Carlsbad Village is known for being a very walkable downtown. But did you know that it is also known for being a destination for the top runners in the world and has been home to the Carlsbad 5000 for 36 years?
The Carlsbad 5000 road race, presented by National University, has been a spring tradition in Carlsbad for as long as most of us can remember. The World’s Fastest 5K welcomes runners of all ages and paces to an oceanfront course with unforgettable views and an energetic atmosphere. This year, the historic race will take place on Sunday, May 22.
What makes the Carlsbad 5000 so special is not just that it is one of the most beautiful courses imaginable, but that novice runners, weekend warriors, and even junior runners can all share the same great experience, right alongside the best runners in the sport. And, if running isn’t your thing, you can still come downtown to enjoy the festivities, cheer on the runners, and support your local community.
This iconic road race features nearly two miles along the Pacific coastline overlooking the sand and surf of the Carlsbad beaches. The 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 world-record-setting course is USATF sanctioned and certified. 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. Plus, four-time Olympian and co-owner of Carlsbad 5000, Meb Keflezighi, will be sure to make race weekend extra special!
The post-race experience features the Carlsbad 5000 Health & Fitness Expo where top brands and local businesses will be on display, and activities for the whole family will be in full force. The post-race party will feature the legendary Pizza Port Beer Garden where friends and family can celebrate with music and entertainment. Runners will even be able to enjoy two custom crafter beers courtesy of Pizza Port.
The Carlsbad 5000 is a local favorite. It truly is a race for all. Whether you are trying out the road for the first time, are a seasoned runner, or just want to come downtown to cheer on the racers and enjoy the party atmosphere, the Carlsbad 5000 is for you!