Half Marathon


Start Time & Staging

The start of the half marathon will be at 7:00am Runners are encouraged to start making their way to the start line no later than 6:20am.

Start Location

The start line is located at the Civic Park entrance on the road in front of the driveway facing North.

Course Type:

This course is a loop.


Look for pacers as you stage for the Half Marathon.  They will be standing in their respective corals with their signs held high.  Find your pace buddy and get to know your group.  Pace times are as follows:



The Walnut Creek Half Marathon, 13.1 Relay, 10K & 5K Race will be using the “B-Tag” timing device that is embedded in the bib number. For more information and a tutorial video on how to use this, please see below. On the morning of the event, make sure that you have your bib number on and you are set to run!  Athletes will run over timing mats located at throughout the race, recording their time as they pass several check points.

Runners will be given  a time of 3 1/2 hours to complete the course.  At the 3 1/2 hour mark, those still on the course will be moved to the shoulder/sidewalk and will be subject to the normal traffic laws.

Course Map



Hydration stations will be located as follows:

Mile 2: Water & Gatorade Endurance Formula

Mile 5: Water & Gatorade Endurance Formula

Mile 6: Water & Gatorade Endurance Formula

Mile 8: Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, Oranges

Mile 10: Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, Oranges

Mile 12: Water, Gatorade Endurance Formula, Oranges


Elevation Charts


The start of the half marathon is located in front of Civic Park and will take runners from Civic Park on the road North across Ygnacio onto Civic Rd. North which becomes Oak Rd.  Runners will turn and run behind Club Sport at Jones road, which will come out onto Treat Blvd.  Runners will then make their way up Treat Blvd. heading East on Treat Blvd. in the outer lane.  At Cowell Road in Concord, runners will turn right and head over to Ygnacio Blvd. where they will turn right and return into Walnut Creek in the outer lane.  At Heather Farms Park (San Miguel Road), runners will turn right and head through the park and do a loop around the large duck pond before heading out to the Canal Trail where they will turn left. At the Canal Trail/Oak Rd. Intersection runners will make their way through Walden Park where they will run through the park on the trail provided.  Runners will proceed out of the park onto the dirt trail opposite the Iron Horse Trail.  At Walden Road, runners will join back onto the Iron Horse Trail.  Runners will pass over the Pedestrian Bridge at Ygnacio and enter Civic Park for the finish of the Half Marathon.

Each half marathon finisher will receive a very cool custom die cast finishers medal for their achievement.


Cash Purse & Awards for Top Male and Female Winners

  • $250 first, $175 second, $100 third
  • Custom Engraved Plaques to the top 3 overall male and female winners


Male and Female Age Group Category Awards for Half Marathon

  • 9 & Under, 10-12, 13-15, 16-18, 19-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+


California Half Marathon Series

The Walnut Creek Half Marathon will be the last race on the Northern Section of the California Half & Full Marathon Series.

Each finisher of the series will receive a custom die cast series finisher’s medal. For more information, click here.

To learn more, visit our Frequently Asked Questions page  FAQ