Cinco de Mayo Virtual Run 2021

Cinco de Mayo Virtual Run 2021

Saturday, May 1, 2021  to May 16, 2021   •  5k, 10k, Kid's run

Event Description:

Pick your distance, pick your course, and run it between May 1st-16th.  Post your results to our race tracker when you're done and find out how you did!

Awesome swag: medals, stickers, Mexican candy, festive tee or racer tank ... pick the package that works for you.


All proceeds go to Valley Elementary, a title 1 school in Poway, where 52% of students participate in the school’s free lunch program and come from low-income households.  This run raises funds to provide school supplies, books, science materials, technology and enrichment activities for virtual and on-campus learning.  Help us supply the tools necessary for our students to thrive academically and build lifelong success.


 T Shirt

 Finisher's Medal



Course Description:

We are sad to not be running all together in person on the trails around beautiful Lake Poway. For you locals, you still can! All of the course maps that you’re used to will still be linked here. 

There are many benefits to a virtual run. Now, you can run on your treadmill, through your neighborhood or along the beach. You can even participate from a different state! Find a new nature preserve or familiar park. 

You pick the setting. You pick the distance. You pick the course. Set START on a device to record your run and GO! 

Directions to start:

The possibilities are endless! You can start from your driveway, front door or parking lot of your favorite park. It’s going to be so fun to see this year’s starting line pics. No worries about a crowd of strangers inching in on your personal bubble. This will limit your anxiety about navigating long lines to use the restroom or whether or not you’re in the right pacing group. You pick the starting line. You start when you’re ready.


This may be - by far the biggest benefit of a virtual run! No need to set your alarm earlier in order to hurry to a parking lot you're not familiar with and then stress about waiting for a shuttle to get you to the lake on time! You can leave from your front door and not worry about parking at all!

Awards Info:

For the first time in our 14 year history, we are providing participant medals. We’re excited to see your finisher selfies from all over the country. 

Due to the nature of virtual format, we will not be offering prize money this year.We’re hopeful we’ll be hosting an in-person race in 2022 and ready to give away all that cash then.

Additional Info:

The atmosphere and energy of an in-person event is unique. The adrenaline rush of getting to the lake and minding your footing on the trail will not be the same. That push our 10k-ers make to reach the turnaround at the dam will be difficult to recreate. We realize that many of you will miss the camaraderie and community that runners thrive on. So let’s keep this community connected by sharing your run and feedback on social media. We’re looking forward to all the new places our “Cinco de Mayo” race will be this year. 

Remember, ALL proceeds go straight to a great cause - Valley Elementary School!

Awesome Swag!

Medals, stickers, bibs, Mexican candy, racer-back tanks or t-shirts...


A big "Thank you" to our sponsors:

Packet Pickup:

You can pick up your race packet, including your race bib, swag in person*.

*Packets may be mailed to you directly for an additional fee.

Registration Options:

• Kids (12 and under)

$25.00    Expires 4/30/2021 2:00 AM

• Basic Registration

$30.00    Expires 4/30/2021 2:00 AM

• Plus a Shirt

$35.00    Expires 4/30/2021 2:00 AM