The following day, Sunday, January 14, the Carlsbad Marathon takes center stage. The Marathon offers participants an additional chance to embrace the New Year with a spirit of running and revitalization.
A Scenic Challenge for All
Each of the races within the Carlsbad Marathon are set against miles of the pristine Pacific coast. The event includes a Full Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and a Double Down Challenge, which combines the 5K and Half Marathon. There's also a virtual option for all distances, so that participants can join the experience worldwide.
Race Details and Registration
Full Marathon: Begins at 6:15 AM, capped at 1,200 participants.
Half Marathon: Starts at 7:45 AM, with a cap of 4,500 participants.
5K: Kicks off at 6:45 AM, limited to 1,000 participants.
Double Down Challenge: A combination of the 5K and half marathon, offering a unique 16.2-mile challenge.
Participants in each race receive a comprehensive package, including:
A long-sleeve technical-fabric shirt and a premium technical-fabric 1/4 zip pullover.
A gorgeous finisher's medal and a souvenir cinch bag.
Access to support stations and entertainment along the course.
Complimentary beer in the post-race beer garden (for participants of legal drinking age).
A finisher food bag filled with nutritious refueling foods at the finish line.
The full marathon is a Boston qualifier, and all events are part of the SoCal Triple Crown series.
For those who can't join in person, the Carlsbad Marathon also offers a virtual option for all distances. Participants can complete their chosen distance at their own pace, time and location. The virtual race includes the same swag as the in-person event, so that everyone can be a part of the experience, no matter where they are.
The Finish Line Festival
At the end of the race, The Shoppes at Carlsbad will transform into an exciting finish line festival. Open from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., this Finish Line Festival is where runners can relax, celebrate their accomplishments, and reunite with family and friends. It will feature live music, refreshments and a beer garden to unwind and revel in the joy of completing the race.
Entertainment Along the Course
The Carlsbad Marathon stands out for its diverse entertainment along the course. This year's lineup includes:
Cowboy Jack: Singing vintage country music with acoustic guitar and harmonica
Ascape: Specializing in classic rock, Ascape's has a large repertoire that bridges genres
Bell Pepperz: Playing rock, blues and country standards, the Bell Pepperz combine classic sounds with contemporary songs
Johnny C.: An acoustic singer/songwriter, Johnny C. adds a personal touch with his coastal-inspired music.
Semisi & Fula Bula: Offering a unique Polynesian Rock Reggae Fusion
Band Diego: Known for variety oldies beach music, rock-n-roll and country western
Here's to a healthy, happy, and revitalizing New Year!