Friday, January 18
- 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. – Health & Lifestyle Expo at The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Saturday, January 19
- 6:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.—Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND
- 6:30 a.m. – LEGOLAND parking lot open (free parking)
- 7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m.—Kids Marathon Mile Event Day Registration
- 8:00 a.m. – Kids Marathon Mile Races Start
- 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. – Health & Lifestyle Expo at The Shoppes at Carlsbad
Sunday, January 20
- 6:15 a.m. – Marathon Start
- 6:45 – 5K Start
- 7:45 a.m. – Half Marathon Start
You can find the full marathon, half marathon and Surf Sun Run 5K course maps here.
Each participant will receive:
- Long-sleeve, top-quality, technical fabric shirt
- Technical fabric 1/4 zip pullover jacket*
- Complimentary beer in the post-race beer garden, sponsored by Ballast Point!
- Cinch bag
- Personalized bib number (if registered by December 15, 2019)
- Support stations and entertainment at every mile
- Mylar blankets
- Dazzling finisher’s medal
- Nom Nom bag filled with tasty and nutritious refueling foods at the finish line (including chocolate milk!)
- Finish line festival with live band, refreshments and celebration!
*1/4 zip pullover jackets are for full and half marathon participants only
Yes! We offer a VIP Coastal Comfort Package for full marathon and half marathon participants. Enhance your race experience by choosing this add-on during the registration process. This luxury experience includes: Race day VIP parking, complimentary race day packet pickup (including your bib number, long-sleeve technical shirt, 1/4 zip pullover and cinch bag), private gear drop off and pickup, changing tent, exclusive use of VIP restrooms, access to our heated VIP tent featuring pre- and post-race food and beverage and a 10-minute post-race massage.
Cost is $195 and limited to 100. To add this package after registration, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! During registration, you can choose to sign up as an individual or join a team. Once a team has been created, it will be available for other participants to join as well. The first person to create the team automatically becomes the team captain. We do not offer team scoring. Team registration is just for fun!
If your team has 30 or more members by December you qualify for a team booth in our Finish Line Festival! We will contact team captains in December if they qualify.
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 email@example.com to request a confirmation email.
- Full marathon – 26.2 miles
- Half marathon – 13.1 miles
- 5K – 3.1 miles
- Kids Marathon Mile – 1 mile
The half marathon is walker-friendly but the full marathon is not. There is a strict 6-hour time limit for the full marathon which means you must be able to maintain a 13:44 minute-per-mile pace or faster for the entire 26.2 miles. For the half marathon, you must be able to complete the ee in 4 hours. This means you must maintain a 18:19 minute-per-mile pace or faster for the entire 13.1 miles. Both the full and half marathon 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.
All half marathon participants who are unable to maintain the required 18:19 minute-per-mile pace and all full marathoners who are unable to maintain the required 13:44-minute-per-mile pace will be redirected at Carlsbad Boulevard/Hwy 101 and Carlsbad Village Drive to the finish line via an alternate route. These participants will be using the sidewalk and will be considered pedestrians. The diverted route will be marked and supported, and will equal the half marathon or full marathon distance.
There is a strict 1-hour time limit for finishing the 5K. All participants must be able to maintain a 19:21-minute-per-mile pace or faster throughout the event.
Yes! There is an Official Charities program that provides more than 20 non-profit organizations with a platform to raise funds and awareness for their causes. Each year they raise more than a quarter of a million dollars and every penny goes directly to their organizations. Read about the 2018 Official Charities here.
Being as great as it is, we felt our “finisher food bag” needed a new name! So we introduced… ta-dah… the Nom Nom Bag! When you cross the finish line, you will be handed a pre-packed Nom Nom bag, filled with lots of love and nutritious and refueling foods – just what your body needs after your race.
Yes. Full marathon participants must maintain the required 13:44 minute-per-mile pace or faster to complete the marathon in 6 hours or less. Half marathon participants must maintain a 18:19 minute-per-mile pace or faster to finish the half marathon in 4 hours or less. 5K participants must maintain a 19:21-minute-per-mile pace or faster to finish the 5K in 1 hour or less.
All half marathon participants who are unable to maintain the required 18:19 minute-per-mile pace and all full marathoners who are unable to maintain the required 13:44 minute-per-mile pace will be redirected at Carlsbad Boulevard/Hwy 101 and Carlsbad Village Drive to the finish line via an alternate route. These participants will be using the sidewalk and will be considered pedestrians. The diverted route will be marked and supported, and will equal the half marathon or full marathon distance.
