Both the half marathon and 5K will take place on Sunday, August 20, 2023.
Each half marathon and 5K participant will receive:
- Technical fabric short-sleeve shirt
- Gorgeous finisher medal
- Souvenir grocery bag
- Complimentary beer in post-race Ballast Point beer garden
- A one-day pass to the invite-only Carlsbad Columbia Sportswear Employee Store
- Finisher food bag filled with tasty and nutritious refueling foods at the finish line
- Finish line festival with music, vendors, refreshments, and more!
Yes! During registration, you can choose to sign up as an individual or join a team. Once a team has been created, it will be available for other participants to join as well. The first person to create the team automatically becomes the team captain. We do not offer team scoring. Team registration is just for fun!
Creating a Team
Changing a Team Name
Invite People to Join Your Team
View Your Team Roster
If your team has 30 or more members by July 31 you qualify for a team booth in our Finish Line Festival! We will contact team captains in July if they qualify.
Half Marathon – 13.1 Miles
5K – 3.1 Miles
Yes; however, a time limit of 3.25 hours for the half marathon will be strictly enforced. This means you must maintain a 14:53-minute-per-mile pace or faster. For the 5K, you must be able to complete the course in 1 hour. This means you must maintain a 19:21-minute-per-mile pace or faster.
Yes! Since its inception in 1978, The America’s Finest City Half Marathon has raised millions of dollars for national and local non-profit organizations. The event’s primary beneficiaries are the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, San Diego Fire Rescue and Friends of Balboa Park. The AFC Half Marathon also provides the opportunity for other local charities to raise funds through their association with the event.
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Yes. We offer a $10 military discount to active duty service members only. Make sure to answer the questions about military service during registration to receive the discount instructions.
Location: Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Dr, San Diego, CA 92101
Hours: Saturday, August 19, 2023, from 9 AM to 4 PM
All participants must pick up their bib number with timing tag attached and race shirt at the one-day expo, they will not be mailed. At the expo, you’ll first pick up your bib number (you must have your photo ID) and will then use your bib number to pick up your race shirt and reusable shopping bag. While we do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you request, we cannot make any guarantees.
If you’re unable to attend the expo, you may send someone to pick up your items for you. This person must come with a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID.
IMPORTANT: If you’re unable to attend the expo or send someone in your place to pick up your bib number and race shirt, be sure to select the Race Day Pickup option and pay the additional $20 convenience fee when you register. If you’ve already registered and want to add the Race Day Pickup, you can log into Events.com and add it to your registration. If you do not already have an Events.com account, you will need to create one using these easy instructions. Anyone attempting to pick up their bib number on race day who hasn’t paid the $20 fee will be required to pay onsite (cash only).
Yes, if you’re unable to attend the expo, you may send someone to pick up your items for you. This person must come with a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID.
Yes! If you’re unable to attend the AFC Fitness Expo and need to pick up your bib number on race day, select the “Race Day Bib Number Pickup Convenience” option during your registration ($20). Your bib number will be available for pickup at the southwest corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in the middle of the Finish Line Festival area on race morning starting at 4:00 AM. There is no mailing of bibs. Anyone attempting to pick up their bib number on race day who hasn’t paid the $20 fee will be required to pay onsite (cash only). Race shirts will be available for pickup at the Finish Line Festival after the race.
Yes, there is a strict 3.25-hour time limit (14:53-minute-per-mile pace) for the half marathon. Participants who do not reach North Harbor Drive and Harbor Island Drive (6.3 miles) by 90 minutes after the race starts, will not be permitted to do the Harbor Island section of the course (approximately 2 miles) and will instead be directed to continue on the route to the finish line.
There is a 1-hour time limit for finishing the 5K. All participants must be able to maintain a 19:21-minute-mile pace or faster throughout the event.
Both the half marathon and 5K time limits are based on chip time, meaning the time limit countdown begins the moment the participant’s timing chip passes over the start line timing mat.
