Santa Barbara Red Rock Half Marathon

Saturday, November 21, 2020 • Santa Barbara, CA • Course Map

Note: The course description details the 2018 course. We’ll have 2019 details up when they’re available.

Held in late November and starting at the Red Rock Day Use Area in Los Padres National Forest, the Santa Barbara Red Rock Half Marathon is the shortest of three race distances offered on race day — if you’re up for it, you can also run either the full marathon or the 50-miler.

This low-key event, while offering the half marathon distance, has the heart of an ultra. The course markings, while adequate, will be minimal. Runners must pay attention to both the directions as well as their surroundings in order to stay on the course.

Additionally, aid provided on the course will be at a minimum as well. The late November temperatures and early morning start will require less hydration than a hot summer day, but runners should err on the side on caution and bring what they need to complete the distance.

The out and back course offers beautiful views of the Santa Barbara Front and Back Country. Held on the trails of the Los Padres National Forest, runners will have a chance to travel on some of the most beautiful trails in the country.

The Los Padres National Forest spans almost 2 million acres and features terrain in elevations at sea level all the way to 8,847 feet. Hundreds of miles of trails traverse the forest and runners will have just a small glimpse of what this huge section of land has to offer.

All runners must pay the $20 Rancho Oso resort fee. Upon completion of the race, runners will have an opportunity to take advantage of the resort’s amenities. Racers can shower, swim, refuel at restaurants, or shop in the general store. Plus, there is camping available for those who want to make a weekend trip out of their race.

All finishers will receive an award upon completing their race. The top overall male and female runners will receive an additional award. Runners are invited to stick around on Saturday afternoon and evening to join the campfire and camping festivities.

Race Weather & Climate

Santa Barbara experiences a warm-summer Mediterranean climate, but nearby mountains can get chilly with higher elevations. Average November temperatures are still mild with some cool early mornings in Santa Barbara with highs in the 60’s and lows in the 40’s, while just over 1.7 inches of rain falls in November on average.

On race day (Nov. 21), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 67ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Santa Barbara Red Rock Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $85 and up for the half marathon
  • $145 and up for the 50-miler
  • $105 and up for the full marathon


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Santa Barbara Red Rock Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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