The San Diego Half Marathon is a 13.1-mile race that celebrates the beauty and uniqueness of San Diego, while raising money to support our communities & charities!
Half Marathon Perks
- Experience our signature scenic Half Marathon Course that showcases San Diego!
- FREE Bib Personalization for your name or short message (available until Feb 1st)
- Collectible ‘San Diego-themed’ Finisher’s Medal
- Official San Diego Half Marathon Technical Running Shirt – offered in both Unisex and Women’s sizing
- FREE Real-Time Runner Tracking – available to friends online to get updates as you race at no additional charge
- Official San Diego Half Marathon Gear Bag
- Fresh Water at Every Water Station
- Live Jumbotron at the Finish
- For even more Perk details, visit: Perks & More or “Like” us on Facebook to see them as they are announced!
$125 - at Expo (unless sold out)
Capacity: The San Diego Half Marathon is limited to 7,500 participants.
Friday & Saturday (March 6 & 7, 2015) – Expo Days
Plan your packet pickup anytime during our 2-day Sport, Health & Fitness Expo at the beautiful Broadway Pier. The Expo is FREE & open to the public.
Sunday, March 8, 2015 – Race Day!
6:30am*: Arrive early to Petco Park to gear check your bag, stretch those muscles, and get pumped up by the music to start the race with good vibes!
7:20am*: Half Marathon Start at Petco Park in downtown San Diego. To ensure a smooth start and great race experience for everyone, Waves 1-15 will start in succession, with approximately 2 minutes between each wave.
7:30am*-1:00pm*: Finish into the “Celebrate San Diego” Gaslamp Block Party! Invite your friends and family – the block party is FREE & open to the public.
*All times are approximate. Daylight savings starts at 2:00am PST on Sunday, March 8, 2015.
Driving and Parking
The San Diego Half Marathon start line is adjacent to Petco Park in downtown San Diego, with the finish line only 2-1/2 blocks away in the heart of the Gaslamp Quarter. Half marathon participants should plan to arrive by 6:45am and park near Petco Park in downtown San Diego. All parking information will be included in our downloadable “final instructions” and will be emailed to all participants approximately 1-2 weeks before race day. Also, check our Travel & Hotels page for more details.
All registrations can be completed online in order to participate. Registration steps include:
- Race Selection. Choose either the Half Marathon (13.1-mile), 2-Person Half Marathon Relay (6.55-miles each runner) or 5K (3.1-mile) race.
- Runner Info. Enter each runner’s individual information, one at a time. Please be prepared to estimate each runner’s finish time, using our downloadable online chart, as necessary. We can accept multiple runner registrations in a single transaction, however, each runner must be present to register in order to acknowledge and sign the electronic rules & waiver.
- Additional Options. For an additional fee, you can:
- Take the Challenge: earn extra bling and get a great deal on your Mammoth Half Marathon registration by taking the “San Diego – Mammoth Challenge“!
- Upgrade to VIP, which will include pre- & post-race receptions adjacent to the start & finish, free parking and private restrooms!
- Sign up for Race Packet Delivery (available until 2/1). This option will enable you to skip the Expo and have your race number (bib), shirt and gear bag mailed directly to you via certified mail. Please note: If applicable, legacy apparel is not included and can be picked up at the t-shirt exchange booth in the finish area.
- Support. Offer support to one or more of our local charity partners by fundraising &/or donating now.
- Payment. All major credit cards accepted.
- Confirmation. Once you are registered, you can verify your bib number by visiting our online Bib# Look-up.
The following upgrades are also available for purchase in our online Store.
- The “San Diego – Mammoth Challenge” upgrade – adds a Mammoth Half Marathon registration to your order. Learn more by visiting: Take the Challenge!
- VIP upgrade – includes pre- & post-race receptions adjacent to the start & finish, free parking and private restrooms!
