What is the San Diego Relay?

The San Diego Relay is a 2-person, half marathon race – each person runs 6.55 miles! To learn more about the relay, visit: Relay

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, the following options are available:
1 – upgrade to Race Day Packet Pick-up as part of your registration.  If you already registered without selecting this upgrade, please purchase in our online Store.
2 – ask a friend or family member to pick up your race packet for you.  All they will need is a copy of the your valid photo ID and signed Waiver.
3 – upgrade to VIP either during registration or in our online Store and your packet will be waiting for you at the VIP reception on race morning.  The VIP upgrade also includes free parking, private restrooms, VIP gear check, and VIP post-race reception.

I am registered for the 5K. How can I transfer to the half marathon?

To transfer from the 5K to the half marathon, please visit our online Store, available while supplies last.

What is the “San Diego – Mammoth Challenge”?

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: The Challenge

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.


Where can my friends watch me along the course? Where are the best viewing locations? Do you have a spectator guide?

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 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.

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 & 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

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.

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.

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