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The Malibu Half Marathon & 5K will return November 2nd and 3rd, 2019m with a spectacular beach course starting and ending in Zuma Beach, Malibu CA. Nearly 4000 will gather on Saturday to attend the Health & Fitness Expo and on Sunday to run the storied Pacific Coast Highway without fighting cars or traffic.

Along the way, the race route offers some of California's most scenic views of the ocean as well as the beautiful homes, many of which are owned by A-list Hollywood's celebrities.

How to enter the Malibu Half Marathon & 5K

  1. Half Marathon

    Run 21.1km
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  2. 5k

    Run 5km
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Malibu Half Marathon & 5K routes

Half Marathon

The Half Marathon starts and ends in famous Zuma Beach, Malibu offering participants a beautiful out-and-back route along the pristine Malibu coastline. From the starting line, the course proceeds on Westwards Beach Rd and then turns left on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) passing Zuma Beach, one of the most distinctive landmarks on PCH and a cinematic backdrop for numerous films and TV commercials. After making the turnaround, just north of San Nicolas Canyon, runners head back down the coast to the finish line.

Due to the out and back nature of the course (what goes up also goes down), the total elevation ascension is 330 feet, which makes it perfect for anyone looking to attempt a personal record — or just looking for a gorgeous, well-organized event.
There will be 6 aid stations along the course:

Water stations will be located every mile
Electrolyte drink provided by Gatorade will be at miles: 6/7, 4/9, 2/11, 1/12
Energy gels will be provided by Honey Stinger and located at mile 6/7
Basic First AID will be available at the all water stations
First AID will be available at the miles 3


The 5K course starts and ends in world famous Zuma Beach offering participants a beautiful out-and-back route in one of the most distinctive landmarks in Southern California and a cinematic backdrop for numerous films and TV commercials. From the starting line, the course proceeds on Westwards Beach Rd and then turns left on Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) offering a prime view of the pristine Malibu beaches. After making the turnaround, just south of Trancas Canyon, runners head back to the finish line. With no hills, this course is perfect for anyone looking to attempt a personal record — or just looking for a gorgeous, well-organized event.

There will be 1 aid station:
Water station will be located at miles: 1/2
Electrolyte drink provided by Gatorade Endurance at the 1/2
Basic First AID will be available at the all water stations
First Aid will be available at the Finish

Time Limits

All participants are expected to be able to complete the Half Marathon course in 4 hours, i.e. 18 minutes-per-mile. The time count begins after the start of the last wave of runners. Runners/Walkers who are unable to maintain a 18-minute pace, although encouraged to complete the race, will be asked to remain out of previously-closed traffic lanes and obey regular traffic laws. The Highway will be reopened to traffic on a “rolling basis” determined by that pace. The Finish Line will stay open for runners and spectators until 12:00 PM.

Aid stations, official finishing times, commemorative medals, and post-race refreshments will only be available to runners who maintain a 18 minutes-per-mile pace or below.

Event Details

What’s Included

Race Entry Includes:

  • Finisher medals & age division awards
  • Tech shirt
  • Course pacers
  • Honey Stinger Gel
  • Gatorade Endurance
  • Premium post race snacks
  • Music and Beer Garden
  • Event photography

It is mandatory for everyone participating to pick up their race packet, t-shirt and bib at the Expo on Saturday, November 2nd 2019.  There is absolutely no race day packet pick-up. NO EXCEPTIONS sorry,

Raceday Logistics
  • Raceday Timeline:
  • 4:30 am – Zuma Beach Parking Opens to public ($5 CASH ONLY all day parking pass)
  • 6:30 am – Zuma Beach Parking Closes (You need to be at the entrance gate before this time)
  • Expect heavy traffic and delays and plan accordingly. We recommend arriving between 5:30 - 6:00 am. Remember, 30 mins of extra sleep is NOT worth arriving late)
  • 6:30 AM – Take Place in your corral
  • You will be seeded into corrals based on what you’ve indicated as your expected finish time. There will be signage along the start chute indicating where to line up.
  • 7:00 am – Half Marathon Start Time
  • 7:30 am – 5K Start Time
  • 7:30 am – Beer Garden Opens (Bring ID)
  • 8:30 am – 5K Award Ceremony
  • 9:00 am – Half Marathon Award Ceremony on the beach & announcement of the BMW mountain bike raffle winner
  • 11:00 am – Course Cut-off
  • 11:30 am – Beer Garden Closes
  • 12:30 pm – Beach Festival Closes
Start Corrals

Participants in the half marathon will be able to choose their corral during the registration process based on your expected finish times. On race morning imply line up BEHIND the signs and wait for your wave to start. There will be signage indicating the beginning of the waves zone. Waves will start in 2 minute intervals.


