ACA American Counseling Association National Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, March 31, 2019.  (Photography by Paul Sakuma Photography)

Our Annual Rainbow Run 5K & 1-Mile Walk for Wellness & Equality

Our annual Rainbow Run is a race for members and nonmembers that takes place on the Sunday of the American Counseling Association national conference in the conference host city. A portion of the proceeds are donated to a local organization that serves LGBTGEQIAP+ people within that region.

Spend some fun with ALGBTIC members and leaders, give back to our communities, and support Queer & Trans advocacy, counseling, and mental health awareness! Anyone from the public can attend, including American Counseling Association (ACA) Conference goers and non-members!

Run. Walk. Sashay! All for a great cause!

2020 Rainbow Run

Our race location is:

  • San Diego Embarcadero SW of Hilton SD Bayfront; Hilton San Diego Bayfront on Embarcadero, 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 921017897

Tickets can be purchased:

  • Online Registration until April 17th (12AM) through Eventbrite. Prices increase by $5 after April 17, 2020. Race Day Registration: Race day we will accept CASH OR CHECK only.

See additional details below!

2020 RR Map
2019 Awards from Ashworth Awards
2019 Awards from Ashworth Awards
ACA American Counseling Association National Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, March 31, 2019.  (Photography by Paul Sakuma Photography)

Packet Pickup will begin at 6:30AM at a table in front of the race location and will continue until race time at 7:30AM.

T-Shirts: Guaranteed for all participants who register on or before April 5th, 2020. After that time you are not guaranteed a T-shirt. Shirts are short-sleeve and range in size from small-XXL.

Volunteers: ALGBTIC and other sponsors will provide Volunteers. Volunteers will arrive at the start line at 6:30AM.

Race Course and Signage/Banners: A map of the racecourse will be available at the registration site and online. The course will be marked with signs with directional arrows.

Food & Drink: There will be an aid station on course providing water on the course near the Start line. Food (bananas/snacks) and drink will be provided after the run & walk near the Finish Line.

Restrooms: Restrooms are available on site near the start/finish line.

Parking: Parking is available at several spots on the Embarcadero. You may have to pay to park.

First Aid/Security: There will be medical staff on hand to ensure a safe race. Any security concerns will be handled by Course Monitors/race staff but if needed SDPD will be called.

Current Presenting Sponsor and Partners: The Rainbow Run 5K & 1-Mile Walk for Wellness & Equality are presented by the Association of LGBT Issues in Counseling (ALGBTIC), the Association of Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES), and the American Counseling Association (ACA).

5K Race Awards: As part of the race, runners can choose to race in the 5k categories for additional prizes. 5K Race prizes will be given to the top 3 individuals overall in each of the following race categories: disAbility, Gender: Man, Woman, Non-Binary, or Gender Expansive. Prizes will also be given to the overall winner in each of the following age groups: 15 and under, 15-19, 20- 29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ years. Overall award category winners cannot also win age group awards.

Race Day Schedule:

  • 5:45AM-6:15AM: Race Director and volunteer staff will set up course and registration table.
  • 6:15AM-7:30AM: Race day registration and packet pickup will begin at the Embarcadero SW of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront.
  • 7:30AM: 5k race will begin at 7:30AM sharp to be followed shortly after by 1 Mile walk. Finishers enjoy bananas/snacks and water post-race

Learn About the Donor Organization

The San Diego Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Community Center, Inc., (d.b.a., The Center) is one of the largest and most vibrant LGBT community centers in the nation. The Center provides targeted programs and services to the full diversity of the San Diego LGBT community, including men, women, youth, seniors, transgender and non-binary individuals, families, LGBT Latino community members and their families, and those living with HIV. Last year, The Center provided more than 82,000 direct service visits to San Diego community members, and through its events, activities and advocacy, touched the lives of thousands more.

The San Diego LGBT Community Center (The Center)


ACA American Counseling Association National Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, March 31, 2019.  (Photography by Paul Sakuma Photography)
ACA American Counseling Association National Conference & Expo in New Orleans, Louisiana, Sunday, March 31, 2019.  (Photography by Paul Sakuma Photography)

Want to be a Volunteer on Race Day?

You can volunteer to help with the race and work with the Rainbow Run Committee. Contact us to find out how!

Can't Participate in the Run?

For those not in San Diego or those leaving early, please consider the VIRTUAL 5k run or 1 mile walk. You can run on your own, while still receiving a great t-shirt and medal, supporting a local organization, and having a great time! Feel free to send us a pic for our Facebook page!

We have great t-shirts and all finishers of the on-site and virtual 5k also receive awesome medals made by Ashworth Awards (the same company who makes medals for the Boston Marathon!).

Want to Donate or Become a Sponsor for Rainbow Run?

ALGBTIC cannot cover the cost of this race alone – we need individuals, ACA divisions and other organizations to partner with us so that we can support Queer & Trans teens and young adults find a safe, secure, and professional environment that provides quality services to deal with issues such as homelessness, drug abuse, mental health issues, and to help these teens find the comfort and support they need to lead healthy lives. Below are the various sponsorship levels for this year’s race. We recognize that each organization has different fiscal resources, so whatever way your organization can help is GREATLY appreciated. Each level of sponsorship has benefits to the donor and donor organization!

2020 Rainbow Run Sponsorship Levels & Benefits
2020 Rainbow Run Sponsorship Levels & Benefits

Previous Donations from Annual Rainbow Run

LIFE Foundation in Hawaii

Zebra Coalition in Orlando

Heartland Trans Wellness Group in Cincinnati