Final Event Instructions
**EVENT TAKES PLACE RAIN OR SHINE**
Event Weekend Schedule
Friday, January 13, 2023
Expo/Packet Pickup – 12 to 5 PM
Saturday, January 14, 2023
Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND® – 6:30 to 10 AM
Expo/Packet Pickup – 10 AM – 4 PM
Sunday, January 15, 2023
Marathon Start – 6:15 AM
Surf Sun Run 5K – 6:45 AM
Half Marathon Start – 7:45 AM
Expo/Packet Pickup Location
Holiday Inn Carlsbad – San Diego
2725 Palomar Airport Road
Carlsbad, CA 92009
RACE START, FINISH & FINISH LINE FESTIVAL LOCATION
The Shoppes at Carlsbad
2525 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008
The race starts, finishes and the post-race Finish Line Festival take place in the southwest corner of the parking lot near the corner of Marron and Monroe. Parking is available on site, please follow the direction of parking personnel. Runner drop off is located on Monroe Street north of Carlsbad Village Drive. Access to this area is only available from Carlsbad Village Drive.
We are excited to have organics recycling on site this year! Please familiarize yourself with what items go in each type of bin to help us do our part!
Organics – Food waste, food-soiled parchment paper, paper towels and napkins, and yard trimmings
Recyclables – Aluminum and steel bottles and cans, aluminum foil and trays, glass bottles and jars, boxes and cardboard, paper, food, and beverage cartons.
Trash – Hygiene products, diapers, pet waste, paper plates, paper cups, takeout boxes, tissues, sanitizing wipes, plastic bags, wrappers, film, plastic straws, and utensils.
Bib Pick Up
AT THE EXPO/ PACKET PICKUP EVENT
You must attend the expo to pick up your bib number, shirt, 1/4 zip (full and half marathon participants only), and cinch bag. Be prepared to show a photo ID to claim your bib number. Look up your bib number here.
If you’re unable to pick up your bib number, and someone is picking it up for you, they must present a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID.
Free parking is available at the expo site. Please follow the direction of the on-site parking personnel and signage.
Once at the expo, pick up your bib number and present it to claim your shirt, 1/4 zip (full and half marathon participants only), and cinch bag. Please note that while we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you requested, we cannot make any guarantees.
At the expo, be sure to shop our line of stylish and affordable souvenirs. There will also be other vendors offering great deals on products and services you’ll appreciate.
ON RACE DAY
If you purchased Race Day Bib Number Pickup during registration, you can pick up your materials from the Bib Pick Up Tent in the northeast corner of the Finish Line Festival starting at 5:15 AM.
If you did not pre-pay during registration, you can still pay the $20 fee (cash only) on event morning at the Bib Pick Up Tent.
You can pick up your SWAG at our Expo/Packet Pickup or it will be mailed to you. You do not need to let us know how you plan to pick up your SWAG, any SWAG not picked up at the Expo/Packet Pickup will be mailed to the address used during registration after the event.
For more information on our virtual event, click here.
COLUMBIA EMPLOYEE STORE ONE-DAY PASS
Your exclusive, one-day pass to the Columbia Employee Store will be provided to you when you pick up your bib number. The pass will allow you access to their Carlsbad company employee store. Enjoy special Employee pricing; up to 50% off retail prices on products from Columbia, SOREL, Mountain Hardwear, and prAna, including the latest outerwear, sportswear, footwear, sleeping bags, and tents for the whole family. See pass for more details.
RACING CHAIRS AND HANDCYCLES
Racing chairs and handcycles are NOT allowed in the full marathon, only the half marathon and Surf Sun Run 5K. If you have any questions, contact In Motion at email@example.com.
A limited number of racing chairs and handcycles are allowed to participate in the half marathon only. If you have registered to participate and will be using a handcycle or push rim wheelchair, you must email us today and include your name and contact information. Upon receipt, we’ll confirm your entry and forward additional instructions.
