What is the 2018 schedule of events?
Friday, August 17, 2018 ............ 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
AFC Fitness Expo
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 92101
Saturday, August 18, 2018 ....... 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
AFC Fitness Expo
Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 92101
Sunday, August 19, 2018
4:00 - 5:30 a.m. ..... Buses transport half marathoners from Balboa Park to race start
6:15 a.m. .......... 5K Start/Balboa Park
6:30 a.m. ...........Half Marathon Start/Cabrillo National Monument
What are the 2018 registration fees?
If the race has not sold out, registration will be available at the AFC Fitness Expo. There will be no race day registration.
What do I receive with my paid entry fee?
Each half marathon and 5K participant will receive:
- 41st edition technical fabric, men's and women's race T-shirt
- Personalized bib numbers (must be registered by July)
- Exclusive 41st annual reusable bag
- Custom finisher's medal
- Finish line treats including TruMoo chocolate milk, water and a finisher food bag filled with delicious recovery snacks
- Finish line festival in beautiful Balboa Park with live band, refreshments and local vendors
- Complimentary beer at finish festival beer garden (participants only, ages 21+, must have ID, while supplies last)
What are the race distances?
Half marathon - 13.1 miles
5K - 3.1 miles
Can walkers do the 5K or half marathon?
Yes; however, a time limit of 3 hours (13 min. 45 sec/mile) for half marathon will be strictly enforced. This means you must maintain a 13:44-minute-per-mile pace or faster. For the 5K, you must be able to complete the course in 1 hour. This means you must maintain a 19:21-minute-per-mile pace or faster.
What if I would like to participate but my participation requires special accommodation?
If you have a special need or situation that requires accommodation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for approval prior to registering for the race.
Do any charities benefit from this event?
Yes, since its inception in 1978, The America’s Finest City Half Marathon has raised millions of dollars for national and local non-profit organizations. The event's primary beneficiaries are the Cabrillo National Monument Foundation, Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, San Diego Fire Rescue and Friends of Balboa Park. The AFC Half Marathon also provides the opportunity for other local charities to raise funds through their association with the event.
Where can I check if am registered?
Log in to Events.com, click on your name from top navigation bar and click "My Events." This page will show all of the events you are registered for. If you do not already have an Events.com account, you will need to create one using these easy instructions. You can also email email@example.com request a confirmation email.
Is there a military discount?
Yes, we offer a $10 military discount to active duty service members only. Make sure to answer the questions about military service during registration to receive the discount instructions.
Where does the AFC Fitness Expo take place?
The expo is held at host hotel Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, 92101 (map) in the Pavilion.
Are there time limits?
Yes, there is a strict 3-hour time limit for the half marathon to complete the course (13:44-minute-per-mile pace). Participants who do not reach North Harbor Drive and Harbor Island Drive (6.3 miles) by 90 minutes after the race starts, will not be permitted to do the Harbor Island section of the course (approximately 2 miles) and will instead be directed to continue on the route to the finish line.
There is a 1-hour time limit for finishing the 5K. All participants must be able to maintain a 19:21-minute-mile pace or faster throughout the event.
Both the half marathon and 5K time limits are based on chip time, meaning the time limit countdown begins the moment the participant's timing chip passes over the start line timing mat.
The time limit is necessary to ensure the health and safety of all participants as the public roadways must be opened to normal traffic at specified times and closed to participants. Participants exceeding the time limit pace may be asked by race staff or San Diego Police Department personnel to take a shuttle van to the finish. PLEASE DO NOT ENTER THE HALF MARATHON OR THE 5K IF YOU DO NOT EXPECT TO FINISH WITHIN THE TIME LIMITS.
Will live tracking for the half marathon be available on race day?
Yes, live tracking will be available for friends and family to track runners along the half marathon course. A link will be posted on the homepage the week of the race.
What is the Half Marathon Triple CrownSM and how do I qualify for it?
The Half Marathon Triple CrownSM Series is a fun opportunity to recognize dedicated athletes who commit to complete a trio of scenic Southern California half marathons within the same calendar year. The threesome includes the Carlsbad Marathon/Half Marathon, the La Jolla Half Marathon and the America's Finest City Half Marathon. Learn more here!
How do I switch from the 5K to the half marathon or vice versa?
Follow these instructions to switch from the 5K to the half marathon. NOTE: You must do this before the half marathon sells out and you will need to pay the difference between what you initially paid for your 5K entry fee and the current half marathon entry fee, plus the applicable processing fee.
