The La Jolla Half Marathon returns to La Jolla April 27th! The race is arguably one of the most picturesque and scenic runs out there, but also one of the most challenging: it weaves through some of the hilliest terrain in all of San Diego and is essentially 13.5 miles of uphill running.
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. After leaving the park, the course rolls onto the Torrey Pines mesa, continues down through the residential district of La Jolla Shores, and finishes up in Ellen Browning Scripps Park at La Jolla Cove.
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. Runners generally tend to try and accomplish all three before moving on to other parts of the state, and since there are at least 3 months in between each race, there is plenty of time for participants to train and gear up for the subsequent competition. Once completing all three, a runner earns the coveted Triple Crown title, which was created just a few years ago to drum up more involvement in the races.
Many think the La Jolla Half is the most challenging of the trifecta, purely for its arduous path up the Torrey Pines mesa and subsequent hills throughout downtown La Jolla. There is a 3-hour time limit for finishing the race, which means all participants must be able to maintain a 13:44-minute-mile pace or faster throughout the event.
Head over to the Finish Line next Sunday the 27th to show your support for the participants! Have you ever completed a Half Marathon? Share with us using hashtag #LaJollaBB!
[Images courtesy of lajollahalfmarathon.com]
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