Carlsbad 5000 – 2025 Registration & 2024 Results

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Carlsbad, California, USA April 6, 2025 Registration open (pre-sale)

The Carlsbad 5000 – World’s Fastest 5K, organized by the National University, is a full-day event on the seaside of Carlsbad, California. Held since 1986, Carlsbad 5000 offers participants a day filled with not only road racing but also lots of fun and festivities.

The event caters to all ages and features individual 5k races designed for runners across abilities – from kids to the World’s Fastest Elite Runners. The runners and friends/ family can celebrate their race finish with music and entertainment at the Pizza Port Beer Garden and also visit the Health & Fitness Expo.

The USATF-certified course, primarily flat & fast, starts downtown and runs through nearly two miles along the Pacific coast with a finish at Carlsbad Village.

Other than the famous Carlsbad 5000 (5k) race, the event also offers the All Day 20K where runners collectively run a total of 20km by participating in four combined 5k events. There is also a kid run – The Junior Carlsbad – a race designed for kids aged 4-12 who can race either a 1-mile or half-mile distance on the Carlsbad 5000 course. Family members can line up along the course to cheer the young runners.

The Lucky Duck Foundation is the designated philanthropic beneficiary and any donations go towards their numerous homelessness programs.

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Carlsbad 5000

Race Categories, Dates, Registration, Eligibility & Fees

5K All day 20K Junior Carlsbad
Distance 5km 20km ½ mile & 1 mile
Start Time *  6:55am: Masters Men
8:00am: Masters Women
9:15am: Open Women
10:10am:Open Men
12:13pm: People’s Race (Non-competitive)
1:20pm: Elite Men
1:23pm: Elite Women
11:20am: 1 mile
11:40am: ½ mile
Eligibility Criterion  7 years & above 7 years & above 4 -12 years
Fees- Individual #/ ** $35 & Up $90 & Up $20 & Up
Registration Register here Register here Register here
Expo Details * The Expo Venue for the 2024 event was at Health & Fitness Expo, Carlsbad Village Drive

*Details of Race Start time, Expo details, etc. for the Carlsbad 5000 – 2025 have not yet been released. Above are details from the 2024 race event for reference
# Fees for Live events are time –sensitive i.e. increases closer to race date. Presale registrations discounts available only for 1 week. 
** Option of ‘Team’ / ‘corporate group’ available. For “Teams” minimum n=2 team members to unlimited team members. For “corporate group” , minimum n=1 team members to unlimited team members

Route/Course Map

Information about the route/ course map & other details for Carlsbad 5000 race 2025 not yet released. Below are details from the 2024 event for reference  

The Carlsbad 5000 Race has an OUT & BACK course with the below-mentioned Start and Finish points:

Start Point Finish Point
Grand Avenue, Near Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad Village Drive


Prize Money

Information about the prize money for Carlsbad 5000 race 2025 not yet released. Below are details from the 2024 event for reference. (Prize money for overall finishers is based on gun time, and age group awards are based on chip time).

1st prize 2nd Prize 3rd Prize
Overall Finishers (Masters & Open) $500 + Brooks Running Shoes $200 + Brooks Running Shoes $100 + Brooks Running Shoes
Age group Awards * Age group medal Age group medal Age group medal
Age group Awards (Junior Carlsbad) ** Age group medal Age group medal Age group medal

* Age groups : Top 3 men and women in following age groups: Under 14 | 15-19 | 20-24 | 25-29 | 30-34 | 35-39 | 40-44 | 45-49 | 50-54 | 55-59 | 60- 64 | 65-69 | 70-74 | 75-79 | 80-85 | 85-90 | 90+

** Junior age groups: Top 3 boys & girls in below mentioned age groups

  • ½ mile: 4-year-olds | 5-6
  • 1 mile: 7-8 | 9-10 | 11-12

Check more Details about the Prize Money.


2024 and Earlier Edition Results/Photos



Important Points

  • The course runs across two sets of railroad tracks which are active during the event. The train schedule is closely monitored and for safety purposes, races may be stopped or delayed anytime.

Contact Information
Address: Groundwork Endurance, LLC. 224, Birmingham Dr. Suite 1A3. Cardiff, CA 92007

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