Run, Don’t Walk!
Start your summer off right with a San Diego marathon! There are plenty of marathons and ½ marathons out there; here are a few of the most fun, most popular, and most exciting runs happening this month in San Diego!
Navy’s 27th Annual Bay Bridge Marathon Run/Walk
The Coronado Bay Bridge Marathon is your one and only chance to cross the Coronado Bridge on foot!! No more craning your neck, trying to see the view from the car. Or (if you’re like me), not seeing the view at all because you’re afraid to look away from the bridge, lest you make a mistake and go careening off the thing. No more of that, I say! Now you have a chance to leisurely walk or jog across, taking in the breathtaking views of downtown San Diego, Coronado, and the beautiful bay and ocean.
This annual, Navy-hosted event includes the public in raising money for the Navy’s Morale Welfare and Recreation programs. The MWR provides quality of life programs for the 500,000+ active duty and retired military, reservists, and family members. The Bay Bridge Marathon is a 4 mile run/walk with a unique panoramic view as participants travel from downtown San Diego, over the Coronado Bay Bridge to Coronado’s gorgeous Tidelands Park. Runners will receive an event T-shirt and a Padres game ticket along with a ride back downtown from Coronado via ferry or bus.
• Information – Bay Bridge Marathon
• Where: Start at the Convention Center on One Park Blvd.
• When: Sunday May 19th @ 8am
America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K
America’s Finest City Marathon is a no-nonsense competition for competitors, and has been the “premier San Diego marathon” for 36 years. The Finest City course is a fast, scenic, point to point course that starts at historic Cabrillo Monument. Run along the tip of Point Loma with its world renowned cliffs and iconic vistas with views of San Diego Bay, Downtown, and the Pacific Ocean.
The course follows picturesque San Diego Bay and Harbor Island along the Embarcadero to the remarkable Star of India, through Downtown San Diego, and ends up in Balboa Park – the perfect place to rest after a long run. The time limit for this run is a 13 minute mile, 1 hour limit altogether for the 5K.
• Information – Finest City Marathon
• Where: Start at the Cabrillo National Monument, finish in Balboa Park, 2131 Pan American Plaza.
• When: 7am for ½ marathon, 6:45am 5K
Ridiculous Obstacle Marathon
Looking for something a little more exciting? Check out the Ridiculous Obstacle Marathon, a 5K course combined with game show inspired obstacles to create the “worlds craziest” 5K. Voted one of the best events in the country by MSN, the ridiculous Obstacle Marathon puts a fun twist on the normal 5K for the adventurous among us. Get your first beer free at the after party, along with a T-shirt.
Obstacles include the world’s largest inflatable water slide, the world’s largest moon bounce, tunnels, rope swings, a climbing mountain (“Mt. Rocmore”), the “Wrecking Ball”: a giant swinging wrecking ball that knocks runners off of obstacles, “Cool Runnings”: an inner tube luge race, and much more. Check out pictures of obstacles on the website.
• Information – Ridiculous Obstacle Marathon:
• When: May 11th 2013
• Registration Closing Date: Friday, May 10, 2013 @ 11:59 PM US/Pacific
• Where: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd. Del Mar, 92014
• Sign up as an individual or part of a team.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon
Join the most epic summer run to take place in San Diego!! Dress up as the king of rock with “The Running Elvi Revolution” and get back to your rock n roll roots. Rock out to the Psychedelic Furs. Cross the brand new downtown finish line, and party in the shade at Petco Park after the race.
Runners can choose between the marathon, ½ marathon (separate courses for each), or the 2 person relay. Water and Gatorade stations are present every other mile, and bands and entertainment stations can be found approximately every mile, so rest assured, you will stay hydrated and entertained throughout your run. Jamba Juice will be giving out free 8oz. smoothies at the finish line.
The Rock n Roll marathon starts at 6th and Quince in Hillcrest, and finishes at Petco Park downtown.
• Information – Rock n Roll Marathon:
• When: June 2nd 2013
• Start time: marathon – 6:15am
• Start time: ½ marathon and relay – 6:45am