January 18, 2016
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Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half

More than a race, Carlsbad is an unforgettable experience.

Carlsbad is a winter marathon and half marathon unlike any other. From our ideal weather conditions to our spectacular coastal course, our award winning event will wow you. Our 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of our outstanding features. We also offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeve technical fabric shirt, virtual goody bag, spectacular finisher's medal, post-race mylar blanket, refreshments (including chocolate milk!) and much more. Our boutique style event with an emphasis on quality and individual service sets us apart from the mega marathons. Register early to save money and your spot - our races will sell out!

26.2 - Full Marathon

The full marathon starts and finishes at Westfield Carlsbad. After the starter's gun goes off, marathoners will head for the coast passing the Buena Vista Lagoon and out to Carlsbad Boulevard (Highway 101) north to the north Carlsbad city limit, then south on Carlsbad Boulevard (Highway 101), east on Palomar Airport Road for a 3-mile trip inland, then out to the coast and south on Carlsbad Boulevard (Highway 101) to a U-turn at La Costa Avenue, then back up the coast to the finish line.

The marathon course is rolling. Much of it is along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The highest point of elevation is 308 feet above sea level reached gradually between miles 5 and 9. Click here for Full Marathon information page.

13.1 - Half Marathon

The half marathon course is one of the fastest in the San Diego area and the U.S. It starts and finishes at the same location as the marathon; however, the races have different start times and the courses are not the same. After the starter's gun goes off, half marathoners will pass the Buena Vista Lagoon as they head out to Carlsbad Boulevard (Highway 101) and along the ocean to the turnaround point at Breakwater Road and back to the finish line. The out-and-back course is gently rolling, with no major elevation changes. Run this course and you will see why some of the fastest half marathon times in the U.S. are run here. Click here for Half Marathon information page.

Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND

Though created for kids ages 12 and under, everyone is welcome to participate. Moms, dads, and big kids are invited to join the fun in this non-competitive 1-mile run/walk through LEGOLAND® California. The Kids Marathon Mile will start just outside of the LEGOLAND® main entrance along the Tyke Hike. The course will continue into LEGOLAND® making a loop of the park, exiting and finishing outside the park along the Tyke Hike. All of the pre and post race activities will take place in the lower parking lot of LEGOLAND®. Click here for Kids Marathon Mile information page.

Event Info

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Time Limits:

All full marathon participants who are unable to maintain the required 13:44-minute-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 full marathon distance

Boston Qualifier:

The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon is a qualifier to Boston. Click here to learn the current Boston qualifying times.

Bib Number/Timing Tag:

We use the ChronoTrack's B-Tag. The B-tag is a disposable tag that is mounted on your bib number. 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. Please note that bib numbers will not be mailed out. They must be picked up in person at the Health & Lifestyle Expo. Be prepared to show your photo ID to claim your bib number. Bib numbers are nontransferable* and irreplaceable if lost, and entry fees are nonrefundable* (see below for only exceptions). Click here to learn more about the Expo.

Race Shirt & Special Gift:

Every marathon participant will receive a top-quality, long-sleeve finisher's shirt as well as an additional gift. This year's 2015 special gift is a full zip, technical fabric running jacket! Shirts and the gift must be picked up at the Health & Lifestyle Expo during regular Expo hours. They will not be mailed. While we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you request, unfortunately we cannot make any guarantees. Click here to learn more about the Expo including the Expo dates and times.

Cancellation 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 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 no later than 10 days prior to event day.

What is the transfer policy?

Once the race sells out and transfer period begins, 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 Carlsbad 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.

Race Day Gear Check:

Check your gear race morning inside the big expo tent using the ORANGE 16.5" x 14.5" CINCH BAG you will receive at packet pickup. 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 orange 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.


In recognition of their accomplishment, all Marathon finishers will receive a beautiful medal after completing the marathon. In addition the awards will be presented at the post-race awards ceremony to the following: 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+. A special military division will award the top 3 active duty military finishers, male and female in the following age groups: 29 & under, 30-39, and 40+. Please note: age group awards will be based on net chip time and prize money will be based on clock time.

Water Stations/Course Support:

Keep yourself hydrated! Fully staffed and equipped water stations will be positioned along the course (approximately every mile beginning at mile 2) with plenty of water and portable toilets. More Orangey Orange Ultima Replenisher will be served at approximately mile 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24 and gel will be available at approximately mile 4, 8, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 22. Please help us keep the course clean and ensure this event continues for years to come by using the provided trash boxes near the aid stations and along the course.


Tri-City Medical Center provides all 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.

Drug Testing:

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.

Pace Groups:

Want to make sure you run your marathon at a specific pace or that you complete the race by a certain finishing time? Let our pace team help you achieve your marathon goals. A pace team is a group of runners led by an experienced leader who run together in the marathon. The pace leader runs a steady pace and keeps track of that pace so that the group can achieve their goal of finishing the marathon at a particular time. All pacers will be available at the Health & Lifestyle Expo on Saturday from noon to 2:00 p.m. for those who are interested in meeting with their pacer before the race. On race day, they will be holding their pace signs. Click here for finish time details.

Driving Directions to Event:

The Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon start and finish at Westfield Carlsbad located at: 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008. It is easy to get to Westfield Carlsbad by car, and with over 6,000 FREE and convenient parking spaces it's just as easy to park. If you're coming from the north we recommend you take Interstate 5 South to Highway 78 East, exit at El Camino Real and head south. The mall is located on your right. If you're coming from the south we recommend you take Interstate 5 North and exit at La Costa or Tamarack and head east to El Camino Real. Turn left onto El Camino Real and proceed until you see Plaza Camino Real on your left. Note: From La Costa Avenue, you will travel approximately 9 miles on El Camino Real before you see the mall on your left. From Tamarack, you will travel approximately 3 miles before you see the mall on your left. An alternate route from the 5 North is to take Highway 78 East, exit at El Camino Real and head south. The mall is located on your right.

Registration Fees:

  • Feb 14 - Feb 28:
  • $95
  • March 1 - June 11:
  • $100
  • June 12 - August 6:
  • $120
  • August 7 - October 8:
  • $130
  • October 9 - sellout:
  • $145