Official Pace Groups
Complimentary pace groups will be provided by On Pace. Pace group leaders run a steady pace throughout the race so members of their group are able to finish the full or half marathon in the projected finish time for that group. Pace groups with the following target finish times will be offered on race day (times are subject to change):
1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50 & 3:00
3:15, 3:20, 3:30, 3:40, 3:50, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00, 5:15. 5:30 & 6:00
Half marathon pace group leaders will be available in their designated corral 30 minutes before the race start for those who are interested in meeting with their pacer before the race. They will be holding their pace signs. To learn more about being a pacer, please send us an email.
Please note: besides the clock at the finish line, there are no additional clocks or timers on the course.
ASSISTANCE, UNOFFICIAL PACING
Cyclists, skaters, unofficial pacers, and unregistered runners/walkers are not allowed anywhere on the course. Anyone participating with a jogging stroller must stage in the back of their assigned wave. These rules are in place for safety and will be enforced by the Carlsbad Police Department and course officials.
Switching Between Events
From the Marathon or Half Marathon TO the 5K
You may participate in the 5K using your half marathon or marathon bib. You don’t need to do anything to switch, just be at the 5K start line at 6:45 at The Shoppes in Carlsbad. You will be given the medal that matches the race on your bib number. If you would like to exchange for a 5K medal, and they are available, you may do so at the information tent.
From the Marathon TO the Half Marathon
You may participate in the Half Marathon using your Marathon bib. You don’t need to do anything to switch, just be at the Half Marathon start line and enter the correct corral by 7:45. You will be given the medal that matches the race on your bib number. If you would like to exchange for a half marathon medal, and they are available, you may do so at the information tent.
For any switches to a longer distance
You will need to contact In Motion to confirm availability and fees. To do so please email firstname.lastname@example.org on or before January 11, 2023, or come to the Solutions table at the expo.
Gear Check will be available through Mobile Locker ONLY. Locker rentals give you a secure, convenient storage option for your gear at the event site. You can pre-purchase a locker during registration or on race day.
Mobile Locker will be stationed in the Finish Line Festival where it can be accessed before or after your event until 12:45 PM. If you didn’t purchase a locker during registration and would like to purchase one prior to event day, you can do so here.
COURSE TIME LIMITS
There is a strict 6-hour time limit. Participants must maintain a 13:44-minute-per-mile pace or faster throughout the event. Full marathon participants who have not reached mile 7.5 by 8:00 a.m. will be turned around at Breakwater Road and not be permitted to complete the 3.5-mile loop from Breakwater Road to La Costa Avenue and back. In addition, all full marathon participants not at mile 18 by 10:25 a.m. will be turned around at Cannon Park and not permitted to complete the approximate 4-mile loop from Cannon Park to Breakwater Road and back. Those unable to reach Carlsbad Boulevard and Carlsbad Village Drive by 11:45 a.m. will be redirected to the finish via an alternate route. Diverted participants will use sidewalks and be considered pedestrians while following a route equal to the marathon distance.
There is a strict 4-hour time limit for the half marathon. All participants must maintain an 18:19-minute-per-mile pace or faster throughout the event. Participants who cannot get to Carlsbad Boulevard/Hwy 101 and Carlsbad Village Drive by 11:45 a.m. will be redirected to the finish line via an alternate route. Diverted participants will use sidewalks and be considered pedestrians while following a route equal to the half marathon distance. Half marathon participants who have not reached mile 4.5 by 9:30 a.m. will be turned around at Cannon Park and not permitted to complete the 3.5-mile loop from Cannon Park to Breakwater Road and back.
There is a 1-hour time limit for finishing the 5K and participants must maintain a 19:21-minute-mile pace or faster.
Course Support Stations
Support stations will be positioned approximately every mile on the full marathon, half marathon, and 5K courses. Water and portable toilets will be available at or near every support station. In addition, Nuun Sport Strawberry Lemonade electrolyte replacement will be available about every other mile starting at mile 4.
Science in Sport gel will be available for Full Marathoners only, while supplies last, at miles 9.5, 12.5, and 22.
Please help us keep the course clean and ensure this event continues for years to come by using the provided trash boxes near the support stations and along the course.
*All mile references are approximate.
