Family Fun Runs and 5Ks in San Diego County

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  1. Race for Autism Superhero 5K and 1-mile Family Walk - April 1, 2023 
    Kick off Autism Acceptance Month at the 19th annual Race for Autism in beautiful Balboa Park. This family-friendly event attracts thousands of superheroes from all across San Diego to promote awareness, shine a spotlight on neurodiversity and inclusion efforts, and raise funds to support local autism programs and initiatives. Registration includes a race T-shirt, commemorative medal and bib. Event includes music, refreshments, children’s activities and an informational resource fair with 50+ autism vendors. https://www.raceforautism.org/

  2. Coronado Valentine's Day 10K, 5K, & 1 Mile Fun Run - February 5, 2023
    Tidelands Park, Coronado. www.valentinesday10k.com

  3. Mermaid Half Marathon San Diego - February 25, 2023
    Enjoy a flat and fun run/walk along Mission Bay. Choose from 5K, 10K, Half Marathon or Mermaid Dash (ages 6-8 and 9-12). The Mermaid Dash is a great way to introduce kids to running and walking. Mermaid Dashers receive a medal, finisher necklace and post-race food. www.mermaidseries.com/mermaid-half-marathon-san-diego

  4. Tip Top Run + World Water Day Festival - March 18, 2023
    This event helps to raise friends, funds and awareness about the amazing Agua Hedionda Lagoon. Both courses (10K and 5K) have one-of-a-kind views of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon and Pacific Ocean. Participants receive lunch from Tip Top Meats, T-shirt, swag bag, World Water Day Festival entry and more. A shuttle will be provided to take participants back to their cars at both locations. www.aguahedionda.org/tip-top-run-2023

  5. Hot Chocolate Run - March 19, 2023
    Join the chocolate movement that's taking over the country! This race has it all — three distances, premium swag and a post-race chocolate experience like no other. And, for the second year in a row, we're proud to partner with St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to help end childhood cancer and other life-threatening diseases. To learn more and to purchase tickets for our San Diego event, visit: hotchocolate15k.com/city/san-diego.

  6. Relay for Life (multiple locations) - August 5, 2023
    Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Team members take turns walking around a track or designated path for 6-24 hours depending on the length of the event. Each team must have a member on the track at all times through the duration of the event, to signify that cancer never sleeps and neither will the fight to end it. https://secure.acsevents.org/site/SPageServer/?pagename=relay_find_event

Adrienne Sigeti is the editorial assistant at San Diego Family Magazine. She participates in San Diego Food Bank’s Annual Run for the Hungry on Thanksgiving Day.

Published December 2022

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