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Used in the 1800s to transport gravel for the construction of the western section of the Transcontinental Railroad, the Western Pacific Trail now forms a part of this mostly-flat course where you can haul in a personal best! The marathon course is now USATF-certified and can be used to qualify for races like the Boston Marathon!

Hikers/walkers/runners of all levels are always welcome!

How to enter the Western Pacific Marathon, 10K & 5K

  1. 5K

    Run 5km
    $40–$47
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  2. 10K

    Run 10km
    $54
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  3. Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    $70
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  4. Marathon

    Run 26.2mi
    $88
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Western Pacific Marathon, 10K & 5K routes

All races begin and end at Quarry Lakes. The 10K, half marathon and marathon races go out along the Alameda Creek Trail. Trails are primarily dirt fire trails, with sections that include gravel (used by the parks to prevent erosion) and a short paved section. Hills are nearly non-existent, so bring on the speed!

All participants can receive a copy of their appropriate course map on race day. Each course will be marked with ribbons, flour and signs to help keep runners on the correct course. Volunteers will also be on the course at key locations to help direct runners.

Event Details

What’s Included

All runners will receive custom finisher medals and t-shirts. There will be age-group medals for the top finishers in each category.

Raceday Logistics

Raceday Registration:

It is possible that the race is 100% sold out before race day. Updates will be posted on the race website. If you do not see the race noted as sold out here or on the race home page, you will be okay to sign up on race morning, starting at 6:45 a.m. Race day registration is an additional $5 from the final online registration price.

Bib Pick-Up:

Runners have three options for picking up their bibs and shirts:

1. Mail-out service (available for a fee when registering).
2. Pick-up in person at Road Runner Sports San Carlos on Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 from 3:00 pm-7:00 pm.
3. Pick up on race morning (not recommended).

In order to avoid race morning stress and avoid having to arrive even earlier, we strongly recommend choosing options 1 or 2. If you are unable to take advantage of those first two options, race morning pick-up will still be available, but you should aim to arrive 70-90 minutes ahead of your race start to account for lines.

Cutoffs:

There is a 7.5 hour time limit for the marathon. Marathon runners must reach the 11.90 mile aid station by 11:15 am and complete the course by 3:00 pm.

Bathrooms:

Bathrooms will be available at the race start/finish area. There are also a few bathroom locations on the course.

Water Stations:

Water stations will be stocked with water, sports drink, gels, pretzels, candy, etc. and will be placed at the following approximate mileage:

Stations will be approximately 2-3 miles apart.

Runners who may need more water, should carry their own water bottle or hydration pack.
Volunteers

Not ready to run, but still want to be part of the community, helping runners achieve their goals and have an awesome day? We would love your help. Sign up at: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/23629/western-pacific-2020/volunteer

FAQs

I am a very slow runner. Am I going to be out of place?

You won't be out of place at all. Our races are planned for participants of all abilities, including walkers/hikers.

Can I wear headphones?

Yes, but we ask that you keep the volume down at a safe level so that you can hear other runners or instructions from event personnel. We also ask that you remove them, or, at the very least, remove one ear bud when you are coming to aid stations, in a large crowd or on more technical or difficult sections of the course. The important thing is paying attention to everyone's safety and maintaining basic race etiquette with other runners.

Do you offer a group discount? Frequent runner discount? Family discount? Coupon? Special break for running more than one race?

We do not.

Will there be somewhere to leave my warm-up clothes?

Yes, there will be a sweat-check area and these will be checked in and watched over by a volunteer. Bags for storing your sweats will be available if you do not bring your own. Please do not leave valuables in your sweat bags – we cannot be responsible for these items.

Can my dog run with me during the race?

Unfortunately no. As much as we love dogs and running with our own, not everyone is comfortable being around dogs (even if leashed) and for reasons of safety (for those with two legs and four) we ask runners not to bring their dogs along for the race.

Will the race be cancelled if it rains?

No. The race will be held, rain or shine. Courses may be modified to account for weather conditions.

Western Pacific Marathon, 10K & 5K weather forecast

Partly cloudy throughout the day.

67°F
Predicted highs
52°F
Predicted lows
IconLight breeze possible, up to 9mph

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