Sunday, November 5, 2017 • Malibu, CA • Course Map
Rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, waves crashing against the shoreline, and plenty of rugged hills await on a gorgeous point-to-point route along the Pacific Coast Highway at the Malibu Half Marathon, which makes its 9th annual running this year with the 13.1-mile and 5K race.
Though in past years the race has included a full marathon and kids’ races, last fall the race organizers have announced they’ll now focus on the half marathon only, with a redesigned course for the 13.1-miler that will start and finish at Point Mugu Beach, along the shoreline of Point Mugu State Park.
One of this part of Southern California’s many state parks and wilderness areas, Point Mugu State Park lies just few miles east of the naval base that shares its name, among the Santa Monica Mountains and just south of the Boney Mountains State Wilderness Area.
With more than 70 miles of hiking trails that criss-cross its hills, mountains and valleys, the park is probably just as popular for its five miles of beaches, where runners will likely see dolphins out in the water as they make their way down the highway.
From the starting line for the half marathon, the course then proceeds from west to east entirely along the Pacific Coast Highway to the half-way turnaround at Neptune’s Net restaurant. After they make the turn, runners head back along the route they’ve just run, back to the finish line at Point Mugu Beach.
When they cross the finish line, runners will receive not just a race medal but also a commemorative race towel, which they can use to dry off after they’ve taken a dip in the ocean to cool off after the race finish.
Along the way, the race route offers some of this part of coastal California’s truly spectacular views. While the first several miles of the half marathon route offer up pristine coastline through Point Mugu — along which the only modern intrusion is the highway — while the last few miles bring runners past beautiful beachfront homes, one after another, many of which are owned by Hollywood’s biggest names.
The course for the race is USATF-certified, and organizers add that runners will have 3 hours and 15 minutes to complete the half marathon.
Shuttle bus transportation will be provided from the designated parking areas (see the official race website for more on parking). You’ll need to be there early, however — the buses to take runners to the starting line begin at 5:30 AM, while the last bus for the half starting line leaves at 6:40 AM.
The organizers stress: “Do not be late!”
All photos courtesy Malibu International Half Marathon
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Southern California coastline, about 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Malibu typically sees mild to moderately warm weather virtually year-round.
In November, temperatures average between 54°F and 67°F — on the day of the race (Nov. 5), the average low is 56°F and the average high is 68°F — while rainfall totals average just over 1 inch for the month.
- 2016 Malibu Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Malibu International Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Malibu International Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Malibu International Half Marathon Results
- $79 – $130 for the half marathon
- $30 – $55 for the 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2017 running of California’s Malibu Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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