Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.4
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.5
2020 EVENT CANCELED, offering virtual race option. **** The La Jolla Half Marathon is one of America’s most picturesque and beautiful point-to-point races. Starting at the Del Mar Fairgrounds, the course follows a scenic coastal route before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. The … MORE
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    Tailhook007 FIRST-TIMER '11

    This is one of the most challenging half's in America due to the grade of the climbs... but the views of the Pacific and La Jolla Cove are worth it. MORE

    This is one of the most challenging half’s in America due to the grade of the climbs… but the views of the Pacific and La Jolla Cove are worth it.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    alwaysmatthew FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is not an easy course but the beauty more than makes up for it. The crowds were pretty sparse but those that did support were fantastic - a big … MORE

    This is not an easy course but the beauty more than makes up for it. The crowds were pretty sparse but those that did support were fantastic – a big thank you to them! My big complaint is the race pacers – there were two pacers who were going to run 1:40 and I wanted to run with them. From the start I knew they were going to fast (they were running close to 1.30 pace) so I backed off and ran my own race. I came in at 1:35 and the pacers were a good few minutes ahead of me. It is very frustrating that the race advertises pacers and they are simply not are capable of doing their job – for some people this will ruin the event as they rely on the pacers knowing the right pace (the 1.30 pacer came in at 1.29.50 so very well done to him!!). Anyway, it is a stunning race and the set-up at the end is great. It is not a PB race but that makes it all the better as there is no pressure – just run hard and suffer and enjoy! 🙂

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    spifko FIRST-TIMER '19

    It feels like you're running uphill the entire race but you feel a real sense of accomplishment after. It starts at the Del Mar racetrack and ends in La Jolla … MORE

    It feels like you’re running uphill the entire race but you feel a real sense of accomplishment after. It starts at the Del Mar racetrack and ends in La Jolla Cove. So after, you feel like you’ve covered some ground!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    2

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is race 2 in the Triple Crown series. Very hilly but beautiful. For $20 you can race day pick up your bib. This is a point to point race … MORE

    This is race 2 in the Triple Crown series. Very hilly but beautiful. For $20 you can race day pick up your bib. This is a point to point race so plan accordingly.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
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    3

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    splitter FIRST-TIMER '14

    Some tough hills on this course but the run along the ocean makes up for it. That last hill before the finish did me in even though it wasn’t the … MORE

    Some tough hills on this course but the run along the ocean makes up for it. That last hill before the finish did me in even though it wasn’t the worst one, I just wasn’t expecting it. Lots of people and well organized. Part of the Triple Crown series.

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    4
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    RunKMacRun FIRST-TIMER '18

    This course is nothing but hills! Be prepared! Early in the race, about mile 5ish, you "run" up Torrey Pines. Great course support and amazing views. This is point to … MORE

    This course is nothing but hills! Be prepared! Early in the race, about mile 5ish, you “run” up Torrey Pines. Great course support and amazing views. This is point to point so plan ahead race morning. For $20 you can pick up your bib race morning. This is the second race in the Triple Crown series. I will be back in 2019 to try and get a better time 🙂

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    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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    mahesh3566 FIRST-TIMER '16

    4.0 star rating 5/18/2016 Since one of our friend was doing the half marathon, while we wanted to wait and cheer her, we decided to do the 5k. This is … MORE

    4.0 star rating 5/18/2016
    Since one of our friend was doing the half marathon, while we wanted to wait and cheer her, we decided to do the 5k. This is one of the well organized event. I participated in OC Marathon/5k, but in OC 5k, you have to pay to park to pick up the bib, and you have to pay again the next day to park when you go to run. (10$ each), which is ridiculous. But La Jolla one is super chill. there is plenty of parking on the day of bib pickup , next to hiltons. the bib pickup itself was super easy. the next day they warned us about the downtown parking situation, so we got there early, and found the place where the buses were taking people to either half marathon startline, or the 5k start line. it was very efficient. the Run itself was nice, with hills. TOns of volunteers. there was only one water stop for 5k, which i was expecting. but with all the hills i wish there were atleast one more. the beer garden had plenty of beers for us. the lines werent that long. even tho about 5000+ people ran this race.

    Only reason i give them 4 star is for the expensive 5k price, there arent any medals for 5k. but oh well, i guess they do the 5k just to keep people entertained, but their focus is half marathon. so if you want to do half do this, if you want to do 5k, check out the carlsbad 5000. the best!

    Since one of our friend was doing the half marathon, while we wanted to wait and cheer her, we decided to do the 5k. This is one of the well organized event. I participated in OC Marathon/5k, but in OC 5k, you have to pay to park to pick up the bib, and you have to pay again the next day to park when you go to run. (10$ each), which is ridiculous. But La Jolla one is super chill. there is plenty of parking on the day of bib pickup , next to hiltons. the bib pickup itself was super easy. the next day they warned us about the downtown parking situation, so we got there early, and found the place where the buses were taking people to either half marathon startline, or the 5k start line. it was very efficient. the Run itself was nice, with hills. TOns of volunteers. there was only one water stop for 5k, which i was expecting. but with all the hills i wish there were atleast one more. the beer garden had plenty of beers for us. the lines werent that long. even tho about 5000+ people ran this race.

