What is
We Run
the City

The beloved school-rivalry themed race is back, this time on the neutral ground of Long Beach Airport!

We Run the City is a 5K run/walk and 10K run to support the Special Olympics athletes of Southern California. We invite any and all alumni, faculty, fans, staff and students of the UCLA Bruins and USC Trojans to go head to head in this friendly rivalry to fundraise and race to support this amazing cause!

Runners will receive a Team USC or UCLA event shirt and a finisher’s medal. Those who fundraise will also have the opportunity to earn more prizes.


5K & 10K

Kids’ Race

Virtual Race

Run or walk this friendly school-rivalry race to support Special Olympics Southern California!

Kids can register to race in the ¼ mile Kids’ Race. It will take place the same morning as the 5K/10K!

Can’t make it out to Long Beach on race day? You can still support the cause at any time! Register for the virtual race, race at home, and you’ll receive your shirt and medal after you submit your race time.


Already Registered to Run?

If you’ve already registered to run, follow these easy steps to fundraise, which will help your team in the competition while supporting the Special Olympics Southern California. Additionally, you don’t have to be registered to run in order to donate or spread the word! There are three ways in which you can support your team and the cause.



Tell Your Friends




Register to fundraise online and then reach out to your network for support.

Support a runner or start your own fundraising. All funds raised will directly benefit the athletes of Special Olympics Southern California!

Help get even more support for your team by sharing the race on social and RSVPing to the Facebook event.


About Special Olympics
Southern California

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of children and adults with intellectual disabilities and their communities through sports, education, and athlete health. Every dollar raised through We Run the City provides free year-round sports training and competitions for our athletes. It also gives them empowerment, joy, and improved health. Special Olympics Southern California helps build the self-confidence of a person with intellectual disabilities so they can work and give back to their community. It drives their determination so they can overcome hurdles. It also inspires people to open their hearts to the wider range of human potential and talent, and provides our athletes with an opportunity to shine and live happier, healthier, and longer lives. Learn more about SOSC.


Hosted By : Special Olympics Southern California

When : August 17, 2019  |  Where : Long Beach Airport


Event Day Schedule:

6:00 am – Registration / Packet Pick-Up Opens

7:00 am – 5k / 10k Start

8:30 am – Costume Contest / Fundraising Awards (main stage)

9:00 am – Kids Race

9:30 am – Plan Pull opening Ceremonies (main stage)

10:00 am – 1st Pull

11:30 am – Car Show Awards (main stage)

3:00 pm – Last Pull / Festival Closes

2 events in 1!

Special Olympics Southern California's Plane Pull takes place at the Long Beach airport on the same day as We Run The City! The Plane Pull is a fun team competition to see which group of 25 can pull a UPS Jet 12 feet the fastest. At the Plane Pull, you'll test your strength, stamina, and heart, but no skill level is required to participate. All proceeds from the Plane Pull will support people with intellectual disabilities who train and compete in life-changing sports programs. Come join this big party on August 17th, 2019!