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We highly recommend downloading and reading our race morning checklist that also has pro race tips and safety information.


Our Self-serve Gear Check is a way to store your extra clothing in a secured area while you are out on the course (i.e. layers before the race or a change of clothes). Your pre-printed gear check label comes attached to your bib. On race morning, you can attach the label to your bag with a provided zip tie and place it on a table that corresponds to your race bib number.

Self-serve Gear Check drop-off/pickup is located at MLK Park, behind the Hilton Gaslamp, 401 K St, San Diego, CA 92101.

Security will be provided, but please do not put valuables in your gear bag, as we cannot be responsible for any lost or stolen items. Unattended items found at the start or along the course will be donated to charity.


Half Marathon and 5K course information can be found online here:


Pre-race portable restrooms will be available adjacent to Start Waves along Harbor Drive (and before the race on 4th Avenue & K St.).

Post-race portable restrooms will be located on 4th Avenue & K St.


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Water will be served at the following Half Marathon Miles: 1.0, 3.1, 4.8, 6.2, 8.2, 9.4, 10.7, 11.9 and 5K Miles: 1.0, 2.0.

Ultima Replenisher electrolyte drink (blue raspberry flavor or cherry pomegranate) will be served in Ultima-branded cups every 3 miles and will precede water at Half Marathon Miles: 3.1, 6.2, 8.2, and 10.7.

Hüma Chia Energy Gels: Strawberry,  Mango, Apple Cinnamon, and Blackberry Banana will be available at Half Marathon Mile 6.2.

Portable restrooms will be available at Half Marathon Miles: 1.0, 3.1, 4.8, 6.0, 8.1, 9.4, 10.7, 11.9 and 5K Miles 1.0, 2.0.

Medical tents are stationed at Half Marathon Miles: 3.1, 6.7, 9.5 and 11.9.

Race Guards, a uniformed in-race first aid team, will be starting with each wave.

Help keep San Diego clean! Recycling receptacles for cups will be placed along the route within ~25 yards after each aid station.


Do you have a half marathon goal? Our friends at West Coast Road Runners (WCRR) are here to help you get there! On race morning, look for the red road runner pace signs at the start line, or you can meet your pacer by visiting their booth at the Expo.

Pace Time + Pacer (Assigned Wave)
1:30hr – Ronald (Wave 1)
1:35hr – Roger (Wave 1)
1:40hr – Bessy (Wave 1)
1:45hr – Mohammed (Wave 2)
1:50hr – Dave (Wave 3)
1:55hr – Cuong (Wave 3)
2:00hr – Bob (Wave 4)
2:10hr – Elvi (Wave 5)
2:10hr – David (Wave 6)
2:20hr – Debbie (Wave 7)
2:20hr – Sandra (Wave 7)
2:30hr – Akemi (Wave 7)
2:30hr – Ron (Wave 7)
2:45hr – Tracey (Wave 9)
3:00hr – Jessica (Wave 9)


>The half marathon route crosses trolley tracks at Mile 12.4 (10K Mile 5.5) at the intersection of 6th Ave & C St.**However, this intersection does not have any planned trolleys on July 18, 2021.
>The 5K route crosses trolley tracks at Mile 2.0 at the intersection of Kettner & G St.  At this location, trolleys may be held for several minutes to minimize any impact to runners. Please be aware of these mile points, as you may be asked to slow down or stop if a trolley is ready to cross. Your safety is of primary importance.


>The San Diego Half Marathon has a time limit of 3½ hours (max 16 min/mile pace for each mile) in order to re-open the roads to vehicular traffic.
>The San Diego 5K has a limit of 1 hour (19 min/mile pace for each mile).

If you exceed this limit, you may be asked to finish as a pedestrian or use our shuttles to facilitate your return to downtown.


Smile! MarathonFoto, our official race photographer, will be all along the course and at the finish line.  For the link to your photos, visit our Results page, as professional photos will be available for purchase online within 3 days.



We recommend meeting family and friends at MLK Park or along K St, between Fourth & Fifth Avenues.


If you are interested in purchasing an additional San Diego Half Marathon event shirt or exchanging your size for another, visit our T-Shirt Exchange booth at MLK Park after your race. The San Diego Half and new EPIC Run Series Stores will also be located in the MLK Park.


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