The Kids Run Carlsbad series is a fun opportunity for kids ages 12 & under to participate in Carlsbad’s two most famous kids runs. The series kicks-off each January with the Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND, part of the Carlsbad Marathon weekend of events, and concludes in March with Junior Carlsbad, part of the iconic Carlsbad 5000 weekend of events.  Participants will not only earn the medals awarded at each event, but also a commemorative Kids Run Carlsbad series medal.

About the Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND

LEGOLAND California is host to this special, 1-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Before the doors to the park open to the public, they’re opened for us to enjoy the sights and sounds of LEGOLAND! Participants can run, walk, skip, be pushed in a stroller or carried on a back as they wind through the park and back out to the finish line. A portion of each registration is donated to the official charity partner of the event, Merlin’s Magic Wand. Kids registration includes an event T-shirt, finisher medal, FREE 1-Day Sea Life Hopper ticket and 40% off (4) adult 1-Day Sea Life Hopper tickets.

About Junior Carlsbad – REGISTER HERE

The streets of downtown Carlsbad come alive each March with the popular Junior Carlsbad! Kids race against the clock in a 1 mile race for ages 7 to 12, half mile for ages 5 to 6, quarter mile for 4-year-olds, 50-yard Toddler Trot for  3-year-olds and the always entertaining 25-yard Diaper Dash for those two and under. Kids get a chance to experience the thrill of the spectator-lined course just like Carlsbad 5000 participants the following day. Kids registration includes an event T-shirt, finisher medal, official race results and more!

Both events feature fun, pre- and post-race festivals with entertainment, vendors, refreshments and more!


Upon completion of the Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND in January, kids 12 and under are automatically eligible for the Kids Run Carlsbad series. To complete the challenge, each child must then register for and complete the Junior Carlsbad in March of the same calendar year. Immediately after their Junior Carlsbad race, they will receive their commemorative Kids Run Carlsbad medal inside the Carlsbad 5000 expo area. While there, take a photo in front of the Kids Run Carlsbad step-and-repeat to celebrate and memorialize their special accomplishment.