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PRIVATE BEST OF BALBOA TOUR – 5K

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A fun and educational 5k run through the lush gardens and historic landmarks of America’s finest park.
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TOUR DETAILS

  • Tour Type

    private tour
  • Tour Distance

    5 km / 3.1 mi
  • Tour Duration

    60min
  • Level of Difficulty

    easy
  • Tour pace

    individual
  • Tour days

    Mon - Sun
  • Start times

    Individual tour start times. Please select a preferred tour start time during the booking process.
  • Tour Language

    English

TOUR DESCRIPTION

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As you consider a sunny San Diego run through Balboa, you must first put aside any notion of a typical city park. Fittingly named after the Spanish Voyager who discovered the Pacific Ocean, this National Historic Landmark is a place for explorers of all types. Balboa Park is hailed as a place where history is majestic, beauty blooms, curiosity is cultivated, cultures come to celebrate and where art, science and nature collide. Our sight running tour is a true escape from the city, while still being right in the heart of it. Your trip to San Diego isn’t really complete without visiting Balboa Park, and there’s no better way to discover it than to Go! Running.

Entertaining 5 km runs have become incredibly popular worldwide, and San Diego has played a major role in the origin and growth of these unique family friendly races. The combination of the active, charitable and fun nature of San Diegans paired with the perennial perfect Southern California weather has made “Let’s do that 5k” a regular part of our vocabulary.

This citywide love of participating in creative 5ks translates into the passion we have for this particular tour. 3.1 miles isn’t always enough to sightsee and experience everything you’d like to on a run. This tour, however, isn’t your typical jog through the city park and 3.1 miles will completely transport you to another world. Balboa is beautiful and alive, and every one of the countless 5ks we’ve run through this park has a different story. Sometimes the park is indescribably peaceful and serene with hardly a soul in our path. The breeze blowing through the trees and softly ringing tower bells guide our meditative run through fields of bright flowers and around fountains splashing water into the tranquil blue sky. It’s the kind of day that you enjoy the perfect harmony of birds chirping and Midsummer Night’s Dream comes to mind as we’re running by Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. On other days, our run reminds us exactly where we are, in a lively and eclectic playground right in the heart of the bustling city. The park is a cultural escape filled with the stimulating sights and sounds of local artists painting, musicians playing, performers dancing, families frolicking and just about any other thing you could possibly imagine.

One thing is always consistent though, the run is awesome. No matter how the day plays out for Balboa, your guide will take you on the perfect route to heighten your understanding and enjoyment of the majestic and lush grounds that surround you. We get excited from simply people watching and being in the park, but we haven’t forgot that this place is drowning in 150 years of history and covered with iconic museums, monuments, theaters and exhibits. We always run or jog at your pace and will share our knowledge with you along the way. The beauty of the shorter run is that we’ll have more time to delve into the subjects or sections of the park that truly capture your curiosity. Check out our 8k tour description to learn more about the places we’ll see and let’s Go! Running.

This is also the tour we’d recommend if you’re considering bringing a youngster along to take in the sights from a stroller, or even run alongside us. We’re pretty used to kids leading the 5k pack here in So Cal and we love it, so the more the merrier. Especially with the zoo and museums to visit after.

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MORE TOUR INFO

  • Pick-up service:
    Pick-up service from your hotel/apartment or another meeting point is possible and will be checked by the tour provider individually.
    If your hotel/apartment should be too far away from the city centre or not close to the tour route, then we will meet you at our standard meeting point.

    Standard meeting point:
    Balboa Park Carousel in front of the San Diego Zoo. 2920 Zoo Dr San Diego, CA 92101
    You’ll see the Balboa Park Carousel and Miniature Railroad on the lawn adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Parking Lot. We’ll meet you at the Carousel to start our tour unless coordinated differently.
    Google Maps link: Balboa Park Carousel

    Meeting details:
    The tour provider will get in contact with you to provide you with more detailed information after the tour was booked.
    Please, bring along your mobile phone in case we need to contact each other.

