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Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Sunday, January 14, 2018

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 53°F (11°C)
Average High: 60°F (15°C)
Average Low: 46° F (7°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.24
Course Score: 98.24

Race Size

2018: 789 Finishers
2017: 927 Finishers
2016: 1,082 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: 9.4%
2017: 7.8%
2016: 8.7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for 2018**

The Carlsbad Marathon course is made up of minor rolling hills with a few challenging climbs. Much of the course is along the Pacific Ocean. The course ranges from a highest elevation of 73 feet down to sea level.


Marathon Rankings

The Carlsbad Marathon was the 89th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 81st largest in 2016.

This year 9.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 7.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2017.

This gives the Carlsbad Marathon the 262nd highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 7th highest percentage so far in 2018.


Its Course Score of 98.24 ranks it as the 293rd fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 21st fastest course in California.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Carlsbad Marathon a PR Score of 98.24. This PR Score ranks it as the 238th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 15th fastest in California.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 73 feet (22m)
Min Elevation: 3 feet (0m)

Carlsbad




Recent Carlsbad Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 4 Reviews
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review of 2017 Carlsbad Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Absolutely one of the best organized races I've participated in all my years of running. See you again next year!!

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2017 Carlsbad Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Absolutely one of the best organized races I've participated in all my years of running. See you again next year!!

Race Tips


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)




review of 2017 Carlsbad Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Love this course. Very well organized and well run. Replenishment stations perfectly spaced and well staffed, maybe a tall flag so you know a station is coming up. Missed taking GU, because I didn't notice it coming up because of the hills.

Race Tips

Start slow and know there are a lot of rolling hills through out wit this out and back course. Beautiful coast run!

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Definitely arrive early. Traffic. But well directed. Just be patient.



review of 2017 Carlsbad Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

Beautiful scenery, predictably good weather conditions, lots of perks.

Race Tips

Do not try to increase your pace until after the turn-around at mile 18. The climbs out of the three lagoons get harder on the last quarter of the race.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Parking is still abundant in the mall parking lot 45 minutes before race time (start and finish)



Finish Time Equivalent

If you ran the Carlsbad Marathon in 4:39:00, what would your time in the Boston Marathon be?

See how your race times would compare on other marathon courses using the Marathon Time Converter Tool.