Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & Half Marathon

Sunday, October 24, 2021 • San Diego, CA • Course Map

An annual early summer running tradition for the past decade and a half here in one of Southern California’s most naturally beautiful and picturesque cities, San Diego’s storied Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon added the 13.1-mile half marathon race distance for the first time at its June 2010 running.

One of the longest-running races in the history of the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon series, the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll race takes runners through many of the city’s most beautiful areas.

From the starting line next to Balboa Park — home to several of San Diego’s best-known attractions, including its natural history museum as well as the world-famous San Diego Zoo — the half marathon follows a winding course both through the neighborhoods north of the park, like University Heights and Normal Heights, some of which look over into Mission Valley.

The race starts at the intersection of 6th Avenue and Quince Street, and follows along the same course as the full marathon for the first 8 miles. Runners will head north towards North Heights  with a long stretches on 30th St. and Mountain View Dr for miles 4 to 6.  Before runners reach the mile 9 marker, the full marathoners split off from those running the half, and continues on a course that will take them along University Ave west towards Mission Bay near SeaWorld.

But for the half marathoners, the race heads south into the beauty of Balboa Park, where the route follows Jacaranda Place and Pershing Drive through the park, passing by the golf course and Bennington Oak Grove along the way. The race finishes close to the water on State St.

The leaders at the 2010 Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon. (Photo by irene/flickr)

The leaders at the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon. (Photo by irene/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled in the southeastern corner of the state in Southern California, San Diego is widely known for its virtually year-round sunny and mild weather conditions, which rarely rise higher than the 70s or fall lower than the 60s in the summer. Rainfall is rare this time of year, averaging less than 0.1 inches for the month of June.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 6:15 AM – full marathon, half marathon


  • $79 and up for the half marathon
  • $89 and up for the full marathon


To reserve your spot in the fall 2021 running of the Rock & Roll San Diego Marathon or Half Marathon race, register online at here.

Official Race Website

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4 comments… add one
  • Karen Johnson November 22, 2019, 5:00 pm

    What are the costs, starting times and location for the 5k? I’ve already paid but my friend may come.
    Will bands be playing for the 5k?

  • Dave July 18, 2017, 9:01 pm

    I missed the marathon this year. I will definitely attend next year. I am so excited.

  • Matt jeremy June 2, 2016, 10:39 pm

    my uncle Ron will try to beat his personal best” he hopes to make it to 712 ft.

  • Bryan Allen April 24, 2016, 8:25 pm

    Just finished my 34th marathon last Monday at Boston – very interested in assisting your great race by being a marathon pacer. I usually run a sub 3:20 marathon, but would enjoy pacing any group between 3:45 and 4:15. Thanks for the consideration!!
    Bryan Allen (951) 491-3678 Temecula, California


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