Sun 19th Jan 2020
2559 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA

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Tri-city Medical Center Carlsbad Full And Half Marathon is taking place in Carlsbad, California on Sunday, January 20, 2019

The best and most scenic winter marathon & half marathon with the best swag. Miles and miles of breathtaking ocean views and outstanding course support stations and entertainment at every mile. Turn your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend into a run-cation!

Distances in this event

  1. Double Down Challenge

    Run 16.2mi
    6:45am Sun 19th Jan 2020
    Tickets available
  2. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    6:15am Sun 19th Jan 2020
    Tickets available
  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    7:45am Sun 19th Jan 2020
    Tickets available
  4. 5k

    Run 5mi
    6:45am Sun 19th Jan 2020
    Tickets available
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What’s Included

Included In Your Registration

  • Technical fabric long-sleeve shirt
  • Stylish 1/4 zip pullover jacket
  • Complimentary beer in the post-race Ballast Point beer garden
  • Souvenir cinch bag
  • Bib number with ChronoTrack B-Tag
  • Support stations at every mile 
  • Entertainment at every mile
  • Mylar blankets
  • Race day gear check 
  • Dazzling finisher’s medal – only for finishers
  • First race in the Half Marathon Triple Crown series
  • Overall and age group awards 
  • Official transfer policy 
  • Boston qualifier
  • Opportunity to purchase race insurance 
  • Nom Nom bag filled with tasty and nutritious refueling foods at the finish line (including chocolate milk!)
  • Finish line festival with live band, refreshments and celebration
Course Details

Full Marathon

The out-and-back, two-loop marathon course is gently rolling, with over 18 miles of it along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. 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 turn around at La Costa Avenue and head back north to Mountain View Road where they turn around and head south for their second loop. At Breakwater Road, runners turn around and head north back up the coast to the finish line.

Half Marathon

The half marathon course is gently rolling with over 8 miles of it along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. It stats at the same location as the marathon; however, the races have different start times. After the starter’s gun goes off, half marathoners will pass the Buena Vista Lagoon as they head out to Carlsbad Boulevard (Highway 101) and along the ocean to the turnaround point at Breakwater Road and back to the finish line. The out-and-back course is gently rolling, with no major elevation changes and enjoys almost 8 miles of unobstructed ocean views. Run this course and you will see why some of the fastest half marathon times in the U.S. are run here.

Surf Sun Run 5k

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.

Raceday Logistics
Friday, January 17

12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Health & Lifestyle Expo at The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Saturday, January 18

6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.—Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND
6:30 a.m. – LEGOLAND parking lot open (free parking)
7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.—Kids Marathon Mile Event Day Registration
8:00 a.m. – Kids Marathon Mile Races Start
10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Health & Lifestyle Expo at The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Sunday, January 19

6:15 a.m. – Marathon Start
6:45 – 5K Start
7:45 a.m. – Half Marathon Start
The Tri-City Medical Center 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.

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 www.icommutesd.com 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

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 instruction of parking personnel.

Course Time Limit

6 hours (13:44 minute-per-mile pace)

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5 out of 5 stars

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  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Its my first experience racing here in the west coast, loved it. I plan to run Carlsbad every year now.

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