More than 2,000 runners — including an entrant from Qatar — are expected to navigate the 65th annual Balboa Park 8 Miler on Saturday.
The 800-member San Diego Track Club hosts the race where, for the first time, registration has sold out in advance.
“This is a milestone year for San Diego’s oldest race and we are proud that we can welcome a sold-out crowd!” said said Jessie McBride, club president.
In 2012, fewer than 200 took part in the race. But starting in 2013, San Diego Running Co. began supporting the marketing and race operations. It starts and finishes at Pan American Plaza, just in front of the San Diego Air & Space Museum.
“We always knew the Balboa Park 8 Miler was a special race,” said Eric Marenburg of San Diego Running Co and San Diego Track Club board member. “We simply needed to tell the story of the event’s unique history and character. Now, not only are runners joining from around the city and country but from around the world.”
All event proceeds benefit the track club, a registered 501(c)(3) nonprofit and San Diego’s largest running club. Proceeds are used to improve club programming, support local youth running programs and develop distance running in San Diego County.
The race starts at 7 a.m. and awards will be presented at 9 a.m. Event parking will be at Inspiration Point Parking Lot at the corner of Park Boulevard and President’s Way. Spectators are welcome.
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