5K Run


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Start Time & Staging

The start of the 5K will be at 7am Runners are encouraged to start making their way to the start line no later than 6:20am.

Start Location

375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek


Hydration stations will be located as follows:

Mile 2: Water


The start of the 5K is located in front of Civic Park and will take runners from Civic Park on the road North across Ygnacio onto Civic Rd. North which becomes Oak Rd. Runners will turn and run behind Club Sport at Jones road. It is at this point where 5K runners will need to pay attention for the trail on their right to turn back and start making their way back to the festival area. 10K runners will stay on the road running to their next turn. 5K runners should not follow the 10K runners. Look for the 5K arrow signs. If you end up on Treat Blvd. you are now a 10K runner. The Iron Horse trail will bring runners straight back down and into the Park. This is a fast course and about as flat as they come. A great quick run or walk for all levels of runners.

5K Awards

Awards to the top three male and female finishers in the 5K will be handed out on the day of the race as well as age groups in the following categories:

<9, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80>

Each 5K finisher will receive a very cool custom die cast finishers medal for their achievement.


To our dedicated runners who have joined us from all over since 2011. We have immensely enjoyed serving all of you, however we have made the decision to retire the Walnut Creek Running Festival. We have absolutely enjoyed hosting this event, and the City of Walnut Creek has been so awesome to work with. Talk about championing an event. They have been behind us 100% since the beginning.

Half Marathon Road running events are a feat in and of themselves. To host this type of event where you get to use the city surface streets bringing a large gathering of runners together all on one day is a task and takes months of planning every year. We were fortunate enough to have been given this level of trust by the City. But with each year of planning this event, also comes the consideration and cost of other things that need tending to as well.

That being said, we are shutting down this event, but we will still be around. To learn more about our other events, please visit teamblueskyevents.com.

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