America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5k

2131 Pan American Plaza
San Diego, CA 92101

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Event Description

The Premier San Diego Half Marathon - 40 Years Running Anniversary!

The 40th 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. 

The 25th annual America's Finest City 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.

AFC is recognized as one of the country’s top half marathons and is the third and final race in the Half Marathon Triple Crown (  Last year the event drew runners from 44 states and 18 foreign countries.  There is also a 2-day fitness expo and finish line festival.  The half marathon is limited to 7,000 entrants and the 5K is limited to 1,500 entrants.

The half marathon will start at 6:30 a.m. and the 5K will start at 6:15 a.m.

Due to permitting restrictions, there is a 3-hour time limit to complete the half marathon.

Wheelchair competitors must contact for qualification and registration instructions. 

Course Records:

M - Nelson Oyugi (KEN)        1:01:59     2013

F - Belainesh Gebre (ETH)     1:10:27    2010



Event details and schedule

Friday, August 18

12 p.m. - 6 p.m.   AFC Fitness Expo - Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Saturday, August 19

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.   AFC Fitness Expo - Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

6 p.m.               Carbo-load specials, Harbor's Edge Restaurant

                       Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina

Sunday, August 20

4:00 a.m. - 5:30 a.m.  Buses from Balboa Park to Half Marathon start

6:15 a.m.                Start - 25th annual AFC 5K - Balboa Park

6:30 a.m.                Start - 40th annual AFC HALF MARATHON - 
                            Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma 

8:50 a.m.                Half Marathon awards presentation

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