John Wayne Grit Series – Newport Coast


May 11, 2024 at 7:30 AM

John Wayne Grit Series – Newport Coast

Crystal Cove State Park

Laguna Beach CA,


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Entry Fee $75
(Lowest or Early Registration)

Entry Fee 2 $100
(Highest or Late Registration)

Prize Money: no


  • 25K
  • 5K

Type: Trail

Percent of the course on un-paved trails: 95%

First Year of the Event: 2020


Bring your John Wayne Grit to the trails and #RunToFightCancer

It’s California the way it used to be. So partner, bring all the Grit you can muster to tackle the rugged unspoiled coastal trails in John Wayne’s backyard.

Join us as an individual or a team to get dusty on the dirt roads and single-track trails in Crystal Cove State Park located on the coast between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach. You’ll test your endurance on the challenging climb out of El Moro Canyon and be rewarded with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and Catalina Island. After you’ve finished the course, join us for a celebration at the John Wayne Grit Down!

In the words of John Wayne, “There are some things a man just can’t run away from.” When you join us on the trails, you’ll be fighting cancer head on with every step you take.

Partners, it’s time to saddle up and begin fundraising today for your chance to win exclusive merchandise, free race entries, and hotel stays. See you on the trails!

Both loop courses start and finish at the bridge in the lower parking lot of Crystal Cove State Park. At the finish line, you’ll be rewarded with a finisher’s mug and the satisfaction of knowing that you stepped up to the challenge and helped fight cancer.

The elevation at Crystal Cove State Park in Laguna Beach is 1,033 ft.


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Past Event Dates

Held on May 11, 2024

Held on Apr 22, 2023

Held on Jun 04, 2022

Held on May 08, 2021

Held on Nov 14, 2020

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