America's Finest City Half Marathon & 5K

Half Marathon, 5K

Event Date

Sun, Aug 21, 2016


San Diego, CA


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Half Marathon - Individual

$80 $115 Closed

5K - Individual

$35 $40 Closed

About This Activity

The Premier San Diego Half Marathon - 39 Years Running!

The 39th 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. 

AFC is recognized as one of the country’s top half marathons.  Last year the event drew runners from 43 states and 18 foreign countries.  There is also a 5K held in Balboa Park, a 2-day fitness expo, and post-race festival.  The half marathon is limited to 7,000 entrants and the 5K is limited to 1,500 entrants.

August in San Diego can be hot so we’ve decided to start the half marathon and 5K thirty minutes earlier to avoid the hottest part of the morning. 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 19

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

Saturday, August 20

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 21

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

6:15 a.m.                Start - 24th annual AFC 5K - Balboa Park

6:30 a.m.                Start - 39th annual AFC HALF MARATHON -
                            Cabrillo National Monument, Point Loma

9:30 a.m.                Half Marathon awards presentation

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