Half Marathons in California

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JUL28
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The San Francisco Marathon
San Francisco, CA, United States

Set an early alarm for this bucket list event around SF. Get an all-access pass to the SF sights, including the Golden Gate Bridge and Fisherman's Wharf, and take up the challenge (expect hills - it's SF after all). Come for the finisher's medal and atmosphere of the on-course cheer stations.

$64 - $269
The San Francisco Marathon
SEP14
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Horsethief Canyon Trail Half Marathon
Alpine, CA, United States

A warm evening start for a cool race finish!

With an early evening start time this half marathon will start in the warm dusk with September temperatures cooling down as the evening goes on. There will be a full moon and contestants should finish before dark but headlamps are strongly advised. Aid stations will be managed by happy friendly volunteers who will encourage you along the way.

$90
Horsethief Canyon Trail Half Marathon
SEP22
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Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k
Los Angeles, CA, United States

Race in the third of this 3 race series around the Lake Balboa bike path at Woodley Park. This is a great local race for all types of runners to chase those PRs. Come for the goody bag, t-shirt and, if you complete all 3 races, an exclusive Series Finisher medal.

$35 - $95
Harvest Half Marathon 5k,10k
OCT13
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Jeepers Creepers Run
Ventura, CA, United States

Head over to Ventura for a 5K, 10K or half marathon along the Ojai bike path. Courses don't get much flatter than this, so this race is well-suited to all types of runner. Come for goodies galore, including a finisher's medal, t-shirt and water bottle.

$35 - $100
Jeepers Creepers Run
OCT27
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Redwood City OktobeRun
Redwood City, CA, United States

The RC.OktobeRun is open to runners of all levels. From competitive runners on our USA Track & Field certified half-marathon, to a 5K fun run perfect for kids and their families. All proceeds from OktobeRun go to the Redwood City Education Foundation.

$20 - $70
Redwood City OktobeRun
OCT27
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The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
San Rafael, CA, United States

Run like you give a SH$T on Sunday, 10/27/19 at China Camp State Park in San Rafael!

All runners have a shot at scoring a TON of awesome prizes via our trail treasure hunt! Find a special woodallion (or two) along the course and bring it back to the finish line to claim your prize(s)!

$30 - $80
The Honey Badger Half, 10K & 5K
NOV10
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Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
Ventura, CA, United States

What better way to wrap up the fall running season than with a seaside marathon. This course will appeal to all types of runners, being largely flat and picturesque, with only a few hills to keep you on your toes. Treat yourself to free tacos and beer at the end of the race.

$45 - $130
Surfers Point Marathon, Half, 10k & 5k
DEC1
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Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
Camarillo, CA, United States

Pull on your most festive costume and head down for this jolly running series. Great for beginners and running veterans alike, this mostly flat course follows a bike path so you won’t have to worry about traffic. Come along for the medal, t-shirt and post-race costume contest.

$35 - $95
Holly Jolly Half Marathon, 10k & 5k
DEC7
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Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
Laughlin, NV, United States

The December weather in Laughlin and Bullhead City is perfect for an early morning race crisp and clear, with high temperatures in the high 60s and visibility for miles.

The Mojave Desert is one of the most picturesque, peaceful and tranquil places to run on Earth.

This Race delivers a downhill yet challenging course, amazing sights such Lake Mohave, running alongside the Colorado River, an opportunity to traverse the Davis Dam into Arizona and back.

The post race party is hosted at the Tropicana Hotel & Casino steps away from Vegas-style Casino Gaming action, live shows, fine dining, night clubs and so much more!

Your non-running support team will find off-roading, championship golf, hiking, ghost towns, concerts, and a variety of other excursions.

Join us for an unforgettable Race + Vacation experience where you'll run:

Two States, Two Time Zones, One DAM Great Race!

