Benjamin Eastman

San Diego Races You Don’t Want To Miss!

La Jolla Half Marathon

With our gorgeous year-round weather and variety of terrain throughout the region, it is no wonder that San Diegan’s are some of the most active people in the USA. And while many of us choose that activity to be surfing, biking, jogging, swimming or some other leisurely pursuit, some San Diegan’s like to push their competitive limits by participating in one (or many) of the numerous races that are held throughout San Diego each year.

As an avid mud runner myself, I’m excited to be taking on my 3rd Super Spartan Race at the end of the month. Nothing quite gets my blood pumping like crawling through mud under barbed wire, pushing my way through a gauntlet of defenders or perfecting my javelin throwing skills. Here’s more information on the Spartan Race and several other upcoming San Diego races that are guaranteed to get you dirty, wet and beaming from ear to ear!

Spartan Race

8+ mile Mud Run course through the Temecula hills. 20+ obstacles including climbing over walls or through tunnels, balance challenges and jumping over fire.

Where: Vail Lake Resort – 38000 Temecula Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592
When: January 25-26, 2014
Cost: $95-$140 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the Spartan Race

Super Gladiator

Super Gladiator Race

Are you tough enough to make it through the Super Gladiator race?

This 5-mile, 25 obstacle mud run course is the biggest, baddest, muddiest Gladiator event yet!  They claim to have more obstacles per mile than any other race in the planet – and I’m looking forward to seeing if that is true!  Climb sheer walls, slither across muddy fields and rocket down a 150 foot water slide into a pool of mud – who wouldn’t like to do that?!

Where: Barona Indian Reservation – 1800 Wildcat Canyon Road, Lakeside, CA 92040
When: Saturday, April 26, 2014 – Changed to August 2, 2014
Cost: $75-120 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about Super Gladiator

Ridiculous Obstacle Course (ROC) Race

A 5k “Fun Run” with 12 larger than life, game show inspired obstacles including the Wrecking Ball, World’s Largest Inflatable Water Slide and Jumping Balls. Many participants dress up in costume and this is meant to be a fun time with your friends. I’ve done this race 3 times and highly recommend it – a San Diego race that everyone can have fun doing!

Where: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
When: Saturday, May 10, 2014
Cost: $55-80 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the Ridiculous Obstacle Course (ROC) Race

For those who like to run but could do without the mud, here are a few upcoming San Diego races that might pique your interest:

San Dieguito Half Marathon

San Dieguito Half Marathon - Races in San Diego

This scenic half marathon course winds its way through some of the most beautiful areas of Rancho Santa Fe. One of America’s oldest half marathons, the San Dieguito is celebrating 46 years this year!

Where: San Dieguito County Park in Rancho Santa Fe
When: Sunday, February 9, 2014
Cost: $50-70 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the San Dieguito Half Marathon

La Jolla Half Marathon

La Jolla Half Marathon

Are you prepared to take on the Torrey Pines “Mountain” climb?

Race #2 of the Half Marathon Triple Crown, the La Jolla Half Marathon features a gorgeous run along the La Jolla coast, a challenging incline up to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park and then through picturesque La Jolla Shores where it finishes at the La Jolla Cove.

Starting Location: Del Mar Fairgrounds – 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar, CA 92014
When: April 27, 2014
Cost: $80
> Find out more about the La Jolla Half Marathon

Safari Park Half Marathon & 10K Run

San Diego Safari Park Half Marathon

Run with the animals at the San Diego Safari Park Half Marathon

Starting at the Westfield North County Mall, this half marathon ends inside the Safari Park. Runners will not only experience the fun of running past vineyards, horse farms and golf resorts, but they’ll also run through some of the Safari Park’s behind-the-scenes areas. Not only will they see animals along their run, but participants will also  get to stay to explore the park after the race is over!

Where: San Diego Zoo Safari Park in Escondido
Date: May 4, 2014
Cost: $75-120 (depending on when you register)
> Find out more about the Safari Park Half Marathon & 10K Run

> Find more San Diego Races and Runs

So whether you’re a racer looking for a new location to run, a visitor looking for a unique San Diego experience, or a local who’s out to spice things up a little, I encourage you to get out and enjoy some San Diego races.  Your body will thank you!

Brent Bernasconi

Museums to Marathons – Working Out in Balboa Park

Runner in Balboa Park's Florida Canyon Trial

In addition to Balboa Park’s 15 museums, theatres, gardens, fountains and fine dining; the 1,200 acre oasis also provides locals and visitors a great place to work up a sweat and exercise.

Throughout the year there are plenty of organized 5k runs (Thanksgiving Day Run is my favorite) and walks in the park, but these workout options are available anytime you’re ready to get up and go. Continue reading


St. Patrick’s Day Family Fun in San Diego – 2013

Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Balboa Park
Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade in Balboa Park

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Balboa Park

Ready for a little Irish reveling on St. Patrick’s Day? Luckily, you don’t have to set sail to Ireland to celebrate because the luck of the Irish can be found right here in San Diego. Spend the day basking in San Diego’s glorious sunshine and make some memories with your loved ones at one of these local outdoor family-friendly events.

San Diego St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival


Irish Festival

Dress the family in green and head out to the Irish Festival in Balboa Park. Held in conjunction with a grand St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the festival has something for the entire family including Irish faire, craft booths and live entertainment for you to clap, dance and sing-a-long with on two stages running. Kids can play in the Kids Zone complete with games, rides, llamas, face-painting and other fun. You can also step back in time at a Celtic Village where the year is 1582. A troupe of renaissance re-enactors will entertain you while portraying the daily drama of the soldiers of the House McFionn. Kids and adults alike will be amazed by authentic fighting demonstrations, as well as Irish dancing, songs and story-telling.


This annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade will have more than 120 entries including marching bands, decorated floats, bagpipe contingents, the reigning Miss Colleen, the Smiling Irishman and much more. Get there early for best viewing of this popular, colorful parade.

Where: Parade – 5th & 6th Avenues, between Juniper and Upas
Date: March 16, 2013
Festival – 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM. Parade starts at 10:30 AM
Cost: Free
> Find out more about the St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Irish Festival

St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run, 4 & 2 Mile Fun Run

St. Patrick's Day 10K Run

“May the road rise to meet you” at this 33rd annual run/walk event in Mission Bay Park. The best Irish-themed running costume will be recognized, and the whole family can watch or participate, then spend the day playing at the park. Mission Bay’s cool breezes, tranquil waters and soft sand beaches welcome beach-goers to this beautiful area all year long. But if you do decide to come out for St. Paddy’s day, there are also abundant grassy areas for the kids to hunt for four-leaf clovers!

Where: Mission Bay Park – 1740 East Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA 92109
Starting Time: 7:30 AM
> Find out more about St. Patrick’s Day 10K Run, 4 & 2 Mile Fun Run

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