Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
4.4
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.7
SCENERY
4.1
PRODUCTION
4.3
SWAG
3.9
2021 EVENT RESCHEDULED FROM MARCH. *** Escape the cold and run in one of the most beautiful cities in the world! The San Diego Half Marathon has been designed to carry runners over a spectacular 13.1-mile USATF-certified course, while showcasing one of the world’s most beautiful cities! Our signature scenic … MORE
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    lancenull FIRST-TIMER '21

    Free street parking available if you get there early. Also you can take the trolley to the race. The race starts on Harbor Drive, by the convention center and Petco … MORE

    Free street parking available if you get there early. Also you can take the trolley to the race.

    The race starts on Harbor Drive, by the convention center and Petco Park and makes a nice loop around the city. You take Harbor Drive around downtown and over to a small loop on Harbor Island. You continue past the airport, and through Liberty Station. Next you pass MCRD, and begin the ascent to Hillcrest. You have a tough uphill at mile 9, up to Balboa park, but are rewarded with a downhill stretch to get you near the finish. (At the Gaslamp sign this year)

    Post race was muted by the pandemic. You were given a bag with your medal and post race food.

    Packet pickup was at the Hilton Gaslamp, and ran smooth. Plenty of cheap parking nearby on packet pickup day.

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    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5
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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Must pick up bib at expo (they allow friends with a waiver) or pay $20 for race day pick up. Park early. Streets close early. This race offers nice legacy … MORE

    Must pick up bib at expo (they allow friends with a waiver) or pay $20 for race day pick up. Park early. Streets close early. This race offers nice legacy status goodies starting at year 3. Really pretty course mostly along the bay areas. Really BIG hill about mile 9. Fun but challenging race. Earn a challenge medal if you do this and the Mammoth race. Will be back for 2019.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
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    4
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    4
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    4

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    nthome REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This is my second review and third (and final) time running SD Half ... though not cause I don't like it. This is my FAVORITE race in San Diego! There … MORE

    This is my second review and third (and final) time running SD Half … though not cause I don’t like it. This is my FAVORITE race in San Diego! There is so much attention to detail, other races need to take note.

    No need to discuss the hill. It’s in every review. There’s a big one. But you are nicely rewarded with a long downhill finish (basically the last two miles).

    Post-race party atmosphere. I’d highly recommend this race especially for out-of-towners who want to experience San Diego.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
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    4
    SCENERY
    4
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    4

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Right before mile 9 there is a huge looooong hill. The race directors even put a timing mat at the bottom and top so you can see how you do. … MORE

    Right before mile 9 there is a huge looooong hill. The race directors even put a timing mat at the bottom and top so you can see how you do. Super fun race. They give extra swag for every additional year you participate. A nice jacket a year 5.
    You can pay extra to have race morning pick up. Otherwise you’ll have to drive to San Diego the day before to pick up your bib. If you’re not running the 1/2 get to the start early! There is a relay and 5K. These runners have to be bused to their starting lines.
    Great race. Will be doing it again in 2018.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    ecbatana FIRST-TIMER '16

    - Love this event! My favorite half-marathon to date. Helps that it is also my PR. - As others have said hill at mile 9 is a killer, makes up … MORE

    – Love this event! My favorite half-marathon to date. Helps that it is also my PR.
    – As others have said hill at mile 9 is a killer, makes up for it on steady decline into the finish where you can motor.
    – The course in general is interesting with variation in scenery and areas it traverses. From downtown starting in Gaslamp along the marina into town a bit then by Balboa park and down to the finish near the starting line
    – Lots of spectators and bands on course to break the monotony
    – The race start/finish in Gaslamp district is fantastic and energetic with lots to do post-race

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    4
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    5
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    SCENERY
    5
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    4

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    mindy.schroeder REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I've been running this race for several years now. It has a special place in my heart. I ran it the first time in memory of my Dad and had … MORE

    I’ve been running this race for several years now. It has a special place in my heart. I ran it the first time in memory of my Dad and had a very emotional experience. Since then, I’ve just loved the SD Half. The people who run add special touches – like notes in your swag bag when they know you’re doing it for a special reason, or legacy shirts that make you feel like you matter. The signage is really good. The run along downtown, the harbor, and through the military base is great. But the hill up Washington – well, that just kills me every time. I recommend it, but prepared for that one tough spot! This is a runners, race in my opinion, because it’s only a half and because the time limit is strict.

