Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon Returns in January

From Press Release –

Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon
Sunday, January 18, 2015

Carlsbad_515x350Carlsbad , CA – Southern California racing at its very best, the Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon & Half Marathon is a winter race unlike any other. From ideal weather conditions to a spectacular coastal course, this award winning event will wow you.

The 26.2- and 13.1-mile out-and-back courses begin by passing the Buena Vista Lagoon in the early miles, setting the event’s naturalistic tone. The course and surroundings soon pick up the beat as participants make their way through spectator-packed Carlsbad Village, a quaint but popular mix of restaurants, shops and hotels. Mile three exposes stunning views of the Pacific Ocean, providing an inspiring sight and gorgeous backdrop as rolling hills carry runners and walkers past sandy beaches and rolling surf.

Live bands at every mile, enthusiastic volunteers and thousands of spectators are sure to keep participants motivated throughout both courses, offering encouragement all the way to the finish. Once crossing the finish line, participants are presented with a custom finisher’s medal and mylar blanket before entering a celebratory festival that includes live music and refreshments.

Participants in the marathon and half marathon will receive a top-quality, technical fabric, long-sleeve finisher’s shirt, personalized bib number and virtual goodie bag. Full marathon participants will also receive a special gift of a quality, full-zip, stylish jacket.

The Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon works with 21 charities that use the event to raise funds and awareness through their association with the event. Race participants are encouraged to “run for a reason” by raising funds for one or more of the organizations.

The long Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend allows participants to enjoy a post-race recovery day at the beach in Carlsbad. Participants are encouraged to turn their race weekend into a getaway retreat by staying at host hotel Hilton Carlsbad Oceanfront Resort & Spa. Special runner amenities including race day shuttles are included in the stay, not to mention beautiful ocean views!

The race weekend also includes a two-day Health & Lifestyle Expo and Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND® California, a non-competitive 1-mile fun run for kids of all ages and abilities. Participants can run, walk, skip or stroll, or even be pushed in a stroller or carried on a back as they wind through the theme park. The event concludes at 10 a.m. with the opening of LEGOLAND® and SEA LIFE™ Aquarium where registered participants age 12 & under can enter the park for free and moms and dads can enter for 50% off admission. The Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND® California will be held on Saturday, January 17, starting at 8 a.m.


Event weekend schedule:

  • Friday, January 16
    • 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. : Health & Lifestyle Expo
  • Saturday, January 17
    • 8 a.m – 10 a.m. : Kids Marathon Mile at LEGOLAND® California
    • 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. : Health & Lifestyle Expo
  • Sunday, January 18:
    • 6:15 a.m. : Full Marathon start
    • 7:45 a.m. : Half Marathon start

Event location: Westfield Plaza Camino Real, 2525 El Camino Real, Carlsbad, CA 92008

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