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Kaiser Permanente Double Peak Challenge
The Kaiser Permanente Double Peak Challenge is returning in-person to San Marcos this September. Registration is now open. Photo via Facebook
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Double Peak Challenge to return to San Marcos in September

SAN MARCOS – The Kaiser Permanente Double Peak Challenge is returning to San Marcos with a 10k competitive race, a 5k fun run and a .5k kids Trail Trot. Registration is now open for the event, which will be held in person.

The 6th annual event will also feature a race expo and beer garden featuring local San Marcos breweries, as well as awards and custom medals for all race finishers.

The event, which was held virtually last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, will contribute to parks, recreation, education and career opportunities.

One of the most challenging races in San Diego County, the 10k 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.

The paths through San Elijo Hills/Double Peak offer runners the option of running on asphalt or decomposed granite. Though steep, the course rewards runners with panoramic views of the city and all of North County.

“Double Peak Challenge is a trail run like no other. We challenge you to commit to train, work hard and go further and faster than you thought possible,” said the Friends of San Marcos Recreation Board in an announcement.

While the 10K race will be a challenging timed event, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 5K untimed course at 8 am and free kids “trail trot” at 9:30 am.

All registered 10K and 5K participants will receive a commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.

Proceeds from the race will benefit the San Marcos community through two 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 board statement reads.

The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.

Race day check-in begins at 6:45 a.m. To register and find more information visit