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Updated: Feb 26, 2023

Here at Run Malibu we believe that running is not only for the athletic, the fit and the fast. We believe it is for everyone. From first timers to legacy runners, fast to slower, 'thought I'd never’ to ‘I will never stop’, we are proud of our diverse and all-inclusive community. Run Malibu is a race for everybody and every body.

Whether you run for yourself or for a loved one, on your own or with your run crew, for the medal, for charity, or for a personal record, you are RunMalibu and we are the sum of its parts.Together no distance is too tough, no finish line too far and no runner is ever alone. #TheRaceForEveryBODY #LeaveNoRunnerBehind

This is how you can make the 2023 Run Malibu the perfect race for you.


You can choose from a variety of distances and challenge levels.

The 5K, taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4th, starts and ends at Zuma Beach, offering runners and walkers an all-flat oceanside loop course at one of the most distinctive landmarks in Southern California featured in countless films and TV commercials.

With no hills, the 5K course is perfect for anyone looking to attempt a personal record (PR) — or just looking for a beautiful, scenic race.

The Half Marathon, taking place Sunday, Nov. 5th, also starts and ends at Zuma Beach, offering runners and walkers a stunning out-and-back route along the Malibu coastline and a rare opportunity to conquer the storied Pacific Coast Highway (Route 1).

The Half Marathon is a USATF-measured course and participants will have 4+ hours to complete their race (i.e. an 18 minute-per-mile pace). Due to the out and back nature of the course (what goes up also goes down), the total elevation ascension is 378 feet — nothing you won’t be able to handle with a bit of hill training and planning (read our blog post on 10 tips for running the Half Marathon in fine form). Trust us, that incline on the way down to the finish line feels fantastic!

If you are looking for a bigger reward or you’re a bling collector, then we dare you to go for the Combo Challenge: Run 2 races = Get 3 medals!⁠⁠🏅 If you complete both the 5K and the Half Marathon, you can now bring home some extra hardware. Booyah!

Let’s not forget the little ones. To make it even more fun and family-friendly, we also have a 1/2K Kids Fun Run for kids ages 4 to 10 taking place on Saturday, Nov. 4th.

This is perfect for families who share a passion for being active. Sorry, grownups — this is strictly a kids-only race, but come and cheer at the start and the finish and run alongside for part of it.


As for anything else in life, having a higher purpose gives us extra strength and determination in achieving our goals. This is especially true when it comes to racing.

When choosing to embark on this journey we encourage you to raise the stakes and do it for something or someone that matters to you. Running in honor of a person who is dear to you, or raising funds for your favorite charity can fuel your runs as well as your heart.

With that in mind, we have created what is now known as one of the best Charity programs in the country where you can support a great cause while treating yourself to an elevated experience.

By purchasing a Charity Ticket you’ll be getting a special charity bib, 2 drink tickets and access to the Charity/VIP Lounge. The lounge is a premium space featuring a premium shaded area with lounge seating, dedicated gear check, deluxe restrooms, and complimentary pre and post-race treatments, refreshments and catering.

You can also access these perks if you create a fundraiser and reach the $250+ fundraising milestone and even earn your entry fee back if you raise $500+. The program's proceeds will be donated to Run Malibu’s chosen charities: the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and Girls On The Run Los Angeles. For more details, click here.

Alternatively, you can purchase access to the Lounge as an add-on during registration and even bring a guest with you!

Last year's alone we raised over $78,000.00 for our chosen charity partners Boys & Girls Club of Malibu and Girls On The Run Los Angeles. Way to make your miles count!

For more details, click here.


It’s no secret that rallying your friends and family can make everything even more special. Because: The more the merrier!

Here are a couple of ways you can upgrade your experience with a team.

  • When you sign up you'll receive a unique referral link to share. The more people you get to sign up, the bigger the cash reward. You could even get your entire race entry refunded. For more details, click here.

  • You can attempt to win the Malibu Team Challenge! The winning team will earn cool perks and will receive special recognition on race weekend! For more details, click here.


Run Malibu loves to reward runners that come back year after year.

By participating in one of our events for at least 3 consecutive years you can receive your Legacy status, a special Bib, a unique Backdrop to take photos during the race weekend.

Plus, as you keep coming back you can earn Legacy Swag as you reach 3, 5, 7 & 10 consecutive years’ milestones, namely: a running hat, a medal buckle, a tumbler and a duffle bag.

For more details about our Legacy Program, click here.


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