If your kids run circles around you on a daily basis, it’s time to channel that energy at a spring fun run or walk. Here are eight kid-friendly fun runs and walks in the San Diego area to enjoy this spring.
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Super fams will love this elite obstacle course. Parents can tackle 4 miles of wicked terrain or join their Super Kids in a 1 mile obstacle course race. For super active individuals, there’s different waves of varying intensity, making it a perfect family affair. It’s an all day event in Temecula that supports real life superheroes like veterans, firefighters, armed forces and more.
Date: March 22, 2014
Cost: Prices go up as more people register, so check the website here
Start Time: First wave 8:45 a.m.
Vail Lake Resort
38000 Temecula Pkwy
Temecula, CA 92592
Hot Chocolate Run
The name of this run should already have your kids dashing for the door. America’s sweetest race is also a 5K and 15K fundraiser and awareness event for hospitalized children, so you can opt to go the extra mile and personalize a fundraising page. There’s even a post race party where you can also enjoy some chocolate fondue, dippable snacks and more! If you do sign up, remember to stop by the Expo to pick up your race day bib and goodie bag (cocoa samples galore!). No strollers or furry friends allowed, so remember to read their FAQ.
Date: March 23, 2014
Cost: $47/5K runners; $69/15K runners; $10/parking
Start Time: 5K – 5:45 a.m.; 15K – 6:15 a.m.
100 Park Blvd
San Diego, Ca 92101
Photo: Rosemarie Y. via yelp.com
The YAD Superhero 5K
Dress up as your favorite superhero and soar through the course with the speed of Superman at this 5K run/walk. Put together by the Jewish Federation of San Diego, the Superhero 5K will make your little one a happy walker as they see their favorite heroes get together for a great cause. There’s even a BBQ, a family fun 1K walk to help digest and an after party at the Stone Brewery Liberty Station.
Date: April 6, 2014
Cost: $36/adults; $30/kids 13 and under; $75/family pack of 2 adults and children under 13
Start Time: 10 a.m.
2640 Historic Decatur
San Diego, Ca 92106
Photo: Terren in Virginia via creativecommons flickr
The Neon Run
For an exhilarating, glowing experience unlike any other, bring your family to a night of illuminated running. This is not your typical 5K road race — Set along the course are glow zones that consist of 100% natural and safe neon glowing water/powder to brighten up your little ones. This family event ensures that their Neon glowing solution won’t affect vision, taste or breathing! Little nocturnal critters and picture happy parents are going to love the memories from this fun run.
Date: April 12, 2014
Cost: $49/person; free for kids in strollers
Start Time: 7:45pm
9449 Friars Rd
San Diego, Ca 92108
Pacific Beach school kids and parents unite at this inaugural schoolyard fundraiser dash. Your family can run, walk or play for 5K (or 1 mile for the kids) to enjoy the sights and breeze along the Mission Bay running path. Every runner will take home a finisher’s medal, and at the end of the race, families can enjoy a nice brunch at De Anza Cove. Strollers welcomed!
Date: April 26, 2014
Cost: Varies by date you register and which run, check pricing here
Start Time: 9 a.m.
De Anza Cove Park
3000 North Mission Bay Dr.
San Diego, Ca 92109
Photo: Ted Bongiovanni via creativecommons flickr
Support in need families who have a newborn in the neonatal intensive care unit by bringing your own tiny miracles for a full day of activities, local food and a health and wellness expo! You’ll be running along the waters from Embarcadero Marina South all the way to Dead Mans Point. Diaper dashers won’t be left out either, there’s a World Kid’s Play Zone where they can crawl to their heart’s content.
Date: May 4, 2014
Cost: $20/runners; $15/walkers; $10/youth runners; free for kids 12 and under
Start Time: 8 a.m.
Embarcadero Marina Park South
1 Marina Park Way
San Diego, Ca 92101
Moon God Full Moon
Take this chance to tour the UCSD campus and some of their giant outdoor art pieces at night! Runners and waddlers will race on paved roads and sidewalks to the finish line where there’ll be music and food. This 5K race is limited to 250 participants and all proceeds go towards UCSD student leadership programs. Plus, kids will love the glow bracelets that come with each registration.
Date: May 13, 2014
Cost: $15/UCSD students; $20/person
Start Time: 7:30 p.m.
Hopkins Parking Structure
San Diego, Ca 92093
Photo: The Global Orphan Project via creativecommons flickr
Summer Bonus: Color Fun Fest
Bring culture, tradition and exciting exercise together with your family at the 5K Color Fun Fest! This run combines electronic dance movement and the Holi Festival with a full day to night race to the finish line. Along the course are 5 color stations with pounds of color to shower runners, black lights and visual effects for the night runners and water stations to hydrate the young ones. The ‘colors’ are made of vibrant food-grade corn starch that won’t stain the skin, but definitely will mark up your shirts!
Pre-register here to keep an eye on this event.
Got any tips and tricks to surviving fun runs? Let us know in the comments below!
— Christal Yuen