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.

Course

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

https://www.sugarruns.com/blog/2018/3/15/san-diego-half-marathon-race-recap

https://raceraves.com/races/san-diego-half-marathon/

https://www.bibrave.com/races/san-diego-half-marathon-reviews#.XEY9aFxKg2w

http://www.carleemcdot.com/2016/03/san-diego-half-marathon-race-recap.html

http://myrunexperiment.com/2016/03/15/san-diego-half-race-recap-4-min-pr/

Strava links

https://www.strava.com/running-races/2016-san-diego-half-marathon

Race Website

https://sdhalfmarathon.com/