Avocado Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, March 30, 2019 • Murrieta, CA • Course Map

Set for its fourth annual running along a course that organizers say “will carry runners past more trees than buildings” out here in the fresh country air, the Avocado Half Marathon unfolds along an out-and-back route in Murrieta, which lies just north of Temecula and roughly an hour’s drive from San Diego.

Runners start the Avocado Half Marathon route next to Town Square Park and Murrieta Elementary School, along Juniper Street.

From there, the race heads southwest along Juniper and then northwest along Washington Avenue, heading past Murrieta Valley High School and into the residential neighborhoods just to the northwest, where you’ll hit some of the hilliest portions of the race.

From its lowest point (at the starting line) of about 1,100 feet above sea level, the race climbs roughly 240 feet by the time you reach the 4th mile marker, and that’s followed by another steep hill between miles 6 and 7. After runners make their way past miles 8 and 9, it’s mostly flat terrain all the way into the finish line.

Once they’ve made the last turnaround from Washington onto Juniper, runners then head back all the way back to the race finish at Town Square Park, where there will be “plenty of avocados” waiting at the finish line, organizers add.

The course time limit for the half marathon is 3 hours, 30 minutes.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in Southern California, about 65 miles north of San Diego, Murrieta typically sees March temperatures between 41ºF and 70ºF, and its wettest month of the year, with an average of 2.34 inches of rainfall.

On the day of the race (March 30), the average low is 42ºF and the average high is 72ºF.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Avocado Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $59 – $99 for the half marathon
  • $29 – $59 for the 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2019 running of Murrieta’s Avocado Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at ChronoTrack.com here.

Official Race Website



Ever run in the Avocado Half Marathon? Share your impressions here, or post your review in the Comments box below.

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4 comments… add one
  • Betty Kirchgraber September 12, 2018, 4:58 pm

    Will your race be part of calhalfseries.com? For 2019, I am focusing on doing as many SoCal races that are listed with them as I adventure out of my comfort zone.

  • Jason Hernandez February 27, 2017, 10:14 am

    The course is challenging with two fair sized climbs, and one downhill portion is pretty severe. The race needs to improve overall organization though in order to become a top flight race experience.
    – Larger cups during water stops
    – More than (1) bottle of water at the finish
    – Course measured 13.37 on my GPS
    – Better information when you approached turns in the course
    – Too much vehicular traffic along and on the course / there were periods where runners could have been injured

    • Sara April 30, 2018, 4:40 pm

      It is cancelled this year. Horrible planning and organization!!!


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