2024 Carlsbad 5000 is April 7

Carlsbad Marathon Runners

Carlsbad hosts multiple running events during the year. The Carlsbad 5000 takes place on April 7th and is reported to be the world’s fastest 5K race. There are several world and US records that have been set, and broken, since the race was established in 1986. Runners will certainly hope to set new records in 2024!

The Carlsbad 5000 is sponsored by National University.

If interested you still have time to register online, but don’t wait as this event usually sells out. (photo is courtesy of Pixabay and is not of the Carlsbad 5000).



There are multiple races taking place on Sunday April 7th. Of course there is the big race, the Carlsbad 5000 (5K). But other runners may be interested in the All Day 20K (four 5K races) with 4 categories of runners.

The Junior Carlsbad race on April 7 is for kids ages 4 to 12. There are 2 options. Depending on their age kids run a ½ mile (ages 4 to 6) or 1 mile (7 to 12).

The Elite Invitational, offering cash prizes, also takes place on April 7. This race is open only to those who apply and are invited to take part.

The Health and Fitness Expo will take place at the Carlsbad Village Faire on Carlsbad Village Drive on April 6 and 7. You’ll find sports equipment, apparel, and much more from numerous exhibitors. Runners can pick up their race kits Saturday at the Expo, or pick up kits beginning at 6 am on Sunday. Waiting until Sunday could mean long lines so plan to arrive early (e.g., 90 minutes).

The post-race celebrations are on Sunday in the Village and will offer live music. The Pizza Port Beer Garden is open from 8:00 am to 2:30 (ages 21 and over with ID).  5K participants (21+) receive 2 free beers with their registration.

The Carlsbad 5000 is popular, and you can expect a few thousand participants and spectators. I would plan to arrive early to find free parking in the Village, and along the course to cheer on the runners and enjoy the festivities.

Be aware there will be some parking restrictions, too, and pay attention to the parking signage when leaving your car.

Don’t forget about the road closures including Carlsbad Boulevard (the Coast Road) where the 5K is held.