DOUBLE DOWN CHALLENGE
If you are registered for the Double Down Challenge (the Surf Sun Run 5K + the Carlsbad Half), you will receive one bib number to wear for both races. After the 5K, do not collect your 5K medal, it and your Double Down bling will be presented to you after you finish the half marathon. Look for the Double Down Medals table located inside the finish line chute right after water. Please note that you can start the half marathon in any of the eight waves.
IMPORTANT FULL MARATHON COURSE DETAILS
The marathon shares the same roads as the half marathon. Each race has a designated and marked lane. You must stay in your designated lane. Lanes will be marked with signage and cones.
The full marathon is run on a looped course and there are a few locations where the course differs from the half marathon course. There is a CRITICAL turn at Mountain View in order to make the second loop of the marathon. If the turn is not made, approximately 8 miles of the full marathon course will be missed.
Please be sure you are familiar with the course map here and be aware that due to the looped course, faster marathoners will pass slower marathoners heading north on Carlsbad Boulevard from Breakwater to Mountain View. For this reason, slower marathoners should stay to the left and faster marathoners will pass on the right.
You must be at the marathon starting line at 6:15 a.m. Late starters are not permitted. Timing mats will be immediately turned off after the race start.
IMPORTANT HALF MARATHON COURSE DETAILS
The half marathon shares the same roads as the full marathon. Each race has a designated and marked lane. You must stay in your designated lane. Lanes will be marked with signage and cones.
IMPORTANT 5K COURSE DETAILS
The 5K is an out-and back course, against the normal direction of traffic. Make sure to always stay to the left throughout the course. The pace car and lead runners will be coming through on the right. Lanes will be marked with cones.
A medical tent will be located at Cannon Park and in the Finish Line Festival. If you experience a medical issue on the course, go to the nearest water station for assistance. Race Guards will also be monitoring the course – flag them down if you need help. If you cannot finish the race, transportation to the finish line can be called for you from most water stations.
DISCARDED CLOTHING AND COURSE TRASH
Look for trash, recycling, and organic waste containers at every water station with additional containers located between stations for cups, gel packs, and anything else you need to dispose of. If you must discard any clothing items during your race, do so only in available trash cans or at water stations. All collected items will be donated to local shelters.
Finish Line Food Trucks
Results will be available at the Results Tent in the Finish Line Festival near the beer garden and also online after the race here.
TIMING & LIVE TRACKING
The back of your bib number will have plastic strips which are your timing device and should not be removed. We offer live tracking so friends and family can follow your race. On race day, look for the live tracking link here.
As you near the finish line, full marathoners stay to the left. After you finish, you’ll receive your medal, Heart Water sustainable water bottle, finisher food bag, and Hollandia Dairy Chocolate Milk in that order. Do not stop, keep moving through the finish line until you have completely exited the fenced-in area.
Registered participants over the age of 21 and displaying their bib number and proper ID are invited to visit the Ballast Point beer garden in the Finish Line Festival to receive a complimentary post-race beer (limited to one per person while supplies last).
Inaugural 2023 SoCal TRIPLE CROWN
The inaugural 2023 SoCal Triple Crown starts with Carlsbad!
To start your journey, participate in the 2023 Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon or Surf Sun Run 5K, followed by the 2023 San Diego Half Marathon or 5K in March, and the 2023 America’s Finest City Half Marathon or 5K in August.
Three races, four medals, the total distance is up to you!
OFFICIAL EVENT PHOTOS
FinisherPix will have photographers on the course and in the finish line taking official photos. The Carlsbad Marathon does not guarantee that every participant will be photographed. Participant photos will be available here within a few days of the event.
There will not be any award ceremonies. Age group awards will be available for pickup from the Information Booth at the following times:
5K – after 8:15 AM
Half Marathon – after 10:00 AM
Marathon – after 10:45 AM
Award winners who do not pick up their award on race day will be emailed instructions for picking it up from our office in San Marcos or having it mailed for a fee. Awards not claimed within two weeks of the event will no longer be available.
For more information about the age group award categories, click here.
Call (760) 692-2900, email email@example.com, or visit the information booth at the Carlsbad Expo/Packet Pickup.