6:15 a.m. marathon start. All participants must be able to complete the marathon in 6 hours (13:44- minute-per-mile pace) or faster. This is a Boston qualifying event.

Half Marathon

7:45 a.m. half marathon start. All half marathon participants must be able to complete the course in 4.25 hours (19:27-minute-per-mile pace) or faster.

Half Marathon Wave Start

We offer a wave start for the half marathon. During the registration process you will be asked to provide your estimated finishing time. This will help us determine which wave to assign you to.

Coastal Comfort Package

Go ahead, treat yourself and enhance your race experience by choosing the Coastal Comfort Package. This luxury experience includes: Race day VIP parking, complimentary race day packet pickup (including your bib number, long-sleeve technical shirt, 1/4 zip pullover, and cinch bag), private gear drop off and pickup, changing tent, exclusive use of VIP restrooms, access to our heated VIP tent featuring pre- and post-race food and beverage and 10-minute post-race massage. (Limited to 100)

Training Program

In Motion Fit is a training program for runners and walkers that starts in July. Groups meet in San Diego at Mission Bay and in Carlsbad. If your goal is to complete a marathon or half marathon this program will get you there. Members receive weekly training schedules, Saturday morning group workouts, access to trained coaches, informational seminars, discounts to area running stores, In Motion Fit technical fabric shirt, hat and more! Register today at

Additional Information

This spectacular coastal marathon and half marathon offers participants breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Both courses start at the intersection of Marron and Monroe (adjacent to the southwest side of The Shoppes at Carlsbad). From there, the course heads west toward the coast and then south on the historic Highway 101/Carlsbad Boulevard. After the 5-mile mark, marathoners will turn east onto Palomar Airport Road for two, out-and-back portions of the course before returning to the coast where they’ll head south again on Highway 101/Carlsbad Boulevard, make a U-turn at La Costa Avenue and return to the finish line. Half marathoners will experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean for the majority of their 13.1-mile journey, traveling out and back along the historic Highway 101/Carlsbad Boulevard. Registration includes:

  • Long-sleeve, technical fabric race shirt
  • Technical fabric, 1/4 zip pullover
  • Personalized race bib number (if registered by December 15)
  • Cinch bag
  • Sanctioned and certified course (perfect qualifier for Boston Marathon)
  • ChronoTrack b-tag timing
  • Well staffed support stations at every mile along the course route
  • Entertainment locations at every mile along the course route
  • Awesome post-race Nom Nom food bag
  • Gorgeous medallion
  • Exciting Health and Lifestyle Expo with over 70 exhibitors
  • Beer Garden
  • Fun weekend filled with events for everyone, including the Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND California

The Carlsbad Marathon works with nearly two dozen local official charities to help raise funds and awareness for their organizations.

Carlsbad is race #1 in the Half Marathon Triple Crown. Both the full and half marathon qualify, learn more at


The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon weekend of events is produced by In Motion, Inc.

Contact us:
Phone: 760.692.2900
Fax: 760.692.2901

Office location:
6116 Innovation Way
Carlsbad, CA 92009

Office hours:
Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. to noon
Closed on the weekend

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