San Diego-based Groundwork Endurance has acquired the iconic Carlsbad 5000 road race from IRONMAN, a Wanda Sports Holdings company. ‘Under the leadership of local runners, including US Olympian Meb Keflezighi’, Groundwork Endurance will welcome participants from around the world to Carlsbad, California, on April 6-7, 2019 for the 34th annual Carlsbad 5000.
Billed as the ‘World’s Fastest 5k’, the annual Carlsbad 5000 road race attracts amateur, competitive, and professional runners from around the world. Since the inaugural edition in 1986, the event has seen 16 world records and eight US records, as well as numerous national and age group achievements. The event is the home of the current female and male world 5K road records.
“I am delighted to join the local ownership team in building upon the legacy of the Carlsbad 5000,” said Meb Keflezighi. “There is no better place than the San Diego coast to celebrate the sport that has meant so much to me.
“I raced the Carlsbad 5000 twice during my professional career and both experiences were unforgettable. Having the opportunity to now help shape the direction of this amazing event for future generations is truly an honour. My wife and I are excited to watch as our three daughters run in their first Junior Carlsbad and we can’t wait to get more kids throughout the area to join in on the fun.”
Ashley Gibson, founder of Groundwork Endurance added, “First and foremost, we want to thank the incredible running community that has made this race so special for more than 30 years. The Carlsbad 5000 is not only a showcase of world-class talent but a celebration of family, friends and community.
“Our team has a great appreciation for the unrivalled history of this race and we are committed to producing a fantastic event in 2019. April can’t get here soon enough!”
The organising team note that race weekend promises a fast oceanfront course, healthy competition and an energetic atmosphere for participants of all ages and paces. The event features multiple age-group races throughout the morning – leading up to the pro women’s and men’s races.
The ‘Party by the Sea’ gets started as soon as the first runners cross the finish line with participants 21 and older celebrating in the Pizza Port beer garden with two complimentary craft brews ‘and runners of all ages rocking out to live music on the streets of the Carlsbad Village.’
The popular Junior Carlsbad, which celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2019, also features multiple races designed for children aged 12 and under. Kids distances range from a one-miler to the 50-yard Toddler Trot and 25-yard Diaper Dash.
“The Carlsbad 5000 is truly one of the world’s great events and holds a special place in the hearts of the runners and long-time event staff alike,” said Dan Cruz, the race’s Head of Communications. “Few events can match the Carlsbad 5000’s tradition, spectator friendly course, electric race day atmosphere and I couldn’t be more pleased to continue working with the new ownership team on this race. We look forward to continuing the legacy of the Carlsbad 5000.”
Registration for all events will open in December 2018.