America’s Finest City Half Marathon

No matter how fast you run, you’ll enjoy the America’s Finest City Half Marathon & 5K in San Diego on August 20. The scenic half marathon course starts at historic Cabrillo National Monument in Point Loma, overlooking San Diego Bay. The race course makes its way to San Diego’s waterfront Embarcadero and past historic boats such as the Star of India, before turning into downtown San Diego. The finish line is in San Diego’s famed Balboa Park. The 5K, open to walkers as well as runners, winds through Balboa Park, past its famous museums and Spreckles organ.

Elite athletes can register to race for prize money, but you might want to slow down to take in the view, or speed up to get to the finish line festival. There’ll be music, food, and a great party to celebrate. Runners in either the half marathon or 5K get free admission to the beer garden and a complimentary beer with chips, salsa and guac!

Best Western Plus Island Palms is located on quiet Shelter Island near the start of the race. Take advantage of our waterfront jogging paths and fitness center to get your legs ready for the big run. Our pools, whirlpool spa, and massage services will help work out any post-race soreness, and the Blue Wave Bar & Grill is perfect for a celebration dinner. We’re close to all of San Diego’s attractions, so stay an extra day to explore all the sights you ran past!