Peace-Love-Run San Diego Half Marathon, 10K & 5K

Saturday, March 31, 2018 • San Diego, CA • Course Map

activeregisterFlash back to the 1960s — when Jimi Hendrix, Bob Dylan and the Beatles ruled — for this race’s sixth annual running along the shores of San Diego’s Mission Bay Park in the spring of 2018, when the Peace-Love-Run Half Marathon takes runners on an out-and-back race near the Hilton San Diego Resort and Spa, overlooking the waters of Enchanted Cove.

The race is one of three races run under the “Peace-Love-Run” banner, with the others taking place in March in Ventura and Sacramento. This springtime race unfolds along the meandering beaches of Mission Bay, a more than 4,200-acre man-made water park that lies next to a natural saltwater lagoon near San Diego’s Pacific Beach, and is home to world-famous attractions like Sea World.

Runners start the race just south of the Hilton Resort and Spa along East Mission Bay Drive, and from there head south along the road to Fiesta Island Drive, where they’ll turn right to head across the land bridge and over to the island. This large peninsula is a popular spot for running and biking races, and also just for day recreation with its off-leash dog park.

The course unfolds twice around the northern half of Fiesta Island, and then brings runners south along its opposite end before heading back across the land bridge and over to the paved trail just before Mission Bay Drive. Here, runners turn right to head onto the trail, which will take them south and west all the way to South Shores Park, where they’ll hit the first turnaround point between miles 7 and 8.

After that, most of the second half of the race unfolds along the Mission Bay Park shoreline, taking runners north through Playa Pacifica Park, Leisure Lagoon and De Anza Cove Park, where they’ll turn around again. That’s the final turnaround before runners head back to the finish line near the Hilton San Diego, back where they started.

The course is almost all flat and fast, organizers say, “with panoramic bay views of grassy knolls, palm trees and the blue bay.” The race’s theme is a flashback to the 60s, and the race medals look like the “Mystery Machine” from Scooby-Doo, emblazoned with the flower power celebration of peace and love. 🙂

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

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

Race Weather & Climate

Located near the southernmost corner of California, roughly 120 miles southeast of Los Angeles, San Diego typically sees April temperatures between 56ºF and 69ºF, while record temperatures have fallen as low as 41ºF (in 1945) and risen as high as 98ºF (in 1989) during the month.

On race day (April 1), the average low is 55ºF and the average high is 68ºF, and rainfall is generally scarce, averaging about 3/4 of an inch for April.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Peace-Love-Run San Diego Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon
  • 7:05 AM – 10K
  • 7:15 AM – 5K
  • 9:30 AM – kids dash


  • $70 for the half marathon
  • $40 for the 10K
  • $30 for the 5K
  • $20 for the Kid’s Dash
  • prices subject to increase as race day approaches


To reserve your spot in the spring 2018 running of San Diego’s Peace-Love-Run Half Marathon, 10K or 5K race, register online at here.


Official Race Website


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8 comments… add one
  • Name January 19, 2018, 11:12 am

    The official race website is down … is the 2018 San Diego race still happening?

    • Terrell Johnson January 19, 2018, 11:24 am

      That’s a great question. It appears the registration is also unavailable. Let me see if there’s anything more I can find out.

      • name January 29, 2018, 11:00 am

        I reached out to Road Runner Sports, who did bib pickup for the race last year. From what they can find, the race isn’t happening.

  • Laurie January 19, 2017, 1:21 pm

    The race details note “The race is one of three races run under the “Peace-Love-Run” banner, with the others taking place in March in Ventura and Sacramento.” but I am not seeing the run listed in March in Ventura. This would be my preference as I live here. Can you please tell me if the race will be added to March 2017 in Ventura (and any other details)? Thanks much!

  • erick masai March 10, 2016, 12:41 pm

    I want to participate the race

  • Shannon October 13, 2015, 6:21 pm

    Are strollers allowed?

  • Charles Lee March 9, 2015, 2:54 pm

    I like to walk these things, because running is too much for my knees. Are walkers welcome? Do you shut the course down on walkers?

    Thanks for the response.

    Best, Charlie Lee

    • Juan October 5, 2015, 12:01 pm

      Check the cutoff time before they open the streets; every race has a time limit. If you think you can walk it within than limit then the answer is yes.



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