Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Double Down Challenge

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Take part in a beautiful scenic race for the Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Fun Run 5k. Enjoy the views of the Pacific Ocean in the 5k, or push yourself in the marathons or the Double Down Challenge. Experienced and new runners alike can enjoy this timed run and course side entertainment.
Participants
Double Down Challenge, Marathon, Half Marathon, and 1 more
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Calendar
Sun, Jan 15, 2023
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Carlsbad, United States
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Atmosphere

Based on 6,500 participants

Scenery

Based on location and reviews

Elevation

100 to 250ft elevation gain per mile

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Where and when
Location
2559 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
Start times
Sun, Jan 15, 2023
Double Down Challenge:
6:45am |
Marathon:
6:15am |
Half Marathon:
7:45am |
5k:
6:45am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k and Double Down Challenge
Double Down Challenge
Distance
16.2mi
Marathon
Distance
26.2mi
CourseRoute
2 Loops
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
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1 Loop
5k
Distance
5mi
Route information
Distances: Marathon / Half Marathon / 5k
Terrain: Closed roads and pavement
Elevation: Rolling hills
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 starts 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.
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.
Double Down Challenge
The Double Down Challenge is a chance for runners to push themselves at two races in this event. Participants tart with the 5k and continue with the Half Marathon for the chance to win 3 medals at this event. Just pick the Double Down option in the tickets menu to be entered into both races.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Technical fabric long-sleeve shirt
  • Premium full-zip jacket for full, half & double down participants
  • Complimentary beer in the post-race Ballast Point beer garden
  • Support stations at every mile 
  • Entertainment along the course
  • Race day gear check 
  • Overall and age group awards
  • Food bag filled with tasty and nutritious refueling foods at the finish line
  • Finish line festival with live band, refreshments and celebration
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Finisher's Medal
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How to get there
2559 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008, USA
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By Car
To reach the event, take the I-5, then Highway 78 east and take the El Comino Real exit, or take exit La Costa, Poinsettia, Tamarack or Carlsbad Village Drive off the I-5 before heading east to El Camino Real.
Participants are asked to carpool to the event where available to help reduce the carbon footprint for this event.
Parking
Parking will be available at The Shoppes at Carlsbad at the race site. It is strongly suggested to give yourself an extra thirty to forty-five minutes travel time to secure a parking spot.
Event day logistics
Friday
12pm to 5pm – Packet Pickup at Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Saturday
10am to 5pm – Packet Pickup at Holiday Inn Carlsbad
Sunday
6:15am – Marathon starts
6:45am – 5K and Double Down starts
7:45am – Half Marathon starts
7am to 1pm - Finish Line Festival
Age Requirements
Full Marathon runners must be at least 16 years of age to enter. Half Marathon runners must be at least 12 years of age to enter.
Packet Pickup
Location - Holiday Inn Carlsbad San Diego, 2725 Palomar Airport Road, Carlsbad, CA 92009
All participants must pickup their bib and race number from the Holiday Inn Carlsbad at the times listed above. Those unable to attend the pickup may authorize someone to pick it up for them. This person must bring a photo or paper copy of the participants ID.
If they are unable to take either of these options, participants my choose the race day pickup when purchasing their ticket for an extra $20.
Gear Check
Gear Check will be available through Mobile Locker. Participants can rent a small locker for $10, a medium locker for $15, or a large locker for $20.
Course Time Limits
The Full Marathon has a time limit of 6 hours, the Half Marathon has a time limit of 4 hours, and the 5k has a time limit of 1 hour.
FAQs
Can I bring my strollers to the Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Fun Run 5k?
Yes, jogging strollers are permitted. Anyone running with a stroller must start at the back of their designated wave.
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What is the Double Down Challenge at the Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Fun Run 5k?
The Double Down Challenge is a chance for runners to push themselves at two races in this event. Start with the 5k and continue with the Half Marathon for the chance to win 3 medals at this event.
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Will there be gear check available at the Carlsbad Marathon, Half Marathon and Surf Fun Run 5k?
Yes, gear check will be available through rental from Mobile Locker. Participants can rent a small locker for $10, a medium locker for $15, or a large locker for $20.
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Reviews
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5.0
Did the race 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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