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Carlsbad 5000 5k

April 7 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Carlsbad 5000 Logo

The Carlsbad 5000, known as the World’s Fastest 5K, is will take place on Sunday, April 7, 2024, along Carlsbad Blvd in Carlsbad, California. This event has been a spring tradition in Southern California since its inception in 1986, offering a full weekend of running festivities. Recognized as the ‘World’s Fastest 5K,’ the race warmly welcomes participants of all ages and paces to tackle a rapid oceanfront course, providing breathtaking views and a spirited atmosphere.

In addition to the famous 5K race, the event also features the All Day 20K. It’s a tradition at the Carlsbad 5000, where participants, regardless of age or gender, get to dive into four exhilarating 5K races throughout the day, totaling 20K. Between races, before and after the final sprint, All Day 20K runners can kick back, recharge, and take advantage of the gear check and private bathrooms available in the All Day 20K Recovery Zone. It’s your time to own the run!

World’s Fastest 5K

This legendary road race encompasses nearly two miles along the stunning Pacific coastline, offering panoramic views of the sandy shores and surf of Carlsbad beaches. The flat and speedy course commences on the downtown seaside streets, weaves through palm tree-lined Carlsbad Blvd, and concludes with an exhilarating, spectator-friendly finish in the heart of Carlsbad Village. The course, known for setting world records, is USATF-sanctioned and certified. Following the race, participants can enjoy the Carlsbad 5000 Health & Fitness Expo and indulge in the legendary Pizza Port Beer Garden for a memorable post-race experience.

Registration includes:

  • Two Pizza Port Beers (21+)
  • Premium Race Shirt
  • Official Finisher Medal
  • Access to Race Photos & Results
  • Entry to the Beer Garden (21+) with Live Music & Entertainment
  • Admission to the Health & Fitness Expo showcasing Sponsors, Exhibitors, and an Elite Athlete Q&A session with Meb

All Day 20K

The All Day 20K Pre-Race & Recovery Zone serves as a designated area for participants to utilize before, between, and after their four 5K races. Runners will enjoy access to massage and recovery equipment, food, fuel, drinks, and private bathrooms. The area will also feature a secure Gear Check for storing personal items throughout the day.

Registration includes:

  • All Day 20K Race Medal
  • All Day 20K Premium Running Hat
  • All Day 20K Bib
  • Exclusive access to the All Day 20K Pre-Race & Recovery Zone

Carlsbad 5000 5k Course Map
Carlsbad 5000 Course Map


Race Schedule

7:00 AM: Masters Women
7:55 AM: Masters Men
8:50 AM: Open Women
9:45 AM: Open Men
10:40 AM: People’s Race
12:40 PM: Elite Men
12:45 PM: Elite Women

Health and Fitness Expo

Taking place on Saturday, April 6th, and Sunday, April 7th, the Health and Fitness Expo will be held at Village Faire in Carlsbad (The Race Site/Expo).


Parking is available on a first-come, first-served basis in and around the Carlsbad Village area and beyond. There is no designated parking for the event; it is all street parking. Please familiarize yourself with local parking rules and regulations before leaving your vehicle for the day.

Carlsbad 5000 5k Registration

Please be aware that this fee applies to individuals only. If you’re interested in registering your team or corporate group, please check their website for more information.

5K $49

All Day 20K $109


April 7
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Groundwork Endurance


Village Faire
350 Grand Ave
Carlsbad, CA 92008 United States
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Note: Race information is subject to change by the race provider, including last minute logistical changes. While we do our best to keep up to date with the latest information, we are not responsible for any missing, last minute changes or incorrect information. When in doubt, always refer to the official race website listed for the latest infomation and instructions.