$45 - $110
Run Laughlin Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
JAN12
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San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k & Half Marathon
San Diego, CA, United States

Enjoy a beautiful run around San Diego's Fiesta Bay to start your New Year. Great for runners and walkers alike, this flat course takes you around Mission Bay Park and Fiesta Island, keeping you by the waterside. Come for the chalkboard medal and t-shirt.

$25 - $65
San Diego Resolution Run 5k, 10k & Half Marathon
JAN26
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Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
Simi Valley, CA, United States

The race will start at Rancho Simi Park at 1765 Royal Ave, Simi Valley CA 93065 and run along the Arroyo bike path. Which is lined with beautiful trees for shade and makes a wonderful environment. The bike path runs through the center of Simi Valley and along the Arroyo Creek. This is still home to ducks and herons, (not cranes), who are soaking up the sun while playing in the gently flowing spring /summer time water.

Top 5 Reasons to Run with Elite Sports CA
5 Races always start on time!
4 Race distances are measured correctly!
3 Race SWAG including custom finishers medal, event day dry-fit shirt, event day water bottle and MORE!
2 Race day packet pick up available! Time saver and no hotel to pay for if you are traveling in from out of town! YEAH!!
1 Have an emergency? Cant make the event youve paid for? No problem we will reschedule you for any Elite Sports CA event within the next 12 months. WHAT?? YES unheard of!!

$45 - $95
Sombrero Half Marathon, 5K & 10K
JUL20
Oakland Redwoods Half Marathon
Oakland, CA, United States

Be it rainy or sunny, hot or cold, Redwood Regional Park always seems to be the perfect temperature as you run amidst the silent giants towering over the majority of the trails. So much single track serendipity as well as great views of the San Francisco Bay from the upper reaches of the park. Come join us and be a part of this event at a hidden gem right around the corner from everyone in the Bay Area.

$25 - $45
Oakland Redwoods Half Marathon
JUL20
Table Rock Trail Race
Stinson Beach, CA, United States

The La Sportiva Table Rock Trail Race is a true competition for event-experienced and novice mountain runners alike. The race starts off with a bang, as you climb 2,000 in just over 2 miles up the infamous Willow Camp hill. In between the heavy breaths, take in the views of Stinson Beach and the Pacific Ocean along the ridge-line and tight single-track of the Coastal Trail. Make a breathtaking decent using the runner-favorite damp and twisting Matt Davis Trail, where the 10K runners will triumphantly return to the beach. The Half and 30K head back up Mt. Tam, this time along Steep Ravine then continuing for a gorgeous romp through Muir Woods. Once you hit the Cardiac Hill summit, youll bomb back down to Stinson Beach along the famous Dipsea Trail, with incredible views and harrowing steps along the way. Bring the family and enjoy the best Marin has to offer.

$50 - $70
Table Rock Trail Race
JUL20
Pacifica Trail Run
Pacifica, CA, United States

Welcome to the running of the Pacifica Trail Run. These trails are a coastal jewel nestled between the Santa Cruz Mountains and foothills of Pacifica. It offers diverse coastal vegetation, year-round creeks, and even a seasonal waterfall. Run on the coastline, in meadows, next to eucalyptus groves and wildflowers. On clear days, enjoy vistas of the Pacific Ocean, San Francisco and Marin County. The ocean breeze provides cooler air than other locations in the bay area during the summer while you run through one of the most bio-diverse and pristine coastal parks in California.

$57 - $77
Pacifica Trail Run
JUL27
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Bad Bass Half Marathon
Castro Valley, CA, United States

Rising up from the depths of Lake Chabot, the Bad Bass (a strangely kilt-wearing, bagpipe-playing Scottish bass with teeth) shows itself once again! Why is he Scottish? What is he doing in Castro Valley? How can he play bagpipes with his fin? We have no idea how to answer those questions. Why is he so bad-to-the-fishbone? Maybe he just knows how awesome the trails of Lake Chabot really are! Whatever the Bad Bass is doing here, we hope you'll join us at the beautiful Lake Chabot Marina in Castro Valley for the scenic Bad Bass 5K, 10K or Half Marathon!

