Kinane Events Celebrates 30 Years



For immediate release.

Contact: Kathy Kinane

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Kinane Events celebrated its’ 30th anniversary this past weekend.

Kinane Events has one of the most talented and experience crews in Southern California. They helped have raised over $20 million for local non-profits through marketing and managing running and walks over the past 30 years.

The event started as a home based business in Oceanside and has been based in Carlsbad since 1993. The team primarily serviced Orange County and events in San Diego proper until 2006 when they founded the O’side Turkey Trot and soon after the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation.  The Trot benefits Non-profits that serve Oceanside Residents.  The company was started by Owner Kathy Kinane, a former coach at UCSB and qualifier for the US Women’s Olympic Marathon Trials. Her passion for running and leading a healthy lifestyle was directed in to Race Directing,  management and marketing business. A true labor of love.

The Kinane Events team of coordinators and vendors are known for executing large participatory events on the highest level. Each coordinator has always taken personal ownership in the events and was passionate about creating the best experience for all stakeholders whether they were Sponsors, Participants, Vendors or Media.

Most of the Kinane Team Legacy members have been creating and managing together for over 15 years and some as long as 25 years

In 2000, Owner Kathy Kinane was recognized by OC Metro Magazine as one of the Top 25 People in Orange County for her teams’ efforts in managing up to 12 large events/year including the OC Race for the Cure. The Race For The Cure which attracted 28,000 runners and walkers and raised $2.9 million dollars with one event. The 2000 Race For The Cure was the 10th largest event of any kind in the US. Kathy and her team were very proud to be recognized for their efforts despite being based in Carlsbad.

In 2003, Owner Kathy Kinane was recognized as race director of the year but Competitor Magazine in 1999, at the time they were managing OC Race for The Cure, Dana Point Turkey Trot, San Diego Liberty Run Walk. The company’s events continued to grow exponentially, in 2003, Kathy’s team marketed and managed events which attracted a historic 54,000 runners and walkers.

The following year, 2004 their events attracted a record 60,000 runners and walkers. These mega events included: OC Race For The Cure – 24,000 participants, Nike One Hit Wonder – 20,000 participants, OC Marathon – 13,000 participants; Newport Beach Spirit Run – 5,000; San Diego Freedom from Domestic Violence Liberty Run; Saddleback Memorial Half Marathon- 4,000 participants, Santa Anita Derby Day 5k- 4,000 participants.  

Finally, in 2014 Kathy was honored, thanks to her amazing team, as the Women Trailblazer by Running USA, a national organization made up of many of the largest races in the country.  Covid has not dampened their enthusiasm for working at the highest level with the best team. They are ready to bring their magic to their next  outdoor event.

Kinane Events currently manages the 16th Annual O’side Turkey Trot, Santa Anita Derby Day 5K in Arcadia, and the Move Your Feet Before You Eat Foundation Miles of Smiles Program. The team is expecting to open registration for the Trot this week at

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Working in the running industry has been incredibly rewarding

I have been running since I was 15 years old. I was fighting depression and trying to get in shape for other sports. Running has brought me stress relief, good health, endorphin highs, good friends, wonderful adventures and a career as a race director. Working in the running industry has been incredibly rewarding. I have watched the road racing community grow exponentially since the 1970’s and I am very proud that women now make up over 60% of the participants. Their emphasis on training with friends in groups and supporting social causes that improve the quality of life for the community can never be appreciated enough.

Why I joined RW+

I joined RW+ because it is a great value and I enjoy keeping up to date on the latest gear and training methods. As a run club coach, I learn a lot from the coaching and nutrition/cooking tips. We also love to read about life changing experiences from new runners that you share with your readers. I especially enjoy the workouts that emphasis total fitness, core, stretching, and meditation/yoga.

A good night’s sleep

Knowing that I will be calm and focused on my projects during the day and get a good night’s sleep after a run and stretch. Running gives me a sense of peace that I love.

Batiquitos Lagoon

We are very fortunate to live close to the beach and close to trails. We love both. Our favorite run is the gorgeous Batiquitos Lagoon trail in Carlsbad. It is a 5K loop. The trail is soft on the old legs and the native birds are numerous and beautiful. The lagoon attracts many fit, fast inspiring young runners and friendly, social walkers. We are able to do our 5K of short intervals in a very comfortable setting. Dawn and dusk are two of the best times to be on this trail.

Favorite gear

I currently love my Altra Torin, Escalante, and Lone Peak. Altra’s have a wide foot and the toe box is very roomy for my toes. I also love my Brooks Ghost 12 running shoes. They make me a “Run Happy” runner. My prized possession in the 1980’s was my Nike US Women’s Marathon Trials Qualifiers shirt.

Voted: “Woman Trailblazer of the year” in 2014 by Running USA.

Long term goal

To be running trails and along the beach with my friends in my 80’s, even if it is slowly.