Switching FROM the Full Marathon TO the Half Marathon
To switch from the full marathon to the half marathon please email your girls at In Motion with your first name, last name and your estimated finish time for the half marathon. NOTE: You must do so before the half marathon sells out and you will not be refunded the difference in price between the full marathon entry fee and the half marathon entry fee.
Switching FROM the 5K or Half Marathon TO the Full Marathon
To switch from the 5K or half marathon to the full marathon please call your girls at In Motion at 760-692-2900. We will need your estimated finish time for the full marathon and your credit card number. NOTE: You must do this before the full marathon sells out and you will need to pay the difference between what you initially paid for your 5K or half marathon entry fee and the current full marathon entry fee, plus the applicable processing fee.
Switching FROM the 5K TO the Half Marathon
To switch from the 5K to the half marathon please call your girls at In Motion at 760-692-2900. We will need your estimated finish time for the half marathon and your credit card number. NOTE: You must do this before the half marathon sells out and you will need to pay the difference between what you initially paid for your 5K entry fee and the half marathon entry fee, plus the applicable processing fee.
Switching FROM the Full or Half Marathon TO the 5K
To switch from the full or half marathon to the 5K, you will keep your same bib and start your race from the start line at the 5K start time 6:45 AM. There is no refund for the price difference.
Note: You must participate in the event you are registered for and will not receive a finisher’s shirt or medal for another event.
All participants must pick up their bib number with timing tag attached, race shirt and ¼ zip* at the expo on Friday or Saturday during regular expo hours. They will not be mailed. At the expo, you’ll first pick up your bib number (you must have your photo ID) and will then use your bib number to pick up your race shirt and ¼ zip. While we do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt and ¼ zip size you request, unfortunately, we cannot make any guarantees.
If you’re unable to attend the expo, you may authorize someone to pick up your items for you. This person must come with a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID.
*1/4 zips are for full and half marathon participants only
IMPORTANT: If you’re unable to attend the expo to pick up your bib number, race shirt and ¼ zip, be sure to select the Race Day Pickup option and pay the additional $20 convenience fee when you register. If you’ve already registered and want to add the Race Day Pickup, you can log in to Events.com and add it to your registration. If you do not already have an Events.com account, you will need to create one using these easy instructions. Anyone attempting to pick up their bib number on race day who hasn’t paid the $20 fee will be required to pay on site (cash or credit card accepted). Race day bib pickup will be available starting at 5:15 a.m. inside the expo tent.
Yes, if you’re unable to attend the expo, you may authorize someone to pick up your items for you. This person must come with a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID.
If you’re unable to attend the expo or send someone in your place to pick up your bib number, race shirt and ¼ zip, be sure to select the Race Day Pickup option and pay the additional $20 convenience fee when you register. If you’ve already registered and want to add the Race Day Pickup, you can log in to Events.com and add it to your registration. If you do not already have an Events.com account, you will need to create one using these easy instructions. Anyone attempting to pick up their bib number on race day who hasn’t paid the $20 fee will be required to pay onsite (cash or credit card accepted). Race day bib pickup will be available starting at 5:15 a.m. inside the expo tent.
Friday, January 18 – 12 to 5 PM
Saturday, January 19 – 10 AM to 5 PM
The expo is held in a 20,000-square-foot “big top” tent in the southwest corner of The Shoppes at Carlsbad shopping center. Located just steps from the marathon, half marathon and 5K start/finish lines, this is the perfect venue for our large expo. Remember, this shopping experience is FREE and open to all, so bring your family and friends.
The Shoppes at Carlsbad
2525 El Camino Real
Carlsbad, CA 92008
Yes. If you’re unable to pick up your bib number and timing tag before race day, you can pick it up race morning for a $20 fee. You can pay the $20 fee on race morning if you didn’t select the “Race Day Pickup” option when you registered – cash and credit card accepted.
If you are participating in the 5K, you are able to pick up your supplies on race day without a fee.
All entry fees are NONREFUNDABLE, NONTRANSFERABLE* and NONDEFERRABLE with the following exceptions ONLY:
Active duty military members who are unable to participate because they are unexpectedly deployed may choose to either defer their entry to the following year’s race or receive a refund less a $15 administration fee. Email request with a copy of orders to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10 days prior to event day.
*See transfer period details below.
The transfer period will be available from January 7 – January 11, 2019. During this timeframe only, you will be able to transfer your entry to someone else. Additional instructions will be given at that time.
Participating with a bib number 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 Half Marathon Triple Crown events.