The time limit is necessary to ensure the safety of all participants as the public roadways must be opened to normal traffic at specified times and closed to participants. Participants exceeding the time limit pace may be asked by race staff or San Diego Police Department personnel to take a shuttle van to the finish. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE HALF MARATHON OR THE 5K IF YOU DO NOT EXPECT TO FINISH WITHIN THE TIME LIMITS.
The SoCal Triple Crown is a fun opportunity to recognize dedicated athletes who complete a race at all three of our signature events – Carlsbad, San Diego and Americas Finest City! Learn more here!
Gear Check for the half marathon will be available through Mobile Locker ONLY. Locker rentals give you a secure, convenient storage option for your gear at the start line. You can pre-purchase a locker during registration or on race day.
- Small: 6″x6″x9″ – good for a small layer, keys, wallet, and other small items – $10
- Medium: 11″x6″x18″ – best for small to medium bags – $15
- Large: 12″x12″x18″ – best for larger bags and backpack – $20
No! All half marathon participants must take the event-provided buses from Balboa Park to the start line at Cabrillo National Monument. More bus details are available here.
Registered guests of the host hotel, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island, have special transportation details here.
See spectator transportation options here.
Yes! See return bus information here.
See all half marathon bus information here.
If you miss the last bus, you will not be able to run the half marathon. You can run the 5K using your half marathon bib number and timing tag.
Both the half marathon bus pick-up location and the 5K start location are in Balboa Park, near the intersection of Park Blvd. & President’s Way.
Public parking is available throughout Balboa Park and the surrounding area. Allow yourself at least an extra 30 minutes for parking.
The largest parking lots are off Park Blvd. at the intersections of Park Blvd./Zoo Place and Park Blvd./Presidents Way. Both lots are close to a bus loading location for the half marathon start line. All half marathon participants must take the bus to the start line.
The 5K starts and finishes at the same location in Balboa Park, near the intersection of Presidents Way and Pan American Road E. See the Finish Line Area Map here for an overview of the area.
No, only race participants are allowed at the half marathon start line and on the half marathon start line buses.
No, there is not a wave start for the half marathon or 5K.
All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable to a future or alternate In Motion event. Should you no longer be able to attend the event, we offer the following options:
Switch to a Virtual Participant
Active duty military members who are unable to participate because they are unexpectedly deployed may choose to either defer their entry to the following year’s race or receive a refund less a $15 administration fee. Email request with a copy of orders to email@example.com no later than 10 days prior to event day.
The transfer period is through August 11, 2023. During this timeframe, you will be able to log into your Events.com account and transfer your entry to someone else. There is a $20 transfer fee and registered participants are responsible for finding transferees and making sure transfers are completed prior to the deadline. Transfers must be completed by 11:59 PM on August 11, 2023.
To transfer your registration to another person, follow these instructions. To accept a registration that was transferred to you, follow these instructions.
For help logging into your Events.com account, please review this helpful article.
If you purchased the event insurance, you will not able to use the online transfer tool through Events.com. You will need to email In Motion for the offline transfer form.
Participating with a bib number and timing tag not officially assigned to you is not permitted. If race officials discover that this has occurred, you and the original registered participant will be banned from this event and future Half Marathon Triple Crown events.
We offer both race insurance and a transfer period should you not be able to attend the event, but if those options do not work for you, you can choose to defer your entry to the following year for a $50 fee.
If you would like to defer your entry, please fill out this form by August 11, 2023. All deferrals must be submitted and confirmed by August 11, 2023.
If you have arranged to defer your entry, you cannot run on event day. Your registration will be canceled and we will not have a bib for you on event day. All deferrals are final.
Water and electrolyte replacement will be served along the course and portable toilets will be located at each of the support stations. Course support will remain in place based on a 3.25-hour finish pace.
We discourage the use of headphones; however, if you choose to use them, it is recommended that you only use one headphone and keep the volume at a level at which you are aware of your environment, can hear course directions, and be aware of any emergency situations that may arise.
No, there will not be timing clocks along the course.
