Race Day May 20, 2023
Your Ticket To Inspiration

La Jolla Shores 5K

The La Jolla Shores 5K offers a mostly downhill course and features some of the most picturesque coastal views of the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course. Enjoy ocean views at every turn during this 5K race.

Imagine miles of sun-drenched coast, an inviting ocean, perfect weather, and thousands of inspired runners and you’ll understand why the La Jolla Shores 5K is one of the best 5K races San Diego has to offer.

Get ready to soak up breath taking views while soaking in the Southern California sunshine and iconic coastline. Whether you are running your first 5K, or looking to beat last year’s time, registration is your ticket to inspiration.

La Jolla Shores 5K


  • Price increases after March 31, 2023
  • You'll receive a 10% discount referral link to share with your friends after registration.

Virtual 5K

  • Price increases after March 31, 2023
  • You'll receive a 10% discount referral link to share with your friends after registration.


Run Free for Your Referrals

You’ll receive a 10% discount referral link to share with your friends after registration.

How It Works: Refer 1 friend to sign up using your link, and you will receive a $5 refund. If 12 friends sign up, then your registration is free!

Please note: all runners must sign up for the live 5K Race for the offer to be valid.


The La Jolla Shores 5K starts at the corner of La Jolla Shores Drive and Horizon Way and follows a scenic coastal route that runs through La Jolla Shores and along North Torrey Pines Road, Prospect Avenue and Coast Boulevard before finishing at the La Jolla Cove in the same location as the La Jolla Half Marathon finish.

Date: May 20, 2023
Take Your Place At The Start Line By: 6:00 am
5K Start Time: 6:30 am
Start Line: La Jolla Shores Drive and Horizon Way
Finish Line: 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037
Time Limit: 1 hour

Course Support

There will be 2 aid stations along the course:

  • Water Stations there will be two support stations with water and portable toilets.

  • Sports Drinks sports drinks will be available at the second station.

  • Restrooms are located at both of the support stations.

  • First AID if you experience a medical issue on the course, go to the nearest water station where a medical representative will be called to assist you.

  • Gear Drop Off will be available at the start line only.

  • Post Event Massage sports massage specialist will be offering post-event massages during the Finish Line Festival.


If you experience a medical issue on the course, go to the nearest water station where a medical representative will be called to assist you. If you are unable to finish the race, shuttle transportation back to the finish can also be called from every water station. Race Guards trained in CPR and first aid will also be out on the course. There will be a medical tent in the secure, fenced-in finish chute, just beyond the finish line as well as a self serve ice tent in the finish line festival area.


Note: Most of the race is run on streets that will also be carrying normal vehicular traffic. The streets are divided with cones and FOR YOUR SAFETY, YOU MUST STAY WITHIN THE CONED LANE AT ALL TIMES.

Discarded Clothing

If you must discard any clothing during the event, we ask that you do so only at water stations. Note: Clothing discarded at water stations will be donated to local shelters.

Packet Pick-up

Date: Friday, May 19, 2023

Time: 11:00am – 7:00pm

Location: Scripps Park

Race Shuttle

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Time: 5:30am – 6:00am

Location: La Jolla Shores Dr. &  Horizon Way

5K Race

Date: Saturday, May 20, 2023

Time: 6:30am

Location: La Jolla Shores Dr. &  Horizon Way


Saturday, May 20, 2023:
6:00 am – Take your place on the start line
6:30 am – 5K

The start line is located at the corner of La Jolla Shores Drive and Horizon Way.

The finish line is located at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

After you cross the finish line you’ll receive water, your post-event food bag, chocolate milk and coconut water. Keep moving through the finish line until you have completely exited the fenced-in area. The fenced-in finish line area is completely closed off to family and friends for the safety of everyone.

All participants must be able to complete the course in 1 hour. This means you must maintain a 19:21 minute mile pace or faster.

You can attend the expo to pick up your bib number and shirt. If you’re unable to attend the expo, you may authorize someone to pick up your items for you. This person must come with a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID. You can also pick up your 5K bib number race morning beginning at 6:00 am at the 5K start line for a $25 late fee. Race shirts will available for pickup at the finish line. We have listed the Expo date, time and location below.

Expo Date: Friday, MAY 19, 2023
11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Location: 1100 Coast Blvd, La Jolla, CA 92037

Gear drop-off will be available at the start line only. All collected gear is transported to the finish line for pickup immediately after your race. There is no gear pick-up at the start line. All checked gear must fit into one 11” x 16” bag which will be supplied by the race when you check in your gear.

NOTE: This gear check bag is not the cinch bag you’ll be provided when you pick up your race shirt.

You may not check backpacks or duffel bags. Bags deemed too large to fit into an event-supplied bag will not be allowed on the shuttles. Don’t pack valuables. The event is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Items left at the start line, on the course or not claimed on race day from the Gear Pickup tent will be donated. Unattended bags will be removed by security.

Pre-Event Shuttle: Complimentary bus service will transport 5K runners from the finish area at La Jolla Cove to the Shores 5K start area located at La Jolla Shores Drive and Horizon Way from 5:30 to 6:00 am. A food truck will be onsite at La Jolla Cove selling coffee and other breakfast items.