Keep yourself hydrated! Fully staffed and equipped support stations are located at approximately every mile on the full marathon, half marathon and 5K courses. Water and portable toilets will be available at every support station.
In addition, Ultima Replenisher will be available approximately every other mile starting at (approximately) mile 2 for full and half marathoners.
GU Energy Gel will also be available at (approximately) miles 4, 8, 10, 14, 16 and 23 for full marathoners and at (approximately) mile 3.5 and 10 for half marathoners.
Please help us keep the course clean and ensure this event continues for years to come by using the provided trash boxes near the support stations and along the course.
Check your gear race morning inside the big expo tent using the 16.5” x 14.5” cinch bag you will receive at the expo. The cinch bag will have a white box for you to write in your bib number. If you don’t want to write your number on the bag, write it on a piece of duct tape and place it over the white box. If you forget your cinch bag on race morning, a clear plastic 11” x 16” bag will be provided for you.
As a safety precaution, backpacks and duffle bags will not be accepted. Do not check any valuables and keep in mind we are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Bags may be claimed after your race. 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 Gear Check will be donated to local shelters.
Tri-City Medical Center provides all of our race day medical services including a complete medical station positioned along the course at Cannon Park, a crew of doctors on bikes monitoring the course, and a field hospital at the finish line.
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.
Since the full and half marathon have different start times and share parts of the same course, and because 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, either join a pace group or plan to wear or carry your GPS/timing device on race day.
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 7:45 AM. Waves will go off every 2 to 3 minutes. Any half marathon participant who starts earlier than the 7:45 a.m. starting time will be disqualified. Walkers and participants with strollers must start in the very back of the pack allowing the runners to start first.
To ensure an accurate time, race bibs must be clearly visible on the front of the torso and not covered by outer apparel, unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle) and pinned in all four corners. Timing chips WILL NOT register if placed elsewhere on the body.
We use ChronoTrack’s B-Tag. The B-tag is a disposable tag that is mounted on the back of your bib number. Do not remove or tamper with your timing tag from your bib number.
Yes! Gorgeous finisher medals are presented to each marathon, half marathon and 5K finisher 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).
Yes. Click here to learn about the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon official charities.
Yes. The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon is a qualifier to Boston. Click here to learn the current Boston qualifying times.
Yes. The Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon are both run on certified and sanctioned courses.
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+.
If you’re an age group winner, your award will be mailed to you approximately 2 weeks following the event. .
Note: Awards will be based on net chip time and prize money will be based on clock time.
Although there are no official minimum age requirements for either the full marathon or the half marathon, we recommend full marathon participants be at least 16 years old on race day and 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.
Yes, in the half marathon only. The racing chair and handcycle division starts 5 minutes prior to the half marathon start. The division is limited to 10 athletes and anyone interested in participating must agree to the policy, complete a short questionnaire and receive confirmation of their participation by the race organizer.
Yes, a participant can push another individual in a wheelchair in either the full marathon or the half marathon. Both the participant and the individual being pushed in the wheelchair must be registered for the event they are participating in and be able to complete the course within the established time limit. For the full marathon, the participant pushing the individual in the wheelchair can line up wherever he/she would like at the start line. For the half marathon, the participant must choose an anticipated finish time during the registration process and should line up at the back of the corresponding corral at the start line.
Race day is typically 45 to 50 degrees Fahrenheit at the start of the marathon, warming 15 to 20 degrees by noon.
Results will be available race day and posted right inside the entrance to the expo tent.
Results will also be available online the day of your race, with a link posted on our homepage.
The Half Marathon Triple Crown is a fun opportunity to recognize the dedicated half marathoners who enter these three top quality events. With the three races spaced evenly apart; winter, spring and summer, it allows participants the time to train and recover adequately from all three events.
All of the half marathons are known for their spectacular scenery. The Carlsbad Half Marathon in January boasts an oceanfront course in Carlsbad, 30 miles north of San Diego. The La Jolla Half Marathon held in April features a point-to-point course stretching from the quaint seaside village of Del Mar to La Jolla. The America’s Finest City Half Marathon (AFC) held each August, runs from the historic Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, then along the San Diego Harbor before winding through downtown San Diego and finishing in beautiful Balboa Park.
To qualify for the Triple Crown, simply register for and complete (within each event’s time limit) the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon OR Half Marathon, the La Jolla Half Marathon, and the American’s Finest City Half Marathon all in the same calendar year and we’ll take care of the rest! Special commemorative medals will be waiting for all who qualify at the Triple Crown booth located at the finish area of the America’s Finest City Half Marathon. Click here to learn more.
