Half Marathon presented by Kaiser Permanente

Sunday, June 2, 2024 @ 7:30am

Welcome to San Jose’s OG Running Party. Get ready to run 13.1 miles on a blazing fast course with an electric environment from start-to-finish. The unique start & finish layout from Santana Row will allow you to experience the famous Mariachi Mile not once, but twice in 2024! In addition, enjoy being motivated by fellow participants as you pass San Jose’s historical landmarks and neighborhoods in both directions.

The Half Marathon is a NYC Marathon qualifier:

  • USATF Certified, No. CA24018TEB

Please review the Packet Pick Up page for the most up-to-date information.

Gear Check is available beginning at 6:00am on Santana Row & Tatum Ln.

Start & Mile 1: You’ll get your start on Stevens Creek welcomed by special guests and led out by low riders.

Then get ready for the famous Mariachi Mile right from the start to energize you as head out in to downtown San Jose!

Mile 2: You’ll pass the “America’s Best Rose Garden” as you weave through this historic neighborhood and pass the half way point of your race.

Mile 3-5: After you loop back past the Rose Garden you’ll head toward the historic Alameda, a 200-plus year old historical corridor nicknamed the ‘Beautiful Way’. Next up is the SAP Center, home of the San Jose Sharks, prior to heading into the Downtown district.

Miles 6 & 7: We’ve been literally running events downtown for over a decade and it wouldn’t be Run Local without hitting the main business district. Did you know that in 1850, San José was the first city to incorporate in California and also became the state’s first capitol? What is now Downtown, continues to maintain some of this history with many of the buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places including Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Today it is also home to San Jose State University and the award winning Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a collaboration between the City of San José and SJSU, as well as Plaza de César Chávez, which is the host to a number of events throughout the year. 

Miles 8 & 12: Let’s go! You’re in the home stretch! Cheer on your fellow runners as you head back toward the lightening fast finish!

Mile 13 & Finish: Can’t get enough of the Mariachi Mile? We can’t either. Let the sounds of San Jose bring you to through to the exciting finish on Santana Row!

The Half Marathon will start at 7:30am. When at the starting line, please find a Pace Team member with their expected finishing time on their sign to position yourself near others running at a similar pace. 

The National Anthem will take place at approximately 7:20am.

There is a 4-hour time limit for the Half Marathon. This is approximately a 16-minute pace from the gun start. Participants unable to keep up with the course time limit may be redirected as the course closes to allow regular vehicular traffic to resume.

Bike leads for the leading male and female for all race distances will be provided.

The following items are not permitted on the course:  Dogs or any pets, skateboards, bicycles, roller blades, baby joggers, and any other type of vehicle (other than official Marathon vehicles). These regulations are for your safety and the safety of the other participants in the race. The San Jose Half & 8K reserves the right to disqualify and remove anyone from the course who has any of the above items.

To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, the San Jose Half & 8K encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of all of our races. You must be able to hear any verbal instructions or commands from race staff.

Please be mindful of the other participants and respect the race personnel to ensure a safe and enjoyable race for everyone. 

All aid stations will have water, electrolytes and portable restrooms. At select aid stations, noted below we also have energy gels. To learn more about our partners please scroll down to the Nutrition Partners section of this web page. Specific aid station locations are subject to change.

Energy Gels On Course

  • TBD

Voli Hydration on Course

  • Sunset Strawberry Lemonade

Aid Station Locations

  • Mile 1: Heading & Emory
  • Mile 2.25: Hadley Ave.
  • Mile 5.5: Santa Clara & Barack Obama Blvd.
  • Mile 7.5: Guadalupe Pkwy & W Mission St.
  • Mile 9: Santa Clara & Barack Obama Blvd.
  • Mile 10.75: Naglee & Dana Ave.
  • Mile 12: Hedding St.
  • Finish

Thanks to Too Legit Fitness you’ll enjoy one of the most well supported journey’s to the finish line!

At the starting line look for the official Pacer signers working back from the start line. You can also check-in with the pace teams at Packet Pick Up on Saturday, June 1.  

Pacers will be available for the following finishing times in the Half Marathon (final pace groups subject to change): One Hour and a Half (1:30), 1:40, 1:50, 2:00, 2:10, 2:20, 2:30, 2:40, 2:50, 3:00, 3:15 & 3:30.

Upon finishing each participant will receive at the finish line, at a minimum, their finisher’s medal, fruit, water, electrolytes, and healthy snacks. Thank you to Open Water for supplying our event with BPA-free aluminum reusable water bottles.

At the Santana Row Finish Line Festival you’ll enjoy music, vendors and all the retailers, bars & restaurants that Santana Row has to offer!

Awards are provided in three categories: Men, Women and Non-Binary+.

Half Marathon & 8K overall awards will take place on Santana Row at the Finish Line Festival Main Stage at 9:30am. Age Group awards will be available at a Run Local tent. Winners must be present to pick-up on site shipping award gifts will incur shipping & handling costs.

Overall Winners

Top 3 overall in each category (Men, Women and Non-Binary+) will be honored at on the Main Stage.


The top 3 in each Age Group will also be eligible to receive a unique gift. Age group divisions are available for each category (Men, Women & Non-Binary+): 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90+

IMPORTANT: Awards must be picked up on-site. Shipping awards gifts will incur shipping & handling costs.

Onsite registration areas, bathroom facilities, and the course are wheelchair accessible. Note that on the course, there are a few curbs to go up/down. When you register online, the registration form will ask if you are a wheelchair participant. We do have a wheelchair division.  The wheelchair division starts a few minutes before the main start of the race.

For questions about accessibility or to request accommodation, please e-mail: [email protected]. Requests should be made at least two weeks prior to the event. We will do our best to accommodate you.

  • All registered participants will receive bib numbers that must be worn on race day.
  • Please fill in the necessary medical and emergency contact information on the back of the bib number with a pen or waterproof marker.
  • Please do not alter the bib in any way.
  • The bib must be visible and worn on the front outside of all clothing during the entire race.
  • Make sure your bib number is clearly visible for the race photographers.
  • Bib numbers are non-transferable and must be worn by the registrant to whom it has been assigned.

B-Tags are attached to the participant’s bib and clearly marked with the corresponding bib number. You do not need to return your bib or b-tag chip.

Tips to have your time accurately recorded:

  • Race bib is clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Race bib is unaltered and unmodified (Do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Race bib is pinned in all four corners
  • Race bib is not covered (jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.)

’24 San Jose Half & 8K Collection

All participants will receive a Finisher’s Medal and short-sleeve tech tee.

This year’s unique artwork is designed by local artist Alyssa Wigant in collaboration with Local Color.


On the Course, we will have participant support throughout your race including water, energy gels (tbd) and electrolytes provided by Santa Barbara-based Voli Wellness. You can prepare for race day by enjoying a discount on their products below.

Voli: Try their hydration products ahead of race day and receive 20% off your purchase with code RUNSANJOSE24 at checkout.


We’ll have the energy going all morning long, including the famous Mariachi Mile, and thanks to local entertainers as well as hundreds of volunteers! Go ahead and give ’em a high five and share the love!

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