5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series Santa Barbara, CA 17 August 2022 Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 17 August 2022 Fog City Run
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 18 August 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 19 August 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 20 August 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Trail Run at Sly Park Pollock Pines, CA 20 August 2022 Trail Run at Sly Park
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 20 August 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    NCRR Wild Duck 5K XC Race Oceanside, CA 20 August 2022 NCRR Wild Duck 5K XC Race
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 21 August 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    America's Finest City Half Marathon San Diego, CA 21 August 2022 America's Finest City Half Marathon
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 24 August 2022 Fog City Run
    Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series Santa Barbara, CA 24 August 2022 Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 25 August 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 26 August 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 27 August 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    Almaden Hills Trail Run San Jose, CA 27 August 2022 Almaden Hills Trail Run
    Santa Rosa Marathon Santa Rosa, CA 27 August 2022 Santa Rosa Marathon
    Tough Mudder - NorCal Sonoma, CA 27 August 2022 Tough Mudder - NorCal
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 27 August 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Cal Tri Big Bear Big Bear Lake, CA 28 August 2022 Cal Tri Big Bear
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 28 August 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Tough Mudder - NorCal Sonoma, CA 28 August 2022 Tough Mudder - NorCal
    LMJS Fourth Sunday Race Oakland, CA 28 August 2022 LMJS Fourth Sunday Race
    Good Dog - Dirty Dog 5K/10K Granite Bay, CA 28 August 2022 Good Dog - Dirty Dog 5K/10K
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 31 August 2022 Fog City Run
    Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series Santa Barbara, CA 31 August 2022 Nite Moves Summer Sunset Series
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 1 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 2 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 3 September 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 3 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 4 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 7 September 2022 Fog City Run
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 8 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 9 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Donate Life Run/Walk San Ramon, CA 10 September 2022 Donate Life Run/Walk
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 10 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 10 September 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    Oaktown Half Marathon Oakland, CA 10 September 2022 Oaktown Half Marathon
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 11 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 14 September 2022 Fog City Run
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 15 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 16 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 17 September 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    Run with the Cops 5K Sacramento, CA 17 September 2022 Run with the Cops 5KA
    Crazy 8's 5K Rancho Bernardo, CA 17 September 2022 Crazy 8's 5K
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 17 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 18 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Hearts & Heroes 5K Anaheim, CA 19 September 2022 Hearts & Heroes 5K
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 21 September 2022 Fog City Run
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 22 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 23 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Apple Valley Fall Reverse Triathlon Apple Valley, CA 24 September 2022 Apple Valley Fall Reverse Triathlon
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 24 September 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    Oak Tree Challenge Covina, CA 24 September 2022 Oak Tree Challenge
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 24 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 25 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Bare Booty 5K Jacumba Hot Springs, CA 25 September 2022 Bare Booty 5K
    LMJS Fourth Sunday Race Oakland, CA 25 September 2022 LMJS Fourth Sunday Race
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 28 September 2022 Fog City Run
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 29 September 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 30 September 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 1 October 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 1 October 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    Peace Officer Memorial Run Modesto, CA 2 October 2022 Peace Officer Memorial Run
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 2 October 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Fog City Run San Francisco, CA 5 October 2022 Fog City Run
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 6 October 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 7 October 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    Byxbee parkrun Palo Alto, CA 8 October 2022 Byxbee parkrun
    La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour San Diego, CA 8 October 2022 La Jolla Coastal 5K Running Tour
    Balboa Park 5k Running Tour San Diego, CA 9 October 2022 Balboa Park 5k Running Tour
    California Gold Rush Trail Run Coloma, CA 22 October 2022 California Gold Rush Trail Run

    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.

    Things not to forget

    For any race of any type, be sure to stack up on the right running gear. And that includes:

    1. Good running socks
    2. The right running shorts
    3. The best running tights for the upcoming weather
    4. Good running tops that will protect you in the longer races
    5. Good running gloves for colder races
    6. Best running hats to protect you from the sun
    7. The right running jacket for the upcoming weather conditions
    8. A good sports bra
    9. The right hydration equipment. So, either sports bottles, hydration packs, hydration vests or hydration belts.

    Remember that not all shoes can be used by both men and women. So, be sure you check out our guide on running shoes for women.

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  • 10k races
    NameCityDateWebsite
    Trail Run at Sly Park Pollock Pines, CA 20 August 2022 Trail Run at Sly Park
    Angel Island Half Marathon Tiburon, CA 27 August 2022 Angel Island Half Marathon
    Santa Rosa Marathon Santa Rosa, CA 27 August 2022 Santa Rosa Marathon
    Almaden Hills Trail Run San Jose, CA 27 August 2022 Almaden Hills Trail Run
    Cal Tri Big Bear Big Bear Lake, CA 28 August 2022 Cal Tri Big Bear
    Good Dog - Dirty Dog 5K/10K Granite Bay, CA 28 August 2022 Good Dog - Dirty Dog 5K/10K
    LMJS Fourth Sunday Race Oakland, CA 28 August 2022 LMJS Fourth Sunday Race
    Bizz Johnson Susanville, CA 3 September 2022 Bizz Johnson
    Oaktown Half Marathon Oakland, CA 10 September 2022 Oaktown Half Marathon
    Mendocino Running Festival Mendocino, CA 10 September 2022 Mendocino Running Festival
    Donate Life Run/Walk San Ramon, CA 10 September 2022 Donate Life Run/Walk
    Run To Remember Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 11 September 2022 Run To Remember Los Angeles
    LMJS Fourth Sunday Race Oakland, CA 25 September 2022 LMJS Fourth Sunday Race
    Manhattan Beach 10K Manhattan Beach, CA 1 October 2022 Manhattan Beach 10K
    California Gold Rush Trail Run Coloma, CA 22 October 2022 California Gold Rush Trail Run

    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. If you're a novice, be sure to start some 10k training programs beforehand.

    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
    Trail Run at Sly Park Pollock Pines, CA 20 August 2022 Trail Run at Sly Park
    America's Finest City Half Marathon San Diego, CA 21 August 2022 America's Finest City Half Marathon
    Almaden Hills Trail Run San Jose, CA 27 August 2022 Almaden Hills Trail Run
    Santa Rosa Marathon Santa Rosa, CA 27 August 2022 Santa Rosa Marathon
    Angel Island Half Marathon Tiburon, CA 27 August 2022 Angel Island Half Marathon
    Bizz Johnson Susanville, CA 3 September 2022 Bizz Johnson
    Bizz Johnson Susanville, CA 4 September 2022 Bizz Johnson
    Mendocino Running Festival Mendocino, CA 10 September 2022 Mendocino Running Festival
    Run To Remember Los Angeles Los Angeles, CA 11 September 2022 Run To Remember Los Angeles
    Diablo Trail Run Clayton, CA 18 September 2022 Diablo Trail Run
    Big Sur Trail Marathon Big Sur, CA 24 September 2022 Big Sur Trail Marathon
    Peace Officer Memorial Run Modesto, CA 2 October 2022 Peace Officer Memorial Run
    Napa Half Marathon Napa, CA 2 October 2022 Napa Half Marathon
    California Gold Rush Trail Run Coloma, CA 22 October 2022 California Gold Rush Trail Run

    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
    Trail Run at Sly Park Pollock Pines, CA 20 August 2022 Trail Run at Sly Park

    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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