Overall Rating
Overall Rating (24 Reviews)
4.4
(24 Ratings)(24 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.4
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
4.4
Join THOUSANDS of runners for the annual Surfing Madonna Beach Run 1K, 5K, 10K & 12K on this October in the heart of Encinitas, California! You’ll run along the most beautiful beaches in North County San Diego during low tide! All runners and walkers will start & finish at the … MORE
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    andrea.l.hidalgo REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I have participated in this race for the past 2 years. For starters, it’s on the beach so you have all this beautiful scenery surrounding you. The staff and volunteers … MORE

    I have participated in this race for the past 2 years. For starters, it’s on the beach so you have all this beautiful scenery surrounding you. The staff and volunteers are very nice and helpful. Brad went above and beyond to help with my running cause. My buddy Franki loves her race swag and this run has some of the coolest and biggest medals. Yes, parking can be difficult but look at it as a nice cool down after your run. I usually find parking within about half a mile of the start line. Lastly, and so important to know, this race raises money for some amazing causes.

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    one_swede1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    My first beach run. Challenging at times, such as jumping over/going around water, which made finishing even more rewarding. I’ll be back! MORE

    My first beach run. Challenging at times, such as jumping over/going around water, which made finishing even more rewarding. I’ll be back!

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    whitneeabriel REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race was such a great experience with my son who was 7 years old at the time. It was a great workout and not too hard. Beautiful scenery, we … MORE

    This race was such a great experience with my son who was 7 years old at the time. It was a great workout and not too hard. Beautiful scenery, we had fun splashing in the water along the way and listening to the waves rushing ashore. They had tasty swag that definitely made me want to buy the products. I would love to do this one again with my son and bring more friends!

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    JodieGreger REPEAT RUNNER '18

    I was entered as a challenger since I was also running the Encinitas half. The course was quite rocky this year since the tides were not behaving and the usual … MORE

    I was entered as a challenger since I was also running the Encinitas half. The course was quite rocky this year since the tides were not behaving and the usual 15 k washout to just doing a 10 k. I was with this since the rocky course made it challenging. I love doing this race and plan to do it every year. My 1st the running this race made me move to SanDiego from LA. It s very well sponsored. the crowd was great and its for a good cause.

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    happydebeso FIRST-TIMER '18

    I would highly recommend this race because of the gorgeous views. I loved the finisher medals and the soft shirt. The expo was nice too! The sand was quite hard … MORE

    I would highly recommend this race because of the gorgeous views. I loved the finisher medals and the soft shirt. The expo was nice too! The sand was quite hard to run in.

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    desertblonde627 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Great fun! Kinda tough for me running a bit off cambered on the sand but still enjoyed the day. This was for the Guinness Book record so that was awesome! MORE

    Great fun! Kinda tough for me running a bit off cambered on the sand but still enjoyed the day. This was for the Guinness Book record so that was awesome!

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    coopertowers REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Well organized race at beautiful beach and location. Cool looking medals and reasonably priced swag purchases. Love the joining this race knowing part of fees go to make others smile! MORE

    Well organized race at beautiful beach and location. Cool looking medals and reasonably priced swag purchases. Love the joining this race knowing part of fees go to make others smile!

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    I entered the challenge and was glad the 12k was downgraded to a 10k. I’ve run on various terrain throughout the country and am often pushing my twins in the … MORE

    I entered the challenge and was glad the 12k was downgraded to a 10k. I’ve run on various terrain throughout the country and am often pushing my twins in the double (even on trails). With all the rocks and the blaring sun, this race was more difficult! BUT it was beautiful and the energy and signs were amazing.

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    hannah.c.sholes FIRST-TIMER '18

    This is one of those races you need to run at least once in your lifetime. Running on sand with wet shoes was not fun BUT being able to run … MORE

    This is one of those races you need to run at least once in your lifetime. Running on sand with wet shoes was not fun BUT being able to run on the shore and having all the beautiful sounds of the waves and the ocean view was amazing. The swag bag and medal were pretty great too. The best thing about the race for me was not having to wake up early to run!

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    maryitzabel FIRST-TIMER '18

    get ready for breath taking views! well organized event, great wheather, good timing beautiful medal no complimentary loved my time there get ready for a good time, great place to … MORE

    get ready for breath taking views! well organized event, great wheather, good timing beautiful medal
    no complimentary loved my time there
    get ready for a good time, great place to pr

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    hcpilkington FIRST-TIMER '14

    Beautiful scenery! When I ran there were less people so it was easy to have your own space. Race crew was really nice as well. I was one of the … MORE

    Beautiful scenery! When I ran there were less people so it was easy to have your own space. Race crew was really nice as well. I was one of the last finishers and they were still there to cheer me on.