    Only reason i give them 4 star is for the expensive 5k price, there arent any medals for 5k. but oh well, i guess they do the 5k just to keep people entertained, but their focus is half marathon. so if you want to do half do this, if you want to do 5k, check out the carlsbad 5000. the best!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    nthome FIRST-TIMER '16

    La Jolla was my 27th half marathon ... it's been on my "to do" list for awhile now and needed to do it to complete the Triple Crown series.  Truth … MORE

    La Jolla was my 27th half marathon … it’s been on my “to do” list for awhile now and needed to do it to complete the Triple Crown series.  Truth be told, I’ve wanted to run this one regardless of the Triple Crown so … 2016 was the year!

    By now, you’ve probably hear that this race has some hills.   Yep.  It sure does!  

    Miles 1 -4 are fairly uneventful — you run out of the Del Mar racetrack and thru some neighborhoods (nice support) and around mile 5, you’ll emerge on Torrey Pines Rd with a beautiful sweeping view of the shore with a nice flat-to-downhill stretch for a mile or so.

    Use it to your advantage and enjoy the coast cause once you round the bend up into Torrey Pines Park Rd … it’s all up hill from there.  Really.  About 2 miles of nothing but up.  It’s not so much the elevation (0 – 400′ in less than a mile), it’s the grade.  There is also no water /fuel support in the Park so … bring your own!  (luckily, I did)

    I put my head down, pumped my arms and dug deep!  At one point, I looked around about 80% of people were walking.  Personally, I didn’t come to La Jolla to walk these hills so … I didn’t care how slow I was running … I was running up this damn hill!  

    Right when you think the steep is finished, it flattens out a bit … then mile 7 takes you up some more.    Usually what goes up must come down?   Oh, it does.  But you have to wait until MILE 10 to get to experience the relief of this course.

    Mile 10 – 11.5 are blazing fast.   Then, some sadistic turd decides to put another hill at mile 12.5 and while that hill itself isn’t all that tough, at this point in the race, it’s really the last thing you want to see.   The final stretch to the final line is a quick jaunt down Prospect to the finish line!  

    If you want a challenge, run this beast of a half.  I’ve run San Francisco, Rocky Mountain, Mammoth at 9,000′  and they have nothing on La Jolla if you want a challenging course.   I wouldn’t recommend it for a first half, though.  Not if you ever want to run another one!  Or, on second though … if you do this as your first one, they will all seem easier after this. Guarantee it.  

    Very beautiful course, though for sure!

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    5
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
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    3

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    anawoj FIRST-TIMER '16

    The La Jolla Half Marathon is probably the most scenic yet most difficult half marathon I've ever done. The course is very hilly... especially the massive 1+ mile uphill section … MORE

    The La Jolla Half Marathon is probably the most scenic yet most difficult half marathon I’ve ever done. The course is very hilly… especially the massive 1+ mile uphill section around mile 5-7 where you gain over 400 feet in elevation… but large stretches of the course have sweeping views of the ocean and cliffs that characterize Del Mar and La Jolla. The Expo at the Del Mar Hilton was much better than I was expecting and lots of vendors were present. The parking lot near the horse track was large enough to accommodate the thousands of runners, but there was about a 1 mile backup on the I-5 northbound of people waiting to get off at the Del Mar exit… so give yourself enough time to reach the start. The weather was perfect (50’s and sunny) for running, and the finish line party was awesome… music, vendors, and free beer for the 21+ year old runners. The ribbon and medal were very nice too. My time was much slower than I was hoping, but the hills were a major factor in that. Overall, I’d definitely do it again, though, and I recommend it to anyone else looking for a memorable half marathon in the San Diego area!

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    4
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    5
    SCENERY
    5
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    5

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    ecrunner06 REPEAT RUNNER '08

    Yes, there's a mile uphill right at Mile 7, but it's on one of the most state beaches in SoCal, and the rest of the race you are running with … MORE

    Yes, there’s a mile uphill right at Mile 7, but it’s on one of the most state beaches in SoCal, and the rest of the race you are running with ocean views, so it makes up for it. Well organized, and a great run all around, from the hills to the views.

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    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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    NorseSunRun REPEAT RUNNER '15

    This event is my most favorite of all. PROS- Very challenging hill with great views of Torrey Pines, Adequate snacks at finish line, Easy bus ride to start, great bathrooms … MORE

    This event is my most favorite of all.
    PROS- Very challenging hill with great views of Torrey Pines, Adequate snacks at finish line, Easy bus ride to start, great bathrooms located near horse racetrack (start)
    CONS- Huge crowd of runners, Water at stations sometimes comes from containers lined with trash bags (not sure if I’m the only one that can taste the difference) train-with/bring your own water, T-shirts made from synthetic material (yuk).
    Update 2016: This year was construction year but there were only 2 minor changes to the route. As a result runners didn’t get to run on the “boardwalk” of the beach but it was a great run regardless.

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    5
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    4
    SCENERY
    5
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    3

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    ktown68 FIRST-TIMER '15

    The 2nd race in the Triple Crown series has the steepest hills I have raced before. The Torrey Pines hill will kick your butt. The finish line party is awesome. … MORE

    The 2nd race in the Triple Crown series has the steepest hills I have raced before. The Torrey Pines hill will kick your butt. The finish line party is awesome. Gorgeous views at La Jolla Cove and free beer for all racers.

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    4
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    3
    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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