Why the La Jolla Shores 5K is so great

half marathon and 5K finish

The La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K is coming up on Sunday, April 28, where runners of all shapes, sizes and speeds will conquer La Jolla! Between the quality swag, incredible ocean views, quintessential San Diego weather and even the hilly course, La Jolla is a springtime race you’ll always remember and a feat you’ll treasure achieving.

Not to mention the finish festival is as dreamy as it gets! Finishers get to bask in their badass-ness in a grassy seaside park while listening to live music, gazing at the ocean and sipping on a delicious Ballast Point beer in the beer garden (um, yes please! Sign me up!).

Here’s another great part of this event:  the same awesome race perks apply whether you run the half marathon or the 5K!  The same gorgeous ocean views, the same fantastic finish festival!

19lj Swag

Half marathon & 5K registration includes:

  • Technical fabric, short-sleeve men’s or women’s race shirt
  • Complimentary beer in the post-race beer garden (age 21+)
  • Cinch bag
  • Gorgeous finisher’s medal
  • Complimentary shuttles before and after the race
  • Support stations at every mile
  • Race day gear check
  • Second race in the Half Marathon Triple Crown and SoCal 3×5 series
  • Overall and age group awards
  • Finisher food bag bag filled with tasty and nutritious refueling foods at the finish line (including chocolate milk!)
  • Finish line festival with live band, refreshments and celebration
  • 100% of net proceeds benefit the youth, senior and community programs of the La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation.


Moral of the story:  if you’re not ready to run a half marathon right now, the La Jolla Shores 5K Run/Walk is where it’s at!

It’s fun (yes, we said fun!), it’s beautiful, it’s walker friendly and you can’t beat the epic finish line experience. Plus, if you know someone running the half, you can get your own (shorter!) race in, claim your own medal and wait for them at the finish!


Let’s break it down…

The point-to-point 5K course follows the final 3.1-miles of the half marathon course, and it starts with a giant downhill that looks straight out at the ocean! 

La Jolla Shores Downhill

Once at the bottom, runners cruise along the boardwalk, wind through the quaint La Jolla Shores neighborhood and head up Prospect into downtown La Jolla (we had to include at least one hill to conquer!).  The home stretch eases you downhill into the cove where you’re greeted with more ocean views and one of the most sparkly, inspiring finish lines you have yet to cross.

half marathon 5K finish


Race day is around the corner – will you conquer La Jolla 2019?

Online registration is still open until 11:59 p.m. on 4/24/19. 


Use code LJBLOG10 to save $10 when you sign up*!

Registration will also be available at the Expo.

half marathon 5k course map


*(online only, expires 4/24/19, can not be used in person at the Expo).

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