Before you put in the miles on the course, you need to get to the Health & Fitness Expo and the Start Line. Below are the answers to all your questions of how to get where you need to go.

Getting to the Expo

 Friday, June 1st | 11:00am – 7:00pm
Saturday, June 2nd | 9:00am – 5:00pm

San Diego Convention Center
111. W Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101

  1. Parking is available at the San Diego Convention Center for $15 per day
  2. San Diego Trolley Green Line has two stops: Convention Center or Gaslamp Quarter
  3. Walk from Downtown hotels

Race Day Transportation - Marathon, 1/2 Marathon & Relay

Star Line:  6th Ave & Quince St at Balboa Park

Finish Line: Ash St at Union St

Finish Line Festival: Waterfront Park



  • You can park at SDCCU Stadium for FREE & ride the trolley to County Center/Little Italy station. Round trip trolley tickets are available   for $5 through the Compass Cloud mobile app, $6 at the Expo, or  $5-$7 at any trolley station kiosk ($5 for current Compass Card holders, cash or credit/debit cards accepted). That trolley ride is approximately 23 minutes long and begins running at 4:08 AM and will continue to run every 7-8 minutes  race morning. More details are available at From County Center/Little Italy station you can either:
    • Walk approximately 1.5 miles uphill to the start line OR
    • Purchase a $5 shuttle wristband online and ride that to the start line
  • You can also purchase pre-paid parking for $15 within a few blocks of the finish line online.  Parking passes must be pre-purchased online or at the expo, while supplies last (not available to buy on race day). Online sales close on Wednesday, May 30, or once sold out. All reserved parking passes must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo, June 1-2, with photo ID. Vehicles must be parked between 4 and 5:30 AM race morning. Garage assignments and directions will be given at the time of pickup. All garages are within a few blocks of the finish line festival at Waterfront Park. Plan for traffic delays – it will be very important to use the route outlined on the parking pass.

  • From those parking garages you can either:
    • Walk approximately 1.5 miles uphill to the start line OR
    • Purchase a $5 shuttle wristband online and ride that to the start line


  • Pre-race shuttle passes to the Start Line from designated locations will be available to purchase for $5 per person.
  • Shuttles will pick up at the locations noted below and take participants directly to the start line.
  • Shuttle wristbands must be pre-purchased online or at the expo, while supplies last (not available to buy on race day).
  • All shuttle passes must be picked up at the Health & Fitness Expo, June 1-2, with photo ID., June 1-2, with photo ID.
  • Shuttle passes are limited in capacity and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Online sales close on Wednesday, May 30, or once capacity is reached.
  • Pre-race shuttles will run continuously to the Start Line between 4:30 and 6:00 AM.  NOTE: There are NO post-race shuttles available.


Pre-Race Shuttle Pick-up Locations:

  • Waterfront Park (corner of W Ash St & Pacific Hwy) – location closest to pre-paid parking garages, coaster drop-off and trolley drop-off
  • Gaslamp Quarter (7th Ave between K&L Streets) –  location closest to participants staying in downtown hotels in Gaslamp area


Participants staying in the downtown hotels are encouraged to walk to the start area, or pre-purchase a $5 shuttle wristband for the Gaslamp location online. Please note, there are no post race shuttles.


Runner Drop Off & Pick Up

Participants choosing to get dropped off/picked up should expect heavy traffic and delays at the freeway off ramps. Remember that route roads begin closing at 5:00am. Refer to the road closures found here. Participants 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!

  • Pre Race: Drop-off location is at the corner of 5th Ave & Laurel
  • Post Race: Pickup location is at Pacific Hwy & Cedar Street


Ride the Red Trolley

If you’re staying in and around downtown San Diego, Mission Valley or just east of the city, the iconic bright red trolley is a great choice. The San Diego Trolley provides convenient services from key locations including the Santa Fe Depot and the San Diego Convention Center, crisscrossing through downtown and out to Old Town, Mission Valley, El Cajon and Santee.

There are three trolley lines (Blue, Orange and Green) that service the downtown San Diego communities and beyond, covering 51 miles of track, and 53 stations total. Fares run from $1.50 to $3 one-way and trolleys run an average of every 15 minutes, 7 minutes rel="noopener noreferrer" during peak and 30 minutes during off-peak hours.

For current information on Bus and Trolley Service, visit the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System.


Old Town Trolley

A great way to get around many of the main tourist areas of San Diego is the Old Town Trolley Tours. The Trolley stops at 11 places including Old Town, Seaport Village, Gaslamp Quarter, Coronado, Little Italy and Balboa Park. They also offer a La Jolla and Mission Bay route. You can either ride on the full two-hour narrated historic tour, or hop on and off at different stops throughout the day. They also offer two-day passes and combination options with SEAL Tours.



Hop on the Coaster

Monday through Sunday, the North County Transit District’s Coaster trains connect downtown San Diego and Old Town with coastal communities throughout the county including Solana Beach, Encinitas, Carlsbad and Oceanside. These trains offer visitors car-free access to some of the most charming beach communities in the region as well as a relaxing ride with breathtaking coastal scenery. There are more than 20 trains that run on weekdays with additional service on weekends. The entire coaster route from Oceanside to the Santa Fe Depot downtown takes about an hour. An adult round-trip fare from downtown San Diego to Oceanside is $11, and children aged 5 and under ride free.




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