Orange County hosts family fun runs, Turkey Trots, 5Ks and full marathons all year long. Whether you’re looking for a challenge, like the OC Marathon, or a fun way to get kids excited about fitness, like the annual Dino Dash, we’ve got a list of events for every season. Find your next race today.
Huntington State Beach
Saturday, February 2, 2019
The popular Surf City Marathon offers a variety of distances for runners of all skill levels including a full and half marathon, 5K, and the new Cowabunga Beach Challenge. Racers will enjoy the view on the oceanfront course. The event includes surfboard medals for all participants, free shirts, free beer at Sunday’s Sand Bar, live entertainment, and free shuttle service. The 2018 race brought 17,000 participants to Huntington Beach for this annual event.
Irvine Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Road, Orange, CA
Saturday, February 9, 2019
5K and 10K race start at 8:00 AM
Check in begins at 7:00 AM
$5 parking fee
Celebrate Valentines Day by showing your trail love at this 5K, 10K, and 1-mile Kid’s Fun Run. The fun run is open to kids ages 4 – 12 and will begin between 9:45 and 10:00 a.m. The 5K and 10K races will take place on the back-country trails of Irvine Regional Park with a few hills and technical areas on the course. The 5K race is a great option for first time trail racers. Awards will be given to the top three overall winners in the 5K and 10K races. Participants will receive custom race medals (the kids get them too!), a t-shirt, and post-race refreshments.
Carbon Canyon Regional Park
4442 Carbon Canyon Rd, Brea, CA US 92823
Saturday, February 16, 2019
Race begins at 8:00 a.m.
The first annual Aiden Barnes Memorial 5K run will be held at Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Aiden was a kind and gifted athlete. Funds from the Memorial 5K will benefit charities that are near and dear to the hearts of Aiden and his family including support for people in need and track & field programs for special needs children.
8095 E. Crystal Dr. Anaheim CA 92807
February 16, 2019
Race begins at 7:30 a.m.
Join the race at Grace OC. Racers will run the course route from Grace to Yorba Regional Park and Santa Ana Trail and return to the finish line at Grace OC. A pancake breakfast is included with registration and will take place after the race. Proceeds from the Hearts & Heroes 5K will benefit local foster children and funds will be used to host birthday parties for these children who are with a local Orange County children’s home. Many of these kids have never had a birthday party of their own, and this is a great opportunity to give them a joyful experience.
O’Neill Regional Park
30892 Trabuco Canyon Road, Trabuco Canyon, CA 92678
February 16, 2019
7 & 10 Mile Races start at 7:45 am
5 Mile Race starts at 8:30 am
9:00 – 11:00 am – Campfire and Chili
Get fit and warm at the OC Chili Winter Trail Run. The 5, 7, and 10 mile races will take place on the trails of O’Neill Regional Park. After the race, gather with racers, family, and friends to enjoy warm chili and a campfire. All participants will receive a long sleeve t-shirt.
Laguna Niguel Regional Park
28241 La Paz Road in Laguna Niguel
Sunday, February 17, 2019
17K begins at 8:00 a.m.
5K begins at 8:45 a.m.
The Aliso & Wood Canyons race will take place in the Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, located across Alicia Parkway from the Laguna Niguel Regional Park race parking area. Participants will receive a custom race medal, tech shirt, race photos, and post-race snacks. The 5K course is a fast out and back along the Aliso Creek Trail to Wood Canyon. The 17K course offers some challenging climbs with technical terrain, and several long flat stretches. Both courses are nearly entirely on trails except for a brief paved road crossing.
Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base
11200 Lexington Drive, Los Alamitos, CA 90720
February 22 & 23, 2019
The Race on the Base at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base is the largest reverse triathlon in the USA and includes a whole weekend packed with fun and events. The Glow in the Dark Whimsical Fun Run and health and fitness expo kick off the weekend with a live band on Friday. Saturday, there are a variety of race events including the 10K Handcycle/Wheelchair race, 10K Run, Jr. Reverse Triathlon, Honoring Our Fallen 5K Run to Remember, Honoring Our Fallen 5K Walk, New GORUCK 5K Rucking event, and adult Reverse Triathlon.
