Directions to the race

The Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K starts and finishes at The Shoppes at Carlsbad located at 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008.

Traveling South on I-5: Take Highway 78 east to El Camino Real exit and turn right. Follow signs and parking personnel instructions.

Traveling North on I-5: Help ease congestion and avoid possible delays on Highway 78 by taking any of the following exits off Interstate 5: La Costa, Poinsettia, Tamarack or Carlsbad Village Drive. Upon exiting the freeway, head east to El Camino Real. At El Camino Real turn left (heading north). At El Camino Real and Marron follow the signs and parking personnel instructions.


Carpool to the race

Reduce our carbon footprint and carpool to the race. Ask any friends also doing the race to rideshare with you or use our Facebook page to find a few other racers to share the ride with. Park and Ride lots are located along all San Diego Interstates – log on to to learn more. Listed below are just a few Park and Ride lots we’d suggest:

Located off Interstate 805:
5196 Governor Drive, San Diego

Located off Interstate 5:
8002 Gilman Drive, San Diego
1600 Villa Cardiff Drive, Encinitas
12791 Sorrento Valley Road, Del Mar
710 La Costa Avenue, Carlsbad


Race day parking

Parking is available at The Shoppes at Carlsbad (race site); however, be sure to give yourself an extra thirty to forty-five minutes travel time before the race. We also strongly suggest you carpool if possible (see above). When exiting after the race you must exit as advised by parking personnel. Expect delays and avoid leaving during peak exit times of 10 to 11 AM.

Uber and Lyft
If you travel to the race using either Lyft or Uber, please instruct your driver to drop you off at the runner dropoff area located on Monroe Road just north of Carlsbad Village Drive. Follow the signs and instructions of parking personnel.

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