Memorial Day Virtual 5K & 10K Walk/Run

Saturday, May 29 – Monday, May 31 2021

5K For Fun
5K Competitive
10K Competitive

Walk, jog, or run at your own pace or try to beat the clock as you join the Department of Recreation for our 2nd annual virtual running event! All you have to do is register and track your walk/run. We’ll do the rest!

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2020 Event Recap

Thank you so much to everyone who participated in iRun with Rec! Here are some of our event highlights.

5K Competitive Best Times
Michael Maniscalco | 19:25
Sarah Innes-Gold | 22:16
Grace Wiley | 23:27

10K Competitive Best Times
Katharine Leigh | 44:27
Douglas Thomas | 45:27
Cody Rzeznik | 45:29
Connor Ding | 47:37


From Our Runners

"This is my first Memorial Day event ever. This is my first 5K event ever. It was an honor for me and my friend to join this event and honor those that have served, those that have fallen, and those families that are sharing their memories with us. My friend and I ran/walked along Cabrillo Blvd./Harbor and it was a perfect day for it. I had thumbs up and cheers from people passing me with the bib on. I will definitely participate in this again. I thank UCSB Recreation for this opportunity!"

"I run regularly around the Goleta area, but it feels great to participate in this activity and run together virtually with other gauchos!"

"This challenge inspired me to start running which I hate. Thanks for providing the pre-training program as it induced me to go for it. Since I started, I bought a pair of running shoes and enjoyed the challenge. Thanks for putting together the virtual run as it got me going on a new activity."

"It was a beautiful morning. I enjoyed being able to participate at my own pace in an environment I love."

iRun with Rec Memorial Day 5k/10k Virtual walk/run


What is a Virtual Run?
Gauchos from across the world will be able to participate in this FREE event. Walk, jog, or run a 5k or 10k from any location. You will use an activity tracking app of your choosing to record and report your results. 

Who can participate?
All UC Santa Barbara students, staff, faculty, alumni, or community members are encouraged to participate. 
When is the Virtual Run?
Complete your walk/run and report your results at any point between Saturday, May 29 – Monday, May 31 2021.

When is registration open and how can I register?
Registration will open April 1 and continues through the last day of the event.


What are the Divisions?
5k For Fun
This division is for less experienced individuals who aren’t watching the clock and just want to have fun! We encourage you to walk, jog, or run at your own pace around your neighborhood or on a trail! Enjoy a series of fun challenges during this event. Winners will be selected from each challenge category to win prizes. 

  • Best Buds: Do you have a companion with you on your run? Take a picture of you and your family, friends, or pet having fun!

  • Best Course: Showcase your chosen course! Take a selfie with or take a picture of a landmark or a beautiful picture of your trail/ scenery.

  • Best Dressed: Get dressed up! Show us your UCSB gear, wear red, white, and blue, or camo! Show us your patriotism and rock some stars and stripes!

  • Run to Remember: In partnership with UCSB Veterans and Military Services and wear blue: run to remember, this challenge honors the 65,502 fallen service members since the beginning of the Vietnam War. To participate, register here. You will then receive the name and story of a fallen service member and a bib to write their name. Speak the name of this honored hero and purposefully move in their honor. Wear your bib on your run and share with us!

5k Competitive
This division is for individuals who enjoy running and want the competitive aspect of running. Run inside on the treadmill or outside on a trail. First, second, and third place winners will receive a prize for the best times! 

10k Competitive 
This division is for individuals who run frequently, are skilled, and want the competitive aspect of running. Run inside on the treadmill or outside on a trail. First, second, and third place winners will receive a prize for the best times!

Will there be prizes?!
Yes! But not just for the fastest times! There will be several unique and fun challenges to give participants in the 5k For Fun walk/run a chance to win a prize. Every participant will receive a digital completion certificate. 

I’ve registered! Now what?
All registered participants will receive a virtual “race packet” via email on Thursday, May 27 with detailed information on how to report times, a list of challenges, and more information. 

Follow @ucsb_recreation on Facebook and Instagram for inspiration.

Download a running app to help you record your times, distance, and progress. Below is a list of suggestions, but use any app you are comfortable with!

No Training? No Problem! We Gaucho Back!
UCSB Recreation currently offers online Group Fitness and Mind & Body classes, live through Zoom! Classes are FREE for UCSB Students, Staff, and Faculty. Head to Shoreline ( to join our Get up GAUCHOS! Classes to supplement your training program. 

Our Fitness and Wellness team has created a training plan for 5k beginners. Check it out!

iRun with Rec  |  Live Warm-Up


live warm-up



iRun with Rec 5k  |  3-Week Training Plan

Downloadable PDF

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iRun with Rec  |  Training Program

In-Home Warm-Up

Dynamic Warmup

Workout A

Workout B


Running Technique



Full Mobility Stretch



Foam Rolling



Ashley Marsh
Events Coordinator