To switch from the half marathon to the 5K, you may keep your same bib number and start your race from the 5K start area. There is no refund for the price difference.
Note: You must participate in the event you are registered for and will not receive a finisher's shirt or medal for another event.
How do I get my bib number, timing tag and race shirt?
You must pick up your race shirt, bib number and timing tag at the AFC Fitness Expo. Be prepared to show your photo ID to claim your bib number. You may designate a person to pick up your bib number but they must present a copy of your picture ID – no exceptions. Nothing will be mailed, and while we will do all we can to ensure you receive the shirt size you request, unfortunately we cannot make any guarantees.
Can I pick up my bib number race morning?
Half Marathon: If you’re unable to attend the AFC Fitness Expo and need to pick up your bib number on race day, select the "Race Day Bib Number Pickup Convenience" option during your registration ($20). Your bib number will be available for pickup at the southwest corner of Park Boulevard and Presidents Way in the middle of the finish line festival area on race morning starting at 5:30 a.m. There is no mailing of Bibs. Anyone attempting to pick up their bib number on race day who hasn't paid the $20 fee will be required to pay onsite (cash or credit card accepted). Race shirts will be available for pick up at the finish line festival after the race.
5K: If you’re unable to attend the expo and need to pick up your bib number on race day, you can do so.
Can I have someone pick up my bib number and timing tag for me?
Yes; however, they must come with a physical or electronic copy of your picture ID - no exceptions. They will need to know your bib number.
Can I drive to or be dropped off at the half marathon start?
No, all half marathon participants must take the shuttle buses from Balboa Park to the start and there are no pickup locations along the way. Registered guests of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina on Harbor Island (host hotel) may take the race-provided shuttle for hotel guests only that goes directly to the start line from the hotel.The road to the Cabrillo National Monument is closed to all traffic with the exception of race vehicles and the participant bus shuttles. It is also very dark on race morning and pedestrians and all other types of unmotorized or motorized access are not allowed.
More shuttle details are available here.
Where and when do I catch the shuttle to the half marathon start?
Between 4:00 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. in Balboa Park near the Finish Line Festival. Learn more here.
What if I miss the last bus to the half marathon start?
You may not run the half marathon, but you can still run the 5K.
Where should I park on race day?
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. Allow yourself at least an extra 30 minutes for parking.
Are spectators allowed at the start line?
No, only race participants with a bib are allowed on the start line shuttles.
Is there a shuttle for spectators staying at the host hotel that goes to the finish line?
No, however, there is a 5K shuttle which spectators may take that will leave from the hotel at 5:15 a.m. and go to the finish line. Since they will be arriving quite early, they could either run the 5K or volunteer! Otherwise, we suggest spectators use a service such as Uber, Lyft or a San Diego taxi.
Is there a shuttle from the finish line back to the host hotel?
Yes, shuttle service for participants and spectators starts at 9 a.m.
Is there a wave start?
No, there are no corrals in the half marathon. Participants should stage for the start according to the pace banners.
What is the refund policy?
All entry fees are NONREFUNDABLE, NONTRANSFERABLE* and NONDEFERRABLE with the following exceptions ONLY:
Active duty military members who are unable to participate because they are unexpectedly deployed may choose to either defer their entry to the following year's race or receive a refund less a $15 administration fee. Email request with a copy of orders to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 10 days prior to event day.
*See transfer period details below.
What is the transfer policy?
The transfer period will be available from August 6 – August 10, 2018. During this timeframe only, you will be able to log into your Events.com account and transfer your entry to someone else. For help logging into your Events.com account, please review this helpful article. There is a $20 transfer fee and registered participants are responsible for finding transferees and making sure transfers are completed prior to the deadline. Transfers must be completed by midnight on August 10, 2018.
To transfer your registration to another person, follow these instructions.
To accept a registration that was transferred to you, follow these instructions.
Participating with a bib number and timing tag not officially assigned to you is not permitted. If race officials discover that this has occurred, you and the original registered participant will be banned from this event and future Half Marathon Triple Crown events.
What amenities are offered on the half marathon course?
Water will be served at support stations located approximately every mile starting at mile 2. Grape Ultima Replenisher will also be served at miles 4, 5, 8, 11 and 12. Portable toilets will be located at each of the above support stations. On course services will remain in place based on a 3 hour finish pace.
Will there be pace groups?
