Sports continue to play a massive role in the California culture, and it’s your turn to take part. If you’re looking to challenge yourself, push yourself to the limits, and really see what you’re capable of, all while having fun at the same time, then check out these 5 fantastic annual California sporting events:
When: September 8 – 9, 2017
Where: Various locations, San Diego, California
A swim through the San Diego Bay, a bike ride through the heart of the city, and a race around the NTC Park at Liberty Station make up this annual San Diego event. There’s 2 courses to choose from: the Sprint course, and the Olympic course which is nearly twice as long for those who really want to challenge themselves. The event has been running since 2009, and so far more than 6500 people have taken part! To be one of them, register online or you can get involved in another way — sign up as a volunteer.
Zero Prostate Cancer Run/Walk
Where: September 16, 2017
When: Nappa Valley College Track
This family-friendly race features 10K run, 5K run/walk, 1-mile walk, Kids’ Superhero Dash for Dad, and a virtual Snooze for Dudes program. Participants will receive shirts, free food and prizes, and the opportunity to connect with others who are impacted by prostate cancer.
So whether you fancy riding the waves in Ventura, or exploring the wilderness in Plumas County, there’s plenty of options to consider. Boasting great beaches, a rugged landscape, and amazing weather, California really is one of the best places to get outside and get moving, so what are you waiting for? Sign up for one of California’s biggest best sporting events today and show the world what you’re made of!
Subaru Sea Otter Classic
When: April 19 – 22, 2018
Where: Various locations, Monterey, California
The self-proclaimed ‘World’s Premier Cycling Festival’ takes place each April and there are a number of different events to take part in, including Cyclocross, MTB Racing, and Road Racing. There’s also a temporary exhibition where you can come and meet your cycling heroes, and a festival where there are contests, giveaways, and free skills zones for kids. 350 athletes took place in the first event held in 1992, while more than 10,000 people participate today! Register online for your chance to take part.
Rock N Roll San Francisco Half Marathon
When: April 8, 2018
Where: Various Locations, San Francisco
Have you ever wanted to race across the iconic Golden Gate Bridge? Well now’s your chance! Part of the Garmin-sponsored Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series, the San Francisco Half Marathon begins at the Golden Gate Park, with the course heading across the bridge, turning at the scenic Vista Point, and heading back, finally finishing near the AAM. The series has been running since 1998, and there are now 4 annual events held in California. Register online for your chance to be part of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon family.
Bay to Breakers
When: May 20, 2018
Where: San Francisco
Bay to Breakers was first raced in 1912 as part of efforts to raise morale after the devastating earthquake in San Francisco. Since then, it has been held annually, in May, as a celebration of the city’s spirit of diversity, determination and fun.
Given this mixture of characteristics, it’s no wonder that the footrace – one of the largest in the world – attracts both world-class competitors as well as casual runners, walkers and families from across the globe. Running, walking, or in a racing wheelchair, everyone is welcome.
Another feature of Bay to Breakers is the wacky costumes – they’re proud of being the world’s best-dressed race. Started by one, a lone runner in 1940, it has been a big part of the race ever since. This might be demonstrated best by their mascot, a giant pink gorilla that runs the race alongside everybody else. There’s even the World Centipede Championships, where groups of 13 or more runners attached by bungee cords compete in their own race category.
The course travels through nine different neighborhoods in the heart of San Francisco, the road lined with cheering crowds and full of live music. It’s a beautiful and energizing route, taking in many iconic landmarks that will really acquaint you with the city. The finish line is at Ocean Beach, where you can take part in the Finish Line Festival, receiving your medal and enjoying food, drinks, and live music.
It’s quite safe to say that there’s no other footrace quite like it.