2021 America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K

2131 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101, USA


 The Premier and Original San Diego Half Marathon!

Take a 13.1-mile tour of San Diego on foot! The 44th annual America's Finest City Half Marathon is run on a fast, scenic, point-to-point course. The race starts at the historic Cabrillo National Monument at the tip of Point Loma with its world-renowned vistas of San Diego Bay and the Pacific Ocean, follows scenic San Diego Bay and Harbor Island along the Embarcadero to the Star of India, winds through downtown San Diego and ends in beautiful Balboa Park.

Make it a RunCation!

Combine your race with a vacation or even a staycation and make it a "runcation" by booking your stay at our official host hotel - the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina. Walk to the pre-race expo on Saturday, August 14, enjoy their panoramic San Diego views, fabulous on-site dining, and their signature Sweet Sleeper beds. Book now!

Some of the perks (besides the amazing course):

  • Technical fabric shirt
  • Custom finisher's medal
  • Reusable souvenir grocery bag
  • Support stations along the route
  • Chip timing and live tracking
  • Outstanding finish line amenities including bottled water, pre-stuffed finish line food bag, DJ and more!
  • Final race in the 2021 Half Marathon Triple Crown,TRIPLE Triple Crown and SoCal 3x5
  • Ballast Point Beer garden 
  • Brought to you by In Motion Events
  • Team Incentive! Get 30 or more of your co-workers, family or friends to register on your team and we'll make space for you to have a 10x10 canopy in the Finish Line Festival area on race day.
  • Proceeds support: Cabrillo National Monument Fund, San Diego Fire Rescue, and Friends of Balboa Park
  • And much more!

Not up for a half marathon? No problem! Run or walk our fun, fast and flat 5K (3.1 miles)! The 5K starts and finishes in Balboa Park (same location as the half marathon finish line) and offers a scenic tour of beautiful and historic Balboa Park.

Nitty Gritty:

The half marathon starts at 6:15 a.m. & the 5K starts at 6:10 a.m.

There is a 3.25-hour time limit to complete the half marathon. (14:53-minute-per-mile pace).

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.

Wheelchair competitors must contact info@inmotionevents.com for qualification and registration instructions.