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Carlsbad 5000 Comes To Carlsbad Village This Weekend

Blog Post - March 26, 2023

Category: What's New

The Carlsbad 5000 is back on the streets of Carlsbad on Sunday, April 2, 2023. Come out to support novice and veteran runners alike and be part of the downtown celebration. And read on for road closures that might affect you this weekend.

The Carlsbad 5000 road race has been a spring tradition in Southern California since 1986 and features a full weekend of running festivities. The ‘World’s Fastest 5K’ welcomes runners of all ages and paces to a fast oceanfront course with unforgettable views and an energetic atmosphere. Even the youngest runners show up for the iconic Junior Carlsbad kids race. The full day of racing culminates when the fastest running professionals on the planet look to set new world and national records in the Elite Invitationals.

While being accessible to all runners at all levels, the Carlsbad 5000 also attracts top athletes from places like Kenya and Ethiopia, South Africa, and Australia. Olympians, NCAA champions, and other renowned runners grace the streets of Carlsbad.

The Carlsbad 5000, presented by National University, features individual 5K races for all ages and abilities, including Men’s & Women’s Masters Divisions (40 & Older), Men’s & Women’s Open Divisions (39 & Under), the Non-Competitive People’s Race (Joggers & Walkers of all ages), and the world’s fastest Elites. The post-race experience features the Carlsbad 5000 Health & Fitness Expo, which is open to the public, and the legendary Pizza Port Beer Garden.

This iconic road race features nearly two miles along the Pacific coastline overlooking the sand and surf of the Carlsbad beaches. This legendary flat and fast course kicks off on the downtown seaside streets, winds through palm trees along Carlsbad Blvd., and ends with an exciting, spectator-friendly finish in the heart of Carlsbad Village. The finish line is alive with a celebratory atmosphere knowing that racing history is often made right on these very streets in our downtown. Come out and cheer on the novice runner and the professional alike.

Carlsbad Village Road Closures

Residents, motorists, businesses, and the general public should note that road closures will begin as early as 6:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 1st, and 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 2nd. Roads will reopen on a rolling basis and at the discretion of local law enforcement, following the last race of the day