The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon course goes through Carlsbad Village and along the oceanfront Pacific Coast Highway.
More than a race, Carlsbad is an unforgettable experience.
Carlsbad is a winter marathon and half marathon unlike any other. From our ideal weather conditions to our spectacular coastal course, our award winning event will wow you. Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features. We also offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, spectacular finisher's medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and much more. Our boutique style event with an emphasis on quality and individual service sets us apart from the mega marathons. Register early to save money and your spot - our races will sell out!
26.2 - Full Marathon
The out-and-back marathon course is gently rolling, with much of it along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The highest point of elevation is 308 feet above sea level reached gradually between miles 5 and 9. The race starts at the Shoppes at Carlsbad. It begins by passing the Buena Vista Lagoon in the early miles, setting the event's naturalistic tone. The course and surroundings soon pick up the beat as participants make their way through spectator-packed Carlsbad Village, a quaint but popular mix of restaurants, shops and hotels. Mile three exposes stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, providing an inspiring sight and gorgeous backdrop as rolling hills carry runners and walkers past sandy beaches and rolling surf. Participants head east on Palomar Airport Road for a 3-mile trip inland, then out to the coast and south on Carlsbad Boulevard (Highway 101) to a U-turn at La Costa Avenue, then back up the coast to the finish line.
13.1- Half Marathon
The out-and-back course is gently rolling, with no major elevation changes. The race starts at the Shoppes at Carlsbad. It begins by passing the Buena Vista Lagoon in the early miles, setting the event's naturalistic tone. The course and surroundings soon pick up the beat as participants make their way through spectator-packed Carlsbad Village, a quaint but popular mix of restaurants, shops and hotels. Mile three exposes stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, providing an inspiring sight and gorgeous backdrop as rolling hills carry runners and walkers past sandy beaches and rolling surf. Participants continue along the ocean to the turnaround point at Breakwater Road then head back to the finish line.
5K - Surf Sun Run
The Surf Sun Run 5K features an out and back course that passes by the beautiful Buena Vista Lagoon and starts and finishes at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, the same location as the Carlsbad full and half marathon.
16.2 - Double Down Challenge
Are you up for an extra challenge this year at Carlsbad? Double down on race day and kick off your morning at 6:45 a.m. with the Surf Sun Run 5K then finish it off with the 7:45 a.m. Carlsbad Half Marathon. To be a part of this inaugural 16.2 challenge, just choose the Double Down Challenge during registration and on race day earn triple bling – your 5K, half marathon and Carlsbad Double Down Challenge medal! If you’ve already registered for either the 5K or the half marathon and want to take the challenge, just give us a call to upgrade.
Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND® California is host to a special, 1-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Before the doors open to the public, they're opened for us to enjoy the sights and sounds of LEGOLAND®! Participants can run, walk, skip or stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller or carried on a back as they wind through the park and back out to the finish line. Each finisher is presented with a shiny finisher's medal and treated to light refreshments and family-friendly entertainment. The event concludes at 10 a.m. with the opening of LEGOLAND® and SEA LIFE™ Aquarium where registered participants ages 3 to 12 can enter the park for free and moms and dads can enter for 40% off admission. Space is limited, register early.
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