June 27, 2016 hpmovement

Balboa Park 8 Miler: The Can’t Miss Summer Race!

5 Reasons the 62nd Annual Balboa Park 8 Miler is the Can’t Miss Summer Race of 2016!

Balboa Park 8 Miler – Saturday, August 6, 2016

1. Become Part of San Diego Running History

The Balboa Park 8 Miler  is entering its 62nd year of competition which makes it the longest consecutively run race in all of San Diego!  Started by San Diego Track Club‘s Bill Gookin back in 1955, the 8 Miler was created as a competition between runners in LA and those here in San Diego.  Why the 8-mile distance you might be asking?!  Well Bill and his SDTC teammates typically won over the 10K distance and their rival LA squad typically won over the 10-mile distance, so they decide on an epic showdown right in the middle!  Since that inaugural race in 1955 the iconic 8-mile race as taken place every year in Balboa Park.  The 62nd version of the 8 miler is set to be the largest in race history, which gives you a chance to be part of the epic history of San Diego’s Longest Running Tradition!

2. Amazing Tour of Balboa Park

Did you know Balboa Park is the nation’s largest urban culture park and this race takes you on one epic run though all it has to offer?!  Starting out right in front of the San Diego Hall of Champions, which happens to be the nation’s largest multi-sport museum, this race has a plethora of iconic museums to showcase.  The course wastes no time in running by beautiful scenery, when you run right by the 101-year old Spreckels Organ Pavilion at the quarter mile mark.  The Spreckels Organ Pavilion is comprised of over 4,518 pipes which makes it the largest outdoor organ in the Western Hemisphere!  Check out all the different museums, landmarks and scenery you will run by during your epic 8 mile tour of Balboa Park:

Balboa Landmark Image

Landmarks & mile markers you will run past them:
  • Spreckels Organ Pavilion – .2, 3.6, 7.8
  • Mingei Museum: .3, 3.5, 7.8
  • Sculpture Garden: .4, 3.4, 7.7
  • California Plaza: .4, 3.4, 7.7
  • San Diego Museum of Man: .4, 3.4, 7.7
  • Cabrillo Bridge, .5, 3.1, 7.4
  • Plaza de Panama: .3, 3.7
  • Timken Museum: 3.7
  • Botanical Garden: 3.8
  • Casa del Prado: 3.8
  • Natural History Museum: 3.9
  • Morton Bay Fig Lawn: 3.9
  • Spanish Village Art Center: 4
  • San Diego Zoo: 4.1
  • Bridle Trail: 5.1 – 5.8
  • Kate Sessions Statue: 7.1

3. Epic Bling!

After finishing 8 miles through Balboa Park there must be an equally iconic finisher’s medal to take home!  Each year the theme of the medal features one of Balboa Park’s many beautiful features.  This year that honor goes to the 101-year old Spreckels Organ Pavilion.  The classically designed medal does a beautiful job capturing the majestic organ pavilion.  Since race spots are limited and the medal changes each year, now is your chance to make sure this one hangs on your medal rack!

Balboa Park 8 Miler 2016 Medal Release

4. Automatic PR for Most

Whether Bill Gookin was planning this or not in 1955, he created a perfect race for runners to grab a brand spanking new Personal Record (PR)!  We all love coming across the finish to a race with a shiny new PR and unless you have run this race in the past, you are definitely walking home with a new PR!

5.  It Will Sell Out Prior to Race Day

Stop what you are doing!  Don’t hesitate!  Get registered ASAP!

The 62nd Annual Balboa Park 8 Miler will only host 2,000 registered participants and it is already well over half filled.  In San Diego there are plenty of race options in the summertime so it’s hard to commit to one, but don’t hesitate much longer this race will sell out and the FOMO (Fear Of Missing Out) effect will be real.  Each year the event strives to bring the best possible Balboa Park experience to the race and because of that we work to keep the crowd more intimate for the best experience possible!


Learn More at www.balboapark8miler.com


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