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5 Best Runs/Races In Orange County

Check out these upcoming races in Orange County, California, usually held in May and June. While exact details for 2024 may not be available yet, these events typically occur around this time annually. Keep an eye on the official websites for the most up-to-date information on dates, registration, and event specifics!

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OC Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K

The OC Marathon is one of Orange County’s most well-known running events, usually taking place in May. It includes a full marathon, a half marathon, and a 5K run, and the course takes runners through the beautiful coastal scenery of Newport Beach, as well as the vibrant city streets of Santa Ana. This run offers a mix of challenges and stunning views, and runners can also take advantage of the the fitness expo and live music at the event!

Where: Costa Mesa, CA

Typical Date: First weekend in May

PCRF Reaching for the Cure Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and Kids Run

This event, which benefits the Pediatric Cancer Research Foundation, offers a variety of races, including a half marathon, 10K, 5K, and a Kids Run. It typically takes place in May and is known for its community-oriented atmosphere and fundraising efforts for a great cause.

  • Where: Irvine, CA

  • Typical Date: Mid-March

Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K

This event is typically held on Memorial Day and offers a half marathon, 10K, and 5K run. It’s a popular race that supports military-related causes. Even better, the course often includes scenic views of the Laguna Hills area!

  • Where: Laguna Hills, CA

  • Typical Date: Memorial Day (End of May)

Run to Remember OC

This unique event is held to honor first responders and fallen heroes, and features a half marathon and a 10K. Participants are encouraged to wear red, white, and blue! The event usually takes place in early June, with proceeds supporting various charity causes.

  • Where: Tustin, CA

  • Typical Date: Early June

Wounded Warrior Freedom Run

This event supports wounded military personnel and veterans, featuring a 10K, 5K, and Kids Run. It usually takes place in early June and is organized by the Wounded Warrior Project. Runners can expect a supportive and patriotic environment.

  • Where: Irvine, CA

  • Typical Date: Early June

There are plenty of other runs/races that happen in Orange County all throughout the Spring, Summer, and Fall in Orange County for you to enjoy. No matter if you are wanting to run 5k, hit the trail with friends, jog down the Newport coast, visit Huntington beach for a quick run, or do a great donut run, these activities are a fun way to spend time with friends or your family! Keep checking back, and we’ll be sure to add any July or other summer dates to the post! Definitely not a bad way to spend your Saturday or Sunday!

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