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UPDATE: 08/03/2020

Dear Runners and Supporters,


We, at Malibu Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk, are committed to hosting memorable running events for enthusiastic runners of all levels. We pride ourselves on offering an inclusive and positive experience every year: not just on race day but throughout the weeks and months leading up to it. 


This year, COVID-19 has forced events world-wide, including running events, to seriously consider the safety and ethical implications of hosting an event where 1000s of people gather in close proximity to each other. 


The safety of our runners, volunteers, staff and partners is something we take very seriously and ultimately this takes priority in any decision we make, big or small. Thus, having monitored the situation closely over the last 6 months and maintaining continuous contact with State and City officials and advisors, we have taken the difficult, but sensible decision, to pivot this year’s event into a virtual experience.

For those who are yet to register or still want to #RunMalibuVRTL this year, we are excited to be hosting 3 virtual events presented by Rusnak BMW: our iconic Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk and a new innovative 30-day, wellness and fitness, 50-mile challenge. 

Malibu VRT Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk presented by Rusnak BMW

The Malibu VRTL Half Marathon & 5K Run/Walk presented by Rusnak BMW event will take place wherever you like, at whatever time is convenient, between the 7th and 8th November. All runners who register before 8th October will receive the exclusive race T-shirt and Malibu Medal in time for the race. Leading up to and during the race weekend stay tuned for plenty of sponsor prizes and offers, giveaways, training tips, Q&As and live feeds.

Malibu VRT 50-Mile Challenge presented by Rusnak BMW

We are super excited to also be hosting our first-ever Malibu VRTL 50-Mile Challenge presented by Rusnak BMW. This will be a full month of exclusive access to training plans and tips, HITT classes, yoga sessions, sponsor prizes and offers, and more. The ultimate target will be to run and/or walk 50 miles before the end of the month (~1.6 miles daily) and we’ll have a dedicated team of accountability trainers coaching you through the whole experience.


Every challenge participant will receive an exclusive Challenge T-shirt and, if you have completed the 50-miles by the end of November, an exclusive challenge medal. Our sponsors and partners are also really excited about this new innovative offering and so they’ll be cheering you along the way by offering exciting opportunities at each milestone. And just wait till you meet our team of fitness and wellness coaches who will be training us along the way - we know you’ll love them!


To all those loyal and committed runners that have already registered for this year’s event, we understand that this is not what you signed up for. We, of course, hope you will still #RunMalibuVRTL with us and, if you decide to do so, we will provide a credit for any difference in pricing you might have paid that can be used for another virtual entry (get family or friends to tag along) or towards our future events.


Having said that, we understand that this may not be preferable for some, so we will also be offering a free deferral of your entry, including any add-ons purchased during registration, to 2021 or 2022 to whoever would like - no questions asked. 


If you are currently registered you will receive an email with the full set of options to choose from. If you haven't received the email first check your spam folder and, if you still cannot find it, please get in touch with us at

To everyone in the Run Malibu Tribe, we know these are difficult times and we share the disappointment that Run Malibu won’t be a physical event this year, but we are confident and excited about the opportunity to be a positive light in these difficult times. 


Please stay safe and we hope to #RunMalibuVRTL with you this year. If you have any questions or queries please do not hesitate to reach out personally to our race director at


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