Junior Carlsbad

A running event just for kids 12 and under!!!

The 26th Annual Junior Carlsbad will take place Saturday, March 28, 2015.

Every child is a champion! The emphasis is on fun, not speed. At Junior Carlsbad, every child is a winner and receives a Finisher’s medal, goodie bag, and official race T-shirt.

Voted Youth Event of the Year by Running USA!

We’ve received great news! Junior Carlsbad was announced “Youth Event of the Year” on Tuesday at Running USA 2011: The Industry Conference. For the past 25 years, Junior Carlsbad has continued to provide a fun, fitness filled weekend for youths and their families in beautiful Carlsbad, California. The event strives to enhance and celebrate the healthy lifestyle of its participants. We are honored to receive this award and are looking forward to another amazing day at Junior Carlsbad on March 28th! Click here to read more about Running USA 2011: The Industry Conference

Event Highlights

  • 11 Races for Every Age Group and Fitness Level
  • Finisher’s Medal Awarded to Every Runner!
  • Receive a FREE Race T-Shirt!
  • Family-Friendly Weekend Promotes Fitness Fun!
  • Awesome Awards for top 3 girl/boy finishers (ages 5-12)
  • Feeling lucky? Win a Raffle Prize after the Race!
  • Benefits the Carlsbad Educational Foundation

Registration Details

Event Name:

2015 Junior Carlsbad

Date/Times: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Location: Carlsbad Village Dr and Roosevelt – Carlsbad , CA
Registration Fees:*
  • Early Entry (by 12/31/14) – $20
  • Regular Entry (1/1/15 – 3/22/15) – $25
  • Race Weekend Entry (3/27/15 – 3/28/15) – $30
Online Registration is CLOSED.Please note: the registration form will open in a new window. ALL FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE & NON-TRANSFERABLE
Registration Policies: *All fees are non-refundable, non-transferable. Price does not include Active.com processing fee.

Course Information

There are four different starting lines due to the various race distances.

  • View Course Map (PDF)
  • Mile & 1/2 Mile: Roosevelt Street between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Ave.
  • 1/4 Mile: On the corner of Carlsbad Blvd. and Grand Ave.
  • Toddler Trot & Diaper Dash: At the intersection of Washington and Carlsbad Village Drive

Race Day Schedule – TBD

  • Age 12 (1 Mile):
  • Age 11 (1 Mile):
  • Age 10 (1 Mile):
  • Age 9 (1 Mile):
  • Age 8 (1 Mile):
  • Age 7 (1 Mile):
  • Age 6 (½ Mile):
  • Age 5 (½ Mile):
  • Age 4 (¼ Mile):
  • Age 3 Toddler Trot**:
  • Age 2 & under Diaper Dash**:

*Starting times may vary slightly subject to the Spring train schedule.
**A series of 25- and 50-yard dashes

A Reminder from Sly Fox & Birdie and California Operation Lifesaver:

  • Cross tracks ONLY at designated pedestrian or roadway crossings. Observe and obey all warning signs and signals.
  • Never walk down a train track; it’s illegal and it’s dangerous. By the time a locomotive engineer can see you on the tracks, it is too late. The train cannot stop quickly enough to avoid a collision.
  • Be aware trains do not follow set schedules. Any Time is Train Time!

ChronoTrack Timing System

State of the art ChronoTrack systems will be used to record participants’ times at the start, at certain splits along the course and at the finish. The ChronoTrack system uses a disposable tag, called a D Tag, which allows you to walk away from the finish without the need to have your tag collected.

The ChronoTrack timing tag (D Tag) will be attached to your race bib. The D Tag will be labeled with a number that matches your race number. When you pick up your bib, please make sure these numbers match, and also verify that YOUR name is printed on the bib you are issued*. Proceed to the Solutions Table if any of the information is incorrect.

Prior to the race, you must remove the tag from your number and attach it to your shoe. Please follow the instructions provided in your registration packet.

PLEASE NOTE: All participants in this race must wear the ChronoTrack timing tag on your shoe in order to have their times recorded. ChampionChip timing equipment will NOT be used at this race; ChampionChip timing chips will NOT record your time.

*If you register for the race before online registration closes (11:59 PST, March 22, 2015), your race bib should have your name printed on it.

Visit chronotrack.com for more information.

Junior Carlsbad Road Closure Times:

Road Closed From To Side of Road Closed Time Closed Time Open
Roosevelt Parking Lot NORTH LOT 7:00 AM Fri. March 27 11:59 PM Sun. March 29
Roosevelt Parking Lot SOUTH LOT 2:00 PM Fri. March 27 11:59 PM Sun. March 29
Roosevelt St. Carlsbad Village Drive Grand Ave. Whole Road 5:00 AM Sat. March 28 5:00 PM Sun. March 29
Carlsbad Village Drive Carlsbad Blvd. Madison St. Whole Road 5:00 AM 12:30 PM
Madison Ave Carlsbad Village Drive Arbuckle Pl. Whole Road 5:00 AM 10:00 AM
Grand Ave Carlsbad Blvd. Jefferson St. Whole Road 6:30 AM 10:00 AM
State Street Carlsbad Village Drive Grand Ave. Whole Road 6:30 AM 10:00 AM
Jefferson Ave Carlsbad Village Drive Home Ave Whole Road 7:00 AM 10:00 AM
Carlsbad Boulevard Carlsbad Village Drive Cypress Ave. Northbound 7:00 AM 10:30 AM

*Road closure impacts whole road (i.e. all lanes of traffic)

NOTE: Advance notification signs will be posted one week prior to the event. No Parking signs will be posted on these street 72 hours prior to the event.