Aliso Niguel High School
28000 Wolverine Way, Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Saturday, February 23, 2019
5K race – 8:00 am
Joyful Child Fun Run – 9:15 am
Run for a cause. The Brave race benefits The Joyful Child Foundation was established in memory of Samantha Runnion, a five-year old girl who was abducted from her home in Stanton and murdered. The Joyful Child Foundation’s BRAVE initiative is “dedicated to preventing crimes against children through programs that educate, empower, and unite families and communities.” Participants in the Brave Race will help raise funds for much needed safety education programs to help keep children in our communities safe. The race takes place on a flat track, medals for participants, T-shirts, refreshments, on-course entertainment, and an expo.
Huntington Beach (Beach Blvd & PCH)
21579 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Sunday, March 8, 2020
7:30 – 10:00 am
Country western bands and music on the course. It’s not just a run, it is the cowboy round up of the year. Learn to rope stations, learn to ride. Best themed event shirts. Custom cast medal that turns into a belt buckle. Line dance warm up. Two step lessons. Bar B Que food offered. 5K /10K age division awards. Top three overall trophies, age division medals. RFID CHIP TIMED by Itz About Time.
Jeffrey Trail Middle School
155 Visions, Irvine, CA 92620
Saturday, April 4, 2020
Registration Opens at 7 a.m. up to 8:45 a.m.
Rabbit Run 5K & Egg Hunt ( Non Competitive) – Starts at 9 a.m.
OC CHALLENGE 5K: Age Division awards. 3 deep. 5 year age spans Overall Masters Male/ Female trophy.
Rabbit Run 5k: This is a 3.1 mile Easter egg hunt with RABBIT RUN 5k Finisher medals. Perfect to jog, run, stroll, and enjoy the Easter prizes to collect along the way.
El Moro Canyon
Saturday, April 2020
Details to be announced.
Peter’s Canyon Regional Park
8548 E. Canyon View Ave., Orange, CA 92869
Friday, April 24, 2020
10K begins promptly at 5:00 PM
The Peter’s Canyon Earth Day 10K is an evening race on the trails of Peters Canyon Regional Park. The race course is great for all levels with a variety of challenging elements. All participants will receive a medal, a T-shirt, and post-race snacks. Parking is off-site and available a half mile away at Chapman Hills Elementary School and the adjacent cul-de-sac parking lot. Runners must NOT park in residential areas. Cars parked in the residential area will be ticketed.
Bolsa Chica State Beach (Corner of Warner Blvd and PCH)
17243 Pacific Coast Highway
Sunday, May 3, 2020
8 a.m Start
7:30 am Salsa dancing . Warm ups. Pre race party. Mariachis music. Cultural dances.
Come celebrate Mexican Culture and be as victorious in your pursuit of health as those warriors were in their victory at the Battle of Puebla. 3.1 mile and 5 miles might seem like a long way, but you can do it.
Begins at Saddleback Memorial Medical Center on Calle De Louisa
Ends at Laguna Hills Community Center at 25555 Alicia Pkwy
Race begins at 7:00 a.m.
The annual Laguna Hills Memorial Day races are perfect for participants of all experience levels, with a variety of lengths and difficulty levels, plus a half mile kids race and a 50-yard Diaper Dash. The Memorial Day races benefit two programs. The first is the Darkhorse Battalion. According to the website, “The City of Laguna Hills adopted the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, of the 1st Marine Division.” The infantry is based in Camp Pendelton and the city plans to donate $3 per race participant. Additionally, the city encourages viewers and participants to bring non-perishable and canned goods to support the food drive that benefits seniors, low-income families, and others in need. The 2019 Race marks the beginning of the Spirit of Valor Medal series. The series is dedicated to “the US Coast Guard, Women Veterans, First Responders, POW/MIA, and Purple Heart recipients.” Every year from 2019 through 2023 finisher medals will be inspired by the year’s theme.Participants who collect all five series finisher medals will be awarded the Grand Spirit of Valor Legacy Medal.
2000 Gene Autry Way
Anaheim, CA 92806
Thursday, July 4, 2019
A patriotic race that represents your freedom. All participants will receive a race t-shirt and a finisher medal. The Fun Run is 1 mile of camaraderie, and individuals participating in the 5K race can walk, run or jog. Parking will be $5 per vehicle.