    • Private guide/tour
    • Individual pace
    • Digital photos
    • Route Tracking
    • Pick-up service
    • Water supply
    • Snacks
  • IS IT THE SAME PRICE FOR EACH RUNNER IN OUR GROUP?
    The displayed tour price is for one runner. If you have a running partner or are in a group, the price per runner will be offered at a discounted rate. Each tour has a different pricing structure which can be seen when you choose your tour. Custom events and group tours not listed will be quoted individually. Please contact us if you would like to learn more about those options.

    HOW DO I BOOK AND PAY FOR A TOUR?
    All tours are booked and paid for through our online booking system on our website. Cash/credit card payment at the meeting point is not possible.

    DO YOU CANCEL IF IT RAINS?
    NNo we do not cancel our tours if it rains, storm etc. It is very rare that conditions are so bad, that we have to cancel, so if you are in doubt - expect to run. We will notify you if conditions do require us to cancel the tour.

    WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?
    While you can usually expect to wear a comfortable t-shirt and shorts, it is always a good idea to check the weather conditions before travelling to San Diego, so that you know what temperatures to expect. During the colder weeks we always recommend people to wear long sleeves as we have short stops along the run, in order to take photos and for the guide to talk about the attractions.
    In summer you can easily just wear a t-shirt and a pair of shorts/tights. It is, however, very important to remember sunscreen (at least SPF 30/50), so that sun burn is avoided. A hat can also be very handy in summertime in general.

    HOW FAST DO YOU RUN ON THE TOURS, DO I HAVE TO BE AN ELITE RUNNER TO PARTICIPATE?
    The running pace is set on our private tours by you. During our group tour we run a pace of about 6:30 min/km or 10 min/mi.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO STORE BAGS AND CLOTHES AT THE PLACE WE START?
    Unfortunately, there is no storage for bags. Please travel light. We can only store some small objects in our backpack (mobile phones, keys. etc.,).

    HOW LONG DO THE TOURS TAKE?
    This depends on the length of the tour (how many kilometers / miles) you choose and your preferred pace. This information is available in the tour description as a guideline.

    IS IT POSSIBLE TO TAKE PICTURES ALONG THE WAY?
    Of course! you can bring your camera/mobile phone and snap away. If there is a certain place you would like to take a picture, then simply ask your guide. We have photo stops planned at the most scenic locations along the way and will also take pictures and email them to you after the tour.

    IS THERE WATER OR FOOD ON THE TOUR?
    We will provide bottled water and a delicious San Diego made “Perfect Bar” for energy!

    IS THERE AN AGE LIMIT/RESTRICTION FOR THE TOURS?
    This is at your discretion. It is the responsibility of you as a participant to ensure that you are healthy and able to participate in the tour. Children under the age of 18 are the responsibility of their parents or guardians.

    IN WHAT LANGUAGES WILL THE TOUR BE?
    The tours will be offered in English

    DO YOU HAVE A HOTEL PICK-UP SERVICE?
    We offer our private tours hotel pick-up service. The hotel or apartment building should be in the general downtown San Diego city center or within about a mile of the selected tour area. The Coronado Island tour is easily accessible by ferry or public transit. See the tour details for specifics.
    Please let us know your complete hotel or apartment address during the tour reservation process and we will check if we can meet you at your hotel/apartment or at the standard meeting point. We make sure to make our tour meeting points easily findable and accessible by public transportation.

  • If you need to cancel a booked service, it is mandatory to email Go! Running Tours by respondng on the booking confirmation email or via our contact form: Get in contact with us.

    You are entitled to cancel your booking up to 4 workdays before the booked tour date, free of charge. There will be in this case be a full refund of the tour and service fees.

    If you cancel a booking between 3 and 0 days before the booked tour date, or if you do not attend the tour, there will be no refund.

    If the tour provider is not able to accept the tour, or if the tour provider was not able to carry out the booked tour, Go! Running Tours guarantess a full refund of the tour and service fees.
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BOOK EARLY - GIVE US SOME TIME
We recommend to book your running tour minimum 2-3 days before your preferred tour date. Especially during the different high seasons, when many guests like to join our runs.
That will give the guide/city manager enough time to arrange together with you the last tour details like the meeting point, start time and to organize a personal tour guide for your unique and fun running experience.
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  • We guarantee your money until you have done the tour! In case of that the tour can't be arranged or any other not self-inflicted circumstance, we will provide a full refund within 24h.

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