We’re lucky to call the beautiful coastal town of Carlsbad, California, our home since 1986, and it’s no secret why runners from all over the world continue to make the Carlsbad 5000 a yearly destination event.

Perfectly situated between the laid-back vibe of downtown San Diego and the glamour of  Los Angeles/Orange County, the world is at your fingertips, while your toes are in the sand. Enjoy the most outdoor space and trails in all of San Diego, with a safe and fun environment. Explore Carlsbad!


Looking to make a long weekend out of the World’s Fastest 5k? Carlsbad has so much to offer beyond race day.

Check out this comprehensive listing of all hotels in Carlsbad, including hotels on the beach, luxury resorts, vacation rentals, budget-friendly hotels, and more. Carlsbad has whatever you need to plan your World’s Fastest 5k Weekend!

CARLSBAD VILLAGE: Beyond the course

Home to the start line, finish line, and the famed Pizza Port Beer Garden – Carlsbad Village is the zone to explore before, during, and after the race!

Whether you are searching for a hip coffee shop, perfect street taco, or an elegant French bistro, Carlsbad Village is home to an abundance of amazing restaurants for any occasion. In between meals, explore the arts and entertainment scene or spend the day shopping around the hundreds of unique shops and boutique stores that the Village has to offer. The Village is walkable, with the Coaster station in the heart of everything, and the beach is just two blocks away. Come experience Carlsbad Village.

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