Yes! Both the half marathon and 5K are run on certified and sanctioned courses. The half marathon certification number is CA11106RS and the 5K certification number is CA13083RS.
The half marathon course is certified using USA Track & Field course measurement criteria employing the use of an Alan Jones counter. The courses are measured along the shortest distance between the start line and finish line, which entails taking the straight line tangent on all curves. It is virtually impossible for anyone to run the course exactly as measured, even the front runners.
A GPS device measures distance wherever you go during the race. If you go to the side of the road to a water station or if you zig-zag around other runners in the first few miles, the GPS measures the extra distance. Wherever you do not run the short line tangent in the road, the additional distance you cover is measured by the GPS. A GPS device, worn in a race, will always record a distance greater than an accurately measured course.
Yes! Both 5K and half marathon finishers will be awarded a medal upon completion of the race in the finish line chute.
Please be aware of the event time limits.
Overall awards will be offered to the first three male, female and non-binary finishers of each race.
Age group awards will be offered to the first three male, female and non-binary finishers in the following age groups: 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.
Age group awards will be offered to the first three male, female and non-binary finishers in the following age groups: 12 & under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.
There will not be an award ceremony. Age group awards will be available for pickup from the Information Booth. 5K awards will be available after 8:00 AM and half marathon awards will be available after 9:00 AM.
Those who do not pick up their award on race day will be emailed instructions for picking up their award from our office in San Marcos or having it mailed for a $10 fee. Awards not claimed within two weeks of the event will no longer be available.
Note: Awards will be based on net chip time.
All awards will be available for pick up from the Information Booth. 5K awards will be available after 8:00 AM and half marathon awards will be available after 9:00 AM.
Those who do not pick up their award on race day will be emailed instructions for picking up their award from our office in San Marcos or having it mailed for a postage fee. Awards not claimed within 30 days of the event will no longer be available.
No. The half marathon course crosses the San Diego Trolley tracks in downtown San Diego at 10.7 mi. (Broadway & Kettner) and 10.9 mi. (India & C).
Later runners may have to wait for 20 to 30 seconds to allow the trolley to pass. MTS personnel hold trolleys for a limited period of time, but must allow them to pass after a certain time period.
Finish times will not be adjusted. If stopped, please stop your watch and then restart it when you begin running. DO NOT CROSS THE TROLLEY TRACKS IF THE GATES ARE DOWN – you will be disqualified.
PLEASE OBEY THE DIRECTIONS OF THE TROLLEY PERSONNEL STATIONED AT THE CROSSINGS. The trolley did not exist when the race course was first laid out in 1978.
Average 68 degrees F, and 70-80 percent humidity.
Results will be posted as available in the results tent at the Finish Line Festival. Results will also be available online.
Not in the half marathon, due to a steep downhill on the half marathon course. Strollers are allowed in the 5K but must line up at the back of the pack at the start line.
Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind except for service animals are not allowed in the race or at the indoor expo.
Race Guards trained in CPR and first aid will be on the course. Runners observing others with possible medical difficulties along the route should alert the nearest police officer, race official, or aid station or call 911.
There will be one medical tent in the secure, fenced-in finish chute (just beyond the finish line) and one medical tent and a self-serve ice tent in the post-race Finish Line Festival.
Although there is no official minimum age requirement for the half marathon, we recommend all half marathon participants be at least 12 years old on race day. All participants under 18 must have their event waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. In addition, we recommend everyone under 16 years of age on race day be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian (who is also registered for the event) during his/her participation.
Individuals interested in participating in either event using a racing chair or handcycle must contact firstname.lastname@example.org prior to registering for the event for detailed information.
Yes, registration insurance is available for purchase during the checkout process through FanShield. If you can’t attend this event for any of the fifteen (15) covered reasons, you will be reimbursed for your whole registration cost and processing fees, excluding the insurance premium per the insurance company’s guidelines. See full coverage details here.
The insurance charge is in addition to the cost of your registration and will be billed separately by FanShield. If you purchased insurance and need to submit a claim, you will need to contact FanShield here.
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