Saturday, December 18, 2021 • La Jolla, CA • Course Map
Give yourself the best holiday gift ever this year by completing the San Diego Holiday Half Marathon just days before Christmas — come to beautiful San Diego for the beautiful weather and stay for a PR-worthy course.
With the exception of a fairly big hill in the first mile, just about all of the rest of the race is downhill running at this race, which unfolds between Rancho Penasquitos and Torrey Pines State Beach just a couple of days before the new year.
And with a net drop in elevation of 714 feet and a point-to-point course that leads to the Pacific Ocean, this race is sure to sell out quickly.
Runners will begin in Rancho Penasquitos after riding a shuttle bus to the start. The course heads south on Carmel Mountain Road. There is a small hill around mile 1.5 and the rest of the course is mostly downhill. Racers will travel 9 miles down the 56 Bike Path where they will gently descend towards the Carmel Valley area.
The last four miles are mostly flat along Carmel Valley Road. There are a few gentle rollers that runners will encounter, but nothing to encumber them from reaching Torrey Pines State Park quickly. Once reaching the State Park area, runners will make a kick to the finish line located on the beach.
The last few miles are probably the race’s flattest stretch — with one last brief hill just after the mile 12 marker.
All runners crossing the finish line will receive a medal. Prize money is in contention and the 1st place male and female winners will receive $750. Second, third, and fourth will receive $500, $250, and $150, respectively. Age group award winners will receive trophies.
Race Weather & Climate
Sunny San Diego is characterized as a Mediterranean climate. The area receives mild, sunny weather year round. Runners should expect December temperatures of highs in the 60’s and lows in the upper 40’s. Precipitation is approximately 1.5” in December in San Diego.
On race day (Dec. 18), the average low is 49ºF and the average high is 66ºF.
- 2019 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Results
- 2018 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Results
- 2017 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Results
- 2016 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Results
- 2015 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Results
- 2014 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Results
- 2013 San Diego Holiday Half Marathon Results
- $89 – $129 for the half marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of La Jolla’s San Diego Holiday Half Marathon, register online at RaceRoster.com here.
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