Sunday, December 13, 2020 • Berkeley, CA • Course Map
Note: The 2020 race is a virtual event. Registration details are included below.
The 13.1 mile loop of the Berkeley Half Marathon features some of Berkeley’s most iconic spots. Runners will cruise over Telegraph Avenue, through the historic UC Berkeley campus, around hip neighborhoods, and along the waterfront.
The course begins and ends at the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in the heart of Berkeley. Runners will travel south through the first mile as they make their way through the streets of South Berkeley. As runners get close to the 2nd mile marker, they will begin to see the sights of UC Berkeley. This section of the course takes runners right through campus and routes them into the Normandy Village neighborhood.
Racers will head north along Shattuck Avenue and will cross over the 4th mile marker before turning onto Mariposa Avenue. Once at Marin Avenue, the course veers left and then continues along Monterey Avenue until reaching Hopkins Street. At the intersection of Gilman Street, the course veers right and runners will approach the 6th mile marker.
A series of sharp turns in the middle of the race leads runners 4th Street where they will cross the 7th mile marker and make a left to take the course south. Once past University Avenue, runners will make their way to the waterfront along Frontage Road. This out-and-back section will have runners crossing the 8th, 9th, and 10th mile markers.
Once back on University Avenue, the final 5K of the course takes runners on a journey through Southwest Berkeley. The course travels along Bancroft Way to Curtis Street and then onto Channing Way and Spaulding Avenue.
As runners make a right back onto Bancroft Way, they will begin to enter the final mile. A quick right on McKinley Avenue and a left on Channing Way will bring runners past Berkeley High School. A left on Milvia Street will take runners back to the Park where they will cross the finish line.
The top 3 overall male and female finishers will receive awards as well as the top 3 in each age group category. All finishers will receive a medal.
For the 2020 race, you can run anywhere during the original race time on December 13 and see your progress on the original half marathon course, or you can run the course of your choice anytime and submit your results by December 15.
Race Weather & Climate
Berkeley has a cool summer Mediterranean climate with dry summers and wet winters. Average November temperatures are in the mid-60’s for the highs and mid-40’s for the lows. 3.30” of rain falls on average in November.
On race day (Nov. 15), the average low is 47ºF and the average high is 61ºF.
- 2019 Berkeley Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Berkeley Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Berkeley Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Berkeley Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Berkeley Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Berkeley Half Marathon Results
Course Time Limit
- $66 and up for the virtual half marathon
- $56 and up for the virtual 10K
- $46 and up for the virtual 5K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Berkeley Half Marathon, register online at BerkeleyHalf.com here.
Official Race Website
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