The full marathon starts and finishes at The Shoppes at 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.
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FULL & HALF MARATHON COURSE MAP (click to zoom)