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.

How do I know what my wave number & exact start time will be?

Your actual start time is based on your race and wave number assignment, which will be listed on your race bib. Waves are staggered approximately 2 mins apart, with Wave 1 beginning at ~7:15am.
The 2015 Wave number assignment chart is listed below:


Are there aid stations along the route?

Yes, aid stations are strategically positioned all along the half marathon, relay and 5K routes, approximately every 2 miles. To learn more, visit: half marathon, relay, or 5K page

Who will receive medals and how will winners will receive awards?

Each San Diego Half Marathon, Relay and 5K finisher will receive a medal after completing their race, regardless of finish time.

Half Marathon and 5K Awards 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+
  • Top Co-ed Team of 10.  Average of top 8 finishers, with a minimum of 2 of each gender in the calculation.

Relay Awards include:

  • Top 3 Overall Teams

*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.

All awards will be mailed within 2 weeks following the event.

Where can I get coffee on the morning of the race?
Are strollers or wheelchairs allowed on the course?

Unauthorized bicycles, motorized vehicles, wheelchairs and strollers not permitted on the course due to safety concerns.

Do you have pacers or a pace team?

Yes!  If you have a  finish time goal you want to meet, our friends at West Coast Road Runners will be leading pace groups for the following finish times:

1 hr 35 mins, 1 hr 40 mins, 1 hr 45 mins, 1 hr 50 mins, 1 hr 55 mins, 2 hrs, 2 hrs 10 mins, 2 hrs 20 mins, 2 hrs 30 mins, 2 hrs 45 mins, 3 hrs, 3 hrs 30 mins

To meet your pacer, visit the West Coast Road Runner Booth at the Expo or look for the Road Runner pace signs in your wave at the start line!

For your convenience, use our downloadable pace table to help estimate your finish time when you register. In order to group together similarly-paced runners, base your estimate on your most recent training run or race results.


What is the route for the half marathon, relay, and 5k?

For details about the race route, please visit our half marathon, relay, or 5K page for each route.

Am I allowed to bring my own water bottle?

Yes, and we encourage this eco-friendly option. Each aid station will include fresh water to refill your bottle, as necessary.

What is your cancellation policy? What if I can’t make the race? Do you allow transfers?

Registrations are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless you are active duty military and have received new orders.  Please email your request with a copy of your orders to: info@sdhalfmarathon.com.

Where can I find past race results?

Please see Results.

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.

Where do I park for the Expo?

Race weekend parking & driving directions will be included in the final instructions and emailed to all participants by Monday, March 7th.

What is the best way to get updates on the event?

There are several ways to keep updated: 1 – Like us on Facebook; 2 – Sign up to receive our newsletter; and/or 3 – follow us on Twitter. All past & present registrants will automatically receive updates via email from: info@sdhalfmarathon.com.

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 (19ºC).

Where do I park for the race?

Race weekend parking & driving directions will be included in the final instructions and emailed to all participants by Monday, March 7th.

What is the capacity of the number of runners that can participate?

The half marathon is limited to 7,500 runners the 5K race is limited to 1,200 runners. 

Does the race have gear check?

Yes, both the half marathon, relay & 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 is sent via email to all registered participants by March 7.

When is the race? What time does the race start?

RACE DAY  is  Sunday, March 13, 2016

The Half Marathon and Relay starts at 7:15am* at Petco Park in downtown San Diego.

The 5K starts at 7:15am* on University Avenue in Hillcrest.  Shuttles to the 5K start line from Petco Park will be provided.

*All times are approximate. Daylight savings starts at 2:00am PST on Sunday, March 13, 2016. Race weekend parking & driving directions will be included in the final instructions and emailed to all participants by Monday, March 7th.

Can I track runners along the course?

Yes! We have FREE live tracking available for all runners. Please visit our Spectator Guide to learn more and sign up.

For additional inquiries, please email: info@sdhalfmarathon.com

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