Finish Chelsea's Run
Saturday, March 7, 2015
San Diego's Balboa Park
Join us for the 5th Annual Finish Chelsea’s Run in 2015 to 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.
Chelsea's Light Foundation is pleased to again partner with Girl Scouts of San Diego for this fifth annual event. Girl Scouts was one of the first places where Chelsea learned that her voice mattered, and this partnership embodies a shared focus: building kids who want to make a positive difference in their communities with courage, confidence and character.
Funds raised through Finish Chelsea's Run will continue to fuel Chelsea’s Light Sunflower Scholarship Fund and the expansion of Chelsea's Law, as well as fund Girl Scouts San Diego educational scholarships. Last year Chelsea's Light Foundation awarded over $80,000 in scholarships to 10 outstanding San Diego teens who reflect the attributes that Chelsea embodied as a young citizen and student at Poway High School. She was extremely diligent, involved and dreamed of making the world a better place. It is the mission of Chelsea's Light Foundation to unite and lead people who are passionate about protecting children and inspiring positive change in their communities.
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.
Click here to view the course map.
Click here to register to be a volunteer!
| Adults (18+)
||Youth (ages 6-17)
|| Child (5 & under)
|9/15 - 9/30
|10/1 - 3/4
|Day of Race
$40 before 2/25/15 (to receive your event shirt in the mail before the event date, registration must be received by Wednesday, February 25, 2015).
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.
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 both Chelsea's Light Foundation and Girl Scouts San Diego 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!
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 and Girl Scouts San Diego. 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 to the most spirited team.
Chelsea's Light Foundation invites student leaders from schools throughout San Diego to represent their schools in support of this special event. We're looking for students with energy, leadership and enthusiasm who want to help spread Chelsea's Light and make a positive difference in our community.
Benefits of being a Student Ambassador include a complimentary entry to the race, a special edition "Go Big or Go Home" T-shirt, and much more! Click here for details and to learn more.
T-Shirt Design Contest
Bring your creativity to the table to help create the T-shirt design for 2015 Finish Chelsea's Run! Click here for contest details, rules and entry!
Short & Sweet Route
Not up for going the full 5K (3.1-mile) distance? No problem! We have a "Short & Sweet Route" just for you! Register for the 5K (be sure to select the untimed option) and on race day start with the 5K at 7:30 a.m. and we'll have signs on the course directing you for this 1-mile alternate route.
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 the Pre-Registration/Packet Pickup Event taking place prior to the event:
Tuesday, March 3, 2015
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Road Runner Sports San Diego - 5553 Copley Drive, San Diego, CA 92111
Click here to register online now!
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 +. To qualify for these awards you must select the "TIMED" option during the registration process.
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.
Contact the Race Headquarters
In Motion, Inc. 760.692.2900