Spectator Center

Spectators are a huge part of the racing experience – with so many people lining the streets, it is just as important for spectators to prepare for race day as it is for the athletes themselves.

If you’re planning to watch and cheer for a runner, here are some locations that provide an optimal viewing experience.

Featured Spectator Spots

HALF & FULL COMBINED COURSE/RELAY TRANSITION ZONE

  • DiMille’s Italian Restaurant – Mile 6.2
    Official Host of the Relay Transition Zone
    3492 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 | www.dimilles.com | 619-283-3153
    Opening at 6:30am on Sunday, June 4th
    Special breakfast menu, regular in-house menu, bar service with Mimosa & Bloody Mary specials and soft drinks available for purchase.

HALF MARATHON

  • Influx Cafe – North Park – Mile 8.8
    3000 Upas Street, San Diego, CA 92104 | www.influxcafe.com | 619-715-0680
    Opening at 6:00am on Sunday, June 4th

FULL MARATHON

  • Fig Tree Café – Hillcrest – Mile 10.7
    416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103 | www.figtreeeatery.com | 619-298-2010
    Opening at 7:00am on Sunday, June 4th
Half Marathon & Relay Neighborhoods
  • Miles 0.5-1.5 in Hillcrest: A festive neighborhood that has been along the marathon route for 20 years! Known for its fabulous brunch spots and shops, come hang here for a fun morning!
  • Miles 1-2 in North Park: Check out the hip neighborhood, North Park along University Ave. Come over for a bite to eat and cheer on the runners as they pass by between 6:15am-7:45am.
  • Miles 4-7 in Normal Heights: The party that never stops! Come cheer on the runners and join in on the early party around the block in Normal Heights.
  • Miles 6-7 on Adams Ave: Grab a morning coffee or bite to eat from one of the many open businesses and cheer on your runner(s). Relay transition zone is at Mile 6.2.
  • Miles 8.5-9.5 in North Park on Upas and 30th: Cheer on runners from the streets or restaurants lining the course, like Influx Cafe at Mile 8.8, which is opening early at 6:00am!
  • Finish Line at Mile 13.1: Be there to celebrate and cheer on the runners as they cross the finish line at Ash and State Streets.
Marathon Neighborhoods
  • Miles 0.5-1.5 in Hillcrest: A festive neighborhood that has been along the marathon route for 20 years! Known for its fabulous brunch spots and shops, come hang here for a fun morning!
  • Miles 1-2 in North Park: Check out the hip neighborhood, North Park along University Ave. Come over for a bite to eat and cheer on the runners as they pass by between 6:15am-7:45am.
  • Miles 4-7 in Normal Heights: The party that never stops! Come cheer on the runners and join in on the early party around the block in Normal Heights.
  • Miles 8.5-11: There’s plenty of spots to cheer on our runners from the streets or at restaurants on course in these fun and iconic neighborhoods, like the Fig Tree Café at Mile 10.7, opening at 7:00am!
  • Miles 12-14 in Mission Hills: Cheer on the runners as they make their way through this historical neighborhood including the city’s beautiful Presidio Park.
  • Miles 15-18 in Mission Bay: Known as the largest aquatic park of its kind in the country, Mission Bay has a ton of cheering spots along the the water to help celebrate runners as they pass by.
  • Miles 20-22 in Mission Valley: Cheer runners on along Friars Road in Mission Valley as they make their way past the Riverwalk Golf Club and Fashion Valley Mall and onto the California State Route 163 for their final climb to the finish line.
  • Finish Line at Mile 26.2: Be there to celebrate with the runners as they cross the finish line at Ash and State Streets.

We have put together a list of the top tips for spectators to remember that will be sure you give their runner that extra kick they need!

Spectator Transportation
  • Best option to get around on race day is ride the Trolley (trolley map).  There are many spots on course that are easy walking distance to trolley stops in downtown San Diego. Trolley tickets are available through the Compass Cloud mobile app. For more information click here
  • Remember that roads begin closing at 5:00am. Refer to the road closures found here. Spectators can avoid delays by getting real-time traffic and road closure information using the free Waze App. Download it today to get directions to and from the race!
Map Out Your Cheer Stops
Just as a runner studies the course map, it is important for spectators to do, as well. Talk with your runner: where on course do they think they will need the most support? Planning ahead so your runner knows where to expect you gives them that added motivation to keep putting one foot in front of the other. Can you be at multiple points on course? Point-to-point courses require some additional planning, but it can be done.
FREE Runner Tracking

Runner Tracking technology lets you know the progress of your runner on race day. Convenient texts keeps you updated every step of the way. Click here for more information and to sign up. Runner tracking is compliments of Synchrony Financial.

Designate A Post-Race Meeting Area
FAMILY REUNION AREA
After the race, reunite with runners in the Family Reunion area at the Finish Line Festival and relish in your runners’ post race accomplishment. With a large number of participants and thousands of excited spectators, it can be difficult to locate friends and family without a plan. It is highly recommended that you designate a meet up location BEFORE the race. The Family Reunion area will have tall, clearly-marked signs by letter (A – Z), so be sure to coordinate and plan to meet at a pre-determined letter.