California > Rock & Roll San Jose Half Marathon
San Jose, CA • Sunday, October 6, 2013 • Course Map • Series Calendar
More than 11,000 runners, walkers and wheelchair athletes came out in 2012 to trek the streets of
San Jose, the unofficial capital of California's Silicon Valley, at the Rock & Roll San Jose Half Marathon, which will celebrate its 8th annual running in the fall of 2013 with both a 13.1-mile half marathon and a roughly five-mile "mini marathon."
With its mostly fast and flat course -- the elevation for the race starts at about 90 feet
above sea level and never gets higher than about 110 feet above sea level
during the race -- the event has become a favorite for both
California-based runners looking to record personal bests as well as
participants from around the country who want to enjoy the city's
sights, sounds and the live music and entertainment of this energetic
big-city race along the route.
The race begins in downtown San Jose at the corner of West Santa Clara
Street and Almaden Avenue. From there, the race course takes participants first through the
downtown area, along 11th, 4th and 2nd Streets, and then along The
Alameda along the stretch that takes runners westward, into
neighborhoods that include sights like San Jose's Municipal Rose Garden
and other urban parks, and past stretches of the campus of San Jose State University and the Santa Clara Catholic Cemetery.
Throughout the course, as past participants of other "Rock and
Roll"-themed road races around the country (in places like San Diego, Virginia Beach and other cities) know, there will be live bands playing
for runners, as well as cheerleading stations where spectators can
cheer on their friends and family running in the race. The course will
close after four hours, so race organizers note that prospective
runners should be able to complete the course within this time limit.
The finish line for the race lies just a few blocks from the starting
line, at Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park. As one of the first year's
finishers (HalfMarathons.Net reader Brian H., a local resident) described the
race and the finish: "I ran the inaugural race here in 2006 and it was
a great Half Marathon. You run through downtown and out through
residential areas, running through much of San Jose that I have never
"Very fast paced and flat course, all run on paved roads. Bands are
peppered throughout, which adds a nice ambience, and there were a lot
of spectators cheering you on," he added. "Volunteer and support staff
were wonderful. The expo before the race and also at the finish line were
set up great. You cross the finish line and there is plenty of ice cold
water, water soaked towels and mister system right there, and then you
continue on for food and so on. Very well run and I will definitely run
again this year."
Race Weather & Climate
Located about an hour's drive from San Francisco, the city of San Jose tends to experience generally warm, dry summers and mild, wetter winter seasons. In October, average area monthly temperatures range between 74°F and 53°F, while rainfall totals average less than an inch for the month.
On the day of the race (Oct. 6), the average high is 79°F and the average low is 54°F.
View the race route map for the Rock & Roll San Jose Half Marathon
$85 for the half marathon, if registered by May 31, 2013
$95 between June 1 - July 31
$105 between August 1 - September 29
$150 at the race expo, if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the fall 2013 running of San Jose's Rock & Roll San Jose Half Marathon, register online at RaceIt.com.
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