Half Marathon Info



START: 7:30AM  



  • High-quality, technical fabric Race Shirt
  • One-of-a-Kind Finisher’s Medal
  • Post-Race FREE Organic Breakfast – made on-site
  • Post-Race FREE HOT CHOCOLATE & Souvenir Mug
  • Coastal Course with over 7 miles of breath-taking ocean views
  • Support Stations and Entertainment all along the way
  • Finish Line amenities: Free Massages, fresh fruit, Water and drinks
  • Insane Swag Bag with AWESOME goodies
  • “Pacers” to help you complete the race at the time of your choice
  • Professionally timed with $9,600 in prize money 

The Course

This course is perfect for both first-timers and elite athletes, the Encinitas Half Marathon is 13.1 miles of unforgettable fun through America’s most quintessential surf town! To kick off the adventure, you and thousands of other racers will toe the line at the renowned Moonlight State Beach with scenic views of the Pacific Ocean. You’ll head straight to the historic Highway 101 and pass through the funky and whimsical community of Leucadia.

You’ll then head south to set your sights on Downtown Encinitas and its charming neighborhoods, zooming past famous landmarks like the Boathouses and Swami’s Temple. After popping back out onto the 101, you’ll cruise next to the ocean for seven beautiful, breathtaking miles all the way to downtown Solana Beach. Then it’s time to turn around at Loma Santa Fe and give it everything you’ve got back to an oceanfront finish at Moonlight State Beach! Cross the finish line and proudly wear your medal as we party with Rudy and Fitz, an indulgent breakfast, and goodies from our sponsors. You’ve just accomplished something extraordinary and it’s time to celebrate!


This course has gently rolling hills with 1 short, steep hill about 40 yards long. This is the hill on Third Street going up to the Moonlight Beach parking lot. You’ll go down this hill shortly after the start and you’ll be tackling it with great success at mile 4.1. We will have marines there to “encourage” you as you run up this little beast of a hill.

You’ll find an easy, short hill going into Solana Beach and a slight incline heading north from Cardiff into Encinitas on Hwy 101.

Other than that, enjoy the BEAUTIFUL pacific ocean views, quaint little surf towns, public art, historic landmarks, the smell of the salty ocean air, and unique neighborhood of downtown Encinitas.



This duo is nothing short of incredibly awesome! Chances are you already know one or both of these beloved faces if you ran the Carlsbad Half, Disney Half or Full Marathon, Big Sur Marathon, OC Marathon, San Diego Half…the list goes on. It’s no wonder they are considered the BEST in the country! Together at the race, they will get you energized, motivated, laughing and feeling loved as you cross the start and finish line.  Be prepared to have way too much fun with these two!

Additional Information

Moonlight State Beach Parking Lot – 398 Third Street, Encinitas, CA 92024. (2 blocks from Downtown Encinitas). Overlooks the GORGEOUS and World Famous, Moonlight Beach.

3 hours 15 Mins (14.53 min/mile pace). You will still receive your medal if you do not finish. There will be a SAG Wagon picking up runners that want a ride back to the finish line. If you want to try and finish the course, but can’t keep up with the minimum pace, you’re more than welcome to turn around early at any point on the course and head to the finish line.

100% of the net proceeds will be donated to local ocean, beach, and park related projects.

Completion times will be based on chip time.

The top 5 overall male and female half marathon finishers will receive a special award along with a prize money check, which will be mailed 4-6 weeks following the event.

The top male and female finisher in the Master’s Division will receive a prize money check, which will be mailed 4-6 weeks following the event.

Awards will be offered to the first 3 finishers, male and female, in the following age groups:

13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+

The Challenger Series is comprised of completing both the 2017 Surfing Madonna 15K on Sunday, November 5th and the 2018 Encinitas Half Marathon. By completing both events, you’ll receive a custom commemorative inaugural Challenger Series Finisher’s Medal and Tech Shirt! **Please note, you must register for the Challenger Series Division to receive the medal and tech tee!** If you need to upgrade to this division, please contact megan@surfingmadonna.org

We offer participants, who cannot attend on race day, to compete in the Virtual Division. This means you can run the half marathon at any place and any time of your choice. This division is not timed and there is no prize money awarded. Virtual Runners will receive their Finisher’s Medal and Tech Shirt in the mail. Virtual Runners will be listed on the website with their completion times (based on GPS photo). If you are a virtual runner, you are NOT eligible to run in the actual half marathon on March 4th!

We use a multi-wave start and your bib number will have your wave number on it. Everyone, regardless of his/her indicated wave number, must be at the race start line when the gun goes off at 7:30am. Speed walkers and participants with strollers must start in the back of the last wave to avoid course congestion.

There is a 3 hour and 15 minute time limit (based on chip time) for finishing this event. All participants must be able to maintain a 14:53-min/mile pace or faster throughout the event. There will be pacers on the course to make sure everyone completes the course at their chosen time.

Complimentary pace groups will be provided by Beast Pacing. Pace group leaders run a steady pace throughout the entire race, so participants are able to finish the half marathon in their desired time. Pace groups with the following target times will be offered: 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45, 3:00, 3:15.

Fully staffed and equipped hydration stations and porta potties will be positioned along the course at miles: 1.2, 3.3, 4.5, 5.7, 7.4, 8.7, 10 and 11.8. There will be electrolyte drinks offered at every aid station along with water as well as at the Finish Line!

The race starts and finishes at the Moonlight Beach parking lot off of Third Street. Volunteers will hand you your finisher’s medal when you cross the finish line. You will be able to cool down with hydration drinks and re-fuel with free breakfast! Then enjoy your awesome accomplishment with yummy hot chocolate, fun music, sponsor booths and giveaways. The awards ceremony will begin at 9:30am.

If you are experiencing a medical problem on the course, go to the nearest aid station and a medical representative will be called to assist you. Medic runners wearing reflective shirts will be on the course as well. A medical tent will be at the finish line. There will be 3 ambulances stationed on the northbound, southbound and at the finish line.

We have information and advice regarding directions, parking, and alternative transportation on our Directions/Parking page.


You may transfer your bib to another person for a $20 fee. To transfer, please email megan@surfingmadonna.org or call 760-585-6631. The $20 fee must be submitted by check and mailed to 1106 2nd Street, Suite 301 – Encinitas, CA 92024. Please make check out to: Surfing Madonna Oceans Project.

**There will be no bib transfers after February 15th! – NO EXCEPTIONS

Participating with a bib number and timing chip that doesn’t belong you is not allowed. If race officials discover that this has occurred, you and the original participant will be banned from this event and future Challenger series.

We support fair competition and have a zero tolerance policy for PED’s (Performance-Enhancing Drugs). If you are currently suspended or banned from competing, you will be ineligible to win prize money. Any use, or prior use that affects your performance day of the race, of drugs, alcohol, performance-enhancing medications or methods, or having an unfair advantage will grant you immediate disqualification from this competition.