The Crown City Classic celebrates its 50 anniversary run in Coronado. Photo courtesy of Crown City Classic.

The Crown City Classic is back for its 50th anniversary race in Coronado, with the first race kicking off at 7 a.m. on July 4.

Here’s everything you need to know:

Race options

This year, athletes will have the choice of competing in the 12K or 5K along the Coronado Bay.

In past years, the race has only offered the 5K.

This year, in hopes to attract more long distance runners, the 12K will be an option. Both races begin at 7 a.m.

The race also also feature a half mile kids run that starts at 8:30 a.m., and there are virtual runs.


The course will begin in Tidelands park, adjacent to the Coronado Bridge and run along Glorietta Boulevard, down south towards the Silver Strand.

Super Coffee will sponsor the event to promote its brand and fuel runners.

Rather than provide their own food service, the race aims to patron local businesses.

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The longstanding tradition coincides with America’s oldest tradition, the Fourth of July.

Easy Day Sports owner Jamie Monroe says “Coronado is Fourth of July Town USA.”

And what’s the fourth without fireworks?

“There’s two different firework shows on the island; one that faces Glorietta Bay, one that faces San Diego Harbor,” says Monroe.


Easy Day Sports, which oversees the event, anticipates 2,500 competitors. And Monroe and Coronado Fourth of July volunteers anticipate around 110,000 visitors on the island for Independence Day.

The Crown City Classic celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. This Coronado Journal story highlights one of the earliest races. Photo courtesy of Crown City Classic.

More history

The historic race hopes to make more history as it expects runners from all 50 states, one for each year of the competition’s existence.

Online registration

Online registration is available here or go to

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