$58 - $83
Bad Bass Half Marathon
AUG3
Angel Island Half Marathon
Tiburon, CA, United States

You'll fall in love with San Francisco all over again as you follow this hilly loop trail circumnavigating Angel Island. Along the way, savor the panoramic vistas of the Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, Alcatraz Island, the East Bay and Marin County. The 10K is a single loop. The Half Marathon does the loop twice. The event is limited to 400 participants so don't wait too long to register!

$70
Angel Island Half Marathon
AUG3
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Summer Breeze Half Marathon
San Leandro, CA, United States

What makes this such a popular race? Is it the refreshing cool breezes in August? The flat course? The race shirt? The finisher medal? The custom age group medals? Probably the 'It's It' ice cream sandwiches at the finish! Find out for yourself at our 10th Annual Summer Breeze races. Everybody will enjoy a flat, easy bayside trail that rarely strays more than a few feet from water. Perfect for setting a personal record.vHikers/walkers are always welcome!

$53 - $83
Summer Breeze Half Marathon
AUG3
Santa Cruz Trail Run
Santa Cruz, CA, United States

Giant redwoods dominate the landscape in our Santa Cruz trail run. Aside from twisting single track that opens up to expansive roads and paths, youll enjoy the ocean breezes pouring in from the Santa Cruz coast. The race will offer everything from river crossings to high ridges with aid stations every 5-6 miles for refueling before tackling the next beautiful, albeit strenuous, section. Bring your families and stay after the race to enjoy Henry Cowell park where well have post race food fit for a trail running king or queen!

$60
Santa Cruz Trail Run
AUG4
Truckee Half Marathon
Truckee, CA, United States

Fourth Annual! Course options include the Truckee Half Marathon, Truckee 5K, and Kids distances. All distances start and finish in Historic Downtown Truckee. This Truckee Running event showcases the diverse beauty of sierra landscapes and gives runners a taste of our wonderful mountain town.The Truckee 5K benefits Sierra Education Watershed Partnerships.

$45
Truckee Half Marathon
AUG10
Bear Creek
Martinez, CA, United States

If you are looking for a super-fast, flat, easy course to set a personal record, you are probably in the wrong place. These courses have hills...lots of hills. If, however, you are looking for a great time on the trails, with beautiful scenery, awesome support and unique, high-quality shirts and awards, you have come to the right place!

$48 - $73
Bear Creek
AUG11
Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K
Long Beach, CA, United States

This course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. Runners go 3.275 miles on the beach path, then reverse and go back 3.275 miles to the start twice for the half marathon, thrice for the marathon, and four times for the full marathon. For the 15K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and then out 1.55 miles and back. For the 10K, runners go out 3.1 miles and back, and for the 5K, runners go out 1.55 miles and back. Beach restrooms open at sunrise. Plenty of drinking fountains along the course.

$25 - $35
Rock the Coast Marathon, 3/4, Half, 15K, 10K, 5K
AUG11
Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
Sanger, CA, United States

All flat 4 loop Boston Qualifier course. This new format will allow runners to see their official half marathon time as they pass along the half way point and race day clock. This course is 100% on the Camarillo bike path ( no auto traffic) all paved roads. At this marathon you will feel like part of the celebration all race long.

$45 - $95
Camarillo Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K & 5K
AUG11
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Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's Stomp
Oakland, CA, United States

Run around Lake Merritt and through the heart of Oakland in this popular race. This event is for runners looking for the community feel of a local race. Come for the bespoke finisher's medal, Oaktown running top and a festival with food, craft beer and wine.