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    3
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    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    There is one massive hill around mile 7 or 8. They have a timing mat a the bottom and one at the top. Keeps things fun to see how fast … MORE

    There is one massive hill around mile 7 or 8. They have a timing mat a the bottom and one at the top. Keeps things fun to see how fast or slowly you went up the hill. I’ve already signed up for 2017. This also offers a challenge medal if you do the Mammoth 1/2 as well.

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    4
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    4
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    4

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    nthome FIRST-TIMER '14

    This was my 9th half but first time doing SD Half Marathon.  Overall, I enjoyed this race! Pros: * No shuttles to start line, etc.  I'm always a fan of … MORE

    This was my 9th half but first time doing SD Half Marathon.  Overall, I enjoyed this race!

    Pros:
    * No shuttles to start line, etc.  I’m always a fan of races that start/end in the same place.  
    * Parking was easy — parked a couple blocks from start.  Paid $7 when I left.  No complaints there.
    *  WAVE start — as in, they actually DO start in timed waves.  It was very organized. I started in Wave 5 (about 9 mins after gun time) — though I heard that later waves had to wait much longer than anticipated, I honestly thought it was super organized and went quickly.
    * Variety on the course — this race give you downtown, water view and parks along the course.  It’s most flat until “the hill” — yep, the mile 9 Washington St hill.  It’s at least 3/4-mile and it’s a doozy of an incline.  
    * Very well-marked water/ fuel stations and mile markers — each station also had an indication of how far until the next one.  I carry my own fuel but I do like to supplement my own with additional water (it was hot on this particular race day).  I didn’t have any of the water station issues that have been mentioned in other reviews.  
    * Plenty of crowd support and lots of HS bands along the way, too.
    * Big, blingy medal — me likey!
    * Post race – big party downtown after the race! Fun atmosphere.  

    Cons:
    *  Post-race food was pretty sad.  A Zico, banana and a mini-Clif. I appreciate seeing a little something salty there … but no luck.   The stuff does come in a re-usable commemorative bag so … that was a ‘pro’ despite this being in the ‘con’ column.
    * Yet another PINK shirt!  Why are races so intent on giving us ladies pink shirts?  It’s my third bright pink shirt in the last year.  Sigh ……
    * I had my bib/packet mailed for $30.  Kinda steep!  
    * My only complaint about the course is the section thru the rental car parking lot (AFC does this too!)   C’mon, not one but TWO races in San Diego have to put runners thru the same gross parking lot with rental car shuttles spouting fumes at you as you’re running along side.   Please race organizers, figure this out!  The construction area following it wasn’t much better.  Luckily, these two drawbacks were *maybe* 1.5 miles but still ….. it sucked.
    * Lastly, though I didn’t get stopped at any trolley crossings … I did get stopped at both vehicle crossings on Harbor Island Dr.  This is the only race I’ve done that requires racers to stop … hello?  It’s a timed race!  Kind of a bummer.

    Overall, SD Half is a really nicely done race with a good course offering nice variety! And the post-race atmosphere downtown is great!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    NorseSunRun REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I have never tasted "bleached" water at this event after 3 seasons (Great work SD!). This run has the potential to be hit with hot weather, however, a surprising amount … MORE

    I have never tasted “bleached” water at this event after 3 seasons (Great work SD!). This run has the potential to be hit with hot weather, however, a surprising amount of the run is in the shade.
    PROS- Water tastes great at adequate stations along course, You can practically see the finish line at mile 10.5 making the last three (downhill) miles (psychologically) easier, Good friendly vibe among runners and spectators.
    CONS- Very loud PA system at start (I felt sorry for downtown residents trying to sleep past 6 am) Lame synthetic shirt which seems designed to trap sweat against your body UPDATE: For 2016 they changed the material of the T-shirt, although it’s still synthetic it can breath now thanks to the wider mesh. The post race “snack bag” seemed a little bit better stocked too.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    3

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