Welcome to the Idyllwild 5k & 10k Race

Idyllwild Race and Fitness Walk 5k and 10k 2019

Come Enjoy a Unique 5k/10k Race in the Beautiful Mountain Village of Idyllwild!  


To our fans, supporters, and participants,

As you may already know, Idyllwild has been more "wild" than "Idyll" since our 2018 June race, including the summer forest fire that forced an evacuation of the town, and burned right up to the town border on its south side, and, more recently, massive rainstorms that caused significant damage to two of our three highways. With highways 243 from Banning and 79 from Hemet under construction, anyone coming to the event from north or northeast of Idyllwild for a June event would find their commute at least an hour longer than normal.

With these unique road conditions, rather than set the race for the usual second weekend in June, we will hold the event on Saturday, August 24. By then, it is likely that the route from Hemet will be open, and possibly even the more-severely-damaged Highway 243 from Banning.


If you had already cleared your calendar to come up to Idyllwild in June, we encourage you to come anyway! Idyllwild's restaurants, gift shops, art galleries, lodging facilities, and other businesses have suffered from a huge dip in tourist traffic. If you enjoy our idyllic mountain town, please come on up and visit us between now and the August 24 race anyway. Three good reasons:

  • Your patronage may save some of your favorite businesses up here, some of which are struggling to survive from the reduced tourist traffic. 

  • The village and trails will likely be less crowded than normal, since many people have either wrongly assumed the town was "closed" to non-residents or didn't want to have to approach from the south or east. It might just be you, the crickets, and the squirrels here. :-)

  • If you are feeling competitive, our mile-high town is an excellent way to get some altitude training between now and the race weekend.

The town is still accessible from the directions of Palm Desert and Anza and, by June, is expected to have at least one lane opened from Hemet.


Saturday, August 24, 2019, come to the mountains and take in the fresh air, spring flowers, and forest views as you run or walk our fun and challenging course, which takes you through the forested streets and county park of Idyllwild, where there's always a nice view of the mountains.

After the races, explore all that our town has to offer — art galleries, boutiques, gift shops, gourmet restaurants, coffee shops, parks, and more!  
If you still have energy after the run, Idyllwild is surrounded by some of the best hiking trails and rock climbing in the U.S., and miles of mountain bike trails.  Or, you can choose to recover while fishing at one of the nearby stocked fishing lakes.
There is a variety of accommodations available, including RV or tent camping, bed-and-breakfast places, cabins, upscale lodging, and more. However you choose to spend your race weekend this August, we know you will enjoy the picturesque course and the historic mountain village of Idyllwild!
Make a special weekend by joining us for a picturesque run or walk through scenic courses in the mountain village of Idyllwild.
YES: This is Dog-Friendly/Stroller-Friendly Event!


Starting line for the 5k and 10k events is in the heart of town: 25070 Village Center Drive, Idyllwild, California 92549 [Map]

Starting line for the Kids' Run (for ages 7 & under) is just around the corner at Idyllwild Town Hall, 25925 Cedar St. [Map]

Awards ceremony, which takes place after the completion of the final race, is outside Idyllwild Town Hall, 25925 Cedar St. [Map]


  • 5K Race – 7:15 am

  • 10K Race – 8 am

  • 1/2 Mile Kids' Run (7 and under) – 9:15 am

PTA Fundraiser Breakfast

For just $8 for adults ($5 for kids), enjoy an all-you-can-eat breakfast, starting at 8 am next to Town Hall, and serves through 11 am . 

Menu: Pancakes, eggs, sausage, yogurt and granola, watermelon. To drink: OJ, coffee or tea.

All proceeds benefit Idyllwild School PTA, providing programs and services for students and families year-round! More on the Idyllwild School PTA.

Results from the June 9 2018 5k/10k event: ​http://www.itsyourrace.com/results.aspx?id=6408

2018 photos from the 5k race here

Photos for 2017 5k, 10k, and Kids Race events

Almost 200 race photos from the course and start line are available! Plug in your bib number as a search term, but we recommend that you instead browse them all, because if a bib number isn't viewable in a photo, you could be up there but not identified according to bib number. Find your favorite photos here.