The 37th Spirit Run is scheduled for Sunday, March 1, 2020 at Fashion Island, Newport Beach, California. The Spirit Run has running & walking events for every age and ability level. Road races for adults include the Elite, Open, Family & Dog Mile as well as the 5K, 10K & 15K. Races for children include six separate ¼ to 1 Mile races for ages 4-18, the Youth 5K & the Toddler Trot. For families, Spirit Run offers the 5K Family Walk and Family Mile. For the list and schedule of all races, go to: www.nmspiritrun.org/event-schedule/
Mile legend and Olympian Steve Scott returns to introduce the Elite & Open Mile races and will warm up & run with the kids in the Youth 5K and Youth ¼ to 1 Mile races.
The Spirit Run Elite Mile will offer $500 to each of the first five men to break 4 minutes and to each of the first five women to break 4:30.
In the other events, Spirit Run awards medals to age division winners as well as prizes from Blaze Pizza, DICK'S Sporting Goods, Balboa Candy and more, 200-plus in all! Competitors may race multiple races and are eligible to win each one. All competitors - youth, adult and canine - will receive "Spirit" medals when they cross the finish line. Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/awards-results to learn more.
Elite, Open, High School and Dog Mile races take place on a fast, point-to-point USATF certified course that begins with a subtle incline for a ¼ mile than it's downhill to the finish line. Spirit Run’s 5K and 10K courses are also pretty swift, both ending on a decline. Visit www.nmspiritrun.org/course-maps to view course and elevation maps.
The Spirit Run Elite Mile is again a BBTM Featured Event, showcasing America's best Mile races throughout the year.
Spirit Run offers more than racing and walking. In between the walking and racing events, participants and spectators enjoy a Youth & Fitness Expo with fun food and beverages, live music, massage and shopping for adults as well as youth activities including a rock climbing wall, bungee trampoline, surf simulator, health & fitness information and more. Also bring your dog to or adopt one at the Dog Expo.
NEW in 2020
Spirit Run will host a "Spirit"-themed costume contest with prizes. Visit nmspiritrun.org/spiritfeatures to learn more.
The net proceeds of this long-standing community event benefit education and athletics in local schools.
3:58 Daniel Herrera (USA / LA), 2018
4:33 Samantha Murphy (CAN / CA), 2019
2020 Spirit Run Elite Mile Champions
Bryce Richards (AZ), 4:02
Therese Haiss (CA), 4:46