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La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K

Sun 28th Apr 2019
Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA 92014, USA

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The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America's most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. The course then rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through residential La Jolla Shores, and finishes at La Jolla Cove.

For those interested in a shorter option, the La Jolla Shores 5K offers a mostly downhill course and features some of the most scenic views of the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course.

Distances in this event

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    6:30am Sun 28th Apr 2019
    $130
    Tickets available
  2. 5k

    Run 5km
    6:30am Sun 28th Apr 2019
    $50
    Tickets available
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What’s Included
  • Personalized bib number (if registered by March 25, 2019) and timing tag
  • A short-sleeve, top-quality, technical fabric men’s or women’s race shirt
  • A souvenir cinch bag
  • Support stations throughout the course
  • Gorgeous finisher’s medal
  • Finish line treats including chocolate milk, water and finisher food bag filled with delicious recovery snacks
  • Finish line festival with live band, refreshments and local vendors
  • A complimentary Ballast Point beer at the finish line beer garden (21 & up only, while supplies last)
Course Details

The Half Marathon starts at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and runs along a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After leaving the park, the course rolls atop Torrey Pines Mesa continues down through the residential district of La Jolla Shores and finishes in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove.

The La Jolla Shores 5K is a scenic, hilly, point-to-point course that follows the last 3.1 miles of the half marathon course.  The race begins on La Jolla Shores Drive near Horizon Way and runs through La Jolla Shores and along Torrey Pines Road, Prospect Avenue and Coast Boulevard before finishing at the La Jolla Cove in the same location as the La Jolla Half Marathon finish. The course will be clearly marked with traffic cones and course guides and except when otherwise directed, participants should run as close to the right-hand curb as possible. The course will close to 5K runners and walkers one hour after race start (20-minute-mile pace).

Raceday Logistics

Friday, April 26

12 to 6 PM – Expo at The Hilton San Diego/Del Mar

Saturday, April 27

10 AM to 5 PM – Expo at The Hilton San Diego/Del Mar

Sunday, April 28

6:30 AM – Marathon Start
6:30 AM – 5K Start

Expo Hours:

Friday, April 26 – 12 to 6 PM
Saturday, April 27 – 10 AM to 5 PM

Expo Location:

The expo is held in the Grande Ballroom at the Hilton San Diego/Del Mar. Located just steps from the half marathon start line, this is the perfect venue for our large expo. Remember, this shopping experience is FREE and open to all, so bring your family and friends.

Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014

Travel

Shuttles / Parking / Directions

Pre-Event Bus Shuttles

Half Marathon
4:30 to 5:30 AM
Complimentary bus service will transport runners from the finish area (La Jolla Cove) to the Half Marathon Start (Del Mar) before the race.  YOU MUST BE IN LINE BY 5 AM to board the last bus.

5K
5:30 to 6 AM
Complimentary bus service will transport 5K runners from the finish area (La Jolla Cove) to the La Jolla Shores 5K Start (above La Jolla Shores Drive at Horizon Way) before the race.

Post-Event Bus Shuttles

Starting at 8 AM, complimentary buses will transport runners from the finish area (La Jolla Cove) to the Half Marathon Start parking lot. The Last Post-Race Bus will depart the Cove at 11:30 a.m.

Directions – Finish Area:

Directions to the Finish (and bus pre-event shuttle location)
The finish line for both events will be at the La Jolla Cove (Scripps) Park located in the 1100 block of Coast Boulevard.

From the North:
Take I-5 South to La Jolla Village Drive. Proceed West approximately 0.7 mile to Torrey Pines Road (stoplight) and turn left (South). Drive about 2.7 miles to Prospect Place (stoplight) and turn right (West). Proceed down Prospect, park in La Jolla and walk down to the Cove (Scripps) Park.

From the South:
Take I-5 North to La Jolla Parkway and proceed West approximately 2.5 miles to Prospect Place (stoplight) and turn right (West). Proceed down Prospect, park in La Jolla and walk down to the Cove.

Parking at the Finish
Park only in marked spaces and avoid areas which may cause a safety hazard or block driveways. Watch for NO PARKING signs, as several streets will be closed for this event. Vehicles blocking emergency access, double parked or parked in no parking areas will be towed. Avoid Coast Boulevard adjacent to the finish line. Adequate street and public parking is available in downtown La Jolla.

Half Marathon Start

The La Jolla Half Marathon will start promptly at 6:30 AM. in the main parking lot of the Del Mar Racetrack. All runners should be in the start area no later than 6:15 AM. Anticipate traffic delays if you’re dropping off runners or parking. If you park at the start and need a ride back to your car after the race, complimentary bus service will be provided, see the Bus Shuttle section above for details.

NOTE: While there is plenty of free parking at the Del Mar Fairground, it will be VERY BUSY with considerable traffic delays before the race.  We strongly recommend parking in downtown La Jolla and taking the event shuttles to avoid missing the race start.

From the North:
Take I-5 South to Via de la Valle. Proceed West approximately 0.1 mile to Jimmy Durante Boulevard (stoplight) and turn left (South). Follow the signs and Traffic Controllers to parking and runner drop off areas. Parking lot ingress and egress may be restricted or closed prior to the race start. JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 6:15 to 7 AM.

From the South:
Take I-5 North to Via de la Valle. Proceed West approximately 0.1 mile to Jimmy Durante Boulevard (stoplight) and turn left (South). Follow the signs and Traffic Controllers to parking and runner drop off areas. Parking lot ingress and egress may be restricted or closed prior to the race start. JIMMY DURANTE BOULEVARD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 6:15 to 7 AM.

Parking at the Half Marathon Start
Plenty of free parking is available for runners adjacent to the start area at the Del Mar Racetrack but it will be VERY BUSY. Anticipate traffic delays and follow the signs and traffic controllers on Jimmy Durante Boulevard to the parking areas. Parking lot ingress and egress may be restricted or closed prior to the race. If you need a ride back to your car after the race, see the Bus Shuttle section above.

5k Start

The 5K starts promptly at 6:30 AM.  Runners should plan to be at the race start near the corner of La Jolla Shores Drive and Horizon Way, no later than 6:10 AM.

From the North:
Take I-5 South to La Jolla Village Drive. Proceed West approximately 2.1 miles (La Jolla Village Drive becomes North Torrey Pines Road at intersection) to La Jolla Shores Drive (stoplight) and turn left (South). Travel approximately 0.2 mile to Horizon Way. Parking is very limited in the residential area adjacent to the 5K Start. If you don’t take the bus, allow time for a half-mile walk to the start.

From the South:

Take I-5 North to La Jolla Village Drive. Proceed West approximately 2.2 miles (La Jolla Village Drive becomes North Torrey Pines Road at intersection) to La Jolla Shores Drive (stoplight) and turn left (South). Travel approximately 0.2 mile to Horizon Way. Parking is very limited in the residential area adjacent to the 5K Start. If you don’t take the bus, allow time for a half-mile walk to the start.

Parking at the 5K Start
Parking is very limited in the residential area adjacent to the 5K Start near the corner of La Jolla Shores Drive and Horizon Way. If you don’t take the bus, allow time for a half mile walk to the start.

FAQs
  • Due to steep downhills on both the half marathon and 5K courses, strollers are not allowed in either event.
  • Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind except for service animals are not allowed at the race or the expo.
  • 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.
  • Due to steep downhills on both the half marathon and 5K courses, racing chairs or handcycles are not allowed for safety reasons.
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