No, there will not be pace groups.
What is the policy for the use of headphones during the race?
We discourage the use of headphones, however, if you choose to use them, it is recommended you keep the volume at a level at which you are aware of your environment, can hear course directions and any emergency situations which may arise.
Will there be timing clocks on the course?
No, there will not be timing clocks along the course.
Are the AFC Half Marathon and 5K USAT&F sanctioned?
Yes, both the half marathon and 5K are run on certified and sanctioned courses. The half marathon certification number is CA11106RS and the 5K certification number is CA13083RS.
Why did my GPS device record a distance greater than 13.1 miles on the half marathon course?
The half marathon course is certified using USA Track & Field course measurement criteria employing the use of an Alan Jones counter. The courses are measured along the shortest distance between the start line and finish line, which entails taking the straight line tangent on all curves. It is virtually impossible for anyone to run the course exactly as measured, even the front runners.
A GPS device measures distance wherever you go during the race. If you go to the side of the road to a water station or if you zig-zag around other runners in the first few miles, the GPS measures the extra distance. Wherever you do not run the short line tangent in the road, the additional distance you cover is measured by the GPS. A GPS device, worn in a race, will always record a distance greater than an accurately measured course.
Will medals be presented to half marathon and 5K finishers?
Yes, both 5K and half marathon finishers will be awarded a medal upon completion of the race in the finish line chute. Participants who are disqualified because they were not able to complete the event in the specified time limits are excluded (see "Are there course time limits?" above).
What are the categories for age group awards?
If you’re an age group winner, your award will be mailed to you approximately 2 weeks following the event. Awards will be offered to the first three finishers, male and female, in both the half marathon & 5K 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+.
The top three overall male and female half marathon finishers will also receive a special award, which will be presented on race day on the main stage in the Finish Line Festival.
Please note: age group awards will be based on net chip time.
Will my finish time be adjusted if I am stopped by the Trolley?
No, the half marathon course crosses the San Diego Trolley tracks in downtown San Diego at 10.7 mi. (Broadway & Kettner) and 10.9 mi. (India & C).
Later runners may have to wait for 20 to 30 seconds to allow the trolley to pass. MTS personnel hold trolleys for a limited period of time, but must allow them to pass after a certain time period.
Finish times will not be adjusted. If stopped, please stop your watch and then re-start it when you begin running. DO NOT CROSS THE TROLLEY TRACKS IF THE GATES ARE DOWN - you will be disqualified.
PLEASE OBEY THE DIRECTIONS OF THE TROLLEY PERSONNEL STATIONED AT THE CROSSINGS. The trolley did not exist when the race course was first laid out in 1978.
Is there prize money offered in the half marathon?
Yes, learn more here. Please note that prize money will be based on clock time.
What is the average weather on race day?
Average 68 degrees F, and 70-80 percent humidity.
When will the results be posted?
Results will be available race day and posted at the finish line festival area. Results will also be available online.
Are strollers allowed?
Not in the half marathon, due to a steep downhill on the half marathon course. Strollers are allowed in the 5K but must line up towards the back of the pack at the start line.
Are dogs allowed?
No, though we love animals, dogs or pets of any kind are not allowed at the race or the expo.
Is there a minimum age requirement for the half marathon?
Although there is no official minimum age requirement for the half marathon, we recommend all half marathon participants be at least 12 years old on race day. All participants under 18 must have their event waiver signed by their parent or legal guardian. In addition, we recommend everyone under 16 years of age on race day be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian (who is also registered for the event) during his/her participation.
What is the policy on racing chairs or handcycles in the half marathon or 5K?
Individuals interested in participating in either event using a racing chair or handcycle must contact email@example.com prior to registering for the event for detailed information.
Is there any type of insurance offered for my entry?
Yes, registration insurance is available for purchase during the checkout process through TicketGuardian. If you can't attend this event for any of the fifteen (15) covered reasons, you will be reimbursed for your whole registration cost and processing fees, excluding the insurance premium per the insurance company’s guidelines. See full coverage details here.
The insurance charge is in addition to the cost of your registration and will be billed separately by TicketGuardian. If you purchased insurance and need to submit a claim, you will need to contact TicketGuardian here. Claims must be filed no later than (72) hours after the start of the event or (60) days from the date of loss; whichever time limit occurs first.
If you have already registered for the event and would like to purchase insurance separately, you can do so here. Insurance must be purchased at least 24 hours before the event start time.