Your race packet will include your race number, timing chip, safety pins, technical t-shirt and gear bag. We will be implementing the latest timing chip technology, or “B-tag”, that will be pre-attached to your race number (bib).
Race packets must be picked up in person at the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo on Friday, March 6 or Saturday, March 7, 2015 on the Broadway Pier. Be prepared to show your photo ID to claim your race packet. Race numbers are non-transferable, irreplaceable if lost, and entry fees are nonrefundable* (see below for only exceptions).
If you cannot pick up your race packet, you may have a friend or family member pick it up for you, as long as they bring a copy of your photo ID and signed Waiver.
FREE Bib Personalization:
To include your name or inspirational message pre-printed on your bib, be sure to specify what you would like to print, up to 8 characters in length. Please note: this option is only available until February 1st.
B-Tag Note and Instructions: B-tag timing chips are disposable, embedded in your bib, and do not need to be returned after the race. “B-tags” will not need to be separated from your race number for any reason. Your timing chip is activated once you cross the starting line.
All entry fees are non-refundable & non-transferable, with the following exception: Active duty military members who are unable to participate because they are unexpectedly deployed 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
The Half Marathon has a time limit of 3hours 30minutes (average pace of 16:00 minutes per mile). For your convenience, transport vehicles will be used to get you to the event finish in the event you are not able to complete the race as planned, or you can complete the course on sidewalks as a pedestrian.
New Runners’ Etiquette tip: Always be prepared to move to the right side of the course to allow other participants to pass, if needed.
Training and Clubs:
For FREE downloadable training plans and a list of local clubs to train with, please visit Training and Clubs.
Finish Time Goals:
Do you have a finish time goal you want to meet? Our friends at West Coast Road Runners will be leading pace groups to help you accomplish your PR! Here is a list of half marathon finish times to choose from that will have a pacer:
- 1 hr 35 mins – Brian
- 1 hr 40 mins – Dennis
- 1 hr 45 mins – Dave
- 1 hr 50 mins – Ivan
- 1 hr 55 mins – Mike
- 2 hrs – Sheila and Ashley
- 2 hrs 10 mins – Nathalie and Emily
- 2 hrs 20 mins – Sharon and Tim
- 2 hrs 30 mins – Tom and Jorge
- 2 hrs 45 mins – Judy and Remmi
- 3 hrs – Lesli and Elaine
- 3 hrs 30 mins (max time limit) – bike marshals
Just look for the road runner signs in your wave at the start line and follow the pace group leader to the finish! You will have an opportunity to meet your pacer at the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo on Friday March 6, or Saturday, March 7, 2015 – look for the West Coast Road Runner Booth near race packet pickup.
Every half marathon participant will receive a high-quality, technical fabric finisher’s shirt. Shirts can be picked up at the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo along with your race packet. Race shirts will be mailed with the race bib for an additional fee for those who selected this option during the registration process.
Bag / Gear Check:
Gear bag check is an easy way for us to store your items (like extra clothing) during your race. Your race packet, available at our expo, will contain everything you need! To check-in your gear, place your items in the gear bag, cinch it closed, and use the enclosed zip tie to attach your gear check label to your bag. (Your gear check label can be found along the bottom portion of your race bib and has your bib number pre-printed on it for easy identification & retrieval after your race). Please do not use gear check for valuables such as your car keys, cell phone, or jewelry, as we cannot be responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged items.
Every San Diego Half Marathon participant will receive a finisher’s medal after completing the race, regardless of finish time. Half Marathon Overall & Age Group Awards will include:
- Top 3 Overall, Male & Female Winners
- Top 3 Masters (age 40 & above) Overall, Male & Female Winners
- Age Group Winners – Top 3 Male & Female Winners in the following age groups: 18 & under, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75+.
*Please note that all age group awards will be based on net chip time and all overall awards will be based on gun time. After official results have been verified, awards will be mailed to the address provided during registration.
For Half Marathon Team awards, please see Team Info for details.