- Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the 2018 schedule of events?
- Friday, January 12
Health & Lifestyle Expo................................ 12 p.m. to 5 p.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
- Marathon Start............................................6:15 a.m.
Half Marathon Start......................................7:45 a.m.
What are the 2018 registration fees?
Click here for the current half marathon registration fee.
Click here for the current 5K registration fee.
If the race has not sold out, registration will be available at the Health & Lifestyle Expo. There will be no race day registration.
What do I receive with my paid entry fee?
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 or follow the instructions in this help article.
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
Can walkers do the full or half marathon?
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 course in 4.25 hours. This means you must maintain a 19:27-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.
Do any charities benefit from this 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 2017 Official Charities here.
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.
Are there course time limits?
Yes, 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. 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.
Please note: full marathon participants must sign a waiver during the registration process agreeing to maintain the required 13:44-minute-mile-pace to complete the marathon in 6 hours or less. They must also agree that if they do not reach Palomar Airport Road and Carlsbad Boulevard by 9:45 a.m., they will not be allowed to continue south to complete the southern portion of the course on Carlsbad Boulevard (approximately 6 miles) and will instead be redirected back to the finish line.
How do I switch from the full marathon to the half marathon or vice versa?
Follow these instructions to switch from the full marathon to 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.
Follow these instructions to switch from the half marathon to the full marathon. 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 half marathon entry fee and the current full marathon entry fee, plus the applicable processing 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?
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. Learn more here.
How do I get my bib number and timing tag?
Your bib number with your timing tag attached and race 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 shirt.
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?
What is the refund policy?
Yes; however, they must come with a photocopy or picture of your ID on their phone - no exceptions.
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 email@example.com no later than 10 days prior to event day.
*See transfer period details below.
What is the transfer policy?
The transfer period will be available from January 1 - January 5, 2018. During this timeframe only, you will be able to log into your Events.com account and transfer your entry to someone else. For help logging into your Events.com account, please review this helpful article. There is a $20 transfer fee and registered participants are responsible for finding transferees and making sure transfers are completed prior to the deadline. Transfers must be completed by midnight on January 5, 2018.
To transfer your registration to another person, follow these instructions.
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 Half Marathon Triple Crown events.
To accept a registration that was transferred to you, follow these instructions.
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.
GU Energy Gel (Vanilla Bean and Chocolate Outrage - both flavors contain 20mg of caffeine per packet) 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.
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.
Will there be timing clocks or split time callers on the course?
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?
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.
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.
Can a participant push another individual in a wheelchair?
What is the average weather on race day?
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.
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 online the day of your race, with a link posted on our homepage.
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. Click here to learn more.
Will there be pace groups and what are they?
Yes! The Road Runner Sports Pace Team provides pace group leaders who 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. You can view pace group finish times here (subject to change). If you are interested in 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.
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. Except for service animals.
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.
Is there any type of insurance offered for my entry?
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 purchased insurance and need to submit a claim, you will need to contact TicketGuardian 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.
I have a question not addressed here, who do I contact?
Please call us at 760.692.2900 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org