Date: 4/28/19

Location: La Jolla, CA

Start Time: 6:30am

Avg Temps (f): 67/56

Time Limit: 3.5 hours

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Super scenic course but it makes you work for it with hills throughout – there’s a reason people say, “Hill Yeah!” when talking about this race
  • No aid allowed in Torrey Pines State Park, but there is aid both immediately before and after the park
  • Wave starts, which allows for less crowding, and most reports say the wave start went fairly quickly
  • While there are 4 main hills, there are rolling hills after the climb up to Torrey Pines State Park
  • Be ready to dodge pedestrian traffic around mile 11 and beyond as you run back in town and on the boardwalk
  • Give yourself plenty of time for parking in the morning, no matter which shuttle option you choose
  • While temps are likely in the 60s, it gets chilly at the finish, so have a change of clothes ready
  • Just assume there will be non-stop hills and then be pleasantly surprised when it’s flat or downhill! Lots of race reports surprised by hills even when they knew the elevation and hills ahead, especially from the Torrey Pines hill to the finish, including the hill in the last mile
  • Not a super spectator friendly course, so be ready for some quiet stretches
  • One race report noted that there weren’t course markings until mile 8 – be mentally prepared in case the course mile markers aren’t there
  • Fairly exposed course and all the more if the sun is out – be prepared with sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, etc.


Type: Point to Point

Start/Finish Info: The half marathon starts at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and runs along the coast before reaching the climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After the park, the course rolls atop Torrey Pines Mesa, runs down through the neighborhood of La Jolla Shores, and finishes in Ellen Browning Scripps Park.

Hills: Close to 1100 feet of gain over 4 main climbs: 80 feet, 200 feet, 440 feet, then 150 feet.

Course Map/Elevation Profile


Aid stations

Locations of water stations: About every mile, starting at mile 2

Locations of electrolyte stations: Approximately miles 2, 3, 5.5, 7, 8, 10 and 12

Electrolyte offered: Grape Ultima Replenisher

Spectator access

Access Locations: Likely tough given road closures and access to Torrey Pines State Park, but check out the course map for exits along I-5.

Race reports

Strava links

Race Website