Carlsbad 5000

The Carlsbad 5000 is an annual five kilometer (3.1 mile) road running event that takes place each spring in the city of Carlsbad, California along the north coast of San Diego County.

Carlsbad 5000
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A fun runner completing the race in 2004
LocationCarlsbad, California
United States United States
Event typeRoad
Official siteCarlsbad 5000

The event is organized by Groundwork Endurance, a San Diego-based company which acquired the race in 2018 from World Triathlon Corporation. Headlining the Groundwork Endurance ownership team is US Olympian, Meb Keflezighi, the only runner in history to win the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon, and an Olympic Marathon medal.[1]

The event, which was first held in 1986, features seven 5k races, with participation in a specific race determined by each runners age and gender. The full day of running culminates with the men's and women's Skechers Performance Elite Invitationals[2], both of which feature professional fields competing for a substantial cash purse. In addition to the 5k races, there is a dedicated event for kids-only, the Junior Carlsbad[3], with distances ranging from a one mile fun run down to a diaper dash. The weekend also includes a free health and wellness expo, elite athlete Q&A, and post-race Pizza Port beer garden.

The 5k race course begins on Grand Avenue in downtown Carlsbad before following a south-to-north loop on Carlsbad Boulevard along the Pacific coast. The southern turnaround is near Tamarack Avenue and the northern turnaround is located near the Army and Navy Academy. The course returns south before making a final turn onto Carlsbad Village Drive for a downhill finish in Carlsbad Village.[4] The course is sanctioned and certified by USA Track and Field, the governing body for the sport.

The course records of 12:59.5 minutes for men (set by Sammy Kipketer in 2000) and 14:46 minutes for women (set by Meseret Defar in 2006) are the fastest times ever recorded for the 5 km road distance. These are recognized as world bests by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.[5] However, records for the road distance were not recognized by the IAAF until November 2017. In 2019, Kenyan Edward Cheserek won the men's elite invitational in a time of 13:29, which equalled the official IAAF record set earlier that same year.[6]

American Steve Scott not only helped design the course in 1986 but won the inaugural race en route to three straight victories. Other notable past winners include Eluid Kipchoge, Deena Kastor (Drossin), and Dejen Gebremeskel [7]

Past winnersEdit

Amateurs running along Carlsbad Boulevard at the 2011 event.
Ethiopian Meseret Defar is a four time winner and the current 5 km record holder.

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1986   Steve Scott (USA) 13:32   PattiSue Plumer (USA) 15:30.2
2nd 1987   Steve Scott (USA) 13:36   Lorraine Moller (NZL) 15:35
3rd 1988   Steve Scott (USA) 13:30.2   Liz McColgan (GBR) 15:29.7
4th 1989   Yobes Ondieki (KEN) 13:26   Lynn Williams (CAN) 15:20
5th 1990   Doug Padilla (USA) 13:30   Elly van Hulst (NED) 15:33
6th 1991   Frank O'Mara (IRL) 13:35   Liz McColgan (GBR) 15:11
7th 1992   William Mutwol (KEN) 13:12   Vicki Huber (USA) 15:14
8th 1993   Philemon Hanneck (ZIM) 13:22   Shelly Steely (USA) 15:36
9th 1994   Josephat Machuka (KEN) 13:21   Colleen de Reuck (RSA) 15:20
10th 1995   Ismael Kirui (KEN) 13:17   Rose Cheruiyot (KEN) 15:05
11th 1996   Armando Quintanilla (MEX) 13:18   Angela Chalmers (CAN) 15:20
12th 1997   Paul Koech (KEN) 13:15   Sally Barsosio (KEN) 15:18
13th 1998   Paul Koech (KEN) 13:16   Naomi Mugo (KEN) 15:25
14th 1999   Armando Quintanilla (MEX) 13:33   Libbie Hickman (USA) 15:47
15th 2000   Sammy Kipketer (KEN) 12:59.5   Deena Drossin (USA) 15:08
16th 2001   Sammy Kipketer (KEN) 12:59.6   Sally Barsosio (KEN) 15:20
17th 2002   Sammy Kipketer (KEN) 13:17   Deena Drossin (USA) 14:53.8
18th 2003   Dejene Berhanu (ETH) 13:19   Berhane Adere (ETH) 14:53.6
19th 2004   Dejene Berhanu (ETH) 13:23   Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 14:53
20th 2005   Dejene Berhanu (ETH) 13:10   Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:51
21st 2006   Abreham Cherkos (ETH) 13:15   Meseret Defar (ETH) 14:46
22nd 2007   Simon Ndirangu Githuka (KEN) 13:28   Meseret Defar (ETH) 15:01
23rd 2008   Maregu Zewdie Tarefe (ETH) 13:34   Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 15:14
24th 2009   Bekana Daba (ETH) 13:19   Aheza Kiros (ETH) 15:38
25th 2010   Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 13:11   Meseret Defar (ETH) 15:04
26th 2011   Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:11   Aheza Kiros (ETH) 15:13
27th[8] 2012   Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:11   Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 15:01
28th[9] 2013   Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:21   Gelete Burka (ETH) 15:26
29th[10] 2014   Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:13   Julia Bleasdale (GBR) 15:06
30th[11] 2015   Lawi Lalang (KEN) 13:32   Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) 14:48
31st 2016   Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 13:24   Meseret Defar (ETH) 15:00
32nd[12] 2017   Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:27   Viola Lagat (KEN) 15:35
33rd[13] 2018   Kalle Berglund (SWE) 14:15   Emelia Gorecka (GBR) 16:04
34th[6] 2019   Edward Cheserek (KEN) 13:29   Sharon Lokedi (KEN) 15:48

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Andrew Dawson (2018-12-14). "Meb Keflezighi Joins New Ownership Team for Carlsbad 5000". Runner's World. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  2. ^ "Skechers Performance Elite Invitational". Carlsbad 5000. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  3. ^ "Junior Carlsbad". Carlsbad 5000. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  4. ^ Carlsbad 5000 Course Map. Retrieved 2020-01-09.
  5. ^ Working Groups / Road Records. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  6. ^ a b Cheserek matches Wanders’ performance from Monaco to join Lokedi as champion, completing first Kenyan sweep at annual event since 2001, DyeStat, Erik Boal, April 7, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  7. ^ Marty Post, Ryan Lamppa, Jack Leydig (2011-04-04). Carlsbad 5 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  8. ^ Rosenthal, Bert (2012-04-02). Gebremeskel, Dibaba Win Carlsbad 5000. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-03.
  9. ^ Third win in a row for Gebremeskel, Burka makes Ethiopian double in Carlsbad. IAAF (2013-04-08). Retrieved on 2013-04-08.
  10. ^ Gebremeskel defeats local star Lagat for fourth straight Carlsbad win. IAAF (31 March 2014). Retrieved on 1 April 2014
  11. ^ [1]. IAAF (29 March 2015). Retrieved on 30 April 2015
  12. ^ [2] Archived 2017-04-05 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF (3 April 2017). women video
  13. ^ [3]. Retrieved on 25 February 2019
List of winners

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