We challenge you to  commit to train, work hard and go further and faster than you thought possible. 

- the Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board

  • 10K Challenge timed race, 5K untimed run/walk, 200 Meter kids "Trail" Trot

  • Race expo and beer garden featuring local San Diego beer, including some of the best from Stumblefoot Brewing and Stone Brewery.  Each runner gets 1 FREE BEER! (must bring valid picture ID). 

  • Pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up

  • Bring your camera, plenty of killer views for that selfie on course!

  • Ample aid stations (3 on 10K, 3 on 5K course) - serving water and Ultima Replenisher

  • Awards: top 3 overall and 3-deep per age category (10K only), plus special award for fastest male and female overall.

  • Custom Double Peak Challenge wood "medals" for 5K and 10K finishers.  The coolest you'll get anywhere!

Race Features

Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other.  Where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North County’s highest point.


Off-road racers will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peak’s summit at 1,558 feet above sea level, winding along beautiful hillside trails with amazing views.


Not up for the full 10K? No worries! Double Peak Challenge also offers an awesome 5K course as well as a 200 Meter "Trail" Trot for kids.


Race proceeds will benefit the San Marcos community through two important non-profit organizations: Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.


The mission of the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation is to advocate for the health and happiness of the community and visitors to San Marcos by enhancing the city’s parks, recreation programs, and facilities. The Friends of San Marcos are dedicated to responsible stewardship with an emphasis on collaboration, reaching out and working to realize shared goals.

The mission of The San Marcos Promise (TSMP) is to prepare students for college and the 21st century workforce. By helping students discover their strengths, interests and values, the students are then aligned with a practical college and career path. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, a variety of programs including scholarships, real world experiences and guaranteed admission to CSUSM are offered.  Since 2014, TSMP has awarded $690,500 in scholarships to program graduates.

Friday Packet Pickup

Optional Race Packet Pickup will be held the evening before the race, September 25, from 4PM - 7PM at a location yet to be determined. 


Spend a few moments while at Packet Pickup enjoying the venue.  Bring the kids!  The park features great play areas, large grassy lawns, ample shade and an off-leash dog park as well.  


Also near the park are downtown eateries and at the San Elijo Town Square area.   


Race Day Check-In begins: 6:30am

A runner drop-off area and handicap parking will be available in the parking lot adjacent to San Elijo Road. No other event parking will be permitted in this area. Event parking is available at San Elijo Middle School.

The race will start at San Elijo Park near the dog park between the two baseball diamonds.

10K Double Peak Challenge timed run start time: 7:30AM

5K Fun Run non-timed start time: 8:00AM

Kids "Trail" Trot start time: 9:30AM. Will circle the lower baseball field around the event expo.


Event Expo & Beer Garden will be located in the lower baseball diamond and will commence at 7:30AM for any guests or family members of participants. Awards will be announced after all events are concluded. 10K Challenge participants over 21 years of age (must show valid picture ID) will receive a complimentary beer in the Beer Garden. Additional beverages can be purchased for $5 each and all proceeds will benefit the same organizations as the event proceeds. 

Race Day Site Map

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