For more information on the races, road closures and alternate travel routes, please contact us at: community@competitorgroup.com OR 858-450-6510. To contact the City of Carlsbad Special Events Committee, please call: 760-931-2297.

Post Race “Kid Check” (ages 8 & under)

For the safety of the children, a “kid check” system will be enforced at the secure zone exit for all participants ages 8 & under.

Each blue/yellow bib has two numbers.  The large, main portion is to be worn by the child; the upper, smaller portion is to be torn off and worn by the adult.  At the end of the secure zone exit, children will be released to the parent or guardian who possesses the matching race number.  Please not that there will be a designated exit for participants with a blue bib and participants with a yellow bib.

For 9-12 year old racers, please plan to meet your child at the exit of the secure zone, located on Carlsbad Village Drive and Roosevelt.  Plan ahead and have a meeting place and time in case you become separated.

Pre-Registration Party

  • Location: Village Faire
  • Date: Friday, March 27
  • Time: 3pm – 6pm

Join us on to kick off race weekend at the Junior Carlsbad Pre-Registration Party!  Beat the crowds on race day and pick up your participant tee, goodie bag and race number.  Stop by our sponsor booths, dance to the music of a live band, and enjoy ice-cream from Pizza Port!  Bring the whole family for an afternoon of fun!

Also, it’s not too late to sign up!  Registration will be open at the Pre-Registration Party.

Race Day Packet Pick-Up

  • Location: Roosevelt Street, near Grand Avenue (four blocks west of I-5)
  • Opens: 7:00am

Race numbers will not be mailed.  If you do not attend the Pre-Registration Party, Packet Pick-Up is also available on race morning.  Participants are encouraged to arrive one hour before your race time to park and warm-up.

You may pick up your T-shirt and goodie bag at the T-shirt booth located in the Expo after the race on Saturday.

Health & Fitness Expo

Expo Date/Hours:

  • March 28 – March 29, 2015
  • Saturday, March 28: 7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Sunday, March 29: 6:30 AM – 1:00 PM
  • Location: The Village of Carlsbad, on Roosevelt, between Carlsbad Village Drive and Grand Avenue.

Open to the Public. Admission is Free. Great buys and free samples highlight this two-day exposition. The Expo is also packed with Official Race Souvenirs, the latest in running shoes, running apparel, food, plus nutrition and health services information.

Directions & Parking

Carlsbad is located 40 miles south of Orange County and 40 miles north of San Diego. Take I-5 to Carlsbad.  Exit west on Vista Way (Highway 78), Las Flores, Carlsbad Village Drive or Tamarack Avenue exits.

Coming North on I-5: Street parking is available throughout the Village of Carlsbad.  We encourage participants to carpool and use the Tamarack exit.

Coming South on I-5/East on Hwy 78: Go south on Pacific Coast Highway to State Street.  There is a large parking lot on State Street just north of Grand Avenue.  Once this lot is full, please use surface street parking.

Awards & Raffles

The top three boy and girl finishers in each age group (5-12) will be presented with an engraved plaque and prizes from our sponsors.  Also, save your race number to be eligible for the raffle – everyone has a chance to win!

Note to Parents: Awards are based on the fastest Chronotrack timing tag times from the time race starts.

Stellar Street Party

Live it up at the post-race celebration in the Village of Carlsbad, complete with live entertainment, refreshments and fun for the entire family!

School Championship

Returning by popular demand, students around the county are invited to take part in the School Championship! The school with the greatest participation will hold bragging rights for the next school year as County Champion. Awards will be presented to the top five schools and will include great prizes provided by race sponsors and supporters. Join the School Championship and start running to get in shape and have fun! Students 12 and under can register online for the race at a reduced price of only $20 with your school’s promotional code. Register today!

2014 School Championship Results

Congratulations to the School Champion, Olive Elementary, for having the highest number of participants at Junior Carlsbad!

Thank you to all schools for spreading the word about Junior Carlsbad and emphasizing how important it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

  1. Olive Elementary
  2. Solana Highlands
  3. LILA
  4. Felicita Elementary
  5. Westwood Elementary & Jefferson Elementary

We challenge every participant to recruit more classmates and represent your school in 2015!


Carlsbad Educational Foundation seeks to develop, conduct, and finance programs in order to assist in cultivating a superior public educational system within the Carlsbad Unified School District.

Founded in 1983, the non-profit foundation has successfully raised over $2,000,000 to enhance learning opportunities for the children of the Carlsbad Unified School District.

Visit www.carlsbaded.org for more information.


Thank you Volunteers! We sincerely thank all of our volunteers for dedicating time and energy towards making Junior Carlsbad a success! We could not do it without you!

Mark your calendars for March 28 & March 29 for your next opportunity to volunteer for this event.

Contact Us:

For more information, please contact:

Competitor Group

Email: carlsbad5000@competitorgroup.com

Phone: 858-450-6510

Fax: 858-450-6905

Jr Carlsbad Registration Information


Early Entry (through 12/31/14) $20

Individual Entry (1/1/15 – 3/22/15) $25

Race Weekend Entry (3/27/15 & 3/28/15) $30

Entry Includes:

  • Official Race Number
  • T-shirt
  • Finisher’s Medal
  • Goodie Bag
  • Post-Race Refreshments

Junior Carlsbad Race Day Schedule