Carmel Valley running events kick into high gear for 2014-15

Carmel Valley is one of San Diego’s fastest-growing communities, and with growth comes many opportunities and possibilities for activities and community projects. The running industry has taken notice and advantage of Carmel Valley’s picturesque bike paths, roadways, and trail systems.

Over the past couple of years, Carmel Valley has seen a few events run through the area, but one of the most notable is the third annual Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K and Kids Fun Run. In 2015, the event will start and finish at the Bay Club on Carmel Country Road while using the 56 Bike Path for the run course. The Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K and Kids Fun Run also helps raise money for 22 local schools in Carmel Valley. To date, the event has raised a total of $70,000.

Seeing the continued success of the Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K and Fun Run, Seasick Marketing, a Del Mar-based sports marketing company, wanted to help continue the trend of bringing running events to Carmel Valley, especially to lesser-used areas. In the next few weeks, Seasick Marketing will bring in two new events: the Carmel Valley Trail 10K/ 5K (Sept. 20) and the San Diego Monster Run 5K (Oct. 25). Both events will support and raise money for the Challenged Athletes Foundation.

The Carmel Valley Trail 10K and 5K will use Gonzales Open Space Canyon with a start and finish at Torrey Highlands Community Park (behind Torrey Pines High School), while the San Diego Monster Run 5K (a Halloween-themed Costume Fun Run) will start and finish at the Changes Plastic Surgery Center parking lot on El Camino Real, heading onto the 56 Bike Path heading East. This will be the first time that the western side of Gonzales Open Space has been used for a trail race, and the first time that a Halloween-themed fun run will be held in Carmel Valley.

The San Diego Monster Run 5K will include costume contests, silent auctions, kids area, food trucks, and live music.

“We are excited to get these events under way, and are hoping both these events will add to the community,” said Jeff Stoner of Seasick Marketing. “Gonzales Open Space is a beautiful area for trail running and we want to show everyone in the San Diego area that it is definitely worth a visit. And since Carmel Valley is such a family friendly community, we felt a themed fun run would be the next best option in getting that demographic involved with our races.”

Seasick Marketing hopes that its fundraising efforts for the Challenged Athletes Foundation will be comparable to the success that the Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K has had in raising money for the Carmel Valley schools.

“Katie Wilsey has done an amazing job the last couple years at getting the Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K off the ground and showing support for the community,” said Stoner. “We are hoping to follow her lead. The Challenged Athletes Foundation is such a great local charity that is close to our hearts, and we wanted to make sure this was the first foundation we worked with on these events.”

In recent weeks, there had been some confusion that the Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K had changed to a trail race and moved its date, but this is not the case.  Seasick Marketing and Katie Wilsey want to assure everyone that they support each other’s races, and that their respective races are separate events.

“The last thing we wanted to do was confuse people, so after our first annual Carmel Valley Trail 10K and 5K on Sept. 20 has concluded, we will look at making an adjustment to the name in 2015, while keeping the Carmel Valley roots,” said Stoner.

For information on the Kaiser Permanente Carmel Valley 5K and Kids Fun Run or to register, visit


For information or to register for the Carmel Valley Trail 10K and 5K or the San Diego Monster Run 5K, visit



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