Need answers? Check here for our most Frequently Asked Questions:
What is the San Diego Half Marathon & 5K?
The San Diego Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego, while raising money to help local communities & charities. The 5K is a 3.1-mile race option that will also be held on the same day. To learn more about the race routes, visit: The Course (or the 5K Course)
What is the San Diego Relay?
The San Diego Relay is a 2-person, half marathon race – each person runs or 6.55 miles! To learn more about the relay, visit: Relay
How do I register for the San Diego Half Marathon or 5K?
Registration is a simple click away. Visit Register Now and select which race you want to enter. Our easy-to-use online registration system does allow multiple runners to register within the same transaction/order. Sign up early to take advantage of early bird pricing and special promos!
If you finish both the San Diego Half Marathon and the Mammoth Half Marathon in the same calendar year, you will receive an additional extra-large commemorative “San Diego – Mammoth Challenge” medal! Both events are hosted by the same non-profit organization and 100% of net proceeds benefit their respective local communities & causes. To learn more, please visit: Take the Challenge
What information will I need to know in order to register?
In addition to your name, address, phone, and credit card, you will be asked to submit the following as part of the online registration process:
- estimated finish time
- date of birth
- shirt size
- an emergency contact and phone number
- city and state (this will be listed with your results)
- electronic waiver
- bib personalization (Optional, up to 8 characters, due by Feb 1, 2014)
- SMS phone number (Optional, for last minute race updates)
- additional options including VIP, post-race meals, and the San Diego – Mammoth Challenge upgrades are also available. For detailed descriptions of VIP and meal options, please visit our online Store.
Once you are registered, you can verify your bib number by visiting our online Bib # Look-up. Please note: Mammoth Half Marathon registrants who have upgraded to the San Diego – Mammoth Challenge will be assigned their San Diego Half Marathon bib number with 72 hours.
What is the best way to get updates on the race?
There are several ways to keep updated: 1 – ‘Like’ us on Facebook, 2 – follow us on Twitter and/or 3 – sign up to receive our newsletter at the bottom of our Website. All past & present registrants will automatically receive updates via email.
What is the Celebrate San Diego Event?
“Celebrate San Diego” at the Gaslamp Block Party is our post-race event that will take place concurrently and after the San Diego Half Marathon & 5K on March 9, 2014. To learn more about the post-event, visit: Celebrate
What is the route for the half marathon?
For details about the race route, including a downloadable PDF map & elevation profile, visit: The Course
What is the route for the 5K?
For details about the race route including a downloadable PDF map & elevation profile, visit: 5K Course
Is there a limit to the number of runners that can participate?
Yes, the half marathon is limited to 7,500 runners the 5K race is limited to 1,500 runners.
Is there a time limit? / Do you allow walkers?
Yes, the half marathon has a time limit of 3 hours 30 minutes (approximately a 16 minute per mile pace). If you’re not on pace to finish within the time limit at the halfway point, you may need to be picked up by our shuttles, or turn around. The 5K has a time limit of 1 hour (approximately a 19 minute per mile pace) due to the half marathon coming up from behind and, if not on pace, you may be asked to finish as a pedestrian. You will receive a finisher’s medal regardless of your finish time.
Are there aid stations along the route?
Yes, aid stations are strategically positioned all along the half marathon and 5K routes, approximately every 2 miles. To learn more, visit: The Course
What are the road closures & timing for the race routes?
For information regarding local road closures, please visit our Community Info page on our website.
Are strollers or wheelchairs allowed on the course?
Unauthorized bicycles, motorized vehicles, wheelchairs and strollers not permitted on the course due to safety concerns.
Am I allowed to bring my own water bottle?
Yes, and we encourage this eco-friendly option. Each aid station will include water from San Diego’s best water company, PureFlo, to refill your bottle.
Are iPODs, iPhones and other personal listening devices permitted?
Yes, we are an mp3-player friendly race. However, for your safety, please adjust your volume so that you are aware of your surroundings at all times.
How do I know what my exact start time will be?
