Both the half marathon and 5K will take place on March 26, 2023.
Half Marathon – 13.1 Miles
5K – 3.1 Miles
Virtual Half Marathon – 13.1 Miles
Virtual 5K – 3.1 Miles
Half Marathon – 6:50 AM
5K – 6:30 AM
Yes! The half marathon is limited to 5,000 participants and the 5K is limited to 1,000 participants.
Each half marathon and 5K participant will receive:
- Technical fabric short-sleeve shirt
- Custom finisher’s medal
- Souvenir cinch bag
- A one-day pass to the invite-only Carlsbad Columbia Sportswear Employee Store
- Half Marathon Legacy Program
- Opportunity to purchase race insurance
- Gear check lockers available for purchase
- Outstanding finish line amenities
- And much 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!
Our Legacy Perks Program rewards those runners who return to run with us year after year! To be eligible for Legacy Perks you must complete the San Diego Half Marathon either in-person or virtually multiple, consecutive years. Relay, 10K and 5K participants are not eligible for Legacy Perks. Your Legacy status resets if you do not complete the San Diego Half Marathon in consecutive years. You can verify your attendance and check your past results on our website.
Medical assistance will be available at the start and at the finish. Race Guards trained in CPR and first aid will also be out on the course. Runners observing others with possible medical difficulties along the route should alert the nearest police officer, race official, aid station or call 911.
Yes! The charity beneficiary of the San Diego Half Marathon is Million Miles Charities, which raises money for childhood cancer research and their charity partner, CURE Childhood Cancer. The San Diego Half Marathon also provides the opportunity for other local charities to raise funds through their association with the event.
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.
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp
401 K St, San Diego, CA 92101
Friday, March 24: 2 to 6 PM
Saturday, March 25: 9 AM – 4 PM
All participants must pick up their bib number with a timing tag attached and race shirt at the 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, souvenir cinch bag, and Legacy gift if applicable. 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 authorize 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 authorize someone to pick up your items for you. This person must come with a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID.
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! There is a 1-hour time limit to complete the 5K. All participants must maintain a 19:21-minute-mile pace or faster throughout the event to meet the time limit.
For the half marathon, there is a strict 3 1/2-hour time limit to complete the race. All participants must maintain a 16:02-minute-per-mile pace or faster throughout the event to meet the time limit. Those unable to maintain the required pace may be asked to use a shuttle to advance on the course or become pedestrians. Please see the specific time cutoffs below:
- Participants who do not reach Liberator Way and Harbor Island Drive by 8:15 AM, will not be permitted to do the Harbor Island section of the course and will instead be directed to continue on the route to the finish line.
- Participants who do not reach San Diego Avenue & Washington Street by 9:35, may be asked to take a shuttle up Washington Street. They may then rejoin the course and proceed to the finish line.
- Participants who have not reached Sixth Avenue & Upus Street by 10:00 AM, will become pedestrians and use the sidewalk on Sixth Ave from Upas St to E Street. From there they may rejoin the course and proceed to the finish line.
The time limit is necessary to ensure the safety of all participants as the public roadways must be opened to normal traffic and closed to participants at specified times. Please do not enter the half marathon or 5K if you do not expect to finish within the designated time limits.
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. All participants must be in their designated start line staging area, prior to the official start time of their race.
Gear Check 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
The start line staging entrance for both the Half Marathon and 5K is nearest to the intersection of Convention Way and Harbor Drive. Please visit the Directions and Parking page to learn more.
The finish line for both the Half Marathon and 5K is near the intersection of 5th Avenue & K Street.
Please visit the Directions and Parking page.
Yes, there will be a quick wave start for both the half marathon and 5K. Your wave number will be assigned to you on your bib.
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:
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.
Transfers are available until March 22, 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 March 22, 2023.
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.
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 March 22, 2023. All deferrals must be submitted and confirmed by March 22, 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 3.5-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! The half marathon is run on a certified and sanctioned course. The certification number is CA15087RS.
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.
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+.
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.
There is not be an elite athlete program or prize money.
No. The half marathon course crosses the San Diego Trolley tracks at 6th Avenue & C Street at approximately 12.4 miles. The 5K crosses the trolley tracks at the intersection of Kettner & G Street at mile 2.
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.
PLEASE OBEY THE DIRECTIONS OF THE TROLLEY PERSONNEL STATIONED AT THE CROSSINGS AND DO NOT CROSS THE TROLLEY TRACKS IF THE GATES ARE DOWN – you will be disqualified.
No. Strollers are not allowed on the half marathon or 5K course due to a few key sections of the course that are too narrow to accommodate wheeled vehicles, the steep descent on the Half Marathon course, and the trolley tracks that are crossed.
Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind except for service animals are not allowed at the race or the expo.
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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