The Carlsbad 5000 has been touted as the "world's fastest 5K." In fact, according to race organizers at Competitor Group, 16 world records and 8 U.S. records have been set at the Carlsbad 5000. Because of this, the race attracts some of our sports most impressive and elite runners. This year is no different as it's been announced that Olympian Jen Rhines will compete for the women's title while Dejen Gebremeskel will try to become the first man to win the Carlsbad 5000 four times in a row. He'll have some stiff competition as the timeless Barnard Lagat has also entered this year's race. Lagat, who at 39 years old, is one of the most decorated runners with a total of 11 World Champion and Olympic medals. He is proving to be ageless as he became the oldest medal winner at this year's World Indoor Championships with a silver medal in the 3000m. This is Lagat's first time running the Carlsbad 5000 and he hopes to break the current U.S. record of 13:24 set by Marc Davis in 1996.
You don't have to be an elite athlete to run the Carlsbad 5000, but you can run with them. The race is open to all ages and abilities between the Carlsbad 5000 and the Junior Carlsbad on March 29. There are several heats based on age making it fun and exciting no matter what your fitness level.
Online registration is now closed, however you can still register for the Carlsbad 5000 and the Junior Carlsbad at the packet pick up on Saturday and Sunday. For more information, check out the race website.