The BEST and most scenic winter marathon & half marathon with the BEST swag. Miles and miles of breathtaking ocean views and outstanding course support stations and entertainment at every mile. Turn your Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend into a run-cation!
6:15 a.m. marathon start. All participants must be able to complete the marathon in 6 hours (13:44- minute-per-mile pace) or faster. This is a Boston qualifying event.
7:45 a.m. half marathon start. All half marathon participants must be able to complete the course in 4 hours (18:19-minute-per-mile pace) or faster.
Half Marathon Wave Start
We offer a wave start for the half marathon. During the registration process you will be asked to provide your estimated finishing time. This will help us determine which wave to assign you to.
Surf Sun Run 5K
6:45 a.m. 5K start. 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.
First race of the SoCal 3×5, a trio of 5K’s including the Carlsbad Surf Sun Run in January, the La Jolla Shores 5K in April and the America’s Finest City 5K in August.
Carlsbad Double Down Challenge
Are you up for an extra challenge this year at Carlsbad? Double down on race day and kick off your morning at 6:45 a.m. with the Surf Sun Run 5K then finish it off with the 7:45 a.m. Carlsbad Half Marathon. To be a part of this 16.2 challenge, just choose the Double Down Challenge during registration and on race day earn triple bling – your 5K, half marathon and Carlsbad Double Down Challenge medal! If you’ve already registered for either the 5K or the half marathon and want to take the challenge, please give us a call to upgrade.
Can’t be with us on race day? That’s okay! We have a NEW virtual race option that allows you to earn all our amazing swag but on your own time!
Register for the virtual race of your choice (Surf Sun Run 5K, Double Down Challenge, Half Marathon or Full Marathon) and your swag will include:
Technical fabric long-sleeve shirt in men’s or women’s cut
Stylish ¼ zip pullover jacket in men’s or women’s cut (not included with Surf Sun Run 5K entry)
Gorgeous finisher’s medal
About two weeks after the race, we’ll send your swag to the mailing address used during registration.
Do you want your virtual race to count towards one of our series challenges? No problem! Post-race day, you’ll receive an email allowing you to upload a link or photo of your race from your fitness tracker (i.e. Strava, Runkeeper, etc.) by March 31, 2020.
Has your race day situation changed? We can accommodate switching into or out of the virtual category through Sunday, January 5, 2020 only. Email us on or before January 5, 2020 to make the switch.
The fine print: Virtual participants are not eligible for age group or overall awards.
Get 30 or more of your co-workers, family or friends to register on your team and we’ll make space for you to have a 10 x 10 canopy in the Finish Line Festival area on race day.
This spectacular coastal marathon and half marathon offers participants breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Both courses start at the intersection of Marron and Monroe (adjacent to the southwest side of The Shoppes at Carlsbad). From there, the course heads west toward the coast and then south on the historic Highway 101/Carlsbad Boulevard. Both full and half marathoners will experience the beauty of the Pacific Ocean for the majority of their journey, traveling out and back along the historic Highway 101/Carlsbad Boulevard. Full marathoners will head south on Carlsbad Boulevard for their first coastal loop. They will turn around at La Costa and head north back to Mountain View Drive at the northern end of the village of Carlsbad where they will turn around and head south for their second coastal loop. They will turn around at Breakwater Road and head north on Carlsbad Boulevard back to the finish.
Long-sleeve, technical fabric men’s and women’s style race shirt
Technical fabric, 1/4 zip pullover (full and half marathoners only)
Personalized race bib number (first name used when registering and registered by December 15)
Sanctioned and certified course (perfect qualifier for Boston Marathon)
ChronoTrack b-tag timing
Well staffed support stations along the course route
Entertainment locations along the course route
Awesome post-race Nom Nom food bag
Exciting Health and Lifestyle Expo
Beer garden featuring Ballast Point craft beer
Fun weekend filled with events for everyone, including the Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND
The Carlsbad Marathon works with over a dozen local official charities to help raise funds and awareness for their organizations.
Carlsbad is race #1 in the Half Marathon Triple Crown. Both the full and half marathon qualify, learn more at www.TripleCrownBound.com.