When planning a visit to La Jolla or San Diego, and looking for fun, memorable things to do, consider our scenic 5K Running Tour La Jolla.
Once a quaint artists' colony, La Jolla is now a popular tourist destination with a multitude of galleries, cafes, and shops , as well as idyllic beaches, surfing spots, historic cottages, and secret tide-pools. It is also a great spot to go for a run!
Our Coastal 5K Running Tour La Jolla
We run a 3.5-mile course, meandering along the coastline and the historic area of La Jolla. We run by the Whale View Point, Children's Pool, La Jolla Cove, and the Cliff Walk. We even descend down the 145 steps into the Cove Cave (Sunny Jim's Cave).
We stop 7 to 10 times during the run for best photo opps and to learn about La Jolla's history and culture.
We end the tour with 5-7 minutes of "Yoga for Runners," provide a t-shirt, and a complimentary hydration beverage.
Actual Distance: 3.5 miles
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
IMPORTANT: This tour is not for walkers. Please do not bring dogs, or strollers. There is no bag check. Please store your belongings in your car, or bring a light-weight running backpack.
Cool Facts & Hidden Gems Encountered on Running Tour La Jolla
La Jolla Coast and La Jolla Cove are two of the most picturesque and photographed places in San Diego - for their stunning natural beauty. La Jolla Village has unique and storied history that avails itself to perfect on-foot exploration and discovery.
1. Once in the early 1900s, La Jolla boasted a railway service that ran all the way into San Diego proper. Many La Jolla residents used to take the train to work. The railway was shut down by 1940, and the railway metal sold to the Japanese. The tracks were paved over. Much of that history is now buried under the ground. However, there are still signs and remnants of that past. On our running tour, we run along what was once the railway track, and run through the Archway Building, which used to be the La Jolla depot.
2. Before the Spanish-revival architecture, and the modern European influence, most of La Jolla looked like Hobbitland - tiny wooden seaside cottages nestled into cliffs and tucked away in the canyons. At one point, in early 1900s, there were over 450 wooden cottages. To this day, some of them are still there, preserved as Historic Landmarks. We run by a few of those inconspicuous houses.
3. La Jolla Cove coastline is rugged. Big rocks break the waves. Numerous tide-pools dot the flats. Seals and sea-lions crowd the sun-warmed spots on the rocks. However, beaches - actual sandy beaches - are few and far between. Except one spot near the Village - yes, there is a long stretch of sand in La Jolla, but unless you are staying right near it, or manage to convince a local to reveal the secret spot, you are confined to tiny coves and cute bays covered in kelp. Come with us on the running tour La Jolla, and we will reveal the secret!
Start/Finish Spot: La Jolla Cove in front of the public restrooms and the Lifeguard Station (La Jolla Cove, CA 92037).
Our recent running tour La Jolla crews - enjoying beautiful weather and views along the route - stopping for photos.