Do you dream of vibrant sunsets, beautiful beaches, rolling hills and plenty of sunshine? Get stoked to see all that California has to offer with our collection of virtual fun runs around the Golden State! Set off on an adventure as a Cali explorer, have lots of fun, and smash some goals with this multi-day challenge full of beautiful scenery and one-of-a-kind attractions on the West Coast. Choose from any of our walk or run events: BRONZE, SILVER or GOLD. Every event package comes with a large 5" participation medal, official run challenge bib and a bag full of rad CALI inspired SWAG!
BRONZE: 220 miles on the Pony Express Trail from the Golden Gate Bridge to the California/Nevada border at South Lake Tahoe.
SILVER: 492 miles from the Olympic Village in Lake Tahoe to the Olympic Coliseum in Los Angeles.
GOLD: 652 miles from the California/Mexico border up the California golden coast to the Golden Gate Bridge.
THE CALI JOGGER Virtual Fun Run is happy to announce 100 Mile Club as our Charity Partner for this event. By participating in this event you are helping to engage and empower kids and families to achieve a healthy lifestyle through physical activity nationwide!
> Register for THE CALI JOGGER BRONZE, SILVER, or GOLD Event
> Complete your Event Distance:
220 miles/492 miles/652 miles at your Convenience Anytime, Anywhere
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> Register for your Next HOBBY JOGGERS Virtual Fun Run Event!
Entry To: THE CALI JOGGER Virtual Run Challenge (BRONZE, SILVER, or GOLD)
> 5" California Participation Medal
> Official Run Challenge Bib
> Official Run Challenge Sticker "What's Poppin' California"
> California Poppy Seed Packet
> Multi-colored Sports Buff
> MUIR Energy Plant-based Energy Gel
> Travel Sunscreen Tube
* We Will Ship your Participation Medal and SWAG Within 2-3 Business Days After Registering.
Completing your Event is Not Necessary in Order to Receive your Goodies!
BRONZE: 220 Miles
Fun facts about the California Pony Express Trail
“WANTED – Young, skinny, wiry fellows not over 18. Must be expert riders, willing to risk death daily. Orphans preferred. Wages - $25 per week.”
(Actual 1860 ad for Pony Express riders. 2020 equivalent - $777.45.)
The Pony Express is one of the most endearing and enduring memories of the 19th century Old West. The Pony Express Trail covered over 1,900 miles from St. Louis, Missouri to San Francisco, CA. Mail was delivered in under 10 days. The Pony Express mail delivery system only lasted 19 months. Two days after the first transmission was made on the Transcontinental Telegraph Line, October 24, 1861, the Pony Express was shuttered permanently.
Luckily, you don’t have to run the 1,900+ mile Pony Express Trail in under 10 days. The California segment of the PET is just 220 miles, due East from the Pacific Ocean shoreline in San Francisco to the NV/CA shoreline of South Lake Tahoe. Enjoy a rest halfway through at California's state capitol, Sacramento. And don’t pick up any wooden nickels along the way!
SILVER: 492 Miles
The California Golden State is the only state that has hosted both Winter Olympics (1960 - Lake Tahoe) and Summer Olympics (1932, 1984,  - Los Angeles).
You can be an 'Olympian' right here in California! Simply run or walk the 492 miles from the Olympic Village in Squaw Valley Lake Tahoe - which is also the start line of the Western States 100 (the world's first 100-mile trail race) - south on State Highway 395 to the Olympic Coliseum in Los Angeles.
At about the half-way point of your adventure, you'll pass through the mountain town of Lone Pine. To your right, it's 24 miles to the tip-top of Mt. Whitney. At 14,505 feet, Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous United States. And to your left, about 120 miles, is Badwater Basin. At 282 feet below sea level, Badwater is the lowest point in the Northern Hemisphere. Badwater Basin (Furnace Creek) also boasts the world's highest recorded temperature - 134.1 degrees Fahrenheit as well as the start line of the world's toughest foot race, Badwater 135!
GOLD: 652 Miles
Run the Golden State Coastline from the U.S./Mexico border to the Golden Gate Bridge. Along the way, you'll pass all 21 California Missions, built by Spaniard priests and local Native American labor, decades before California's 1848 statehood. The Missions are the oldest man-made structures in California.
Long before the first Olympic Marathon was held in Athens, Greece in 1896, the Spanish Missions were built to be a day's journey apart - coincidentally, approximately 26 miles apart.
As you pass by each of the 21 missions, you'll pass by nearly as many beach city marathon courses, including San Diego Rock-n-Roll, Carlsbad, Orange County, Surf City, (Catalina Island), Long Beach, Palos Verdes, Los Angeles, Ventura, Surfers Point, Seaside, Camarillo, Big Sur, Surfers Path, San Francisco, and Golden Gate Headlands.
On the final leg of your ultra-marathon run, listen for the lingering echoes of the Korean drummers reverberating through the canyon walls at mile 10 on the Big Sur Marathon course. Three miles farther north you'll cross over one of the most picturesque marathon bridges in the world - Bixby Bridge. If you listen just right, you might hear the iconic sounds of the tuxedo-clad pianist playing classical music on a baby grand piano!
HOBBY JOGGERS: Fitness enthusiasts who run for fun and their health, without an overly competitive mindset or rigorous routine.
We want to celebrate walkers and runners of all skill and fitness levels by providing an inclusive community that is truly committed to fitness, health, and having fun at your own pace!
HOBBY JOGGERS is here to provide uniquely themed virtual run events. These events are completed at your own pace, any time, and anywhere you are. You will receive a high-end participation medal for every event you join, with exclusive handpicked SWAG items, specifically themed to each event.
Are you ready to bring the fun back into your runs!?
THE DOGGY JOGGER 5k/10k
Who run the world? Dogs! And their HOBBY JOGGER owners of course. Lace-up, leash up and hit the trails for this doggy-themed virtual fun run 5k / 10k. All fitness levels welcome, furry friends large and small. Participants can complete this event anytime, anywhere. Walk or run at your own pace (or your dog's pace) and earn a PAW-some participation medal with exclusive SWAG both you and your pup will enjoy!
THE DOGGY JOGGER Virtual Fun Run helps support animals in need of a second chance. We are happy to announce Living Free Animal Sanctuary as our Charity Partner for this event. By participating you are helping to end the suffering of animals.
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