Half Marathon Race Information

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Date: Sunday, January 18, 2015

Location: Carlsbad, California • Westfield Plaza Camino Real

Half Marathon Start Time:  
7:45 a.m.
Course time limit - 4.25 hours (19:27-minute-mile pace)

Half Marathon Registration Fees:

Feb. 14 - Feb. 28:
March 1 - June 11:
June 12 - August 6:
August 7 - October 8:
October 9 - sellout:

Entry Limit:


Start Rules:
• All half marathon participants (walkers & runners) start at 7:45 a.m.
• Any half marathon participant who starts earlier than the 7:45 a.m. starting time will be disqualified.
• Walkers must start in the very back of the pack allowing the runners to start first.

Time Limits:
All half marathon participants must be able to maintain a 19:27-minute-mile pace or faster throughout the event. All half marathon participants who are unable to maintain the required 19:27-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 half marathon distance.

Bib Numbers/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. 

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 ellen@inmotionevents.com 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 Shirt:
Every half marathon participant will receive a beautiful, top-quality, long-sleeve finisher's shirt. Shirts 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.

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 half marathon finishers will receive a beautiful medal after completing the half 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 with plenty of water and portable toilets. Grape flavored Ultima Replenisher will be served at approximately mile 2, 4, 6, 9 and 11 and Clif Shot Energy Gel (flavors Razz, Vanilla, Citrus and Mocha) will be available at approximately mile 4 and 8. 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.  and

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.

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 half marathon at a specific pace or that you complete the race by a certain finishing time? Let our pace team help you achieve your half marathon goals. A pace team is a group of runners led by an experienced leader who run together in the half 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 half marathon at a particular time. To learn more about this unique event feature click here.

Driving Directions to Event:
The Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon start and finish at Westfield Plaza Camino Real located at: 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008

It is easy to get to Westfield Plaza Camino Real 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.

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