Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, November 2, 2024 • San Diego, CA • Course Map

Note: A virtual option is available for this event. Registration details are included below.

Set for its 8th annual running this fall under the sunny skies of Southern California, the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon is set to unfold along the streets of San Diego, starting and finishing at Ski Beach in Vacation Isle after a run past Sea World.

The race begins, as mentioned above, at Ski Beach in Vacation Isle. From there, the course heads directly north across Fisherman’s Channel and toward Crown Point Beach, swinging through the beach before heading south and around the point.

After this, the course weaves its way clockwise around Mission Bay, sticking close to the water for much of the course. The half marathon course is largely flat and fast from then until reaching Sea World Drive near mile 8, along mostly long straightaway stretches on the Mission Bay Bike Path.

Here runners pass the aquatic park and turn left onto Sunset Cliffs Boulevard and start making twists and turns through the Ocean Beach neighborhood and Hospitality Point. After making their way across the Ingraham Street bridge, over onto Vacation Isle, they’ll run the beach path towards Sail Bay, and cross the finish line in Ski Beach.

Organizers note that the race is designed to promote healthy living and an active lifestyle, and proceeds from the event will go to benefit Make-a-Wish San Diego.

The race also is “the perfect beginners’ run,” they add, thanks to its flat and fast route — it could also be a great race to record a personal record time, for runners interested in achieving their first or a new PR time.

Aerial view of Mission Bay Park, San Diego. (Photo by Phil Konstantin/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Known for its mild, dry and sunny Mediterranean-like climate throughout most of the year, San Diego sees very little rainfall throughout the summer and fall months, and temperatures during November average between the mid-50s and the mid-70s.

On race day (Nov. 2), the average low is 58ºF and the average high is 70ºF.

Course Map

See the race route map for the Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:15 AM


  • $99 and up for the half marathon
  • $44 and up for the 5K
  • $69 and up for the virtual half marathon


To reserve your spot in the fall 2024 running of San Diego’s Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.

Official Race Website



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