On Your Mark, Get Set: La Jolla Half Marathon Returns April 24

La Jolla Half Marathon

Attention, runners! The Kiwanis Club La Jolla Half Marathon and La Jolla Shores 5K will take place Sunday, April 24. A community favorite, the La Jolla Half Marathon covers a gorgeous route through Torrey Pines State Reserve and attracts over 7,000 runners yearly. All proceeds go to the Kiwanis Club, so register now!

The Kiwanis Club of La Jolla has hosted the La Jolla Half Marathon since 1981 to fundraise for local and international nonprofits. Proceeds from this year’s 39th annual Half Marathon and 5K will go to a variety of projects including La Casa de Pobres in Tijuana to benefit impoverished children, local Meals on Wheels campaigns, and the Semper Fi Fund which benefits wounded Marines and their families. The La Jolla Half Marathon continues to follow the same traditional route it began with, making it a great experience many generations can share together.

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La Jolla Half Marathon La Jolla Shores 5k

The La Jolla Half Marathon covers a coastal route starting from the Del Mar Fairgrounds, easing into the beautiful but challenging climb through the Torrey Pines State Reserve. Following that, the course winds through the Torrey Pines Mesa, down past La Jolla Shores and finishes in La Jolla Cove. Participants will take off at the Del Mar Racetrack at 7:30 am and have three hours to cross the finish line at La Jolla Cove. A course map is viewable here.

La Jolla Shores 5k

The La Jolla Shores 5k takes place the same day as the La Jolla Half Marathon. Beginning at 7:30 am, the course kicks off near Scripps Pier and travels North Torrey Pines Road, Prospect, and Coast Boulevard for a breezy route. Participants have one hour to run the La Jolla Shores 5k, which finishes at La Jolla Cove at the same location as the La Jolla Half Marathon. Registration is still open.

Raceday Tips

Transportation options are abundant! Shuttles will run between race starting and endpoints prior to and after the race for both the Half Marathon and 5k, so participants can leave their cars at either location. For details, read parking FAQ here. It’s highly recommended that you leave your cars in La Jolla so you can enjoy tons of entertainment, food and shopping options after the race! La Jolla dos not enforce street parking on Sunday, so visitors can grab any spot they see. Check out one of La Jolla’s 10 Best Mexican Restaurants afterwards or take a look at our ultimate visitor’s guide for more to do around La Jolla.

Unfortunately, racing chairs or handcycles are not allowed in either the Half Marathon or 5k due to downhill routes and safety concerns. Registration is not guaranteed, as both events sell out. Please contact race management with concerns or questions.

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Katherine Wood

Katherine Wood

Katherine Wood contributed to La Jolla Blue Book and worked at the Find It La Jolla Visitor Center from 2015 -2016. Her favorite La Jolla attractions are watching the seals and the Madison Gallery.

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