FAQ

How can I check if I am registered?

Log in to Events.com, click on your name from top navigation bar and click "My Events."  This page will show all of the events you are registered for. You can also email hello@events.com to request a confirmation email.

What is the 2017 schedule of events?  

Friday, April 21
Expo................. noon to 6 p.m.
Saturday, April 22

Expo ................. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 23
Half Marathon Start/Del Mar Racetrack.................. 7:30 a.m.
5K Start/La Jolla Shores Drive & Horizon Way...... 7:30 a.m.

Where does the Expo take place?

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

What are the 2017 registration fees*?

2017 registration fee*: Half Marathon 5K
Special 2-week opening rate 
$75 $25
June 23 - August 31
$80
$30
September 1 - November 15
$90
$30
 November 16 - January 10
$100
$35
Current price until March 28
$110
$40
*Prices do not reflect processing fee

Are there time limits?

Yes.  For the half marathon you must be able to complete the course in 3 hours. This means you must maintain a 13:44-minute-per-mile pace or faster.  For the 5K, you must be able to complete the course in 1 hour. This means you must maintain a 19:21-minute-per-mile pace or faster.

Both the half marathon and 5K time limits are based on chip time, meaning the time limit countdown begins the moment the participant's timing chip passes over the start line timing mat.

Learn more about the course here.

What do I receive with my paid entry fee?

Each half marathon and 5K participant will receive:

  • Personalized bib number and timing tag
  • A short-sleeve, top-quality, technical fabric men's or women's race shirt
  • A souvenir cinch bag
  • Support stations throughout the course
  • 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
  • A complimentary Ballast Point beer at the finish line beer garden (21 & up only, until supplies last)

Half marathon finishers will also receive a beautiful finisher's medal upon completion of their event!

What are the race distances?

Half marathon - 13.1 miles
5K - 3.1 miles

Do any charities benefit from this event?

Yes!  Kiwanis Club of La Jolla raises over two hundred thousand dollars ($200,000) a year through the La Jolla Half Marathon and the funds are used specifically to address the needs of children in our wider community. Learn more here.

Can walkers do the 5K or half marathon?

Yes; however, for the half marathon you must be able to complete the course in 3 hours. This means you must maintain a 13:44-minute-per-mile pace or faster.  For the 5K, you must be able to complete the course in 1 hour. This means you must maintain a 19:21-minute-per-mile pace or faster. Learn more about the course and view course map here.

What amenities are offered on the half marathon course?

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.

Is there a VIP Package?

There is not a VIP package add-on during registration, but treat yourself to the VIP experience by staying at our official race host hotel! Steps away from the start line, your own private bathroom on race morning, super easy access to the expo and more! Click here to see the "13.1 Great Reasons to Stay at the Host Hotel" and treat yourself like a VIP!

How do I switch from the 5K to the half marathon or vice-verse?

To switch from the half marathon to the 5K, you may keep your same bib number and start your race from the 5K start area. There is no refund for the price difference. You will get an official 5K time once you cross the finish line.

To switch from the 5K to the Half Marathon, please contact us to upgrade your registration.  There is no switching from the 5K to the half marathon once the half marathon sells out.

How do I get my bib number, timing tag and race shirt?

You must pick up your race shirt, bib number and timing tag at 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. Nothing will be mailed, and while we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you request, unfortunately we cannot make any guarantees.

I can't pick up my bib number before race day. Can I pick it up race morning?

If you did not choose the race day pickup option when you registered, you can pay the $20 convenience fee by cash or credit card onsite on race morning.

If you’re unable to attend the Expo and need to pick up your bib number on race day, select the "Race Day Bib Number Pickup Convenience" option during your registration ($20.00). T-shirt pickup on race day will be located at the finish line in La Jolla Cove, and your bib number will be available for pickup from the start of your race on race day at the following times:

Half Marathon: 6 to 7 a.m.
5K: 6:30 to 7:15 a.m.

Can I have someone pick up my bib number and timing tag for me?

Yes; however, they must come with a copy of your picture ID - no exceptions.  A photocopy or picture of it on their phone will work fine.

Are there shuttles available on race day?

Yes.  Shuttles will run to and from the half marathon start, 5K start and finish festival area.  Click here for shuttle and parking details.

Where can I learn about parking?

Read through the Parking FAQ for parking details.

What is the refund policy?

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 your request with a copy of your orders to lajollainfo@inmotionevents.com no later than 10 days prior to event day.