Marathon Expo

In addition to picking up your Bibs, timing tags and race t-shirt, the Malibu Half Marathon & 5K Expo & Packet Pickup features merchandise for sale, demonstrations and information from a variety of merchants and vendors.

Stop by the Rusnak BMW booth and take a close-up look at the latest BMW Hybrid vehicles. Receive free treatments from various vendors and taste some of our favorite KIND Bars. Stretch and warm up and shop for some new gear at the New Balance Pop Store or taste some refreshing Harmless Harvest coconut water.

This event is open to the public, so come with your friends and family... there is something for everyone!

In order to pick up your race packet you just need a proof of registration and provide a valid photo ID. Also make sure you have signed the electronic waiver.


10:00 am – Expo Opens
11:30 am – 30 min Pre-Race Tune Up with Ted McDonald on the beach
3:30 pm – 30 min Pre-Race Tune Up with Ted McDonald on the beach
6:00 pm – Expo closes


The expo is held at Zuma Beach, one of the most popular beaches in Los Angeles County, 30050 W. Pacific Coast Hwy.

Gear Check

Gear/Bag Check will be available at the start / finish line area and inside of the lounge for the Charity/VIP runners between 5:00 am and 12:00 pm.

This event is committed to preserving Malibu’s natural environments and, in order to comply with the recent single-use plastic ban by the City, we won’t be providing plastic bags for Gear check. Please plan to use the bag provided with your race packet or bring your own. CLEARLY MARK your bag with your bib number (tags will be supplied by the event).
Please do not place items of value in your gear bag as we cannot be held responsible for lost or broken items. Clothing found in unclaimed bags will be donated to charity.

Cancellation Policy

In compliance with running industry policy, all entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. This policy applies to all registrants whether you are injured, have an unexpected family/business emergency, have a medical emergency, or anything else. If the course has to be changed or the race cancelled due to an act of nature, there are no refunds or rollovers. There are NO exceptions.

However, if you follow our rollover guidelines, (see below), we will allow you to roll over your entry to the 2020 event for a fee.

Rollover entries are only valid for the Half Marathon, if all guidelines are met and only for the following year’s event, i.e. 2019 to 2020.

Raceday Guidelines

No pets, wheels or unregistered pacers. No selfie sticks or poles.

The minimum age for the half marathon is 12; the minimum age for the 5k is 7.

Youth runners need to be those respective ages on race day to be eligible to register and compete. Instituting minimum ages was a strong recommendation of our insurance carrier, which we arrange through the Road Runners Clubs of America (RRCA). The minimum ages were established from discussions with medical professionals and youth coaches with the intent to (1) keep young runners safe and healthy and (2) provide them with a positive experience that will encourage them to continue running. We understand that some young runners are able to satisfactorily complete the 13.1 and 3.1 mile courses. Many have in the past years. Nonetheless, we are inclined to follow the recommendations of the RRCA in this matter.

Headphone Use

The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, we encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of race.

We believe your race experience and those around you will be greatly enhanced by leaving the headphones at home or in the car. Running headphone-free allows opportunities to develop camaraderie with your fellow runners and to enjoy everything the race has to offer. Plus, volunteers and spectators will be on course cheering you on and providing directions to help get you to the finish line.

Runner safety has always been, and will continue to be, a top priority for our event. Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone.

Charity Entries

A charity entry allows you to participate in the event and includes a $75 donation to the Boys & Girls Club of Malibu AND the following perks:
  • Special Charity BIB and Express check-in at Packet Pick-up on Nov 2
  • Lounge Access featuring: Dedicated Gear check, Deluxe Restrooms, Post race massages & Elevated legs, Refreshments and catering, Lounge seating and shade, and 2 Beer Tickets.

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