2024 Vista Strawberry Run: Everything You Need to Know

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Get ready for an unforgettable day of fun, fitness, and festivities at the Vista Strawberry Run and Festival on Sunday, May 26, 2024. Here’s everything you need to know to make sure you have the berry best time with your family! 

Race Information

5K Race

Kick off the day with the timed 5K starting at 7:30 AM. Whether you’re a seasoned runner or a first-timer, this race offers a fantastic route through Downtown Vista’s scenic areas, and the supportive community atmosphere will keep you motivated every step of the way. Register here!

Kids Runs

The fun continues with the kids’ runs, starting with the 1/4-mile at 8:45 AM and the 1-mile and 8:55 AM. These races are a great way to introduce little ones to the joy of running and healthy living. The courses start and finish on the track of the Vista Magnet Middle School and one adult can accompany each registered kiddo. Register here!

Costume Contest

Do you like to run dressed in your Berry best? Don’t miss the costume contest at 9:30 AM on the San Diego Football Club Main Stage! Showcase your creativity with some strawberry-themed costumes for yourself or your family. Fun prizes for the berry best-dressed runners! Even if costumes aren’t your jam, join us to cheer for your favorite solo or team costumes.

What You Get

All race participants receive a custom t-shirt, an impressive commemorative medal, a one-day pass to the invite-only Carlsbad Columbia Sportswear Employee Store, fresh strawberries, and a complimentary beer in the beer garden for those 21 and over. 2022 Vista Strawberry5k Crusephoto 0802 Web

Parking and Transportation

Convenient parking is available at the Vista Civic Center, Vista Library, and Vista Transit Center. Shuttles will run from the Vista County Courthouse, making it easy for you to get to and from the event without any hassle! Learn more here!

Additional Information

  • Strollers are allowed in the 5K race, so feel free to bring your little ones along for the ride.
  • Dogs are not permitted on the grounds of the Vista Magnet Middle School, so they are not allowed to join you for the race.  
  • Please note that gear check will not be available on event day, so plan accordingly.

Festival Information

The celebration doesn’t stop at the Strawberry Run finish line! The Vista Strawberry Festival kicks off alongside the races and offers a full day of entertainment and activities. Here’s a sneak peek at what’s in store:

Live Entertainment

Enjoy live music and performances throughout the day. The festival features a variety of acts that cater to all musical tastes, providing a lively backdrop to your day of fun.

Delicious Food

Indulge in a wide array of food options, with a special emphasis on strawberry-themed treats. From strawberry shortcakes to strawberry lemonade, there’s something to satisfy every palate.

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Relax and unwind in the beer garden, where adults can enjoy a selection of refreshing beverages. It’s the perfect spot to mingle with fellow participants and celebrate your achievements.

Kid Zone

The Kid Zone is packed with activities to keep the little ones entertained. From carnival rides to games and crafts, your kiddos will have a blast while you enjoy the festival. Be on the lookout for the snow foam area!

Vendor Booths

Explore a variety of vendor booths offering unique products, crafts, and services. It’s a great opportunity to support local businesses and discover new favorites.


Don’t miss out on this berry exciting event! This year’s Vista Strawberry Run and Festival promises to be the best yet! For more details, visit the Vista Strawberry Run FAQ here or the Vista Strawberry Festival website here. We can’t wait to see you there!

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