San Diego's Balboa Park
Register at the event starting at 6:30 a.m.
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Join us for the 3rd annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in honor of Chelsea King. The event will take place in Balboa Park where Chelsea loved to visit and where she practiced with the San Diego Youth Symphony. The event will feature a competitive 5K race and fun run/walk, family festival, children's activities, team competition, entertainment and refreshments.
In 2010, in the weeks following the passing of stand-out high school scholar and athlete Chelsea King, a handful of members of the San Diego running community were so affected by her loss that they asked some of their friends to meet one Saturday to finish the run Chelsea started on February 25 in Rancho Bernardo Community Park. Chelsea’s life was cut short by a heinous act in the midst of her training run on that day in that park. Word quickly spread and on the morning of March 20, 2010 more than 3,500 community members joined together to run and walk in solidarity with, and in honor of Chelsea, who they adopted as one of their own.
The original grass-roots “Finish Chelsea’s Run” was such a moving and healing experience for the community that Kelly and Brent King decided to make it an official, annual tradition in San Diego hosted by the Chelsea’s Light Foundation, the organization they founded to make positive change for children. On March 5, 2011, more than 5,400 people participated in the inaugural Finish Chelsea’s Run 5K Run/Walk in Balboa Park.
The annual run/walk is helping Chelsea's Light Foundation be able to better protect California's 9.3 million children through Chelsea's Law, and to raise funds that to date have provided college scholarships to 21 amazing kids, each powerful changemakers in their own ways.About Chelsea
Chelsea King’s love of life spilled over into every aspect of her life. An avid cross country runner, a gifted student and musician, a loving daughter and sister, at 17 Chelsea was well on her way to realizing her dreams. Pursuing one of her passions, Chelsea went on a training run after school on the trails at Lake Hodges not far from her Poway, California home on February 25, 2010. Chelsea was the victim of a terrible crime and it is the mission of Chelsea’s Light Foundation to unite people who are passionate about protecting our children and inspiring positive change in their community.
As they say, the more the merrier! Become a team captain then encourage your friends, family, coworkers, etc., to join you for what will be a morning of fun to raise funds for Chelsea’s Light Foundation’s Sunflower Scholarship Fund. You’ll find it easy to recruit team members who will appreciate you including them in this great event. But in addition to that, if you have at least 50 registered team members, you’ll be provided a complimentary team tent to use as your meeting location at the event. Hang a banner from your tent making it easy for your teammates to find you on race day. In the spirit of friendly competition, awards will be presented (and bragging rights bestowed) to the largest corporate, school, community, law enforcement and military teams and new this year, to the most spirited team.
Virtual Participants Welcome!
Want to be a part of Finish Chelsea's Run but don't live nearby? Or, are you unable to attend the event? You can still join our cause and support our efforts by registering as a Virtual Participant. Raise funds and more importantly help build awareness for Chelsea's Light Foundation wherever you are! To register as a Virtual Participant, simply select Virtual Participant during your registration process. Once registered you can join a team, create a team and even set-up an online fundraising page. We'll mail you your Finish Chelsea's Run T-shirt so that on race day, you can "virtually" join the thousands in San Diego. We encourage you to wear your official event T-shirt as you walk, run, play, sleep-in, or do something positive for your community. If you register as a Virtual Participant we'd love for you to share your plans and then post photos of yourself wearing your Finish Chelsea's Run T–shirt on our Facebook page!
Pledge to be Green
In our ongoing effort to be a green event, we're again asking for your support. During your registration process, please indicate that we can count on you to bring your own reusable water bottle to the event. Don't worry, we'll have plenty of water distribution locations throughout the event site and on the course for you to refill your container. We'll also be sure to send you a reminder closer to the event to help you remember your water bottle on race day.
You have the option of doing the 5K "JUST FOR FUN" or “TIMED.” If you select “TIMED” you will receive a chip providing an official race time. If you're not interested in receiving an official chip time we ask that you please choose "JUST FOR FUN." Note: All participants will be able to see a digital clock at the finish line displaying the elapsed race time.
Pre-Registration/Packet Pickup Events
Plan to pick up your bib number and T-shirt before the race at one of the Pre-Registration/Packet Pickup Events taking place prior to the event.
Tuesday, February 26 • 3 to 6 p.m.
Road Runner Sports
5617 Paseo Del Norte #100
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Wednesday, February 27 • 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Road Runner Sports
5553 Copley Drive
San Diego, CA 92111
Age Group Awards
Awards will be presented to the top three men and women overall finishers. Awards will also be presented to the top three men and women finishers in the following age divisions: 12 & under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80 +. In addition awards will be presented to the top three male and female masters (age 40+) finishers. To qualify for these awards you must select the "TIMED" option during the registration process.
Event Day Timeline
6:30 a.m. Race day registration opens
7:30 a.m. Race starts
Immediately following the walk enjoy free refreshments, informative exhibits, fun activities and entertainment.
From I-5: Take Laurel Street exit. Head east on Laurel to top of hill. Look for street parking near and around the west side of Balboa Park and in available pay lots.
From Highway 163 southbound: Take University exit. Turn right on University, then left on 4th Avenue. Once you near Balboa Park begin to look for parking. 6th Avenue will be closed from Upas to Juniper.
There is extensive coin-metered street parking on 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th Avenues between Upas and Fir. While there is ample parking, consider carpooling and plan to arrive in time to give yourself at least 45 minutes to get familiar with the event layout, register or pick up your bib number if you haven’t done so already, and get to the starting line in time for the 7:30 a.m. SHARP race start time.
Adult age 19 & older
$35 before 2/27/13 ($40 day of race)
Youth age 6-18
$20 before 2/27/13 ($25 day of race)
Child Age 5 & under
$10 before 2/27/13 ($15 day of race)
$35 before 2/27/13 (to receive your event shirt in the mail before the event date, registration must be received by 2/22/13)
Click here to view the course map.
Click here to register online!
All volunteer positions have been filled.
Contact the Race Headquarters
In Motion, Inc. 760.692.2900