Where & When is Mandatory Packet Pick Up?
Sports Basement, Presidio, San Francisco — Thursday, October 22, from 4:00 pm till 8:00 pm
Sports Basement, Marin, Novato — Friday, October 23, from 10:00 am till 2:00 pm
– OR –
McNear’s Beach Park, San Rafael —Saturday, October 24, from 2:00 pm till 4:00 pm
Late registration WILL be available at Saturday packet pick up AND race morning for an extra $20 donation to the Sustainable Sports Foundation.
Can participants pick up their race packets on race day?
What time do the gates at McNear’s Beach open on Sunday?
When do the roads close around the park on Sunday morning?
Beginning at 7:15 am
If I purchased a parking pass, when can I leave the lot?
The lower lot will not re-open until after the 5K & Kids Fun Run is over (approximately 10:30 am). You’ll want to stay until the awards & raffle winners are chosen; that will be at approximately 10:45 am. If you have to leave before 10:30 am, park in the upper lot by the guard gate just after you enter the park gates on top.
Where is an OK place to park on the street?
Anywhere west (or before) you get to Main Drive (off of Point San Pedro) is ok. It would be best to not park at Andy’s Market and please respect our neighbors. Also, see shuttle information.
What time will the shuttles run on Sunday?
The shuttles will run from 6 am until 12:30 pm
What is the shuttle route?
The shuttles will run a continuous loop along Point San Pedro Road. It will stop at three different pickup points (tripods with black signs mark the stops) and then to the park. The three shuttle stops are: (#1) at Marin Yacht Club at the corner of Summit Ave (about 3 miles from the entrance to the park), (#2) San Pedro Elementary School at 498 Point San Pedro Road (about 2.5 miles from the entrance to the park) and (#3) Lochinvar Road (about 2.2 miles from the entrance to the park). After the race, you can pick up the shuttle at the entrance of the park (top of Cantera Way).
Who can take the shuttle & how much does it cost?
The shuttle is free for all participants, volunteers, spectators, friends & family!
Can I pick up someone else’s race packet?
Yes – you must have a copy of their driver’s license or id
What time should I be at the park on Sunday?
Be inside the park BEFORE 7:30 am
Where should racers be from 7:30 am until the start of the race?
All racers should be at the Expo for race instructions and more until the bagpiper walks everyone to the start.
What are the starting times for the races?
8 am is the ½ Marathon start time, 8:45 am is the 10K start time & 9 am is the 5K start time. The Kids Fun Run starts approximately 10 am.
What time will the first finishers be done?
Beginning about 9:20 am
Which direction does the 1/2 Marathon follow?
The Half Marathon starts at the entrance to the park at Point San Pedro Road. The course begins to the left for an approximate three-mile loop along the water’s edge. After passing the park, the road begins its series of rolling hill descents along the road. The course turns right off the road and circles Turtle Back Trail for the one-mile loop before continuing down the road for another half mile or so. Turn left at Back Ranch Meadows and step onto one of the world’s most special places, the Shoreline Trail. You follow Shoreline Trail for the loop back up all those rollers you already came down earlier on the parallel road (including our very special Hammer Hill at mile 11 or so). After crossing back over the road, you enter the back side of McNear’s Beach along the water for a very memorable, fast finish.
- 7 miles road, the rest is
- Total elevation climbing is about 1500’+
- Time Limit = 3:45
Which direction does the 10K follow?
10k starts at the entrance to the park at Point San Pedro Road. The course begins to the left for an approximate three-mile loop along the water’s edge. After passing the park, the road begins its series of rolling hill descents along the road. The turnaround point is at Weber Point, where you go back up and over Hammer Hill (staying on the road) before entering the back side of McNear’s Beach along the water for a very memorable, fast finish.
- All road except for .4 mile of
traildown into the park to the finish line.
- Total elevation climbing is about 1200’+
- Time Limit = 2:45
Which direction does the 5K follow?
5k starts at the entrance to the park at Point San Pedro Road. This course, all road, turns to the left and follows the water’s edge. The turnaround, just at the little park, brings you back to enter McNear’s Beach County Park. Gradual climb at the entrance, pass the guard gate & then descend Cantera Way to the great lawn, the expo, and yes! the finish line.
- All/mostly road, flat path and grass at the park
- A little elevation change back down into the park
- Time Limit = 2:00
Will there be a Sweats Check area?
Yes – down inside the park by the swimming pool
May I bring my dog with me?
Sorry, no pets allowed inside the park
Are strollers allowed?
ONLY on the 5k course.
Do we need to register for the Kids Fun Run?
The Kids Fun Run is FREE! – just sign up at the race on Sunday morning.
- If you have any old running shoes or race clothing, please bring
itto the Sweats Check area to donate and recycle
- Unfortunately, we do not offer refunds for Marin County Half Marathon, 10k & 5k registrations.
And…Please remember to thank a volunteer for their time!