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California > Holiday Half Marathon, 5K Run/Walk & 1-Mile
Pomona, CA  •  Sunday, December 14, 2013  •  Course Map


The winter of 2009 brought a brand-new half marathon event to the Los Angeles County area here in Southern California, as the site of the annual L.A. County Fair played host to the inaugural running of the L.A. County Half Marathon at Fairplex, which also included a half-marathon for inline skaters, a 5K for runners and walkers, a bicycling event and a one-mile fun run for kids.

The race's 2013 running will be its 5th annual -- the 2012 race saw more than 4,800 runners cross the finish line in the half marathon alone -- and it has been renamed the Holiday Half Marathon. Like in previous years, the race course is USATF-certified and the course time limit for those running in the half marathon is 3 hours, 45 minutes.

From the starting line inside the Fairplex, which lies about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, runners in the half will follow an out-and-back loop course that takes them in roughly a counter-clockwise direction out from the fairgrounds and around the shoreline of Puddingstone Reservoir, through Frank G. Bonelli Regional Park and past the planes landing and taking off at nearby Brackett Field airport.

Hilly and challenging in some spots, particularly in the middle stretch of the race from mile 5 through 7, the course for the race takes runners through a combination of residential neighborhoods, past the tree-lined fairways of Mountain Meadows Golf Course and through more industrial-looking areas as the race nears the finish line along the eastern edges of the Fairplex fairgrounds.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled just south of the Glendora Wilderness Park in the Angeles National Forest, about 30 miles east of downtown Los Angeles, Pomona typically sees December temperatures that average between 68°F and 41°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Dec. 14), the average low is 69°F and the average high is 41°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Holiday Half Marathon

Starting Time

8:00 AM


$75 for the half marathon, if registered by July 7, 2013
$80 between July 8 - September 15
$85 between Sept. 16 - November 1
$90 between Nov. 2 - December 11
$105 at the race expo


To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2013 running of Pomona's Holiday Half Marathon, 5K or 1-Mile race, register online at Active.com.

Official Race Website


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