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    sevenxt FIRST-TIMER '17

    It is harder to run in sand. It is a lot harder to run with a stroller on sand. I started this race pushing a 50 lb. 7 year old … MORE

    It is harder to run in sand. It is a lot harder to run with a stroller on sand. I started this race pushing a 50 lb. 7 year old in a jogging stroller. I had completed an 8K with two 50 lb. 7 year olds less than a month prior but there was no way I was finishing 15K with the stroller. Luckily I passed the stroller off to my husband after the first turn around and finished the distance on my own. I got a little wet and sandy but enjoyed the challenge of a longer distance 100% on the beach. Also, this race t-shirt is one of my favorites for fit and comfort. I don’t stop for food or drink when I race so don’t really notice aid stations but I don’t remember a lot on the course. I believe they have changed the distances to be shorter which I think is a good idea. A challenge is nice but 9 miles of sand is more than enough.

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    rdobashi REPEAT RUNNER '18

    If I have to do a run on the beach, this is the one I would do. The location is gorgeous and it's a blast being able to run with … MORE

    If I have to do a run on the beach, this is the one I would do. The location is gorgeous and it’s a blast being able to run with so many all at the same time. I’ve done the race both as a 5k and as a 10k and it’s pretty exhausting for me compared to others. There’s something tough about being on the low tide beach so I take it easy on myself for this one and really let myself enjoy it. I find that my knees tend to be more tired since there’s a slight sideways incline the entire time. I’m not the norm, but I would recommend perhaps putting plastic bags between your socks and your shoes to keep your feet dry. My first year, I let my feet get wet and it made for some irritated feet by the end.

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    mymogilski FIRST-TIMER '18

    Beautiful scenery. Fun crowd. The t-shirts were very good quality. Parking is tricky...carpool or take the coaster in. Super nice staff and volunteers. I would definitely recommend this race to … MORE

    Beautiful scenery. Fun crowd. The t-shirts were very good quality. Parking is tricky…carpool or take the coaster in. Super nice staff and volunteers. I would definitely recommend this race to others and plan to do again. I’m also pleased to see an option to purchase a parent/child combo race entry.

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    design REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race has everything I could possibly ask for: It's on a Saturday, on the sand so we can splash in the water, the proceeds go toward great charities and … MORE

    This race has everything I could possibly ask for: It’s on a Saturday, on the sand so we can splash in the water, the proceeds go toward great charities and the community and leadership are truly loving, supportive and give more than they take! I have sponsored this race and run it and as long as I can, I will participate!!!

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    darthpunisher REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race in the afternoon , the course is 100% on the beach over compact sand, the organization is the best i had experienced, cool swag , lots of vendors … MORE

    This race in the afternoon , the course is 100% on the beach over compact sand, the organization is the best i had experienced, cool swag , lots of vendors , great festival
    The run is not difficult at all , totally flat the sand is not loose so is not a problem running over it
    The event offers distances for all ages and one of the best medals i ever seen

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    Very organize, love the atmosphere minus the modified route due to last min weather/tide. Didn’t expect to actually run ON sand which made it more semi difficult. I was ok … MORE

    Very organize, love the atmosphere minus the modified route due to last min weather/tide. Didn’t expect to actually run ON sand which made it more semi difficult. I was ok with that, it made up for the modified route. Love that they announce your name at finish line! Pretty scenery, don’t forget sunscreen!👍

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    rmansfield FIRST-TIMER '17

    I wasn’t sure how difficult running on the sand would be, but to my surprise not hard at all. It was gorgeous and fun! I would definitely do it again! … MORE

    I wasn’t sure how difficult running on the sand would be, but to my surprise not hard at all. It was gorgeous and fun! I would definitely do it again!

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    jrobershaw76 FIRST-TIMER '18

    This was my first time running this race and I have to say it was one of the most beautiful races I've ever done. You can't beat running right next … MORE

    This was my first time running this race and I have to say it was one of the most beautiful races I’ve ever done. You can’t beat running right next to the ocean. Running on the sand makes it a little bit more difficult but none the less I was so distracted by the ocean and the waves that I didn’t even mind the sand. It wasn’t crowded and everyone seemed to be enjoying the sunshine and the waves as they ran. Another perk of this race besides the course is the cute shirt you get as a participant. I definitely want to do this one again.

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    mickeemse REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This race is scenic and flat. For those competitive runners the hard packed sand is not difficult to run on but be prepared for wet shoes and socks. The beaches … MORE

    This race is scenic and flat. For those competitive runners the hard packed sand is not difficult to run on but be prepared for wet shoes and socks. The beaches are clean and beautiful and each time I have ran the race the weather was great!

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