Your wave assigment will be listed on your race bib and was designed to line up at the start in order of estimated finish time. For 2014, waves have not yet been assigned. For reference, our actual 2013 start times for each wave are listed below:
Start Time – Wave #: Estimated Finish Time (h:mm)
7:18am – Wave 1: 1:40 or less
7:20am – Wave 2: 1:45 – 1:50
7:22am – Wave 3: 1:50 – 1:55
7:23am – Wave 4: 1:55 – 2:00
7:25am – Wave 5: 2:00
7:27am – Wave 6: 2:00 – 2:05
7:29am – Wave 7: 2:05 – 2:10
7:30am – Wave 8: 2:10 – 2:15
7:35am – Wave 9: 2:15 – 2:20
7:37am – Wave 10: 2:20 – 2:30
7:42am – Wave 11: 2:30
7:44am – Wave 12: 2:30
7:46am – Wave 13: 2:30
7:47am – Wave 14: 2:35 – 2:55
7:49am – Wave 15: 3:00 – 3:30
Start Time – Wave #: Estimated Finish Time (mins)
7:14am – Wave 1: 25 or less
7:15am – Wave 2: 25-45
7:17am – Wave 3: 45-60
Will the race, expo or post event be canceled in the event of rain? What is the average temperature?
We anticipate beautiful weather this time of year in San Diego, but it’s always a good idea to check the weather forecast a few days before the race so you can prepare & dress appropriately. The expo, race and post-event will be held whether there is sun, rain or anything in between. In March, the average temperature is 66º F.
Does the race have gear check?
Yes, both the half marathon & 5K have an official gear check bag & the drop-off locations are adjacent to their respective start lines. For details, please refer to the final instructions, which will be available from our website 1-2 weeks prior to race day.
I am active duty in the military and just got orders to be transferred out of San Diego. Can I transfer my registration to someone else?
Transfers are not allowed for any registration, however, active military who received orders may choose to either defer their entry to the following year’s race or receive a refund. Email your request with a copy of your orders to: email@example.com
I’ll be traveling in from out of town. Do you have any hotel blocks reserved?
Yes, we have partnered with several great hotels, including the Hilton Gaslamp & Omni Hotel, as both are conveniently located within walking distance of both the start & finish. To learn more, visit: Travel & Hotels
If I’m not registered for the half marathon or 5K, can I attend the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo?
Yes, the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo is free and open to the public on Friday, March 7th & Saturday, March 8, 2014. Learn more, please visit: Expo
If I’m not registered for the half marathon or 5K, can I attend the Celebrate San Diego Gaslamp Block Party?
Yes, friends & family of runners, local residents & tourists alike are encouraged to join the festivities downtown! To learn more, visit: Celebrate
Where can my friends watch me along the course?
The best places to watch runners &/or dine along the route are highlighted in our Spectator Guide. To learn more, please visit: Spectator Guide
How much of the course is asphalt versus cement?
The half marathon course is 98% asphalt, 1.5% concrete and 0.5% compact dirt. The 5K is 100% asphalt.
Where is Race Packet Pick-up & the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo?
The San Diego Sport, Health & Fitness Expo serves as your primary race packet pick-up location for both the Half Marathon & the 5K. The Expo will be held on Friday, March 7th & Saturday, March 8, 2014 at the Port Pavilion on the Broadway Pier and will feature our selection of vendors, with samples targeted towards health & fitness-minded individuals. The Expo will be FREE & open to the public. To learn more about the Expo or race packet pickup, including parking, location & hours, please visit: Expo
I will not be able to pick up my race packet at the Expo. What are my options?
If you are unable to pick up your race packet at the Expo on Friday, March 7 or Saturday, March 8, 2014, we have the following option available for you: a friend or family member may pick up your race packet as long as they have a copy of a valid photo ID and a signed waiver.
How do I confirm my registration or find out my Bib Number?
To look up your Bib number online, please visit our 2014 Bib# Lookup. Please enter your first & last name exactly as you entered it when you registered. (For example, if you registered as John Doe Jr., be sure to include the “Jr.” after your last name.) The Bib# Lookup also serves as confirmation of your registration and, if applicable, will also list your team name.
I am registered for the 5K. How can I switch to the half marathon?
Please visit the Solutions Center at the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, March 7, 2013 or Saturday, March 8, 2014, and we can take care of switching your bib from 5K to half marathon, while supplies last. The half marathon Start Line is at the Omni Sky Bridge adjacent to Petco Park. The Half Marathon starts at 7:18am.
I am registered for the half marathon. How can I switch to the 5K?
Please visit the Solutions Center at the Expo on Friday, March 7, 2013 or Saturday, March 8, 2014, and we can take care of switching your bib from half marathon to 5K, while supplies last. Shuttles to 5K Start depart from Petco Park’s Tailgate lot beginning at 6:00am, so please arrive early. The last shuttle departs at 6:30am.
I am unable to participate in the half marathon. Can I transfer my bib or receive a refund?
Unfortunately, as stated in our policy here on the website and during registration, all race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.
Where can I get coffee on the morning of the race?
Here are some options for coffee shops that will be open bright and early along with you on race day!
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