Malibu Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, October 13, 2024 • Malibu, CA • Course Map

Rocky bluffs, sandy beaches, waves crashing against the shoreline, and plenty of rugged hills await on a gorgeous out-and-back route along the Pacific Coast Highway at the Malibu Half Marathon, which makes its 16th annual running this year with the 13.1-mile and 5K race.

Though in past years the race has included a full marathon and kids’ races, the event now focuses on the half marathon only, with a course for the 13.1-miler that will start and finish at Zuma Beach.

From the starting line for the half marathon, the course then proceeds from east to west entirely along the Pacific Coast Highway to the half-way turnaround near San Nicolas Canyon. After they make the turn, runners head back along the route they’ve just run, back to the finish line at Zuma Beach.

When they cross the finish line, runners will receive not just a race medal but also a commemorative race towel, which they can use to dry off after they’ve taken a dip in the ocean to cool off after the race finish.

Along the way, the race route offers some of this part of coastal California’s truly spectacular views. While the first several miles of the half marathon route offer up pristine coastline — along which the only modern intrusion is the highway — the last few miles bring runners past beautiful beachfront homes, one after another, many of which are owned by Hollywood’s biggest names.

The course for the race is USATF-certified, and organizers add that runners will have 4 hours to complete the half marathon.

The organizers stress: “Do not be late!”


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All photos courtesy Malibu International Half Marathon

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Southern California coastline, about 38 miles west of downtown Los Angeles, Malibu typically sees mild to moderately warm weather virtually year-round.

In October, temperatures average between 54°F and 67°F — on the day of the race (Oct. 13), the average low is 56°F and the average high is 68°F — while rainfall totals average just over 1 inch for the month.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Malibu International Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:30 AM – 5K


  • $119 – $130 for the half marathon
  • $50 – $55 for the 5K
  • $35 – $49 for the virtual race


To reserve your spot in the 2024 running of California’s Malibu Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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5 comments… add one
  • Maribel November 4, 2016, 4:58 pm

    Hi there still available for sign up?

  • Cynthia Clements October 18, 2016, 6:44 pm

    I registered for this event and ordered my packet and t-shirt July 20th. I was sent an email stating that the order would be mailed in early October. I haven’t received anything yet and want to check on the status. I would appreciate any help you can offer. Thank you.

  • Bianca Mircica June 14, 2016, 1:26 pm

    Can I still register for the Malibu half in November 2016? If so, can you please provide the link to do so?

    Thank you,

    • Terrell Johnson June 28, 2016, 5:37 am

      Hi Bianca! You can still register for the 2016 race — the link has been added above.

  • Rocio Mansilla June 1, 2015, 3:18 pm

    Hi. I am from Guatemala, and I would like to run The Malibu International Half Marathon. I need to know what I should do to save my spot? Do you still have available numbers ? Thanks !


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