The scenic La Jolla Half Marathon welcomes more than 5,000 runners each year for a race that unfolds along one of Southern California’s most beautiful stretches of coastline and winds through city streets and the tree-lined terrain of Torrey Pines State Reserve. The 2015 La Jolla Half Marathon is on Sunday, April 26 with a start time of 7:30am.
The race, which also includes the La Jolla Shores 5K, includes several major hills and takes runners through some of the state’s most scenic views along its coast, including Torrey Pines Golf Course. The Half begins at the Del Mar Fairgrounds and follows paved city streets from Del Mar to La Jolla, taking runners first on a counter-clockwise circle around Jimmy Durante Boulevard toward the seaside Camino del Mar.
It then winds through the city of Del Mar for the next couple of miles, along Coast Boulevard, before heading closer to the coast. From there, the course follows along Torrey Pines Road and heads into the Torrey Pines State Reserve for the most scenic part of the race – complete with sweeping ocean views and panoramas of the park’s sharp cliffs.
The marathon is actually race #2 in the Half Marathon Triple Crown Series, which also includes the Carlsbad Half in January and the America’s Finest City Half in August. Once completing all three, a runner earns the coveted Triple Crown title and receives a commemorative medal – not to mention some serious bragging rights.
The Half Marathon finishes at Ellen Browning Scripps Park, where there will be several post-race festivities including live music and, for those of age, a beer garden! An awards presentation will take place at 10am.
It isn’t too late to register! Head over to lajollahalfmarathon.com for more information and to register online. Individual registration costs $95.
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