FAQ's


Frequently Asked Questions
 
What is the 2015 schedule of events?
Friday, January 16
Health & Lifestyle Expo................................2 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, January 17
Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND
LEGOLAND parking lot open (free parking)....6:30 a.m.
Kids Event Day Registration.........................7 to 7:50 a.m.
Kids Mile Races Start..................................8 a.m.
Health & Lifestyle Expo...............................10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, January 18
Marathon Start............................................6:15 a.m.    
Half Marathon Start......................................7:45 a.m. 
Are there course time limits?
Yes, for the full marathon you must be able to complete the course in 6 hours. This means you must maintain a 13:44-minute-per-mile pace or faster. For the half marathon, you must be able to complete the course in 4.25 hours. This means you must maintain a 19:27-minute-per-mile pace or faster.
 
How do I switch from the full marathon to the half marathon or vice versa?  
To switch from the full marathon to the half marathon, you must do so BEFORE THE HALF MARATHON SELLS OUT. To make this switch you must email ellen@inmotionevents.com and include your full name, age, and that you want to switch from the full marathon to the half marathon. After the half marathon sells out, you cannot switch your race. Please note you will not be refunded the difference in price between the full marathon entry fee and the half marathon entry fee.  You will also not receive the marathon gift if you switch from the full to the half marathon
 
To switch from the half marathon to the full marathon, you must do so BEFORE THE FULL MARATHON SELLS OUT. To make this switch you must email ellen@inmotionevents.com and include your full name, age, and that you want to switch from the half marathon to the full marathon. After the full marathon sells out, you cannot switch your race. The credit card you used to register will be charged the current entry fee difference between what you initially paid for your half marathon entry fee and the current full marathon entry fee.

Note: You must participate in the event you are registered for and will not receive a finisher's shirt or medal for another event.

Where does the Health & Lifestyle Expo take place?
The expo is held in a 20,000-square-foot "big top" tent just steps from the start finish line at Westfield Plaza Camino Real.

Where does the Kids Marathon Mile take place?
The Kids Marathon Mile takes place in Carlsbad at LEGOLAND® California. This great theme park is located at One Legoland Drive, Carlsbad, CA 92008.

How do I get my bib number and timing tag?
Your bib number with your timing tag attached and T-shirt will all be available for pickup at the expo on Friday or Saturday. You must provide a photo ID to pick up your bib number. You will use your bib number to pick up your race T-shirt.

 
How do I get my shirt?
Shirts must be picked up at the Expo during regular Expo hours. Shirts will not be mailed.  At the Expo, you will first pick up your bib number and timing tag and will then use your bib number to pick up your shirt. While we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you request, unfortunately we cannot make any guarantees.

I can't pick up my bib number before race day. Can I pick it up race morning?
If you are unable to pick up your bib number and timing tag before race day, you must select the Race Day Pickup option and pay an additional $20 convenience fee when registering. Call 760.692.2900 if you've already registered and want to add the convenience fee.

Can I have someone pick up my bib number and timing tag for me?
Yes; however, they must come with a photocopy or picture of your ID - no exceptions.

What is the refund 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 next year’s race or receive a refund less a $15 administration fee. To qualify you must submit a copy of your official military orders along with a written request 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.

What do I receive with my paid entry fee?
Each full and half marathon participant will receive:
• a bib number and timing tag - bib number MUST be worn on race day in order to participate
• a long-sleeve, top-quality, technical fabric shirt
• a gorgeous and substantial finisher's medal
• access to online virtual goodie bag
• a finish line food bag filled with tasty and nutritious refueling foods at the finish line and much more!
*Special gift (TBA) to each full marathoner

What are the race distances?

Full marathon - 26.2 miles
Half marathon - 13.1 miles
Kids Marathon Mile - 1 mile

Can walkers do the full or half marathon?
Yes; however, for the full marathon you must be able to complete the course in 6 hours. This means you must maintain a 13:44-minute-per-mile pace or faster. For the half marathon, you must be able to complete the course in 4.25 hours. This means you must maintain a 19:27-minute-per-mile pace or faster.

What amenities are offered on the marathon and half marathon course?
Support stations are located at approximately every mile on both the full and half marathon course.  Each support station includes porta-potties and water.  In addition,  Grape Ultima Replenisher will be available at approximately mile 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22 and 24.  Clif Shot Gel (flavors Razz, Vanilla, Citrus and Mocha) will be available at approximately mile 4, 8, 13, 15, 17, 19 and 22.

What is the policy for the use of headphones during the race? 
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.

Will there be timing clocks or split time callers on the course?
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 sign up for a pace group or plan to wear or carry your GPS/timing device on race day.

Will medals be presented to full and half marathon finishers?
Yes, gorgeous finisher medals are presented to each marathon and half marathon 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).

Can I make my miles count and raise money for charity?
Yes. Click here to learn about the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon official charities.

Is the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon a Boston Marathon qualifier?

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

Is the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon USAT&F sanctioned?
Yes. The Carlsbad Marathon and Half Marathon are both run on certified and sanctioned courses.

What are the categories for age group awards? 
The first three finishers, male and female, in the following age groups will be given awards: 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+.

Awards will be available at the Information booth. Awards not picked up at the Information booth will be mailed out after the race.

Note: Awards will be based on net chip time and prize money will be based on clock time.

Are there minimum age requirements for the full marathon or half marathon?
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.

Is there a racing chair or handcycle division?
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.

What is the average weather on race day?
40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit at the start warming by 15 to 20 degrees by noon.

When will the results be posted?
Results will be available race day and posted at the registration tent. Results will also be available online.

What is the Half Marathon Triple CrownSM and how do I qualify for it? 
A trio of Southern California half marathon race directors have formed an alliance to create a Half Marathon Triple CrownSM award to honor participants who finish all three half marathons in the same calendar year.

In addition to the Carlsbad Marathon/Half Marathon, the threesome includes the La Jolla Half Marathon and the America's Finest City Half Marathon.

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.

Will there be pace groups and what are they?
Yes! Pace group leaders run a steady pace throughout the race so members of their group are able to finish the marathon or half marathon in the projected finish time for that group. Click here for more information on pace groups and which target finish times will be offered. Please note: besides the clock at the finish line, there are no additional clocks or timers on the course.

Can I have someone pace me or participate with me in any way along the route?
Unofficial pacers, cyclists, skaters or anyone not registered for the race are strictly prohibited.

Are strollers allowed?
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).

Are dogs allowed?
Though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind are not allowed at the race or the expo. 

Why did my GPS device record a distance greater than 13.1 miles for the half marathon course or greater than 26.2 miles for the marathon course?
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.

I have a question not addressed here, who do I contact?
Please call us at 760.692.2900 or send an email to info@inmotionevents.com