Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ

This FAQ page provides common questions asked by our race participants and their families about the La Jolla half marathon or 5K race. Here you can discover more about the La Jolla Half Marathon & Shores 5K and prepare for the day of the race. Below, is a list of ‘EVENT INFO’ and ‘FAQs’ that will answer most of your questions. We continually update this FAQ page to ensure you have the best running experience ever. However, if you have race specific question that you cannot find an answer to, please use the button below to fill out the contact form.

FAQ & Event Info

Both the half marathon and 5K will take place on Saturday, May 17, 2025

All half marathon and 5K participants will receive:

  • Custom designed finisher medal
  • Custom designed dry tech shirt
  • Runner swag bag
  • Complimentary beer in post-race beer garden
  • Finisher food bag filled with refueling foods at the finish line
  • Finish line festival with music, food, vendors, refreshments, and more!

You must be wearing the official race bib assigned to you in order to receive a Finisher’s medal and race shirt.

You can confirm a registration by going to the confirmation page on RunSignup.

Refunds are not allowed for this race.

Half Marathon – 13.1 Miles
5K – 3.1 Miles

Yes, when you sign up for a race you can decide to either create or join a team, both during and after registration. Follow the links below for instructions.

For information about the half marathon course support click here.

For information about 5K course support click here.

The RunSignUp has partnered with Allianz Global Assistance (AGA) to provide participants with “Registration Insurance”.

If you have purchased event registration insurance for an event and have a question or claim please contact Allianz Global Assistance as follows:

  • To manage your policy or file a claim, please visit: www.eventregistrationprotection.com.

  • If you have questions regarding your insurance, please contact Allianz Global Assistance at 1-888-497-6987.

Event Registration Insurance is offered on the events listed below:

  • Half Marathon
  • 5k

Please Note: The Virtual Half Marathon and the Virtual 5K does not offer insurance.

Yes, however, there is a 1-hour time limit for finishing the 5K. This means you must maintain a 19:21-minute-mile pace or faster. For the half marathon, you must be able to complete the course in 3.5 hours. This means you must maintain a 16-minute mile pace or faster throughout the event. Please Note: these times will be strictly enforced

If you’re unable to attend the expo, you may authorize someone to pick up your items for you. This person must come with a photocopy or electronic copy of your photo ID. We have listed the Expo date, time and location below along with other important information.

Gear drop-off will be available at the start line only. All collected gear is transported to the finish line for pickup immediately after your race. There is no gear pick-up at the start line. The cinch bag you receive when you pick up your bib doubles as your gear drop-off bag and will be numbered to match your bib number.

You may not check backpacks or duffel bags. Bags deemed too large to fit into an event-supplied bag will not be allowed on the shuttles. Don’t pack valuables. The event is not responsible for lost or stolen items. Items left at the start line, on the course or not claimed on race day from the Gear Pickup tent will be donated. Unattended bags will be removed by security.

A professional company will be taking pictures along the course at the start/finish line. Make sure your bib number is pinned to the front of your clothing as this allows you to be identified. All runners who are photographed can download them for free as a part of your registration.

Spectators are encouraged to gather at the start/finish line to cheer runners as they start and finish their race.

Yes, there will be a pace team. On race day, look for signs directing you to your wave corral based on expected pace. You must be at the race start line no later than 6:30 am. Pace groups will be offered for the following target finish times: 1:30, 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:15, 2:30, 2:45.

What is a pacer? If you want to establish a personal time goal for the half marathon, you can achieve this by running with one of our pacers, who will help you stay on track without worrying about maintaining a specific time. This way you can focus on feeling your best.

Please Note: Pacing by non-registered participants or those not starting at the starting line is prohibited.

For safety reasons, we discourage the use of headphones.

Due to steep downhills on both the half marathon and 5K courses, strollers, racing chairs and handcycles are not allowed in either event.

If you would like to become a fundraiser or associate one with a new or existing fundraising team, then you will have the opportunity to create and/or join one during the registration process. If you do not wish to register for a race, you can still become a fundraiser without registering for a race at all.

DURING REGISTRATION: You will be guided thru this step and you will be able to create or join a fundraiser.

AFTER REGISTRATION:

  1. Sign In to RunSignup
  2. Go to your Profile
  3. Click My Registered Races.
  4. Click Manage Registration
  5. Click Fundraiser in the Top Menu to begin

WITHOUT REGISTERING: