Since we all can’t join together for the annual photo scavenger hunt race held at UC Celebration on the 4th of July, we’ve got a virtual photo race for everyone in UC. You still have to go outside to take photos of the answers, but you can now solve and photograph at your own pace – no time pressure! And you can have a team of any size, so you can work alone or get your friends or family members to help out.

If you haven’t done one of the UC Photo Races before, this is a good chance to try out the game without having to race on foot. Below you will see a set of ten clues. Each of the clues will lead you to a location or landmark in University City, and there might even be multiple locations that fit the clue criteria – you only need to find one of them! Go to each location and take a photo of your entire team there. Checkpoint locations don’t need to be in order, but do need to be clearly identifiable. Unlike the regular annual photo race, you don’t need to travel on foot, so feel free to use bikes, cars, scooters, or whatever — while the regular annual photo race is usually limited in range from along Governor Drive from Regents Road to Agee Street, this challenge can be solved with locations all over University City, maybe even on your own street!

Once you’ve taken all the photos that fit the clues, cross the finish line by emailing them along with your team’s name to sdrocketrace@gmail.com – you can either attach the photos or link to them on Instagram or facebook or elsewhere online that’s publicly viewable. We’ll post the best photos on the UC Celebration site.


In alignment with the State of California’s Stay-at-Home Order prohibiting large events and gatherings, and prioritizing public health, the University City Parks Council (UCPC) and the UC Celebration Committee (UCCC) jointly announce that the 2020 UC Celebration will not go on as planned on the 4th of July at Standley Park.

At a Parks Council board meeting on May 11, 2020, UCPC president John Schindel and UCCC chair Randall Tonini noted that the UC Celebration attracts thousands of residents and visitors to Standley Park at the day-long event. The UC Celebration has been a tradition in University City for over 30 years. They understand that area residents will be disappointed that the annual tradition will be interrupted this year.

Ultimately, however, the UC Celebration event sponsors decided that public health is most important, and they must follow state public health directives which say large public events are not allowed and aren’t likely to be allowed for some time. They look forward to the return of the UC Celebration 4th of July event in 2021.

Please note: Community and neighborhood parks, as well as certain trails in open space parks, are open for passive purposes only (walking, jogging, or hiking). Park parking lots remain closed and park patrons should only be visiting parks that are within walking distance from their neighborhoods. Gatherings and non-physical distancing activities are not allowed. For more information on the status of Parks & Recreation and other City services, visit https://www.sandiego.gov/status

31st Annual UC Celebration

Join us next year for the 31st annual UC Celebration on July 4th, 2021 at Standley Recreation Center!

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2019 1 Mile Fun Run | 5k Race Results

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