La Jolla Half Marathon

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Sunday, April 22, 2018


Current price
*Price does not include processing fee.

Included in your registration

  • Technical fabric, men's and women's race shirts
  • Personalized bib number
  • Keepsake cinch bag
  • Support stations throughout course
  • Custom finisher's medal
  • Finish line treats including chocolate milk, water and finisher food bag filled with delicious recovery snacks
  • Finish line festival with live band, refreshments and local vendors
  • Complimentary beer in the beer garden (ages 21 and up, must have ID)
  • Second race in the Half Marathon Triple CrownSM Series


100% of net proceeds benefit the youth, senior and community programs of the La Jolla Kiwanis Foundation.

Event Course

Click here for the course map. 
The race starts at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and runs along a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After leaving the park, the course rolls atop Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through the residential district of La Jolla Shores, and finishes in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove.

Course Time Limit

There is a 3-hour time limit (based on chip time) for finishing this event. All participants must be able to maintain a 13:44-minute-mile pace or faster throughout the event.

Entry Limit

To ensure the best possible participant experience, the race field is limited to 7,250.  The event does sell out, so register early to save money and your spot!

Wave Start

We use a multi-wave start and your bib number will have your wave number on it. Everyone, regardless of his or her indicated wave number, must be at the race start line when the gun goes off at 7:30 a.m.

Course Support

Fully staffed and equipped water stations will be positioned along the course approximately every mile (2, 3, 4, 5.5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11.5 and 12) with plenty of water and portable toilets. Grape Ultima Replenisher will also be served at approximately miles 2, 3, 5.5, 7, 8, 10 and 12.  Please note that we are no longer permitted to have a support station inside Torrey Pines State Park.  There will still be one before and one after exiting the park.


If you experience a medical problem on the course, go to the nearest water station where a medical representative will be called to assist you. If you are unable to finish the race, shuttle transportation back to the finish can also be called from every water station. Race Guards trained in CPR and first aid will also be out on the course.

There will be a medical tent in the secure, fenced-in finish chute, just beyond the finish line.

Pace Groups 

Complimentary Pace Groups will be provided by Road Runner Sports.  Pace group leaders run a steady pace throughout the race so members of their group are able to finish the half marathon in the projected finish time for that group.  Pace groups with the following target finish times will be offered (times are subject to change): 1:30, 1:35, 1:40, 1:45, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:30 and 2:45.

Bib Number and Shirt Pickup

You must pick up your bib number and shirt at the La Jolla Half Marathon Expo. Be prepared to show your photo ID to claim your bib number. You may designate a person to pick up your bib number but they must present a copy of your picture ID – no exceptions.

Expo dates:
Friday, April 20 ........ noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 21 .... 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Expo location:
Hilton San Diego/Del Mar
15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
Del Mar, CA 92014

Race Day Bib Number Pickup

If you’re unable to attend the La Jolla Half Marathon Expo and need to pick up your bib number on race day, select the Race Day Bib Number Pickup Convenience option during your registration ($20).  If you did not choose this option, you can pay by cash or credit card onsite. Your bib number will be available for pickup from a tent near the start on race day between 6 and 7:15 a.m. Anyone attempting to pickup their bib number on Sunday who hasn't paid the $20 fee will be required to pay onsite. Race shirts will be available for pick up at the finish line in La Jolla Cove.

Timing and Race Results

We use ChronoTrack's B-Tag timing system to score our event. Official results and age group awards will be based on your chip time (net time on the course). Course record cash awards will be based on gun time. All runners must attach the timing device as instructed or they will not be timed and ineligible for any award. Results will be posted in the finish line area and also after the race on our website.

Race Day Parking and Shuttles

Race day parking is available at the Del Mar Racetrack; however, it will be VERY BUSY! Delays getting in are guaranteed. Be sure to give yourself an extra thirty to forty-five minutes travel time before the race. We also strongly suggest you carpool if possible. You may also park at the La Jolla Cove and take a shuttle from the Cove to the start line at the Del Mar Racetrack. These shuttles will run from 4:30 to 5:30 a.m. Please note that the last shuttle leaves the Cove promptly at 5:30 a.m.

Shuttle details can be found here.

Race Day Gear Check

You may check your gear on race morning at both the half marathon and 5K start lines at the Gear Check area.

All checked gear must fit into on 11" x 16" bag which will be supplied by the race.  You may not check any backpacks or duffle bags. Don’t pack valuables and keep in mind the race organizers are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Bags may be claimed after your race from the Gear Pickup tent at the finish line. Do not discard gear at the start line. All items left at the start line, on the course or not claimed on race day from the Gear Pickup tent will be donated to local shelters. Any bags left unattended will be removed by security.

The Finish

The race finishes at the La Jolla Cove. Click here for driving directions. After your race enjoy post-race festivities including live music and a beer garden for participants age 21 and older with proper ID. An awards presentation will take place at 9:30 a.m.

Click here for a map of available parking in the La Jolla Cove/finish line area.

Post Race Shuttles

Post race shuttles will run from the La Jolla Cove to the Del Mar Racetrack from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Please note: due to traffic, shuttles may take up to an hour or more to get from the Cove to the Del Mar Racetrack.

For more shuttle details click here.


All finisher’s who complete the race in 3 hours or less (based on chip time) will be presented a finisher’s medal at the finish line. The top three overall male and female half marathon finishers will also receive a special award, which will be presented at 10 a.m. on race day on the main stage in the finish festival.

Additionally, age group awards are also given. If you’re an age group winner, your award will be mailed to you approximately 3 weeks following the event. Awards will be offered to the first three finishers, male and female,  in the following age groups: 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+.

A $1,000 cash award will be given to the first male and female who break the course record set in 2012 by Sergio Reyes (1:06:23.2) and in 1990 by Erin Baker (1:16:52).


All entry fees are NONREFUNDABLE and NONTRANSFERABLE with the following exceptions ONLY:

Active duty military members who are unable to participate because they are unexpectedly deployed may request a refund less a $15 administration fee. Email request with a copy of orders to no later than 10 days prior to event day.

There will be a transfer period available from April 9, 2018 to April 13, 2018 at which time any registered participant may transfer his or her entry to another person. To transfer a confirmed entry, the new registrant must complete and return the transfer form and letter of authorization from the previous registrant along with a transfer fee of $20. Please note that we do not not maintain a wait list. The registered participant is responsible for finding the transferee and making sure the transfer is completed prior to the deadline. Transfer form will be available for download here closer to the event date.

Participating with a bib number and timing tag not officially assigned to you is not permitted. If race officials discover that this has occurred, you and the original registered participant will be banned from this event and future Triple Crown events.




Event Contact Information

In Motion, Inc.





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