$20 - $80
Oaktown Half Marathon, 5K and Stomper's Stomp
AUG11
Lake Merced Half Marathon
San Francisco, CA, United States

Start/Finish at the north end Lake Merced Parking Lot (foot of Sunset Blvd). Run 3 clockwise loops around the lake staying entirely on jogging/pedestrian path. The 1st loop is cut shorter by crossing the drawbridge east to west at the southern end of the lake. There will be at least 1 aid station per 4.5 mile loop with Water/Nuun near the start/finish area. If you need water more often, please carry a water bottle to refill at each loop. There is also a water fountain in the parking lot near the picnic tables on John Muir Dr around 2.5 miles.

$3 - $10
Lake Merced Half Marathon
AUG11
Lake Merced Half Marathon & 4.5 Mile Run
San Francisco, CA, United States

Start/Finish at the north end Lake Merced Parking Lot (foot of Sunset Blvd). Run 3 clockwise loops around the lake staying entirely on jogging/pedestrian path. The 1st loop is cut shorter by crossing the drawbridge east to west at the southern end of the lake. There will be at least 1 aid station per 4.5 mile loop with Water/Nuun near the start/finish area. If you need water more often, please carry a water bottle to refill at each loop. There is also a water fountain in the parking lot near the picnic tables on John Muir Dr around 2.5 miles.

$3 - $5
Lake Merced Half Marathon & 4.5 Mile Run
AUG17
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Race The Peak – 50k, Half Marathon, 10k & 1 mile Hill Climb
Lakeshore, CA, United States

Join the fun for the 2nd Annual Race the Peak trail run at China Peak Mountain Resort. Choose from the 1-mile brutal uphill race to the peak, 10k run, Half Marathon, or 50k Ultra Marathon. The 10k and Half Marathon courses will be challenging but beautiful! The 50k race will start with the 1-mile uphill race since this is the first mile of the 50k. All 50k runners will automatically be entered into the 1-mile uphill race and will be eligible for awards/prize money in both events.

$30 - $120
Race The Peak – 50k, Half Marathon, 10k & 1 mile Hill Climb
AUG17
Race the Peak Trail Run
Lakeshore, CA, United States

Join the fun for the 2nd Annual Race the Peak trail run at China Peak Mountain Resort. Choose from the 1 mile brutal uphill race to the peak, 10k run, Half Marathon, or 50k Ultra Marathon. The 10k and Half Marathon courses will be challenging but beautiful! The 50k race will start with the 1 mile uphill race since this is the first mile of the 50k. All 50k runners will automatically be entered into the 1 mile uphill race and will be eligible for awards/prize money in both events.

$40 - $55
Race the Peak Trail Run
AUG17
Moonlight Madness
Las Vegas, NV, United States

Borrowing from our past, Moonlight Madness was the name of the original Desert Dash trail race over 10 years ago, and we're excited to resurrect the name for a half marathon under the sky of a full moon in beautiful Cottoonwood Valley.

Join us for our inaugural running of this blast-from-the-past, limited to just 150 entries. Moonlight Madness is a fast race course taking place on the mildly- to moderately-technical trails of the south side of Cottonwood Valley in the Red Rock NCA on trails such as Dead Horse Loop and Satan's Escalator.

$65
Moonlight Madness
AUG17
Rock Ocean
Long Beach, CA, United States

The course follows part of the Long Beach Marathon course along the scenic beach path with ocean breezes and beautiful views. The beach restrooms open at sunrise and there are plenty of drinking fountains along the course. There will be a fully stocked aid station at the start area, with Gatorade, water, bananas, chips, cookies, and more.

$25
Rock Ocean
AUG17
Star City San Bruno Mountain Half Marathon
Brisbane, CA, United States

The Excelsior Running Club is proud to present the annual Star City San Bruno Mountain Half Marathon! Sure to become one of the top trail half marathons in the country, the race boasts spectacular views of the Pacific, Bay and San Francisco. The race is 95% on trail, kicks in 2,400 ft of elevation fun, and has a screaming single track downhill section. In addition, we have a new 5K event.

