California > Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon & Half Marathon
Santa Barbara, CA • Saturday, November 8, 2014 • 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 3,500 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 start their race at the Page Youth Center on Hollister Avenue (the full marathon starts at Dos Pueblos High School), and follow turns on Hollister, Turnpike, Zink Avenue, San Marcos Road and San Simeon Drive before turnnig onto the Maria Ignacio Creek Trail, where they meet the full marathon course.
From there, the half-marathoners will share the same route as those running 26.2 for the remainder of the race, starting with the Ignacio Trail, a popular paved walking and biking trail that connects Santa Barbara with nearby Goleta. After just over a mile heading south on the trail, they'll turn left and head east along the Atascadero Creek Trail, which takes them alongside the creek of the same name for the next couple of miles, until the left turn onto Arroyo Avenue.
The turns that take runners off the paved trails along the creek mark where the course also experiences its steepest hills, as the elevation climbs some 160 feet between the mile 5 and mile 7 markers, where runners will be making their way along Modoc Road. What goes up must come down, however, and the course will descend again as runners head south back toward the oceanfront, making their way down Las Positas Road, past Elings Park, to Cliff Drive.
Once on Cliff, the course begins the home stretch with the true reward of the race, the roughly mile-and-a-half-long stretch on Shoreline Drive that features some of the race's most beautiful views, both of the waves coming in from the ocean and Shoreline Park, which runners will run past between miles 12 and 13. The final thing left to do is to cross the finish line, which runners will meet after they pass Ledbetter Beach, in front of the campus of Santa Barbara City College.
Scheduled starting time for the race is 7:15 AM for the half marathon and 7:30 AM for the full marathon. Age group awards will be presented to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age division.
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.
Day of Race
Avg. Low: 50°F
Avg. High: 70°F
See the race route maps for the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Half Marathon
7:15 AM - half marathon
7:30 AM - full marathon
See race website
To reserve your spot in the fall 2014 running of the Santa Barbara Veterans Day Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at Active.com.
Official Race Website
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