In America’s Finest City, we don’t have to worry about a cold front affecting our outdoor activities. Sunny San Diego offers all the highlights for a stellar endurance vacation: endless run options, outstanding weather and excellent food for post-run fueling. This is a runner’s dream come true!
Looking for some more hot spots to explore in San Diego? Check out this list below brought to you by Competitor.com.
Where to Race
Don’t miss the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon (June 5), the original race for the popular series, starting at Balboa Park and finishing at Petco Park, home of the San Diego Padres.
Where to Shop
With three shops located across the county in Pacific Beach, Encinitas and La Mesa, Movin’ Shoes (movinshoes.com) is the go-to local shop for runners. Olympians Bob Kennedy and Meb Keflezighi, a San Diego resident, purchased the chain in 2013, and it continues to provide top-notch service with shoe fittings, clinics for local charity teams and group runs weekly. A newer addition to the running community is Milestone Running Company (2545 El Cajon Boulevard, Suite D, milestonerunning.com), which dubs itself as the most conveniently located store in the city and offers customers assistance in all areas of running. Road Runner Sports (roadrunnersports.com), with two locations in Carlsbad and Claremont Mesa, is another great option for a larger variety of apparel, including the store’s own performance line. Be sure to check out Road Runner’s once-a-month Adventure Run.
Where to Eat & Drink
Bull Taco (bulltaco.com) is the place to go for great tacos, and it has four locations along the coastline north of San Diego. If sushi strikes your fancy, Sushi Ota (4529 Mission Bay Drive) is the unanimous favorite on the outskirts of Pacific Beach. For a caffeine boost, Zumbar Coffee (zumbarcoffee.com) is a local favorite for its artisanal approach to brewing. It has two locations in Cardiff by the Sea and Sorrento Valley behind the train station. Fuel up at Claire’s on Cedros (246 N. Cedros Ave., clairesoncedros.com) in Solana Beach—the Clairecakes, along with the quaint atmosphere, are to die for. The Gaslamp Quarter in downtown San Diego has plenty of restaurants and nightlife options. If it’s the third Thursday of the month, head to 30th Street (30thstreet.org) in North Park, where a plethora of brew spots and restaurants offer deals. And of course, there’s San Diego’s beer scene—and visiting Stone Brewing Company (stonebrewing.com) is a must. Head to Escondido, northeast of San Diego, to tour the brewery gardens; for just beer and food, Liberty Station near the airport hosts a huge spot for sipping.
Did You Know?
The 1,400-acre Balboa Park hosts 15 major museums and the San Diego Zoo, making it the largest urban cultural park in the nation.
The Comic-Con International trade show takes over San Diego’s downtown every July, with attendance topping 130,000 enthusiasts—most in costume.
Built in 1888, the Hotel del Coronado on Coronado Island is the oldest wooden structure in the country and is a popular tourist destination.
Read more details from the Competitor.com online article here.