$40 - $65
Star City San Bruno Mountain Half Marathon
AUG18
E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 51K
Alamo, NV, United States

Running along the fringe of the mysterious Area 51, this stretch of highway (375) has an overwhelming number of reported UFO sightings. So much so, that in 1996 the federal government officially named highway 375 the "Extraterrestrial Highway". The ET Highway has become a gathering place for UFO enthusiasts and nature lovers alike. With elevations ranging from roughly 4000-5600 feet, the high desert will enchant you with gorgeous vegetation, surrounding mountains, and stunning vistas. An additional treat is the cooler temperatures. Rachel, NV is generally 15 degrees cooler than the Las Vegas Valley; coupled with a midnight run, temperatures should be in the 60's in August!

The Extraterrestrial Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, 5K & 51K are run on the weekend closest to the full moon, starting at midnight for the marathon.

$55 - $115
E.T. Full Moon Midnight Marathon, 1/2, 10K, & 51K
AUG18
Finest City Half Marathon
San Diego, CA, United States

San Diegos fastest and most scenic half marathon. Run from the Cabrillo National Monument atop the tip of Point Loma, along San Diego Bay, Harbor Island, Embarcadero, past the Star of India, through downtown San Diego to a rousing finish in historic Balboa Park.

$40
Finest City Half Marathon
AUG19
Mendocino Coast PAL Big River Run
Mendocino, CA, United States

We are pleased to announce that the the third annual PAL Big River Run and Walk in memory of Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino.

Join us for the third annual PAL Big River Run and Walk in memory of Deputy Ricky Del Fiorentino. The course winds along one of the most scenic rivers on the north coast. The Big River 1/2 Marathon, 10K and 5K consist of a run along the scenic old logging haul road past groves of second-growth redwoods into the heart of the historic Big River Estuary. The flat and wide course meanders along the northern bank of Big River where runners will race out and back, retracing their steps at the turnaround points located 1.55, 3.1, and 6.55 miles out. The road is approximately 15 feet wide and maintained; it is commonly used by runners and bikers.

Free - $45
Mendocino Coast PAL Big River Run
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About Half Marathons in California

Half marathons (13.1 miles or 21.2 km) make up some of the toughest and most rewarding races in the Golden State. They are also one of the most popular race distances on Let's Do This. You'll often find that the big marathon running festivals host half marathons as well. Looking at you Walt Disney. These events are great because you can always come back the following year and try a different race length. Want to ramp up the effort, try the marathon, or if you'd prefer to lower the tempo then check out our 10ks in California page.

What are the best half marathons?

Half marathons are tough, it's a long distance, but some organisers do their best to incentivise you to finish. The Napa to Sonoma Wine Country Half Marathon will greet you with a wine glass upon finishing, where you can then sample a few dozen different vineyard's produce. What's more, you'll be running through their beautiful vineyards, which should get your taste buds tingling. If it's beach vibes you want, check out Surf City Marathon and Half. And for those who love to jog to some motivational tunes, you'll find plenty of live music at the half marathon events run by the Rock 'n' Roll Series. Note that these events are super popular, so be sure to sign up fast so you don't miss out.

If for some crazy reason you want to leave California, you might want to have a read of the World's Top 12 Half Marathons.

How long will it take me to run a half marathon?

The half marathon at 13.1 miles is exactly half the length of the 26.2 mile marathon. For the average competitor this will take just under two hours for men and a little over two hours for women. However, if you're interested in knowing how fast it's really possible to go: The men's world record for a half marathon is 58m18s, and is held by Kenyan Abraham Kiptum and the women's record is 64m51s, set by Joyciline Jepkosgei. Both records were set at the Valencia Half Marathon in Spain.

How long do I need to train for a half marathon?

You'll need to take training for a half marathon seriously, following a plan can help you avoid injuring yourself during the race. We recommend following our 8 week training plan. If you're starting from scratch, maybe add a few weeks onto the plan, and build up to the level we've detailed at week 1.

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