Starting with the 2018 Half Marathon Triple Crown, participants will be eligible for a TRIPLE Triple Crown medal by completing the Half Marathon Triple Crown series in three consecutive years. That’s right, on year three you will receive TRIPLE bling at the AFC Finish Line Festival and at the end of the TRIPLE Triple Crown series you will have received 13 medals!!
For those of you who have already completed the Half Marathon Triple Crown series two or more times, you will only need to complete the series one more time to receive your TRIPLE Triple Crown medal. You will first be eligible upon completion of the Half Marathon Triple Crown in 2018; however, once you’ve accepted your first TRIPLE Triple Crown medal, the challenge restarts and you are eligible again after three consecutive years of Half Marathon Triple Crown completion.
Just like the Half Marathon Triple Crown, we will keep track of your eligibility. You don’t need to do anything except sign up for the races and make sure you have a TRIPLE Triple Crown bib for AFC in your final year of the series.
Click here for more information.
The SoCal 3×5 is a fun opportunity to recognize our dedicated 5K participants who complete a quality trio of 5K events. The series starts in January with the Carlsbad Surf Sun Run 5K featuring an out and back course that passes by the beautiful Buena Vista Lagoon and starts and finishes at The Shoppes at Carlsbad, the same location as the Carlsbad full and half marathon. Next is the La Jolla Shores 5K in April featuring a point-to-point course that starts at the top of La Jolla Shores Drive (near UCSD) and takes runners down to an exciting finishing at the La Jolla Cove sweeping ocean views all along the way. The series finishes in August with the America’s Finest City 5K, featuring a mostly flat loop course in historic and beautiful Balboa Park. All three events feature fun, post-race festivals each complete with a craft beer garden, live entertainment and vendor booths.
To qualify for the SoCal 3×5, simply register for and complete (within each event’s time limit) the Carlsbad Surf Sun Run 5K, the La Jolla Shores 5K and the America’s Finest City 5K in the same calendar year and we’ll take care of the rest! Special commemorative medals will be waiting for all who qualify at the SoCal 3×5 bling bestowment booth located in the America’s Finest City Half Marathon finish line festival. Click here to learn more.
Complimentary pace groups will be provided by the Road Runner Sports Pace Team. Pace group leaders run a steady pace throughout the race so members of their group are able to finish the full or half marathon in the projected finish time for that group. Pace groups with the following target finish times will be offered on race day (times are subject to change):
1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00
3:30, 3:45, 4:00, 4:15, 4:30, 4:45, 5:00
All pacers will be available at the Health & Lifestyle Expo on Saturday, time TBA, for those who are interested in meeting with their pacer before the race. On race day, they will be holding their pace signs. To learn more about being a pacer, please send us an email.
Please note: besides the clock at the finish line, there are no additional clocks or timers on the course.
Unofficial pacers, cyclists, skaters or anyone not registered for the race are strictly prohibited.
Anyone participating with a jogging stroller must stage at the very back of the pack (regardless of wave number if participating in the half marathon).
Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind except for service animals are not allowed at the race or the expo.
The half marathon and marathon courses are certified using USA Track & Field course measurement criteria employing the use of an Alan Jones counter. The courses are 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.
Yes! Registration insurance is available for purchase during the checkout process through TicketGuardian. If you can’t attend this event for any of the fifteen (15) covered reasons, you will be reimbursed for your whole registration cost and processing fees, excluding the insurance premium per the insurance company’s guidelines. See full coverage details here. The insurance charge is in addition to the cost of your registration and will be billed separately by TicketGuardian.
If you need to file a claim and you purchased insurance on or before 3/1/18, click here. If you purchased insurance after 3/1/18, click here. Claims must be filed no later than (72) hours after the start of the event or (60) days from the date of loss; whichever time limit occurs first.
If you have already registered for the event and would like to purchase insurance separately, you can do so here. Insurance must be purchased at least 24 hours before the event start time.
Yes. Athletes who participate in this competition are subject to formal drug testing in accordance with USA Track and Field and IAAF Rule 55. Athletes found positive for banned substances, or who refuse the test will be disqualified from this event and will be ineligible for future competitions. Some prescription and over-the-counter medications contain banned substances. Call the USO Drug Hotline at 800/233-0393 for information regarding drugs and for testing.
The Kids Marathon Mile takes place in Carlsbad at LEGOLAND® California on Saturday morning the day before the Carlsbad full marathon, half marathon and 5K. This great theme park is located at One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008. Learn more here.
Just contact your girls at In Motion by calling us at 760.692.2900 or sending an email to email@example.com.