online Regstration is now closed.
Welcome to San Diego's only trail race through beautiful Gonzales Canyon Open Space and Torrey Highlands Community Park.
Participants at the 6th annual Carmel Valley trail race, regards of distance, will experience one of the hillier courses you will find without heading to the mountains. Elevation gains are only between 300'-700" depending on the course, and some of the hills you may encounter are short, but steep. As one runner said at the conclusion of the race.
Don't let the coastal backdrop fool you... this event can feel like a mountain race so train like it is. This event within the running community has quickly earned the reputation as San Diego's Hardest 5k (but the 10k and 15k course are no slouches)
Parking: Limited parking at Torrey Highlands Park
- Additional parking is found at Torrey Pines High School
- 3710 Del Mar Heights Rd, San Diego, CA 92130
- Hill Climbing Course
- Out and Back Courses
- Flat and Fast once in the canyon
- 1-4 Aid Station based on Race Distance
RACE NOTE: The 2019 Carmel Valley Trail Race is a CUPLESS event meaning we will have aid stations available on course, but NO cups. Runners will be allowed to fill up their water bottles or packs. The ERS is also selling ERS Reusable Cups for this race (see the products section). these are easy to carry during any race or training. They will be available onsite race morning for purchase as well.
The deadline has now passed for pre-ordered shirts, if you would still like to get one, please visit the registration tent post race.
*We have adjusted our prices, so that they do NOT include a race shirt. If you would like to take advantage of the shirt option, it is $5, and can be added in the Swag area of your registration. For those runners adding the shirt option, we ask that you register at least 10 days prior to race day, to be guaranteed of your shirt order. If you are within the 10 day window, we will ask you to pick up your shirt after the race, from the sizes available. We will do our best to accommodate all requests.
- October 12 6:00 AM PDT - Packet Pickup/ Registration
- October 12 7:00 AM PDT - 15k Race Start
- October 12 7:30 AM PDT - 10k Race Start
- October 12 8:00 AM PDT - 5k Race Start