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Aquarium’s First-Ever 5K Run/Walk This Weekend

Aquarium’s First-Ever 5K Run/Walk This Weekend


July 20, 2012

The Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach is hosting its first ever 5K Run/Walk on Sunday, July 22, 2012 starting at 7:30 am. The scenic course will take participants around the Aquarium and surrounding shoreline area. Admission to the Aquarium is included in the registration fee.


100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California 90802
Corner of Shoreline Drive and Aquarium Way


5K coastal loop around the Aquarium

Check In:

6:00 A.M. to 7:30 A.M. Registrants will receive bib, timing tag, goody bag, free ticket to Aquarium, and T-shirt (for those that pre-register only). Finishers will receive medal. Prize money of $500 for top overall male and female finishers.

Age Divisions:

  • 12 & under
  • 13-15
  • 16-18
  • 19-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70 plus


  • Youths (under 17): $39; AFTER June 4: $44
  • Adults: $47; AFTER June 4: $52
  • Aquarium Member Youths (under 17): $27; AFTER June 4: $32
  • Aquarium Member Adults : $35; AFTER June 4: $40

Registration/Packet Pick-Up:

Packet/bib pick-up is on the front lawn of the Aquarium of the Pacific between 6:00 a.m.- 7:15 a.m. on the day of the race, 7/22/12. No ID is required, but please bring confirmation of payment. Aquarium members must show their membership card to verify their receipt of the member rate. Goody bags will also be available and will include dental health kit, coupons, and more. Each race participant will receive one Aquarium admission ticket which must be used on the same day of the race and T-shirts are guaranteed to pre-registered participants only. We apologize, but there is no bag check available at this race.

Starting Line Rules:

Pets must be on a leash and must start with their owners at the back of the line. Please note that animals are not allowed at the Aquarium with the exception of service animals. Parents with strollers must also start at the back of the line. Navigate safely through the course as you will be going through several narrow locations; slower runners/joggers start just behind the front group, which consists of 5-7 minute per mile runners. Look out for young children who start with a sprint. Please make your way to the start by 7:15 a.m.

Course Description:

Starts along Rainbow Harbor, 400 yards south-east of the Aquarium; runners/walkers will travel along the waterfront through Shoreline Village, turn around at the end of the marina and return back towards Shoreline Village, where participants will cover the waterfront again and finish just outside the Aquarium. Course Map is available below.


Located outside of the Aquarium as well as the race turnaround at the Marine Bureau. Bathrooms are also available inside the Aquarium when it opens at 9:00 a.m.

Water Stations:

At the turnaround and the finish line.

First Aid Stations:

At the turnaround and the finish line.

Awards and Results:

Results will be posted at the late registration booth between approximately 9:20 a.m-9:30 a.m., just as the last walker crosses the line; certificates will be given during the award ceremony at 9:30 a.m. to the top three participants in each division, in addition to the finisher medallions. Top 100 finishers in male and female divisions will receive a special medallion; the remainder of the finishers will receive a commemorative medal. A $500.00 cash prize will be awarded to the top male and female overall winners. Official results will be posted online within six to eight hours after the end of the event.

Collection of Timing Chips:

At the finish line, volunteers will cut the zip-tie, which will be provided with each chip at late or pre-registration. Make sure you fasten the zip-tie to your shoelace. Lost chips will incur a $10.00 charge billed to your address/e-mail.

Information Staff (Green Vests):

Look out for staff wearing Green vests if you have any additional questions.


Located just across the street from the Aquarium in the parking structure for $8. Enter from Aquarium Way.

Click here to Register

Click here for RACE RESULTS

Interactive Course Map

View Aquarium of the Pacific 5K Run/Walk in a larger map