Silicon Valley 5k

Date: Saturday, April 14th

Time: 5:00pm

Race Weekend Schedule of Events

Saturday: April 14th

  • 2:30pm – 4:30pm: 5k Packet Pickup
  • 2:30 – 7:30pm: 10k/Half Marathon Packet Pickup
  • 4:30pm – 7:30pm: Local Live Music & Local Food Trucks
  • 5:00pm: Silicon Valley 5k Start
  • 6:00pm: Sunset Yoga
  • 7:30pm: Food Truck Music Festival Ends

Sunday, April 15th

  • 6:30am – 7:45am: Gear Check open for 10k/Half Marathoners
  • 8:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Start
  • 8:00am – 1:00pm: Post-Race Festival Open
  • 10:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 1:00pm: Post-Race Festival Ends

Silicon Valley 5k Time Limit

1 hour, or 19 minutes per mile pace. This time limit begins with the final wave start. Runners who are unable to maintain a 19 minute per mile pace may be turned around early or redirected to the adjacent sidewalk. Aid stations, official finish times, finisher medals and post-race food/water are only available to those who maintain a 1 hour finish pace or below.


The average temperature in San Jose during mid-April is 50° – 65° F with 0% humidity.



Registration for the 5k opens Tuesday, January 16th, 2018.

Registration Price: $35.00

What is included with my Silicon Valley 5k entry?

  • Short sleeve tech shirt (gender specific cut…the future is female)
  • Inaugural Silicon Valley 5k Medal (you know how we do medals)
  • Personalized Bib (must be registered by March 1st)
  • Real time results with official splits
  • Free admission to Saturday Evening Food Truck Music Festival
  • On course and post-race refreshments
  • Virtual Goody Bag

Remote Runner Option

Can’t make it out for race day, but still want to participate? Not a problem, sign up as a remote runner. For the same price, you will be mailed the Long Sleeve Tech Shirt and Inaugural Silicon Valley 5k Medal the week after the race.

Benefiting Charity Partner

We are pleased to be partnering with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Click HERE for more information on joining their fundraising team.

Bib Pickup

You may pick up your bib and event shirt at the Food Truck & Music Festival on Saturday. Other packet pickup dates and times TBD. A copy of your race confirmation or a photo ID is required for bib pickup. If you choose to have someone pick it up for you, a Packet Pickup Affiliate Form must be filled out and provided to the person picking up. Plus, a valid ID also must be presented in order to receive a beer garden bracelet.

  • Thursday & Friday, April 12th-13th, 2018 — TBD
  • Saturday, April 14th, 2018 — Arena Green East from 2pm to 8pm (In conjunction with the Food Truck Music Festival)
  • You can select bib mailing for a $10 add-on during online registration and your bib will be mailed to you the week before the race.

Start Location: Arena Green

The start will be on W. St. John St Our post-race celebration will take place throughout Arena Green East.  We will share more details on this as the route planning continues.

Finish Location: Arena Green

The finish will be on Autumn St between W. St. John St and W Santa Clara St. Our post-race celebration will take place throughout Arena Green East.  We will share more details on this as the planning continues.

Course Description

5k Course:

The Silicon Valley 5k will have a shared start/finish line on W. St John St (W Santa Clara St. closest cross street). The route will head north across Julian St and do a big loop through Guadalupe River Park and Columbus Park before the finish back on W. St. John St.

Water Stations and Porto-Potties

There will be 1 water stations on course. It will be placed (roughly) at miles 1.5. Restrooms will also be available at each water station.

Medical Support

Medical support will be provided at the start line, along the entire course and at the finish line. ALS Ambulances will also be dispersed throughout the event.

Gear Check

There will be no gear check for the 5k (only for the 10k and half marathon on Sunday). Please make sure to leave your warmups, bags and valuables inside your car.


The Finish Festival (Arena Green) and Start Line (St. James Park) are located approximately 0.5 miles from each other. Parking is available at both locations. Parking lots around the Finish Area (Arena Green) will be open and charging a modest parking fee on race day. This is the easiest place to park since you will have your vehicle nearby at the conclusion of the event. However, some parking will also be available around the Start Line (4th St & St. John). See below for open lots for race day around the Finish Area:

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parking map

Elite & Sub-Elite Athlete Program

We are offering complimentary entries to men and women with personal bests of:

  • Men: Sub 15:30
  • Women: Sub 17:45

We are offering 60% off entries to men and women with personal bests of:

  • Men: Sub 16:30
  • Women: Sub 18:45

Please contact to inquire about your complimentary entry if you meet the above criteria.

5k Awards

The awards ceremony begins at 10:00am at Arena Green East on the big stage. Top 3 awards are based on gun time, not bib tag time. Divisional awards will be based on bib tag time. Awards will go to the top 3 finishers of each division.

Age group awards are only available for the Half Marathon.

Changing Distances

Moving down in distance: If you would like to switch your registration to the 5k, you are allowed, but you will not be refunded the difference.

Moving up in distance: If you would like to switch your registration to the half marathon, you will be invoiced to pay the difference of the new distance registration price on the day you make the switch. Distance changes must be made prior to race day, either online or in person at a packet pickup.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.