City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 5K & 10K

Monday, May 27, 2024 • Laguna Hills, CA • Course Map

This race has become something of a Memorial Day weekend tradition here in Southern California, and makes its 25th annual running this spring along a route that features plenty of rolling hills as well as a three-mile stretch through Laguna Hills’ Aliso and Wood Canyon Parks.

Runners start the point-to-point course for the race at the Saddleback Memorial Medical Center near Laguna Hills Mall, and then follow the course southward toward Paseo de Valencia.

Once runners make the turn right onto Alicia Parkway, they follow it southwest for roughly the next 2 1/2 miles, all the way down to Aliso Creek Road. There, runners make a right and head into Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park, a wildlife sanctuary that spans some 3,900 acres of wide-open wilderness with 30 miles of hiking, biking and walking trails.

Runners make their way into the northern edges of the park along Aliso Canyon Road, and then head back out to Awma Road.

The next stretch of the race takes runners off the road and onto the Aliso Creek Riding & Hiking Trail, which stretches more than 18 miles between South Laguna and Rancho Santa Margarita through the heart of the area known as Mission Viejo.

Runners follow the trail for the next three miles, all the way north to the race finish line at the Laguna Hills Community Center, just south of Paseo de Valencia at the intersection with Alicia Parkway.

Along the way, runners get a chance to run through local parks like Wood Canyon, Hillview and Foxborough Park, as well as Aliso Viejo Community Park.

Runners will start their race at 7:00 AM to beat the sun and the (possible) heat, and will have a 3 1/2-hour time limit to complete the course — which means they’ll need to keep a pace of at most 16 minutes per mile.

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the now famous Laguna Beach area southeast of Los Angeles, the city of Laguna Hills tends to experience mild to moderately warm conditions in the late spring and early summer, with little to no wet weather.

On race day (May 27), the average low is 59ºF and the average high is 71ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $105 and up – half marathon
  • $45 and up – 10K
  • $40 and up – 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of the City of Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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2 comments… add one
  • Julia Dunphy May 18, 2018, 7:05 pm

    I am still running half marathons at the age of 76. Your rule about having to finish in 3 1/2 hours is toxic. If I run your race you will cut me from the results and any medal. This is manifestly unfair to older runners. Can you allow me any special help such an hour start ?


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