The Carlsbad 5000 is recognized as the ‘World’s Fastest 5K’ with a storied history of 16 world records, 8 U.S. records, along with numerous national and age-group marks have been set on the event’s scenic oceanfront course. The event is synonymous with great competition and a rousing good time for participants and spectators alike. The road race continues to crown the same king: Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia, who on Sunday won his fifth Carlsbad title. The 27-year-old Olympic silver medalist blazed the scenic seaside course in 13 minutes and 27 seconds. In a close women’s elite race, Violah Lagat of Kenya put forth a dominating effort to win over second-place finisher Shannon Rowbury of the United States. Lagat’s time for the 5000m race was 15:35, while Rowbury came across the line 1 second later.
The festivities encompass the entire weekend, beginning with the Junior Carlsbad on Saturday of the same weekend. There, kids 12 and under are the stars as they partake in 10 separate races designed for specific age and fitness levels. On Sunday, the streets come alive as thousands of runners compete in seven separate people’s races, divided into age and gender categories. The ‘Party by the Sea’ gets started as soon as the first runners cross the finish line. After enjoying the scenic 3.1-mile course, runners aged 21 and over can step into the beer garden, sip two free beers from Pizza Port and enjoy a live band.