People sign up to run races for different reasons, but everyone comes with an expectation: to test limits, gather with friends, champion a cause, or simply finish what they set out to do.

Some come roaring in with a strong desire to set a new PR, while others come with low self esteem, broken bodies, and painful losses. Many run with causes near and dear to their hearts.

San Diego Half MarathonThe 8th Annual San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K aims to best serve the needs of every runner regardless of confidence level or ability.

There are participants like Randy, who runs this race every year thanks to his brother’s kidney.

There’s Sara and her son, Gilly, who run as a tribute to keep her brother Rick’s memory alive.

There’s Chuck who has been HIV+ for over 20 years, and Byron who recovered from a serious spinal cord injury.

There are birthday celebrations and anniversaries, and one year, there was a marriage proposal orchestrated just after crossing the finish line.

This race is truly for the community and by the community.

As a 501(c)(3) organization run by volunteers, every dollar not required to make the race happen supports other nonprofits who are making a difference in San Diego.

Over 800 volunteers from around the country come together each year, encouraged to smile, treat everyone with kindness, and put on a 2-day Sport, Health, & Fitness Expo and four races (half marathon, 2-person relay, 5K, and kids race) with excellence.



Although runners are fueled by different aspirations and causes, the goal is to have every participant challenge themselves and reach new heights.

As the runners cross the finish line, having completed the stretch down the third baseline inside Petco Park, they become champions for themselves and for their causes.


San Diego Half Marathon


The San Diego Half Marathon & Padres 5K will be held on Sunday, March 10, 2019.

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