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5K RACES

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Join us in 2020 as we celebrate 35 Years of Carlsbad 5000!

Carlsbad 5000 presented by National University is a full day of road racing on the seaside streets of Carlsbad, California. This iconic event features individual races for all ages and abilities, including Masters, Age Groupers, Party People, and the world’s fastest Elites! The legendary post-race Party by the Sea takes place in our legendary Beer Garden where friends and family celebrate with craft brews and live music.

The course features nearly two miles along the Pacific coast with an exciting, spectator-friendly finish in the heart of Carlsbad Village. The world record-setting course is USATF sanctioned and certified. One water station is located along the course and additional hydration options are provided at the finish line.

 

Sunday, September 20, 2020

Race Day Schedule

Please be aware that the course crosses two sets of railroad tracks. The tracks are active during the event and our staff closely monitors the train schedule. For the safety of all event participants, spectators, and volunteers, races may be stopped, delayed, and are subject to change at any time (including race day).

Please plan to arrive to the start line of your race at least 5 minutes before the published start time as actual start times are subject to change on race day in coordination with the train schedule.

    • — Masters Men 40 and over
    • Masters Women 40 and over
    • Men 39 and under
    • Women 39 and under
    • — Party People
      • The Party People race is perfect for those who want to run, walk, or dance for 3.1 miles with friends, teammates, coworkers or family, or for those who aren’t setting out to crush a course record. Please note, participants of the Party People race are not eligible for Age Group Awards.
    • — Elite Women’s Invitational
    • — Elite Men’s Invitational

Carlsbad 5000 Registration

  • Presale Price Closed April 14, 2019
  • Early Bird Price January 1 - January 12, 2020
  • Regular Price January 13 - September 13, 2020
  • Race Week Price September 14 - September 20, 2020
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Included with Registration:

  • — Carlsbad 5000 finisher medals (PLUS, exclusive “first 250 finisher” ribbons for the Top 250 in each competitive race)
  • — Premium, sustainably made race shirts (men’s and women’s styles)
  • — On course water station
  • — Post-race hydration including Suja Juice, Gatorade Endurance, and Hollandia chocolate milk
  • — CLIF® bar snacks
  • — Party by the Sea finisher festival with live music and two complimentary Pizza Port beers (21 & up)
  • — Official race results
  • — FREE race photos
  • — USATF sanctioned and certified course along the Pacific coast
  • — Wellness Expo featuring the Skechers Performance Elite Athlete Q&A w/Meb

Safety Information

Please be aware that the Carlsbad 5000 course crosses two sets of railroad tracks. The tracks are active during the event and our staff closely monitors the train schedule. For the safety of all event participants, spectators, and volunteers, races may be stopped, delayed, and are subject to change at any time (including race day). We appreciate your understanding.

Courses

5K & All Day 20K
2020 Carlsbad 5000 Course (5K and All Day 20K): The course that started it all in 1986 has once again been approved and certified for 2020. Originally designed with the help of the legendary Steve Scott, the record-setting course starts with a blast down Grand Avenue before opening up to nearly 2 miles of quintessential SoCal Pacific goodness. The miles fly by on this out-and-back coastal section along Carlsbad Boulevard before the final turn onto Carlsbad Village Drive for that oh so sweet downhill finish into the heart of the Village.

2020 Carlsbad 5000 Course

Junior Carlsbad
ALL NEW for 2020! This brand new Junior Carlsbad course puts safety first by eliminating all train crossings and is designed to be a spectator-friendly route through the heart of Carlsbad Village. Parents rejoice with this easy to locate and easy to cheer along course for your tiny dashers!

Junior Carlsbad Course

 

Race Kit Pickup

Friday, September 18 | Early Race Kit Pick-up
Location: Fleet Feet San Diego
11:00am – 6:00pm

Saturday, September 19 | Junior Carlsbad & Wellness Expo
Location: Carlsbad Village (Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Drive)
8:00am – 1:00pm Wellness Expo & Race Kit Pick-up
9:00am First Junior Carlsbad race starts
11:00am Athlete Q&A with Meb Keflezighi and Elite Athletes

Sunday, September 20 | Carlsbad 5000 & Wellness Expo
Location: Carlsbad Village (Roosevelt and Carlsbad Village Drive)
6:00am Race Kit Pick-up Opens
6:53am First Carlsbad 5000 race starts
7:00am Wellness Expo Opens
8:00am Pizza Port Beer Garden Opens
9:30am Live Concert Starts

Road Closures

Over the course of the 2020 event weekend, September 19-20, 2020, road closures and no parking zones will be effect in and around Carlsbad Village. More information can be found here.

Race Timing

Race timing will be provided using chip + bib technology which will automatically record participants’ times at the start and at the finish. Please note that in order to qualify for age group awards, participants must wear their race bib with the chip intact. Results will be available online soon after runners cross the finish line.

Age Group Awards – 5K

Age group awards will be presented to the top 3, male and female categories, for the 5K distance. Information regarding award distribution will be provided before race weekend. There are no additional age group awards for the All Day 20K.

Age groups are: 14 & Under  |  15-19 |  20-24  |  25-29  |  30-34  |  35-39  |  40-44  |  45-49  |  50-54  |  55-59  |  60-64  |  65-69  |  70-74  |  75-79  |  80+

How do I earn an age division award?
Runners are eligible for age group awards if you place in the top 3, male or female, for your specific Age Group Division race. Runners must run in their Age/Gender Division race to earn an award in your category. (e.g., Male 27 years old is only eligible for awards in the Men 39 & Under race // Woman 53 years old is only eligible for awards in the Masters Women (40+) race)

Age Group Awards – Junior Carlsbad

Age group awards will be presented to the top 3, boy and girl categories, for the 1 Mile and 1/2 Mile distances. Junior Carlsbad age group awards must be picked up at the Awards tent located within the Health & Wellness Expo.

Age groups are: 3 & Under | Age 4 | Age 5 | Age 6 | Age 7 | Age 8 | Age 9 | Age 10 | Age 11 | Age 12

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