Jose 10 February 2018 avac
    San Diego Holiday Half Marathon San Diego, CA 15 December 2018 sandiegoholidayhalf
    AIDS Walk and Run San Diego San Diego, CA 29 September 2018 events.thecentersd