Sunday, August 20, 2017
6:15 a.m.



Included in your registration:

  • 40th edition technical fabric, men's and women's race T-shirt
  • Personalized bib numbers (must be registered by July)
  • Exclusive 40th annual reusable bag
  • Custom 40th edition, dazzling finisher's medal
  • Walker friendly course!
  • Finish line treats including TruMoo chocolate milk, cold water and finisher food bag filled with delicious recovery snacks
  • Finish line festival in beautiful Balboa Park with live band, refreshments and local vendors
  • New this year! Complimentary Ballast Point beer and Rubio's chips, salsa and guacamole in the finish line beer garden (ages 21+, must have ID)
Current price through July 19
*Price does not include processing fee.

Event Course

Click here for the course map.
The 5K (3.1 miles) race is a fast loop course that starts and finishes within Balboa Park, in front of the Hall of Champions at Pan American Plaza and Presidents Way. The course winds through beautiful Balboa Park, passing by the Museum of Man, crossing over the Cabrillo Bridge and finishing just past the Spreckels Organ.

Course Time Limits

There is a 1-hour time limit for finishing this event.  All participants must be able to maintain a 19:21-minute-mile pace or faster throughout the event.

Start Line

Slower runners and ALL WALKERS must line up at the rear of the start area.  With the ChronoTrack B-Tag, your time starts when you cross the start line.

Entry Limit

To ensure the best possible participant experience, the race field is limited to 1,700.  Register early to save money.

Race Shirt

Every 5K participant will receive a beautiful, top-quality, short-sleeve finisher's shirt. Shirts must be picked up at the AFC Fitness Expo during regular Expo hours. They will not be mailed. While we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you request, unfortunately we cannot make any guarantees. Click here to learn more about the Expo including the Expo dates and times.

Bib Numbers/Timing Tag

We use the ChronoTrack's B-Tag. The B-tag is a disposable tag that is mounted on your bib number. To ensure an accurate time, race bibs must be clearly visible on the front of the torso and not covered by outer apparel, unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle) and pinned in all four corners. Please note that bib numbers will not be mailed out. They must be picked up in person at the AFC Fitness Expo. Be prepared to show your photo ID to claim your bib number.

Another person may pick up your bib number for you, but must present a photo or copy of your picture ID.  Bib numbers are nontransferable and irreplaceable if lost, and entry fees are nonrefundable (see Cancellation/Refund and Transfer Policy below for exceptions).

Race Day Bib Number and Shirt Pickup

If you’re unable to attend the AFC Fitness Expo and need to pick up your bib number on race day, you can do so at the 5K start area the morning of the race starting at 5:45 a.m. Race shirts will be available in the festival area near the finish line.

Race Day Parking

There is no shuttle bus for the 5K.  You may park in any legal parking lot in Balboa Park. Parking lots are shown on the Finish Area map labeled with a "P." The Largest parking lot is the zoo parking lot adjacent to the Northern bus loading area.

If you are staying at the host hotel, your room package includes bus transportation from the Sheraton to the start area and returns to the Sheraton after the finish from Balboa Park. This service is only available to registered guests.

Water Stations/Course Support

Official full service aid stations are located at the start, mile-1.5 and at the finish.


If you’re an age group winner, your award will be mailed to you approximately 2-3 weeks following the event. Awards will be offered to the first three finishers, male and female,  in the following age groups: 17 & under, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80. 

Please note: age group awards will be based on net chip time and prize money will be based on clock time.


Medical assistance will be available at the start, each full service aid station and at the finish.  Physicians, nurses and other health professionals have volunteered full coverage for the event.  Runners observing others with possible medical difficulties along the route should alert the nearest police officer, race official or aid station.



If you are entered in the Half Marathon and wish to participate in the 5K, you may keep your same Half Marathon bib and go to the 5K start area.  There is no need to do anything to switch to the 5K, and no refund for the price difference.


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