Overall Rating
Overall Rating (9 Reviews)
4.4
(9 Ratings)(9 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
1.7
SCENERY
3.7
PRODUCTION
4.4
SWAG
3.9
The San Diego Holiday Half Marathon is a fast 13.1 mile course that starts in Rancho Penasquitos, travels along Carmel Mountain Rd (your only ‘real’ hill at mile 1.5), along the 56 bike path and finishes at the beautiful Torrey Pines State Beach. The race includes a 711-foot net elevation … MORE
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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Great downhill course! It is ALWAYS freezing at the start. So be sure to pack layers and have gloves. You MUST pick up your packet or have someone else do … MORE

    Great downhill course! It is ALWAYS freezing at the start. So be sure to pack layers and have gloves.
    You MUST pick up your packet or have someone else do it the day before the race. Pick up is at the Road Runner HQ, so leave some time for shopping as well.
    This race is a part of the Route 56 Challenge. So if you run this and the San Diego Craft Classic 1/2 you will earn a challenge medal.
    Run this race 5 years in a row and earn a nice legacy jacket!

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    HalfSpeedQueen FIRST-TIMER '18

    I'm beginning to think that San Diego has the market cornered on topnotch race productions. From weather forecasts to bib pick-up details, pre-race communications were excellent. Aside from the beautiful … MORE

    I’m beginning to think that San Diego has the market cornered on topnotch race productions. From weather forecasts to bib pick-up details, pre-race communications were excellent. Aside from the beautiful long-sleeve, hooded race shirt, the swag bag contained gloves and a thermal blanket (in case the temperature was too low) and sunscreen (in case the sun went the other direction). Course support was great with regular aid stations and on-course race guards and officials. I also loved the pacers who interacted with the runners, offering encouragement and lively commentary.
    The course itself was not very scenic until the last few miles when the ocean came into view. But I didn’t notice the views because I was speeding by on the constant downhill trajectory. Except for the hill at mile 1 (and a few minor upward bumps), this course is down, down, down. I beat my previous PR by almost 8 minutes – now that’s the way to end the running year!

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    ldoucet FIRST-TIMER '15

    The only Hill was at the very start of the race, not much of a view until you start getting closer to the finish line at Torrey Pine State Park. … MORE

    The only Hill was at the very start of the race, not much of a view until you start getting closer to the finish line at Torrey Pine State Park.
    Awesome bussing system from the Park back to the start line if you have no one to pick you up.
    This was my BEST PB time for a Half. The course was an easy course to run.
    Medal is Fantastic! It is my 2nd Favourite in my collection so far.

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    carterc1218 REPEAT RUNNER '17

    I've ran this race for the past 2 years and loved it both times! Packet pickup is at a nearby running store and they have gloves, definitely grab a pair … MORE

    I’ve ran this race for the past 2 years and loved it both times! Packet pickup is at a nearby running store and they have gloves, definitely grab a pair because you never know what the weather will be like. Parking at the start is crowded, so get there early or park at the finish and take the shuttle. The course is great with gently rolling, but net downhill, hills. I can run this race without carrying my own water as there are stations about every mile. Great post-race area with food. I definitely recommend running this race!

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Super fun race. They do NOT offer race morning pick up but you are able to pick up friends bibs. Usually a pretty cold race but this year, 2017, was … MORE

    Super fun race. They do NOT offer race morning pick up but you are able to pick up friends bibs. Usually a pretty cold race but this year, 2017, was a bit on the warm side. Park at the finish and take the shuttle to the start. The finish is at Torey Pines and the lot is small so get there early.
    Legacy jacket once you’ve run 5 years in a row. A challenge medal is offered if you also run the SD Craft Classic in the same year (also a super fun race). I’ll be back in 2018!

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    Maniacmay REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my second year running this race. Thankfully, it was not as chilly as it was last year. We parked at the finish and took the shuttle to the … MORE

    This was my second year running this race. Thankfully, it was not as chilly as it was last year. We parked at the finish and took the shuttle to the start. It was still nice to have the hotel ballroom available for us to hang out while we waited for the start of the race. A couple big hills at the beginning, but then pretty much downhill with some mini rolling hills to the finish. We start out on the road but then transition to the trail a couple miles in which runs alongside highway 56 until Mile 11, then we get back on to Carmel Valley Road. There’s a little out and back in Sorrento Valley Road that was shortened this year due to a closed gate, so the overall course ended up a bit short. But even without it being a shorter course this year, it’s still a fast downhill race to the beach. The course can get a bit crowded on the trail. Course support is awesome. Plenty of volunteers and several areas with friends and family cheering on the runners. Swag is nice. Long sleeve hooded tech shirt and thumbholes, drawstring logo bag which included a Mylar blanket. They also had throwaway gloves available at packet pickup. Finish line Festival area had lots of vendors. This race is also part of a couple other series. I collected a second medal for also running the Craft Classic.

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    RunKMacRun REPEAT RUNNER '16

    I've run this race for 3 years now. It's always super cold at the start so be sure to bring a space blanket. It's a point to point race so … MORE

    I’ve run this race for 3 years now. It’s always super cold at the start so be sure to bring a space blanket. It’s a point to point race so get there early and park at the finish and take the shuttle to the start. The parking lot is super small and fills up by 5:30/5:45.

    It’s a downhill and fast race. So be ready to set a PR! The past few years the pacers have been pretty off and usually finish pretty far ahead of their times. So make sure you have a GPS watch of some kind on and stick to your own pace. This race ends at Tory Pines Beach!

    Great race! Will be running again next year!

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    Terisrace20 FIRST-TIMER '15

    This is the race for you if you want to PR. Almost all downhill and in beautiful San Diego! Love the medal too. I'll do this one every year. MORE

    This is the race for you if you want to PR. Almost all downhill and in beautiful San Diego! Love the medal too. I’ll do this one every year.

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    NorseSunRun FIRST-TIMER '15

    "Cold" is a relative term; for some cold is a bitter bone chilling 20 below. For me 40 degrees is bitter and bone chilling. The lure of a run for … MORE

    “Cold” is a relative term; for some cold is a bitter bone chilling 20 below. For me 40 degrees is bitter and bone chilling. The lure of a run for me at this temp has to be significant to get me out of my warm bed and into the dark pre-dawn hyper-chilled air. Fortunately I was well rewarded with an incredibly scenic jog with a 700′ elevation drop. I brought my own water but it was so cool I really didn’t need it. The hardest part was taking off my warm sweatshirt handing it to the gear check volunteers. The first half of the run had a lot of sun so wear your specs. It also had three bridges and some really great views of the canyon. The second half of the run had more (cold) shade and the bike path was nice and wide so we were never scrunched in too much. It was always easy to see how far there was to go on the higher points so mile markers just weren’t needed.
    Pros: Great views from hidden bike path and scenic bridges. Bus ride to start was well organized (I parked in Del Mar), few street closures needed, adequate water and snacks at finish. Several “stores of refuge” to sip on coffee and try to defrost.
    Cons; 40 degree start “warmed” up to 58.

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