The 29th Annual Navy Bridge Run/Walk

Walk on the Coronado Bay Bridge for a Good Cause

On Sunday, May 15th, the San Diego Navy will host their 29th annual Bridge Run/Walk. Any self-respecting San Diegan will consider going, since this is the only time of year that you can walk on the iconic Coronado Bay Bridge. This is extremely important, because we all know what a bummer it is to watch the bay view go by so quickly in the car, obscured by passing trucks and SUVs.

The Bridge Run/Walk begins in downtown San Diego, makes its way over the Coronado Bay Bridge, and finishes at Tidelands Park on Coronado Island. You’ll be looking at San Diego from a stunning panoramic perspective, absorbing dramatic views of the harbor, the downtown skyline, the Hotel Del, and the coast on the South Bay. This will be a good chance to bring a tiny camera or strap a GoPro to your head for some gorgeous Coronado pictures.

The course is four miles long. Don’t feel bad if you walk, because around 80% of participants opt not to run. The Bridge Run/Walk isn’t competitive in the slightest, although you can order a timing chip while registering. You can also feel ethical about your journey along one of San Diego’s best views since the Navy Bridge Run/Walk raises money for the Morale, Welfare and Recreation program of the Navy. MWR increases quality of life for active and retired military members and their families. In San Diego, that group of individuals consists of over 500,000+ people. The MRW operates gyms, pools, beaches, bowling alleys, restaurants, golf courses, and movie theaters.

This event also partners with the Navy Gold Star program, the organization assisting relatives of service members who passed away on active duty. In this vein, the Bridge Run/Walk is centered around a campaign called I Run To Remember; you can write the name of a Fallen Service Member on your bib or leave it blank to honor them all. 

Once you finish the race, you’ll see refreshments, live music, sponsor booths, balloon animals, and prize drawings. After the party, ride a complimentary bus or ferry back to the starting line. The ferry is faster, but it might take longer to board. In either case, clear your calendar because the whole event might take up half a day.

The event is $50 for adults, $30 for children, and $40 for seniors and active military members. Buy your tickets soon, because it will probably sell out. Downtown parking is complicated, so read up about special parking locations and bus/trolley possibilities here. 

The runners will start at 8am, and the walkers will start at 8:10. Strollers and wheelchairs are permitted, while skateboards, bikes, roller skates, pets (excluding service animals), and miscellaneous transportation devices (including recumbent bicycles and those trendy motorized skateboards) are prohibited. You will come home with a shirt, a participation medal, and maybe some balloon animal hats. 

You can register for the Navy Bridge Run/Walk here.