Preregistration: Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019 (3:00-7:00 pm)
Race Day: Thursday, July 4th, 2019 (6:15-9:15 am)
Location for preregistration and race day:
Salem Lutheran Church and School
6500 E. Santiago Canyon Rd,
Get a running start on celebrating the 4th of July at the Orange Park Acres. The Pre -Parade 5k race/walk is celebrating ten years of encouraging the love of running along with spending quality time with family and friends. The 10K epic challenge Cross Country Race will give you an experience that will give you lasting memories. Participants across the country (and globe!) come to participate in this fun race!
Angel Stadium of Anaheim
2000 East Gene Autry Way,
Anaheim, CA, 92806
Thursday, July 4, 2019
8:00 am – 11:00 am
This event is for every body and everyone! This run is for people who like to walk/run, those who want to cheer, or do all three! This event includes a 5K run/walk, a Fun Run (1 mile), a Virtual Run (for those of you who are unable to attend, but still would like to earn a medal), and a Zero K (for individuals who would like to attend the expo, and cheer on the rest). See website for more information.
2000 Main Street
Huntington Beach, CA 92646
Thursday, July 4, 2019
An event the whole family can enjoy! Come participate in the Surf City Run 5K. There’s even a kids run (for kids 6 and under) that will run .5 miles and children between the ages of 7-12 will also have a 1 mile run. 5K race begins at 8 am, children’s race begins 9 am.
7821 Walker Street
La Palma, CA 90623
Thursday, July 4, 2019
A healthy and fun way to celebrate the fun July festivities! This running event is proud to give a small town/home sense of community feel that you will be able to enjoy with your friends and families. This race is help promote focusing on health and wellness while participating in a running, walking or strolling activity.
18001 Yorba Linda Boulevard
Yorba Linda, CA 92886
Saturday, July 20, 2019
This event is in celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. Race participants are are encouraged to wear their best spacesuites! This is a stroller-friendly event. Lift off (race begins) is at 8 am! Registration is now open.
615 Avenida Victoria
San Clemente, CA 92674
Sunday, July 21, 2019
An ocean of events to pick from! Come spend the day at the beach and have some fun in the sun! Races vary from a 5K Beach Run, Open Ocean Paddle (about 5.5 mile course), Biathalon (1K Swim/5k Run), a Splash & Dash Relay and much more! See event website for more details.
1 Irvine Park Road
Orange, CA 92869
Thursday, July 25, 2019
This event is hosting a summer evening 5K that brings the exciting world of short distance trail racing to their participants. This race is designed for beginner trail runners all the way to advanced street racers. Enjoy this race while taking in the beautiful California sunset. After the run, participants will be treated with a concert in the park as they relax with their families and friends. A great way to end a California summer day.
88 Fair Dr Costa Mesa, California
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Sunday, August 4, 2019
A fun run for the whole family to enjoy! The OC Fun Run coinsides with the OC fair! Come and attend this event for games, prizes and lots of fun!
Sunday, August 11, 2019
8:00 – 11:00
Bolsa Chica State Beach – Lot 25 (Warner and PCH)
17243 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach,
A run with a touch of paradise feel! During the event, enjoy Polynesian music, tiki lamps, and professionally chipped timed event with mile markers. Same day registration opens at 6:30 am, followed by a Hawaiian dance at 7:30 am. Race begins at 8 am.
Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park
27901 Glenn Ranch Rd., Trabuco Canyon, CA 92679
Saturday, October 19, 2019
Check in at 7:30 a.m.
The Haunted Hills Whiting Ranch race sponsored by Rock It Racing takes runners through the Trabuo Canyon trails. Whiting Ranch is a popular hiking and mountain biking destination and is home to Red Rock Canyon, Orange County’s own geological masterpiece. Dogs are not allowed in the park and strollers are not allowed on the course. The Haunted Hills race is paper cupless, so wear a hydration pack to fill up at the start and finish lines, and at aid stations along the race course.
