Sunday, October 4, 2020 • San Diego, CA • Course Map
Set for its 4th 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.
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.
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 October average between the low 60s and the mid-70s.
On race day (Oct. 4), the average low is 63ºF and the average high is 74ºF.
- 6:45 AM – half marathon
- 7:30 AM – 5K
- $75 – $110 for the half marathon
- $35 – $50 for the 5K
- discounts available for youth under age 18
To reserve your spot in the fall 2020 running of San Diego’s Kaiser Permanente Thrive Half Marathon race, register online at EventBrite.com here.
Official Race Website
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