San Diego Half Marathon Race Info

Date: 3/10/2019

Location: San Diego, CA (Petco Park)

Start Time: 7:30am

Avg Temps (f): 65/53

Time Limit: 3 hours, 30 minutes

Lessons Learned from Race Reports

  • Just before the “big hill” at mile ~8, there are two smaller hills, which tend to surprise people
  • At the top of the hill, it doesn’t start going down right away. It flattens out for a bit, then starts the descent, so be ready for that adjustment and don’t expect an immediate relief with a downhill
  • Use the downhill to get some speed back, especially since it’s the last miles of the race
  • A mixed bag of weather in past years, so be prepared for sun, heat, rain, and humidity
  • The race tends to be on the weekend of Daylight Savings Time – pay attention to that and know you’ll already get an hour less of sleep because of it!
  • Typically not a lot of spectators or race entertainment on the course, so many parts can feel very quiet
  • While the hill is a big one, the beginning is so flat and the final miles are such a good downhill, that it’s still possible to run a fairly fast time.


Type: Loop with Start/Finish very close to each other

Start/Finish Info: Start just outside of Petco Park and finish inside the baseball stadium

Hills: One gradual hill gain of ~300 feet from miles ~8-10.5

Course Map/Elevation

Google Course Map


Aid stations

Locations of water/electrolyte stations: About every 1-1.5 miles

Electrolyte offered: Ultima Replenisher, Cherry Pomegranate

Spectator access

Access Locations: Likely best from miles 6-13, as miles 1-2 are around Downtown with street closures likely, and miles 2-5 are along the waterfront, passing by the San Diego Airport. See the Course Map for more info.


Race reports

Chris B’s 2019 Race Report

Philippe D’s 2019 Race Report

Strava links

Race Website