Saturday, September 19, 2020

The popular Junior Carlsbad features multiple races designed for children ages 12 and under. Junior distances range from a 1-mile run to the always entertaining 50-yard Toddler Trot and 25-yard Diaper Dash.

New for 2020, all ages are welcome to choose their distance.

1 Mile
9:00a ​Boys | 9:30a ​Girls
Recommended for ages 7 to 12

1/2 Mile
10:00a ​Boys | 10:20a​ Girls
Recommended for ages 4 to 6

Toddler Trot
10:40a ​Toddler Dash
Recommended for age 3

Diaper Dash
10:50a ​Diaper Dash
Recommended for ages 2 or younger

Junior Carlsbad Registration

  • Presale Price Closed April 14, 2019
  • Early Bird Price January 1 - January 31, 2020
  • Regular Price February 1 - September 13, 2020
  • Race Week Price September 14 - September 19, 2020
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What's included with registration?

  • Fun, energetic course in the heart of Carlsbad Village
  • Junior Carlsbad participant tee
  • Junior Carlsbad finisher medal
  • Post-race treats including chocolate milk and animal crackers
  • Official race results and free photos


Plus, four-time Olympian and co-owner of Carlsbad 5000, Meb Keflezighi, will be sure to make race weekend extra special!

Safety Information

SUNDAY ADULT RACES ONLY: Please be aware that the Carlsbad 5000 course crosses two sets of railroad tracks. The tracks are active during the full weekend of events 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.


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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