Carlsbad is a winter marathon and half-marathon unlike any other. From the ideal weather conditions to the spectacular coastal courses, these award-winning events will absolutely wow you! The 26 fully staffed course support stations, continuous entertainment and unsurpassed volunteer support are just a few of the outstanding features.
We offer each participant a gender specific long-sleeved technical fabric shirt, virtual goodie bag, spectacular finisher's medal, post-race refreshments and much more. Our boutique-style events with an emphasis on quality and individual service sets them apart from the mega marathons. Both events sell out, so register early.
See why Carlsbad is known as the BEST winter full and half marathon!
Plus, have you heard?! In addition to our signature long-sleeve race shirt, registration for both the full and half marathon will also include a snazzy, top quality, technical fabric 1/4 zip pullover!
The out-and-back, two-loop marathon course is gently rolling, with over 18 miles 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.