The out-and-back, two-loop marathon course is gently rolling, with the majority of it along the beautiful Pacific Ocean. The race starts at the Shoppes at Carlsbad. It begins by passing the Buena Vista Lagoon in the early miles, setting the event's naturalistic tone. The course and surroundings soon pick up the beat as participants make their way through spectator-packed Carlsbad Village, a quaint but popular mix of restaurants, shops and hotels. Mile three exposes stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, providing an inspiring sight and gorgeous backdrop as rolling hills carry runners and walkers past sandy beaches and rolling surf. Participants turn around at La Costa Avenue and head back north to Mountain View Road where they turn around and head south for their second loop. At Breakwater Road, runners turn around and head north back up the coast to the finish line.
Click here for a turn-by-turn narrative of the full marathon course.
Check back here for elevation details for the full marathon course.
Check back here for a downloadable marathon course map.