Saturday, October 20, 2019
5K 10K Start: 8:30 am
Kid’s Monster Dash Start 8:15 am
Bolsa Chica State Beach- Eastern Lot 25
17243 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 92649
The Halloween Wigged Out 5K/10K race is part race, part Day of the Dead celebration for the whole family. Racers are invited to come wearing wigs or full costumes. The event will include Halloween treats, carnival games, and live music to enjoy. There are multiple course lengths including the 5K and 10K, the half mile youth run, and the 200 yard Diaper Dash. Visit the website for more information on race day events and entry fees.
Fullerton Municpal Airport
4011 W. Commonwealth Ave., Fullerton, California 92833
Sunday, October 6, 2019
Race day registration will open at 6:30am.
You’ll love this flat & fast course, which features a chance to run through the Fullerton Municipal Airport. This race will feature overall and age group awards, aircraft new & old, a pre & post race expo area, music, food trucks, helicopter rides and much more! This race helps support Giving Children Hope, a community-driven non profit based in Buena Park.
Salt Creek Beach
33333 Pacific Coast Hwy Dana Point, CA 92629
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Check in begins at 6:30 a.m.
The Terrifying 10-Miler & Halloween 5K – 10K – Kids Run event is hosted by Renegade Racing. The Halloween-themed event features a Superhero half-mile run for kids. The fully paved course runs along the Orange County coastline with picturesque views of the ocean at Salt Creek Beach. There will be trick or treat aid stations, a costume contest, a pumpkin patch, and a pumpkin decorating contest for everyone to enjoy. All participants, including the kids, will receive medals for completing the race.
Avalon, Catalina Island
November 2, 2019
Check in begins at 7:30 a.m.
The Catalina Island race event is part of the Renegade Race Series and features some of the best racing in the Southern California area. High-level competitors can take part in the triathlon to run, bike, and swim the island course. Those who choose not to swim can take part in the duathlon to run, bike, run the course. For other race participants, the 5K walk/run is the perfect way to take part in the fun and enjoy the beauty of the island on race day.
Irvine Regional Park and Santiago Oaks Regional Park
1 Irvine Park Rd., Orange, CA 92869
Saturday, November 9, 2019
Check In begins at 7:00 a.m.
The Turkeys on Trails event hosted by Rock It Racing includes a 5K, 10k, and a Lil’ Turkeys 1-mile kids run. All racers will receive a medal and and a t-shirt. Aid stations are available and there are post-race snacks to enjoy. Racers will need to bring their own container or pack for water/drinks to this cupless event. Racers will enjoy running on the beautiful trails of Santiago Oaks and Irvine Regional parks.
Bolsa Chica State Beach
17243 CA-1, Huntington Beach, CA 92649
Saturday, November 16, 2019
Check in at 7:00 a.m.
The Giving Thanks race hosted by A Better World Running will take place at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach. Racers can park in the parking lots located behind Jack in the Box at PCH and Warner. Check in is at the start of the beach path. All races will take place on an open course along the paved beach path just steps from the ocean’s edge. There will be an aid station for hydration and energy boosters with water, Gatorade, bananas, granola bars and Gu gel at 4.36 miles. Restrooms and drinking fountains are available along the entire route.
Irvine Valley College
5500 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
November 28, 2019
The OC Turkey Trot 5K is held at Irvine Valley College. Bring the whole family for a fun way to kick off Thanksgiving Day. There will be a Diaper Dash for kids 2 and under, and a Tot Trot for kids 3-12. Turkey Trot medals are given to all race participants. Work up your appetite for your Thanksgiving celebration and earn that extra piece of pie at the Irvine Valley College Turkey Trot.
2000 East Gene Autry Way, Anaheim, CA 92806
Thursday, November 28, 2019
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
The Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot and Fun Run at Angel Stadium is brought to you by Caren Ware Events and is fun for the whole family. The race starts and finishes under the Big A in the Angel’s Stadium parking lot. All racers will receive a medal. In addition to the race, participants can enjoy pumpkin pancakes. Aid stations will be available, and awards will be handed out to those with the most festive costume. There will be a raffle with prizes from Angel’s Stadium and all 5K racers will receive a t-shirt.
Bolsa Chica State Beach Bike Path
PCH and Warner
Friday, November 29, 2019
Check in begins at 7:00 a.m.
