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Carlsbad 5000
US Navy 040328-N-8977L-003 U.S. Marine Corps 1st Lt. David Cote, of Marine Medium Helicopter Training Squadron One Six Four (HMM-164), finishes the Carlsbad 5000 road race at about 25 minutes.jpg
A fun runner completing the race in 2004
LocationCarlsbad, California
United States United States
Event typeRoad
Official siteCarlsbad 5000

The Carlsbad 5000 is an annual road running event over five kilometers (3.1 mi) which is typically held in April in Carlsbad, California, United States.

The event was first held in 1986 and is organized by Groundwork Endurance (previously organized by Elite Racing / Competitor Group). Headlining the ownership team is US Olympian, Meb Keflezighi, the only runner in history to win the NYC Marathon, Boston Marathon and an Olympic Marathon medal. The day's program includes the elite level and amateur 5 km races, a junior Carlsbad race for younger runners, one of the most competitive masters divisions and a health and fitness expo.

The race start point is at Grand Avenue and Jefferson Street in Carlsbad. After running up the hill to Carlsbad Boulevard, the course follows a south-to-north loop along Carlsbad Boulevard. The southern turn around is at Tamarack Avenue, the junction at Grand Avenue is past the half way mark. The north turn around is about Mountain View Street, near the Army and Navy Academy, then upon returning south, heads to its end point downhill on Carlsbad Village Drive at State Street, just past the railroad tracks near the Coaster station.[1] The course is sanctioned and certified by USA Track and Field, the governing body for the sport.[2]

The course records of 12:59.5 minutes for men (set by Sammy Kipketer in 2000) and 14:46 minutes for women (set by Meseret Defar in 2006) are the fastest times ever recorded for the 5 km road distance. These are recognised as world bests by the Association of Road Racing Statisticians.[3] However records for the road distance were not recognized by the IAAF until November 2017. The 2019 race was won by a Kenyan couple, former NCAA Champions Sharon Lokedi and Edward Cheserek, who were awarded the newly increased prize money of $5,000 each. Cheserek's time of 13:29 equalled the official IAAF record set earlier in 2019.[4]

American Steve Scott won the inaugural race, and ended up with three straight victories. Two other men (Kipketer and Dejene Berhanu) have also taken three consecutive wins in Carlsbad, while Meseret Defar is the most successful woman at the event, having also won on four separate occasions.[5]

Past winners[edit]

Amateurs running along Carlsbad Boulevard at the 2011 event.
Ethiopian Meseret Defar is a four time winner and the current 5 km record holder.

Key:   Course record

Edition Year Men's winner Time (m:s) Women's winner Time (m:s)
1st 1986  Steve Scott (USA) 13:32  PattiSue Plumer (USA) 15:30.2
2nd 1987  Steve Scott (USA) 13:36  Lorraine Moller (NZL) 15:35
3rd 1988  Steve Scott (USA) 13:30.2  Liz McColgan (GBR) 15:29.7
4th 1989  Yobes Ondieki (KEN) 13:26  Lynn Williams (CAN) 15:20
5th 1990  Doug Padilla (USA) 13:30  Elly van Hulst (NED) 15:33
6th 1991  Frank O'Mara (IRL) 13:35  Liz McColgan (GBR) 15:11
7th 1992  William Mutwol (KEN) 13:12  Vicki Huber (USA) 15:14
8th 1993  Philemon Hanneck (ZIM) 13:22  Shelly Steely (USA) 15:36
9th 1994  Josephat Machuka (KEN) 13:21  Colleen de Reuck (RSA) 15:20
10th 1995  Ismael Kirui (KEN) 13:17  Rose Cheruiyot (KEN) 15:05
11th 1996  Armando Quintanilla (MEX) 13:18  Angela Chalmers (CAN) 15:20
12th 1997  Paul Koech (KEN) 13:15  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 15:18
13th 1998  Paul Koech (KEN) 13:16  Naomi Mugo (KEN) 15:25
14th 1999  Armando Quintanilla (MEX) 13:33  Libbie Hickman (USA) 15:47
15th 2000  Sammy Kipketer (KEN) 12:59.5  Deena Drossin (USA) 15:08
16th 2001  Sammy Kipketer (KEN) 12:59.6  Sally Barsosio (KEN) 15:20
17th 2002  Sammy Kipketer (KEN) 13:17  Deena Drossin (USA) 14:53.8
18th 2003  Dejene Berhanu (ETH) 13:19  Berhane Adere (ETH) 14:53.6
19th 2004  Dejene Berhanu (ETH) 13:23  Isabella Ochichi (KEN) 14:53
20th 2005  Dejene Berhanu (ETH) 13:10  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 14:51
21st 2006  Abreham Cherkos (ETH) 13:15  Meseret Defar (ETH) 14:46
22nd 2007  Simon Ndirangu Githuka (KEN) 13:28  Meseret Defar (ETH) 15:01
23rd 2008  Maregu Zewdie Tarefe (ETH) 13:34  Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN) 15:14
24th 2009  Bekana Daba (ETH) 13:19  Aheza Kiros (ETH) 15:38
25th 2010  Eliud Kipchoge (KEN) 13:11  Meseret Defar (ETH) 15:04
26th 2011  Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:11  Aheza Kiros (ETH) 15:13
27th[6] 2012  Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:11  Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH) 15:01
28th[7] 2013  Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:21  Gelete Burka (ETH) 15:26
29th[8] 2014  Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:13  Julia Bleasdale (GBR) 15:06
30th[9] 2015  Lawi Lalang (KEN) 13:32  Genzebe Dibaba (ETH) 14:48
31st 2016  Joshua Cheptegei (UGA) 13:24  Meseret Defar (ETH) 15:00
32nd[10] 2017  Dejen Gebremeskel (ETH) 13:27  Viola Lagat (KEN) 15:35
33rd[11] 2018  Kalle Berglund (SWE) 14:15  Emelia Gorecka (GBR) 16:04
34th[4] 2019  Edward Cheserek (KEN) 13:29  Sharon Lokedi (KEN) 15:48

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Carlsbad 5000 Course Map. Carlsbad 5000. Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  2. ^ Course Information. Carlsbad 5000. Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  3. ^ Working Groups / Road Records. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  4. ^ a b Cheserek matches Wanders’ performance from Monaco to join Lokedi as champion, completing first Kenyan sweep at annual event since 2001, DyeStat, Erik Boal, April 7, 2019. Retrieved June 18, 2019.
  5. ^ Marty Post, Ryan Lamppa, Jack Leydig (2011-04-04). Carlsbad 5 km. Association of Road Racing Statisticians. Retrieved on 2011-04-10.
  6. ^ Rosenthal, Bert (2012-04-02). Gebremeskel, Dibaba Win Carlsbad 5000. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-04-03.
  7. ^ Third win in a row for Gebremeskel, Burka makes Ethiopian double in Carlsbad. IAAF (2013-04-08). Retrieved on 2013-04-08.
  8. ^ Gebremeskel defeats local star Lagat for fourth straight Carlsbad win. IAAF (31 March 2014). Retrieved on 1 April 2014
  9. ^ [1]. IAAF (29 March 2015). Retrieved on 30 April 2015
  10. ^ [2]. IAAF (3 April 2017). women video
  11. ^ [3]. Retrieved on 25 February 2019
List of winners

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