FAQ

Where is race packet pick-up at the Sport, Health & Fitness Expo?

A 2-day Expo will be held at the beautiful Broadway Pier. To learn more about the Expo, including parking details & hours, please visit: Expo or consult the final instructions. Final instructions will be emailed to each participant by Monday, March 6th.

I am unable to participate in the half marathon, relay or 5K. Can I transfer my bib or receive a refund?

As stated in our policy, all race entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

 

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 confirm my registration or find out my Bib Number?

If you would like to confirm your registration, please visit our online Bib # Lookup, and enter your first & last name exactly as 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 team affiliation.

 

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.

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.

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.

The following Half Marathon and 5K Winners will receive an award Coaster.  Overall Winners will receive 2, one for overall and another for winning their age group – collect them year after year for a complete set!

  • 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: 13& under, 14-18, 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 (Half Marathon only).  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, a congratulatory text will be sent to all winners. Awards will not be mailed following the event, so please be sure to register with your SMS phone number so we can text you the details on how to pick up your award after your race.

How do I know what my wave number & what my 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 ~7:00am, and are determined by your estimated finish time.

Our most recent wave assignments according to estimated finish times are:

Wave 1 –  1:45 or less (8:00 min/mi or less)
Wave 2 – 1:45-1:50 (8:00 min/mi – 8:30 min/mi)
Wave 3 – 1:50-2:00 (8:30 min/mi – 9:15 min/mi)
Wave 4 –  2:00 (9:15 min/mi)
Wave 5 – 2:00-2:10 (9:15 min/mi – 10:00 min/mi)
Wave 6 – 2:10-2:15  (10:00 min/mi – 10:20 min/mi)
Wave 7 – 2:15-2:30  (10:20 min/mi – 11:30 min/mi)
Wave 8 – 2:30  (11:30 min/mi)
Wave 9 – 2:30-2:35  (11:30 min/mi – 11:45 min/mi)
Wave 10 – 2:35 or more  (11:45 min/mi or more)

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

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.

 

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.

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.

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

For details about the race route, please visit Half Marathon, Relay5K or Kids page.

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.

Where do I park for the Expo?

Race weekend parking & driving directions will be included in the final instructions and emailed to all participants the week before the race.

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 race?

Race weekend parking & driving directions will be included in the final instructions and emailed to all participants the week before the race.

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).

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