Half-Marathon to hit streets Sunday

The 27th annual La Jolla Half Marathon will be run at 7:30 a.m., Sunday, April 27.

More than 5,000 people are expected to participate in the race that covers just over 13 miles.

Starting adjacent to the Del Mar Fairgrounds main entrance, the course follows a scenic route along the coast before reaching the challenging climb to the summit of Torrey Pines State Park. After leaving the park, the course continues thtought the residential district of La Jolla Shores, and finishes on the grass in the park at La Jolla Cove.

The fastest runners will likely finish the race in about an hour and 15 minutes or less. The slowest runners are expected to come in at around 3 hours.

The event is ranked by Runner’s World as one of Americaís top 25 half marathons and one of the top 100 running competitions overall.

The La Jolla Kiwanis Club sponsors the Half Marathon as a fund-raiser, with roughly $70,000 going to various charities.

Two other events, also terminating at the Cove, are run at the same time.

The La Jolla Shores 5K offers an alternative to the demanding Half Marathon. The 5K follows the final section of the Half Marathon course. Starting above La Jolla Shores and overlooking the Pacific, the course runs through the La Jolla Shores residential district, along the ocean boardwalk and finishes in the park at La Jolla Cove.

The WindanSea Five Mile Stride is a simultaneous noncompetitive stride for those who wish to enjoy a relaxed and beautiful walk. The Stride conveniently finishes in the park near the Half Marathon and 5K Finish Line.

Before the race, complimentary bus service will transport runners from the finish area (La Jolla Cove) to the Half Marathon Start (Del Mar) and LJ Shores 5K Start (La Jolla Shores) before and/or after the race. Buses will begin departing at 5 a.m. for the Half Marathon start and to the start of the 5K at 6:30 am. The Last Half Marathon bus leaves the cove at 6 a.m. the last 5K bus at 7 a.m.

After the race, complimentary buses will transport runners from the finish area.