On any given weekend, you can find thousands of different running events held in cities around the U.S., but very few of them offer the breathtaking beachfront views of the Seal Beach 5K/10K. If you're going to run 5 or 10 kilometers (3 or 6 miles), why not do it in one of the most beautiful places on the West Coast?
Every year since 1974, Seal Beach, a quiet seaside community along California's northern Orange County coastline, has hosted a running event on the first Saturday in April. From just a few hundred participants in its early years, the Seal Beach 5K/10K has grown steadily. Today, the race hosts about 5,000 runners and walkers [source: Seal Beach 5K/10K].
The 5K and 10K runs are mainly for adults, but kids can also get in on the action by participating in their own 1K fun run. Even dogs can gallop along with their owners -- as long as they stay on their leashes.
The Seal Beach 5K/10K is about more than just winning or even getting a good workout. It also supports a worthwhile cause. Actually, it supports several: All of the money raised during this volunteer-run event is used to provide grants to nonprofit sports, recreation and wellness programs in Seal Beach and its surrounding communities. In recent years, the Seal Beach 5K/10K has raised more than $100,000 to support roughly two dozen different organizations [source: Sun News].
In addition to paying an entry fee, walkers and runners can collect sponsorship donations from friends, family members and coworkers. All of the money raised through these sponsorships goes to the Cancer Support Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides financial help and other support to cancer patients and their families living in and around Seal Beach.