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Bakersfield Marathon

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The 4th Annual Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, 10K, and 5K taking place on November 17th, 2019.

This annual, world-class event features the starting line, finish line and celebration on the California State University, Bakersfield campus. Participants will run through dozens of iconic neighborhoods including the Stockdale Financial District, Oleander, Downtown Bakersfield, Westchester, Kern County Museum, La Cresta, Bakersfield College and finally along the striking Panorama Bluffs before returning to the finish line along the scenic Kern River Parkway.

Review summary

2 Reviews
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Jose C
"Nice, fast course. Air quality was not good but weather conditions were..."
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How to enter the Bakersfield Marathon

  1. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
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  2. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
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  3. 10K

    Run 10km
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  4. 5K

    Run 5km
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Bakersfield Marathon routes

Marathon, half marathon, 10K, 5K distances.

Event Details


  • Gender Specific Long Sleeve Technical Shirt
  • Custom Finisher's Medallion
  • Runner Breakfast
  • One Free Beer (21+)
  • Post-race Massage
  • 17 Water/Aid Stations
  • 2 Gel Stations
  • USATF Boston Qualifier
  • Race Joy Participant Tracking & Text Results
  • Personalized Bib
  • Pace Teams
  • Expo
  • Celebration Food & Beer Festival
  • Walker Friendly Course

Packet pickup is on Saturday, November 16th where you are invited to take part in our Health and Fitness Expo. Saturday at the Expo is the last day to register for any of our events.
Special Rate for our 5k! Children 9 and under receive $25 entry fee automatically during registration.

Saturday, November 16, 2019 - Health & Fitness Expo / Packet Pickup
Hours 9:00am - 4:00pm
Location TBD

Sunday, November 17, 2019 - Race Day
6:00am Late Packet Pickup
6:55am National Anthem
7:00am Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 10K Start Time
7:10am Roadrunner 5K Start Time
8:00am Festival Area Opens
8:00am Food Area Opens
8:30am Beer Garden Opens
1:30pm Finish Line Closes
2:00pm Beer Garden - Last Call
2:30pm Beer Garden Closes
3:00pm Festival Area Closes
Q - What is the minimum age to register for each event?
A- Although there is no "standard" age at which a runner should get involved in the sport of running, we recommend runners be at least age 14 for the Marathon, 10 for the Half Marathon, and 6 years old for the Roadrunner 5K Fun Run. Ultimately, it is up to each parent or guardian to adjust our recommended age, higher or lower, depending upon their dependent's ability to participate in our event.
Q - Are dogs allowed on the course?
A - No. Pets, wagons, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters or bicycles of any kind are NOT allowed on the course for safety concerns.
Q - Are baby strollers allowed?
A - Yes, you are allowed to run with a jogger stroller. All strollers are required to start at the back of the pack, regardless of your speed.
Q - Will there be race day registration?
A - There will be no race day registration.
Q - Will there be race day packet pickup available?
A - Yes. Starting one hour prior to the event.
Q - Will there be a bag drop off at the event?
A - Yes. UPS trucks will be available at the starting line to collect your personal belongings and make them available for you to pick-up near the finish line.
Q - Will this marathon be a Boston Qualifier?
A - Yes, the Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF, Boston Qualifier course.
Q - Can I run with headphones?
A - Yes. USATF, the national governing body of the sport, recently amended its ban on headphones, iPods and similar devices. It is recommended that athletes keep only one earbud in to be able to hear directions from race officials or emergency vehicles.


Bakersfield Marathon reviews (2)

4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2018

    Nice, fast course. Air quality was not good but weather conditions were perfect. I would have enjoyed more running on the streets and less running on the bike path.
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