Carlsbad Marathon Official Charities

Run for a Reason

Every step you run or walk will get you closer to the marathon, half marathon, or 5K finish line and closer to your goal, so every step counts. But do you realize how your steps can help someone else reach their goal? Maybe their goal is to extend their life a little longer as science searches for a cure for their disease. Maybe their goal is to be a participant in a 5K despite their disability or maybe their goal is to have a safe shelter for their children, free from physical and emotional abuse.

Your steps can help others! Please consider running or walking your Carlsbad Marathon, Half, or 5K on behalf of the Official Charities. With very little extra effort, you’ll reach your goal and at the same time make a huge difference in someone’s life. It’s very easy to do and oh-so rewarding. The money you raise will go directly to the official marathon charity you choose. 

All of the Official Charities will be represented along the course during the marathon, half marathon, and 5K lending support and guidance to all the athletes. Feel good about helping those who cannot run alongside you.

If you are interested in becoming an official charity for the Carlsbad Marathon, please click here to learn about our program levels and apply to be an official charity.


2023 Charities

AAZK American Association of Zoo Keepers San Diego Chapter

  To promote and establish good relationships among professional zoo keepers. To promote and establish a means to stimulate incentive and great interest in the zookeeping profession. To support deserving conservation projects, including educating the general public about the need for preserving our natural resources and animal life through these worthwhile efforts.  To establish materials beneficial to zoo keeper education.

International Bipolar Foundation   

Mission: To improve understanding and treatment of bipolar disorder through research; to promote care and support resources for individuals and caregivers, and to erase stigma through education.

lab rescuers Lab Rescuers

Mission:  To provide a safe and loving home for every Labrador in need and to specifically assist those dogs that need the most help.
Merlin Magic Wand Logo
Mission: Merlin’s Magic Wand makes FUN accessible to children with three Magic Spells: “Magical Days Out” providing tickets and funding travel grants to families to enjoy their day at a Merlin Entertainments’ attraction; “Merlin’s Magic On Tour” working with our local communities at hospitals and hospices to bring the magic to the children wherever they are; and “Merlin’s Magic Spaces” designing and creating amazing projects in hospitals, orphanages, learning centers and more all around the world.
North County Food Bank Logo

North County Food Bank

Mission: Through our North County Food Bank chapter and by partnering with more than 500 nonprofits with feeding programs, the Food Bank provides nutritious food to individuals and families in need in communities throughout San Diego County. The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank and our North County Food Bank chapter comprise the largest hunger-relief organization in San Diego County. Last year, the Food Bank distributed 63 million pounds of food, and the Food Bank serves, on average, 500,000 people per month in San Diego County.


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