California’s state parks are great places to test the competitive spirit in each of us. With thousands of miles of trails and open water to access, California’s state parks are an increasingly popular venue to both train for and compete in endurance events.

Whether it’s a 5K walk, a full marathon, a triathlon or a century ride, the opportunity for runners, walkers, cyclists and swimmers of various levels to train and compete is endless.

That’s why CSPF thinks that California’s state parks are great places to ... "Go the Distance."

While there are many to choose from, here are a few of the state parks where you can “Go the Distance”:

  • Colonel Allensworth State Historic Park: This year is the 7th Annual 5k Run Walk for Health, taking place on October 11. Proceeds will benefit the park. More information at: http://www.allensworth5krunwalk.org.
  • Andrew Molera State Park: This year will be the 25th Annual Big Sur Trail Marathon, Half Marathon & 5 Mile, a challenging course that sells out every year.
  • Angel Island State Park: Home to the 27th Annual Hark the Herald Angels 12K & 25K on December 13, 2014. Runners have panoramic views of San Francisco, Marin and Alcatraz as they navigate the hilly loop trail around Angel Island.
  • Burton Creek State Park: During Adventure Sports Week Tahoe, endurance events in the park include the Lake Tahoe Mountain Bike Race and the Burton Creek Trail Run, with distances of 6K, 12K, Half Marathon or 50K.
  • Cardiff State Beach: Swim & Paddle Encinitas features a one-mile open water swim as well as 3- and 6-mile paddleboard and stand up paddle races.
  • China Camp State Park: In addition to popular mountain biking trails, this park is home to the Marin County Half Marathon, 10K, 5K and kids fun run.
  • Crystal Cove State Park: During the Pacific Coast Triathlon, athletes complete an ocean swim, challenging bike ride and 3-mile run past the park’s historic cottages
  • Mount Diablo State Park: A haven for cyclists looking to push themselves to the limits, this park was chosen to host stage 3 of the 2014 AMGEN Tour of California.
  • Humboldt Redwoods State Park: This park will celebrate its 43rd annual Avenue of the Giants Marathon on May 4, 2014. Runner's World magazine has named “The Ave” as one of the most scenic courses in the country, drawing runners from all over the world.
  • Torrey Pines State Park: Gives runners a challenge during the La Jolla Half Marathon, with participants climbing to the top of the summit of the park.
California State Parks Foundation

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