What is the transfer policy?

The transfer policy applies to the Half Marathon only.  There will be a transfer period available from April 10, 2017 to April 14, 2017 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 entry transfer form and transfer authorization letter and pay a $20 transfer fee before the deadline. Please note that the La Jolla Half Marathon does not maintain a waiting list. Registered participants are responsible for finding transferees and making sure transfers are completed prior to the deadline.

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.

Is someone who is not registered allowed to run the course, even if they don't take a medal?

NO - if a runner is seen without a bib number while running on the course, they will be removed from the course for safety and security reasons.

Will medals be presented to half marathon and 5K finishers?

Finishing medals will be awarded to half marathon finishers only, upon completion of the race in the finish line chute. Participants who are disqualified because they were not able to complete the event in the specified time limits are excluded (see "Are there course time limits?" above).

Will there be pace groups and what are they?

Yes, there will be pace groups 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, 2:20, 2:30 and 2:45. If you are interested in being a pacer, please email lajollainfo@inmotionevents.com.

What is the policy for the use of headphones during the race?

For your safety and the safety of your fellow participants, you are encouraged NOT to use iPods, MP3 players, or similar devices during the race. However, if you choose to use such a device, it is recommended that you keep the volume at a level at which you are aware of your environment, can hear course directions and any emergency situations which may arise.

Will there be timing clocks or split time callers on the course?

No.  Since we implement a wave start for the half marathon, there are no timing clocks or split time callers on the course. If you're interested in tracking your time on race day, plan to wear or carry your GPS/timing device.

Is the La Jolla Half Marathon USAT&F sanctioned?

Yes. The La Jolla Half Marathon is run on a certified and sanctioned course.

What are the categories for age group awards?

Awards will be offered to the top three finishers, male and female,  in both the 5K and half marathon 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+. If you’re an age group winner, your award will be mailed to you approximately 3 weeks following the event.

The top three overall male and female 5K and half marathon finishers will also receive a special award, which will be presented on race day on the main stage in the finish festival. Awards will be presented for the 5K at 9:00 a.m. and for the half marathon at 10 a.m. A $1,000 cash award will be given to the first male and female who break the half marathon course record set in 2012 by Sergio Reyes (1:06:23.2) and in 1990 by Erin Baker (1:16:52).

Note: Awards will be based on net chip time and prize money will be based on clock time.

What is the average weather on race day?

50 to 55 degrees Fahrenheit at the start warming by 15 to 20 degrees by noon.

When will the results be posted?

Results will be available race day and posted at the finish line area. Results will also be available online.

What is the Half Marathon Triple CrownSM and how do I qualify for it?

The Half Marathon Triple CrownSM Series is a fun opportunity to recognize dedicated athletes who commit to complete a trio of scenic Southern California half marathons within the same calendar year. The threesome includes the Carlsbad Marathon/Half Marathon, the La Jolla Half Marathon and the America's Finest City Half Marathon. Learn more here!

Are strollers allowed?

Due to steep downhills on both the half marathon and 5K courses, strollers are not allowed in either event.

Are dogs allowed?

Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind are not allowed at the race or the expo.

Is there a minimum age requirement for the half marathon?

Although there is no official minimum age requirement for the half marathon, we recommend all half marathon participants be at least 12 years old on race day. All participants under 18 must have their event waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. In addition, we recommend everyone under 16 years of age on race day be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian (who is also registered for the event) during his/her participation.

What is the policy on racing chairs or handcycles in the half marathon or 5K?

Due to steep downhills on both the half marathon and 5K courses, racing chairs or handcycles are not allowed for safety reasons.

Why did my GPS device record a distance greater than 13.1 miles for the half marathon course?

The half marathon course is certified using USA Track & Field course measurement criteria employing the use of an Alan Jones counter. The course is measured along the shortest distance between the start line and finish line, which entails taking the straight line tangent on all curves. It is virtually impossible for anyone to run the course exactly as measured, even the front runners.

A GPS device measures distance wherever you go during the race. If you go to the side of the road to a water station, the GPS records this extra distance. If you zig-zag around other runners in the first few miles, the GPS measures the extra distance. Wherever you do not run the short line tangent in the road, the additional distance you cover is measured by the GPS. A GPS device worn in a race will always record a distance greater than an accurately measured course.

I have a question not addressed here, who do I contact?

Please call us at 760.692.2900 or send an email to lajollainfo@inmotionevents.com

 

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