San Dieguito Half Marathon & 5K

active-reg-buttonSunday, February 14, 2016 • Rancho Santa Fe, CA • Course Map

Discover “one of the most beautiful and scenic courses you’ll ever run” at the San Dieguito Half Marathon in rural Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., just 20 minutes northeast of downtown San Diego. Now set for its 48th annual running in 2016, the San Dieguito Half is one of the oldest half marathons in the country yet remains a hidden gem of a race.

With an out-and-back course that runs through the heart of Rancho Santa Fe, this race takes runners through a scenic small town nestled along the southern coastline of California, known for its beautiful homes and landscapes that would be right at home on the cover of a magazine.

The USA Track & Field certified course begins in San Dieguito county park and is punctuated by scenery both natural and man-made — beautiful landscapes, hills, trees and wildlife coupled with extravagant homes and exquisitely manicured gardens.

Runners also file past the beautifully pristine waters of the San Dieguito Reservoir as they near the turnaround point, as well as past the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course on their way out and back during the race.

The course is entirely run on paved roads with rolling hills throughout. Unlike many of the more urban half marathons throughout southern California the tree lined streets and consistently beautiful scenery provide a different type of experience than a typical urban half.

Also, the high quality beer garden at the end of the race helps cap off the perfect half marathon experience.

The race sponsored by the San Diego Hash House Harriers as a benefit for the San Diego County Parks Society is great preparation for upcoming spring marathons, especially more hilly races like Big Sur and Boston and is a great winter getaway race in the near perfect San Diego climate.

For those not ready for the challenge of a half marathon but still looking for a scenic run there is an out and back 5K as well which follows the first segment of the half marathon course.

Race description provided by Race Director, San Dieguito Half Marathon

Photo by Ryan/flickr

Photo by Ryan/flickr

Race Weather & Climate

Set near the Southern California coastline about a half-hour’s drive north from nearby San Diego, the town of Rancho Santa Fe tends to see its third-wettest month of the year in February, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 36 degrees (in 1999) and as high as 94 degrees (in 1988).

On the day of the race (Feb. 14), the average low is 44°F and the average high is 69°F, while rainfall amounts average just under 3.2 inches, making February the city’s third-wettest month of the year.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the San Dieguito Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:00 AM


  • $50 for the half marathon, if registered by October 31, 2015
  • $60 between November 1 – December 15
  • $65 between December 16 – January 15, 2016
  • $70 between January 16 – January 31
  • $75 between February 1 – February 13
  • No race day registration


To reserve your spot in the winter 2016 running of Rancho Santa Fe’s San Dieguito Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.


Official Race Website

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3 comments… add one
  • CAROL February 14, 2016, 4:37 pm

    This is the best half marathon EVER! It is in gently rolling hills with breathtaking scenery. Horses are lazily grazing; trees’ leaves are being gently blown; your presence may be announced by the local park ducks. If it’s raining or extra hot the landscape is still dreamy. The start, first one-third mile, is downhill, which means the return is not! (But by then you’re delirious, so no big deal!) Most of the course is equally up or down hill: the entire course is truly a visual delight: blues, greens, goldens, oranges. I love it!
    A great Valentines Day Run!!
    I’m a jogger, not a real runner and today only able to do 5K, but have completed the Half at least 15 times.
    Today’s 1st Place Male: 1:17:+ish; Female 1:18:++ish. A perfect (low 70°s, day for a run/jog in the country!

  • Deb Bechtel February 9, 2015, 10:25 am

    Worse 1/2 for me ever. I did this race 2 years ago and thought it was okay, will not do it again. I struggled terribly, not sure if it was the heat, bad tasting warm water at the stations or the fact that after mile 10 there was nobody around with mile markers or directions. Cars were back on the road and I finished late at 3:07. There were plenty of people still behind me. The course change was also a factor for me. We will not do this 1/2 again.

  • Vanessa November 20, 2014, 7:15 pm

    Is there same day packet pickup?


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