Post-Event Shuttle: There are NO shuttles from the finish to the start of the 5K.

PARKING: The most likely places to find street parking are on Draper, Eads, Fay, Girard, Herschel, and Ivanhoe Streets. Park only in marked spaces and watch for No Parking signs. Vehicles blocking emergency access, double-parked or parked in No Parking areas will be towed.

EXPO PARKING: there are a number of free on street parking spaces primarily south of Prospect Street. Parking near the Pacific Ocean is always very limited. There are several underground garages paid parking spaces on and near Prospect Street. See a parking information map and reduced price offer from the La Jolla Village Merchants Association at this link.

RACE PARKING: please note that parking is very limited in this area so allow plenty of time to park and walk to the start line. There are NO shuttles from the finish to the start of the 5k POST EVENT. If being dropped off at the 5K start, do so at the intersection of La Jolla Shores Drive and North Torrey Pines Road (near the west side of UCSD) and walk the short half mile to the start line at La Jolla Shores Drive and Horizon Way.

IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT RACE PARKING: While there is plenty of free parking at the Del Mar Racetrack, it will be VERY BUSY! Delays getting in are guaranteed. Be sure to give yourself an extra forty-five minutes to 1-hour travel time and plan to arrive to the start line no later than 6:00 am. THERE WILL BE NO ACCESS TO RACE PARKING BETWEEN 6:16 AND 7:00 am. If someone will be dropping you off at the start, they must do so inside the main participant parking area. Follow the direction of parking personnel to the unpaved lot and proceed to the passenger drop-off area located at the entrance to the pedestrian tunnel. Do not ask your driver to drop you off on Jimmie Durante Boulevard, they will be ticketed.

Your bib number will have a timing chip affixed to the back of the number which will capture your start and finish as well as split times. Please wear your number visibly on the front of your body. Do not crumple, fold or block your chip (such as arm blocking bib over the start/finish/split mats while stopping your watch) to ensure your time is tracked. Results at www.CompetitiveTiming.com.

Results will be posted online at www.CompetitiveTiming.com during the race, within the Competitive Timing App (iPhone/Android), and in the Finish Line Festival where participants will be able to print off their results.

Tracking App:
We have a live tracking app so your family and friends can track you during your race. We also provide text/email progress notifications.

  1. Download the Competitive Timing App for iPhone or for Android.

  2. Search for and click on the event you’ll be following or participating in.

Participants will initially move on the map based on their estimated finish time. Participants on the map will not move past the next timing station until we’ve recorded an actual time for them at that point. Each time a participant crosses a timing mat, we will update their expected averages for future timing points.

Spectators can track any number of participants and view live progress on a map.

Text/Email Notifications:

You may sign up for text message notifications that provide updates from the runner you are following every-time they cross a timing mat. Updates tentatively provided at 5k, 10k, 10 mile, and the finish for the Half Marathon. For the 5k there will only be final time notifications as there are no splits for the 5k.

Sign up here: Sign up for text/email progress notifications. Search for a runner, then click the “result notification” button.

Registered participants over the age of 21 and displaying their bib number and proper ID are invited to visit the Ballast Point beer garden in the Finish Line Festival to receive a complimentary post-race beer (limited to one per person while supplies last). While in the beer garden, relax and enjoy the DJ.

All runners can view and download race photos at no charge. Photographers will be stationed on the course to take your picture. You will be able to view your picture(s) by logging on to the race website after the race. The La Jolla Half Marathon does not guarantee that each and every participant will be photographed.

Awards will be presented from the main stage at 8:15 am. to the top three overall male and female finishers and top three male and female finishers in the following age groups: 12 & under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.

Cash Prizes:

  • 1st Place – $100

  • 2nd Place – $50

  • 3rd Place – $25

Race Purse: the following prize money distribution is for the top 3 overall male and female finishers:

  • 1st Place – $400

  • 2nd Place – $250

  • 3rd Place – $100

Cyclists, skaters, unofficial pacers, dogs or pets of any kind are not allowed anywhere on the course. For safety reasons, we discourage the use of headphones. Also due to steep downhills on the half marathon and course, strollers, racing chairs and hand cycles are not allowed in either event.

When planning your stay in San Diego for the La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K we recommend using Stay 22 to check the best rates and availability for Airbnbs as well as local Hotels (see travel & lodging for details and to use the interactive map).

Please note that we do not provide a shuttle service from hotels to the start or finish line.

Use our FAQ page to find more answers to common questions. Or, email race support and if this link doesn’t work, the email address is info@usaenduranceevents.com.

Refunds are not allowed for this race.

Coastal Views

From start to finish this race offer runners a chance to experience the coast like never before.

Great Swag

All runners get a collectible dry tech race shirt, a finisher medal, and a goodie bag with tons of running gear.

Big Celebration

After the race, join family and friends for a celebratory beer in the beer garden while soaking in the sunshine.

Your Ticket To Inspiration

Your Ticket To Inspiration

La Jolla Shores 5K

Prepare to take a scenic journey on this 3.1 mile course where you’ll enjoy breath taking views of waves crashing on the shoreline, surfers in the water, and thousands of inspired runners on the road. If you are looking for 5K races in San Diego, registration is your ticket to inspiration.

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