- Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the 2018 schedule of events?
- Friday, January 12 Health & Lifestyle Expo................................ 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- Marathon Start............................................6:15 a.m.
Half Marathon Start......................................7:45 a.m.
Saturday, January 13
Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND ............. 6:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
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 14
If the race has not sold out, registration will be available at the Health & Lifestyle Expo. There will be no race day registration.
Each full and half marathon participant will receive:
- A long-sleeve, top-quality, technical fabric race shirt
- A technical fabric 1/4 zip race pullover
- Complimentary beer in the beer garden, sponsored by Ballast Point!
- Cinch bag
- Personalized bib number (must register by 12/13/17)
- Support stations and entertainment at every mile
- Mylar blankets
- Dazzling finisher's medal
- Access to online virtual goody bag
- First race in the 2018 Half Marathon Triple CrownSM
- A 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!
Is there any type of VIP package for participants?
Yes! We offer a VIP Coastal Comfort Package. 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 email@example.com.Where can I check if I am registered?
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. If you registered between January 20, 2017 and June 20, 2017 and do not already have an Events.com account, you will need to create one using these easy instructions. You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to request a confirmation email.
What are the race distances?
Full marathon - 26.2 miles
Half marathon - 13.1 miles
Kids Marathon Mile - 1 mile
What is a Nom Nom bag?
Being as great as it is, we felt our "finisher food bag" needed a new name! So we introduce... 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.
Where does the Kids Marathon Mile take place?
How do I get my shirt and 1/4 zip pullover?
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 will then use your bib number to pick up your shirt and 1/4 zip. While we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt sizes 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?
Yes. If you are 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.
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 on their phone - no exceptions.
Your entry fee is non-refundable and your bib number is transferable only during the transfer period.
Event will take place rain or shine. If conditions make it unsafe or impossible to have the event our intent would be to refund entry fees as long as the cancelled event was covered by insurance. Our hope is the weather or any other unforeseen conditions won’t prevent us from having the event in which case the Carlsbad Marathon & Half will still take place rain or shine. If you have any questions, please email email@example.com.
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.
The transfer period will be available from January 1 - January 5, 2018. At this time, a transfer form will be posted on the event website and 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 we do not maintain a waiting list. Registered participants are responsible for finding transferees and making sure transfers are completed prior to the deadline.
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?
Can I make my miles count and raise money for charity?
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?
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+.
Age group awards will be available for pickup after your race. Just look for the “Award Pickup” table located near race results just inside of the “big top” tent.
If you’re unable to pick up your award on race day, here are two other ways to receive it:
- Pick it up at In Motion located at 6116 Innovation Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009 during normal business hours. Be sure to call the office at 760-692-2900 or send an email ahead of time so we can have your award ready for you.
- Pay the shipping charge of $4.50 to cover postage. You can call to pay by credit card or you can mail a check to 6116 Innovation Way, Carlsbad, CA 92009. Be sure to include your name and bib number on your check and we’ll ship your award to the address you used to register unless otherwise specified.
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.
Can a participant push another individual in a wheelchair?
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.
When will the results be posted?
What is the Half Marathon Triple CrownSM and how do I qualify for it?
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. Click here to learn more.
Will there be pace groups and what are they?
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?
Are dogs allowed?
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?