The day after Thanksgiving Turkey Trot hosted by A Better World Running takes place on an open course on the paved bike path at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach. Participants can choose to race in the 5k, 10k, 15k, or half marathon. The small event usually hosts approximately 100 to 150 participants. Drinking fountains and restrooms are available along the beach path and an aid station is set up at 4.36 miles. The 5K is one out and back loop, 10K is two out and back loops, 15K is three loops. Drinks and snacks will be available at the aid stations.
Hicks Canyon Elementary School
3817 Viewpark Ave Irvine, CA 92602
Saturday, December 1, 2018
Registration & Packet Pickup begins at 6:00 a.m.
8:00 a.m. 5K & 10K races begin
9:30 a.m. Costume Contest
10:00 a.m. Kids Fun Run begins
The Renegade Santa Run in Irvine is hosted by Renegade Racing and includes a 5K, 10K, and half mile kids fun run. There will also be a costume contest, photos with Santa, and running gear checks. Prizes for best costumes will be awarded for Best Running Santa, Best Holiday Non-Santa Costume, and Best Kids Holiday Costume. There will be age division commemorative awards handed out for the 5K and 10K races. Water stations will be set up along the race route.
Caspers Wilderness Park
33401 Ortega Hwy, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
Sunday, December 1, 2019
Check In at 7:00 a.m.
5K begins at 8:30 a.m. Half Marathon begins at 8:00 a.m.
The Elves On Trails race by Rock It Racing takes place on December 2nd at Caspers Wilderness Park, a fun and picturesque location for trail runners. In addition to the 5K and half marathon, there will also be an unscored 12K. All race participants will receive a custom race medal, tech shirt, race photos, and post-race snacks. Awards and prizes will be given to the top three overall men and women finishers in the 5K and half marathon events. There will also be age division awards in the 5K and half marathon in the categories 9 and under, 10-19, 20-29. 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, and 70 and over.There are no paper cups at this race and all participants must carry their own water bottle. Caspers is a nature trail in a wilderness setting with hilly and uneven terrain and approximately 1200 feet of elevation gain in the half marathon. This race is not recommended for first time trail runners or first time half marathon runners.
Bolsa Chica State Beach Bike Path
PCH and Warner
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Check in begins at 7:00 a.m.
The Holiday Fun Run hosted by A Better World Running takes place at Bolsa Chica State Beach in Huntington Beach on an open course on the paved bike path. Racers can choose to participate in the 5k, 10k, 15k, or half marathon. The informal event usually hosts approximately 100 to 150 runners. Drinking fountains and restrooms are available along the beach path and an aid station is set up at 4.36 miles. The 5K is a single out and back loop, 10K is two out and back loops, 15K is three out and back loops. Drinks and snacks will be provided at the aid stations.
Huntington State Beach
Beach Boulevard and PCH
December 15, 2019
9:00 a.m. start time
The Santa Clause for a Cause event is a jolly race hosted by Caren Ware Events. Racers can come in Santa suits or Ugly Sweaters. Proceeds from this event will go towards giving gifts to people in need. Participants at the event will enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas carolers, and cookies. All participants will get to keep a Santa suit or a custom race t-shirt that they can wear during the event. Racers who wear ugly sweaters will be entered to win one of five Ugliest Sweater awards. All racers will receive a Santa finisher medal. The Santa Clause for a Cause race will take place at Huntington State Beach located at Beach Boulevard and PCH.
Bolsa Chica State Beach
17851 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach
December 29, 2019
8:00 a.m. half marathon start time
9:00 a.m. 5K/10K start time
The Run In the New Year event features a 5K, 10K, and half marathon. The race will take place at Bolsa Chica State Beach on a flat, paved bike trail just steps from the ocean. Racers will receive t-shirts and medals. After the race, enjoy the resolution party with beach balls, party glasses and more. Kids are welcome to participate in the event. Kids on bikes and trikes must wear pads and helmets, and families with strollers must line up in the bike/stroller section for the race.
Heidi Deal is the author of the 6th edition of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles (includes Orange County), an expert at exploring all that Orange County has to offer, and a children’s book author specializing in history and improving human rights.