Saturday, November 7, 2015 • Santa Barbara, CA • Course Map
Known for its gorgeous views of the Pacific Ocean and the signature Spanish Colonial architectural style of many of its buildings and homes — which has been featured in countless movies, from the 1967 Dustin Hoffman classic The Graduate to 2009’s It’s Complicated — Santa Barbara offers both natural and man-made scenery aplenty at its annual fall marathon, which sees around 4,000 to 5,000 runners cross the finish line in both races combined each year.
The half marathon — which had just over 2,200 finishers in last year’s race — features a course that starts just past the mid-way point of the full marathon, and joins up with the 26.2-mile course around the 2 1/2-mile point of the half.
Runners in the half marathon will run a brand new race, now starting at the UC-Santa Barbara campus. Runners will begin underneath UCSB’s Henley Gate and run onto Highway 217. They will then make their way towards the Las Positas Valley as they enter the Mesa community which overlooks the American Riviera.
Runners will spend a large portion of the race on Modoc Rd. which runs next to Highway 1. Then they will make a sharp right onto Highway 225, running through the beautiful sights of Elings Park. The final 3 miles of the race are run along the coast to through Leadbetter Beach Park where finish line festivities will be held.
Overall, the course is fast with a downhill start and gentle rolling hills for the first 10 miles before a climb up Cliff Drive. This beach to beach course is all new in 2o15 and is perfect for casual runners or those with a competitive edge.
Race Weather & Climate
Located along the Southern California coastline, about a two-hour drive west from Los Angeles, Santa Barbara typically sees very dry weather in the late summer and early fall. In November, temperatures average between 49°F and 69°F, while rainfall totals average just under 1.5 inches for the month.
On race day (Nov. 7), the average low is 51ºF and the average high is 70ºF.
- 2014 Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon Results
To reserve your spot in the 2015 running of the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon & Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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