IMPORTANT 2020 COVID-19 UPDATE
Due to California Governor Newsom’s recent directive that public gatherings of 250+ people should be canceled, the 2020 San Diego Half Marathon, Relay, and 5K will now be virtual-only events. Additionally, “San Diego County…is banning all gatherings of 250 people or more, county officials said at a press conference Thursday” (source: San Diego UT).
As a result, we will not be gathering to run together on Sunday, March 15. Additionally, our Expo will be replaced by a Race Packet Pick-Up or Race Packet Shipping option (see info below).
The San Diego Half Marathon is a nonprofit event, founded and operated by a dedicated group of volunteers whose continued goal is to produce a world-class race for you, the runners that we love, while benefiting the city we call home.
In lieu of hosting the event on Sunday, the virtual-only races will allow you to receive your bib, official participant shirt, tote bag, Swinging’ Friar hat, finisher medal, and any qualifying legacy gifts. Legacy runners will keep their legacy status, and we plan to be back in 2021 to celebrate our 10th anniversary.
To continue the San Diego Half Marathon tradition of excellence, we need your help! Select your race packet pick-up option, put on your running shoes, gear up with your race shirt, secure your bib, and complete a race wherever you are. Then sport your medal and post your pic with the hashtag #SDHalf to celebrate your training, dedication, and heart!
– The San Diego Half Marathon Team
1.) PICK UP YOUR RACE PACKET OR HAVE IT MAILED
Option 1: Pick up your race packet this weekend (Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15).
There will no Expo exhibitors and the hours have been extended to ensure the flow of people picking up their packets will comply with the guidelines set by the Governor’s office. We will still employ the other precautions we had originally put in place which include extra hand sanitizing stations, hand wash stations, and gloves and wipes for volunteers.
Option 3: Opt for race packet shipping for $10 (to cover mailing costs). If you already upgraded to be a Virtual Runner, see FAQs below for more information.
Your race packet will include your bib, official participant shirt, tote bag, Swinging’ Friar hat, finisher medal, and any legacy gifts you qualify for.
2.) RUN YOUR RACE
Put on your running shoes, gear up with your race shirt, secure your bib, and complete your 13.1, 6.55, or 3.1 miles wherever you are and with whoever you want!
All legacy runners will retain their legacy status.
3.) CELEBRATE YOUR FINISH
Sport your 2020 finisher’s medal and post a pic with the hashtag #SDHalf to celebrate your training, dedication, and heart!
RACE WEEKEND PACKET PICK-UP: 3/13 – 3/15
Pick up your bib, participant shirt, tote bag, Swingin’ Friar hat, finisher’s medal, and legacy item (if applicable).
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp
401 K St., San Diego, CA 92102
(Enter from 5th and K St.)
Dates + Times
Friday, March 13: 2 pm – 8 pm (please note new, extended hours)
Saturday, March 14: 9 am – 6 pm (please note new, extended hours)
Sunday, March 15: 7 am – 10 am (new)
Please note: There will no Expo exhibitors and the hours have been extended to ensure the flow of people picking up their packets will comply with the guidelines set by the Governor’s office. We will still employ the other precautions we had originally put in place which include extra hand sanitizing stations, hand wash stations, and gloves and wipes for volunteers.
SECONDARY PACKET PICK-UP (DATE TBA)
If you are unable to pick up your packet in person during race weekend, we will be holding a secondary Race Packet Pick-Up event in San Diego at a later date. As we continue to monitor the situation, we will keep you updated about this new date and location.
RACE PACKET SHIPPING
You can opt to have your race packet mailed to you. Please visit our Online Store to select Race Packet Shipping for $10, which simply covers the shipping cost.
If you already upgraded to be a Virtual Runner, see FAQs below for more information.
Will I keep my legacy status?
Yes, all registered half marathon participants will retain their legacy status.
What is a virtual run?
A virtual run allows you to run the distance you signed up for (13.1, 6.55, or 3.1 miles) on a course of your preference and when it is most convenient for you. Due to the special circumstances of this year, we are working on an honor system and are not requiring runners to send us photos of their app times/distance.
