Armed Forces Half Marathon

Thursday, May 25, 2024 Contra Costa County, California

Armed Forces Half Marathon in Contra Costa County, California

Otherwise known as the Year of the Marine, the Armed Forces Half Marathon event is an important and exciting half-marathon race put off by Team Blue Sky Events, in operation since 2008. 

Challenging Course. With nearly 3100 feet of elevation gain, the Armed Forces Half Marathon race runs just over 13.5 miles and takes runners through several peaks and valleys throughout Contra Costa County, including but not limited to landmarks like Briones Peak and Motts Peak. 

As for the location, Contra Costa County, centralized in the East Bay of San Francisco Bay, is primarily known for its mountainous landscapes, particularly as it relates to the famed Mount Diablo. 

This event has a 500-participant cap and a 5-hour 30-minute cut-off time, running from 6:30 a.m. to noon, making for an approachable challenge for all fitness levels; that is if you can handle the elevation gain.

Awarding plaques for top male and female finishers, this event also provides finisher medals for all those who cross the finish line under the cut-off time. In addition, there will be age group awards. 

Finally, all participants receive a commemorative race day shirt, a race bib, a pair of running socks, and a parking pass. 

Race Weather & Climate

Contra Costa County is located in Northern California, just east of San Francisco Bay, and is approximately 20 miles away from the heart of San Francisco. It spans a diverse landscape, encompassing urban areas and scenic natural beauty, including the Mount Diablo State Park. This county’s prime location near the bustling city of San Francisco and the varied geography it offers make it a desirable region for both residents and visitors seeking a blend of metropolitan amenities and outdoor recreational opportunities.

In late May, Contra Costa County, California, typically experiences average high temperatures around 75-80°F and average low temperatures between 50-55°F. Rainfall during this time is typically minimal, with averages around 0.1-0.3 inches.

Armed Forces Half Marathon Race Results

Armed Forces Half Marathon Race Results

Armed Forces Half Marathon Course Map

See the race route map for the Armed Forces Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

The half marathon start time is 6:30 AM.

The time limit for the half marathon is 5.5 hours.


To reserve your spot in the 2024 Armed Forces Half Marathon, you can use the registration link here.

Race Fees

There is a $90.00 and up fee for the half marathon.

Armed Forces Half Marathon Race Website

Armed Forces Half Marathon Website

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