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Spring Outdoor Adventures

The Sports Lover's Paradise

San Diego's temperate spring weather makes it the perfect time to get out and explore all the outdoor adventures and sporting events throughout the county.

This page is updated as soon as event details are available. Please check with event organizers for the most up-to-date information.


Carlsbad 5000

When: March 21-22, 2020
The world’s fastest 5K will return to Carlsbad for its 35th year in 2020. Don't miss your chance to experience the Party by the Sea!

Kia Classic

When: March 23-29, 2020
The annual Kia Classic features 144 of the best women golfers playing for the $1.8 million purse.

Race for Autism

When: March 28, 2020
Join us in changing the lives of thousands of San Diego families at the annual Race For Autism through scenic Balboa Park, featuring a 5K run or walk, 1-mile SUPERHERO Family Fun Walk, educational resource fair, children's activities, music, commemorative medals and t-shirts, prizes, refreshments, and more! Costumes and strollers welcome!


San Diego Crew Classic

When: April 4-5, 2020
Regarded as the first major regatta of the year, athletes from more than 100 programs from across the United States will participate in San Diego Crew Classic's two-day premier rowing event on Mission Bay.

San Diego Tour de Cure

When: April 4, 2020
With bike, run and walk options available in multiple distances, the San Diego Tour de Cure at the Del Mar Fairgrounds is an event where no matter what road you take, you will be joining thousands of people from around the country who have the same passion as you to fight diabetes and its burdens.

Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside

When: April 4, 2020
The Ironman 70.3 in Oceanside is an amazing test of endurance drawing athletes from all over the world to compete in a 1.2 mile swim in Oceanside Harbor, 56-mile bike ride through neighboring Camp Pendleton and 13.1 mile run along the Pacific Ocean to the finish line at Oceanside Pier.

Campagnolo GranFondo San Diego

When: April 5, 2020
Southern California meets Italy in this celebration of cycling, food and San Diego's picturesque waterfront in downtown San Diego with four route options from 20 to 102 miles. No matter what distance you choose, you will be rewarded with the Full GranFondo Experience!

Del Mar National Horse Show 

When: April 14 - May 3, 2020 (select dates)
Each year the Del Mar National attracts more than 1,500 horses representing many breeds across three distinctly different disciplines - Western, Dressage, and Hunter/Jumper - to the equestrian complex at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in coastal Del Mar.

Del Mar National Horse Show - Western Week 

When: April 14-18, 2020
Come witness unparalleled action-packed day and evening classes filled with exciting speed, agility, and nail-biting competition during Western Week of the Del Mar National Horse Show.

San Diego Beach & Bay Half Marathon, 5K & 10K

When: April 18, 2020
Run through some of San Diego’s most beautiful beaches, bays and resorts with a half marathon, 5K & 8K on a fast, flat, scenic course followed by a festive bayside party.

Port of San Diego's Day at The Docks

When: April 19, 2020
Day at the Docks at the Sportfishing Landings in Point Loma is the West Coast's largest public celebration of sportfishing and signals the official start of SoCal's spring saltwater fishing season.

Black Mountain Trail Run

When: April 19, 2020
Part of the XTERRA SoCal Trail Run Series, this course through Black Mountain Regional Park is great for trail running beginners and advanced athletes with plenty of wide fire road trails and some single track sections. 

Del Mar National Horse Show - Dressage Week 

When: April 23-26, 2020
Come see musical freestyles and world cup qualifying ballet on horseback during Dressage Week at the Del Mar National Horse Show. 

Annual Lakeside Rodeo

When: April 24-26, 2020
Head to the East County for some western-style fun, with bronc riding, barrel racing, steer wrestling, roping competitions and more at the Lakeside Rodeo. 

Heart Break Ridge Run - Hard Corps Race Series

When: April 25, 2020
A multiple distance off-road running race held in the northwestern foothills of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton with a challenging hill climb and scenic views of surrounding mountains and meadows.

La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

When: April 26, 2020
The La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the half marathon course follows the coastline and the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park, then continues through the beautiful residential district of La Jolla Shores and finishes in the park at La Jolla Cove. voted this one of the top 12 "Must-Do Half Marathons in the U.S." 


Spring Sprint Triathlon & Duathlon

When: May 2-3, 2020
With a calm bay swim and a flat bike and run course in Mission Bay, the Spring Sprint Triathlon and Duathlon is the perfect race to kick off your triathlon season. 

Cinco de Mayo Trail Run

When: May 2, 2020
The Cinco de Mayo Trail Race 10K & 5K offer challenging and unique courses that will take you out on the Lake Poway Trail around the lake.

San Diego Century

When: May 16, 2020
Experience the beautiful hills and coastline of San Diego's North County on one of three courses for a challenging and rewarding cycling experience on San Diego's most scenic routes and a finish-line expo in Encinitas.

The Navy's Bay Bridge Run/Walk

When: May 17, 2020
The 4-mile Navy's Bay Bridge Run/Walk has a spectacular panoramic view as participants make their way to Coronado over the Coronado Bay Bridge.

Valley Center Western Days & Stampede Rodeo 

When: May 22-23, 2020
The Valley Center Stampede Rodeo & Festival will feature broncs, bulls, barrel racers and the ever-popular Wild Donkey Race & Calf Scramble, along with vendors, western arts & crafts, food booths, live bands, a horseshoe tournament, beer gardens and more. Come on out and cheer for your favorite cowboy or cowgirl! 

Rock 'n' Roll Marathon

When: May 30-31, 2020
It's a 26.2-mile race and block party all in one! Rock out at the annual San Diego Rock 'n' Roll marathon and half-marathon through downtown San Diego with live music lining the streets, cheer squads, and a huge post-marathon celebration.


Marine Corps World Famous Mud Run

When: June 6, 2020
This course includes military obstacles that will get your juices pumpin'. Keep the traditions going strong by tackling the original Marine Corps Mud Run Camp Pendleton.

San Diego International Boat Show

When: June 11-14, 2020
Come experience all things boating at the San Diego International Boat Show at Spanish Landing Park. It has it all with yachts, family cruisers, nautical gear, gadgets, paddle sports and more.

United States Police & Fire Championships

When: June 13-20, 2020
The United States Police & Fire Championships brings together law enforcement, firefighters, and officers from corrections, probation, border protection, immigration and customs from across the country to compete in 50 different Olympic-style sports in 35 venues throughout San Diego County. 

Surfing America - USA Surfing Championships

When: June 13-18, 2020
Surfing America is responsible for holding the USA Championships each year and for selecting the official USA Surf Team to compete internationally. Events will take place in Oceanside and Lower Trestles.

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