Can someone else pick up my race packet for me?
Yes, we allow others to pick up your race packet with a photo ID. You can give them a copy of your ID or simply text them a photo of your ID.
Will there be any vendors at the Race Packet Pick-Up?
No, we have canceled the Expo vendors due to the Governor’s guidelines.
What if I already upgraded to a Virtual Runner?
All virtual runners will be credited $10. The remaining $10 simply covers the shipping fees to mail your race packet. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your credit to be processed.
What if I upgraded to Race Day Packet Pick-Up?
You are still welcome to pick up your race packet and we will refund your upgrade fee. Or, you can opt to have your packet mailed to you and we will credit $10 and the remaining $10 will be used to cover the shipping fees. Please allow 2-3 weeks for your credit to be processed.
What will I be able to pick up at the new Race Packet Pick-Up event?
Your race packet will include your bib, participant shirt, tote bag, Swingin’ Friar hat, finisher’s medal, and qualifying legacy item (if applicable).
How will you comply with the Governor’s guidelines for the Race Packet Pick-Up?
We have extended hours for Race Packet Pick-up on Friday and Saturday, and have added hours on Sunday to ensure that the flow of people picking up their packets will comply with the guidelines set by the Governor’s office. We will still employ the other precautions we had originally put in place which include extra hand sanitizing stations, hand wash stations, and gloves and wipes for volunteers.
What if I can’t make it in person this weekend?
If you are unable to attend our packet pick up this weekend but live locally, we will be hosting a secondary pick up at a future date to be announced. We will be sure to update everyone once this date and time is confirmed.
Can I get a refund or deferral?
By their very nature, the cost of events like ours are front loaded and not recoupable, which is why we do not have a refund or deferral policy. That said, we will be exploring multiple options after this weekend’s Race Packet Pick-Up event to see how we can apply the proceeds that remain after this virtual event to benefit our 2020 registrants.
Am I still eligible for the San Diego-Mammoth Challenge?
Yes, all registered 2020 San Diego Half Marathon runners who signed up for the San Diego-Mammoth Challenge (or who plan to) will still be eligible to receive the extra Challenge medal after completing the 2020 Mammoth Half Marathon.
Contact Our Team
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Our team will be at the new Race Packet Pick-Up event from Friday, March 13 – Sunday, March 15, so please forgive any delays in responding. We will get back to you as soon as possible starting next week.
A Letter from our Race Director
Dear San Diego Half Marathon, San Diego Relay, and Padres 5K participant,
After learning of the Governor’s directive, our Board of Directors had an emergency meeting and determined that the best course of action would be to continue the San Diego Half Marathon races as virtual-only. Due to the uncertainty of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we do not feel that postponing the event would honor the runners who have trained or the hours of volunteer efforts spent planning this weekend’s events. While disappointed, our team’s number one priority is to keep runners and volunteers safe.
As a nonprofit, our mission is to support the local community and catalyze volunteerism. Over the last 8 years, we have given back over $350,000 to San Diego causes and community service projects, and stay committed to continuing our contribution. Additionally, due to the nature of event operations, many services, location fees, and all of the materials and gear for our runners has already been ordered, paid for, and received.
To this end, we have created several options for participants to receive their official race gear and finisher’s medal so they can run “virtually” wherever they are. Legacy runners will keep their legacy status, and we plan to be back in 2021 to celebrate our 10th anniversary with everyone in person. Our heart is that everyone is given the chance to celebrate their own grit and dedication while remaining safe.
All the details and some FAQ have been posted to our website. If you are in the San Diego area, you can pick up your packet in person this weekend in a controlled environment or at a later date that we will announce. Or, you can opt to have your packet mailed to you regardless of your location. We only ask that you cover the cost of shipping in order for us to break even.
We will continue to update you with more information in the weeks and months to come.
We hope that you and your loved ones are safe and healthy, and look forward to seeing your #SDHalfVirtual race photos online.