13.1 Mile Half Marathon


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Start Time & Staging

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

Start Location

375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek

Course Type:

This course is a flat fast loop. All in downtown Walnut Creek weaving through city streets and parks and finishing in our popular festival area.

Time Limit:

Runners will be given  a time of 3 1/2 hours to complete the course.  At the 3 hour mark, those still on the course will be moved to the shoulder/sidewalk and will be subject to the normal traffic laws. Yes, we will definitely wait to hand your your medal. No runner left behind!

Hydration stations will be located as follows:

Mile 2: Water

Mile 5.5: Water

Mile 6: Water

Mile 8.5: Water & Gatorade

Mile 10.5: Water & Gatorade

Mile 12: Water & Gatorade


In 2022, The start of the Half Marathon is located in front of Civic Park and will take runners from Civic Park on the road 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 Bancroft Road runners will turn right and head to the Iron Horse Trail where they will turn right and head south towards Heather Farms Park. Runners will enter our new maze course within the park for three fast passes and then loop around Heather Farms Park via Marchbanks Road and through the Heather Farms Park Trail System before heading back out on to the Iron Horse Trail. Runners will make their way back towards Civic Park but will remain on the trail system before taking to the downtown roads of Walnut Creek and running on to South Broadway to Rudgear Rd. before being turned around in a hairpin turn and coming back to Civic Park on South Broadway through the downtown area. Runners will make one final loop through the park and back down the trail to Newell Rd before returning to finish in a new finish line area along with others and enjoy the new festival we will be hosting in the front of Civic Park.

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

  • 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+


To our dedicated runners who have joined us from all over since 2011. We have immensely enjoyed serving all of you, however we have made the decision to retire the Walnut Creek Running Festival. We have absolutely enjoyed hosting this event, and the City of Walnut Creek has been so awesome to work with. Talk about championing an event. They have been behind us 100% since the beginning.

Half Marathon Road running events are a feat in and of themselves. To host this type of event where you get to use the city surface streets bringing a large gathering of runners together all on one day is a task and takes months of planning every year. We were fortunate enough to have been given this level of trust by the City. But with each year of planning this event, also comes the consideration and cost of other things that need tending to as well.

That being said, we are shutting down this event, but we will still be around. To learn more about our other events, please visit teamblueskyevents.com.

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