The Coast News Group
Cardiff Donut Dash

Celebrate the holidays, support local businesses at Cardiff Donut Dash

ENCINITAS — Celebrate the holiday season and support local business at the same time on Dec. 5 and 6 at the Cardiff Donut Dash. This year’s virtual 5k race is a family-friendly morning open to runners, joggers and walkers of all ages and abilities.

Participants are invited to enjoy Cardiff’s landscape and seascape with a run, jog or walk on the Coastal Rail Trail, a scenic route along the ocean to the south, or up to Swami’s and back on the 101.

Afterward, reward the hard work with a donut and a coffee or cocoa from VG Donut & Bakery in a commemorative Donut Dash mug for all participants. All proceeds from this event will go directly towards supporting the local community.

This is an open event, meaning there is no closed or official course marked in the community.  Although we’d call this a 5K, we are encouraging everyone to go whatever distance they are comfortable going. With multiple options, it’s up to you to choose where you want to go — the beach, the coast, rail trail, the hills of Cardiff. We encourage runners to spread out and use as many courses as you can think of.

Be sure to practice social distancing and proper facial covering protocols while you do.

Register at for one of the 15-minute windows offered on Dec. 5 and Dec. 6. A limited number of slots will be open in each window. During your time slot, stop by the registration area located at the Shanty in Cardiff to pick up your event medal, donut, coffee, and commemorative event mug.