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RegistrationCourse DescriptionCourse MapElevation MapParking & Busing
 
Race Day Schedule:
5:30 a.m    Participant parking opens
6:00 a.m.   Bib pick-up opens
7:30 a.m.   Access to participant parking closes  (Do Not Be Late!)
8:00 a.m.   Race Starts/Finish Festival begins/Spectator Parking begins
10:00 a.m. Awards Ceremony begins
10:00 a.m. First bus departs spectator parking area near Pessagno Winery to transport participants to Soledad Mission
12:00 p.m. Race finishes; course cleared and roads open
2:00 p.m.   Last bus leaves spectator parking area near Pessagno Winery to transport participants to Soledad Mission
 

Bib Pickup 

Photo ID Required. Bibs will not be mailed to participants. Participants should pick up their bibs at the Expo on Friday, August 1st at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Farmer’s Market  (at the corner of Wilgart Way and East Romie Lane) from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm or on race day at the registration area (Soledad Mission) starting at 6:00 am. Photo ID is required for bib pick-up. Military ID or valid Student ID are required if you register for the Military or Student discounted rates. If you are picking up a bib the day before on behalf of someone else, you must have a written note from them along with a copy of their photo ID. We recommend that you pick up your bib at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Farmer’s Market on Friday, August 1st to save time on race morning and ensure you’re ready to run at 8:00 AM. 

Sweats Bags

There will be a sweats drop-off area at the Soledad Mission and a truck will transport sweats bags to the finish for you to pick up. You may use the goody bag you pick up at bib pickup, or additional bags will be available at the drop-off. Write your bib number on the bag.

Awards

The awards ceremony will occur in phases, beginning at 10:00 AM for the fastest finishers, and continuing throughout the Finish Festival as complete results for each age category are available. The top male and female overall winners and the top three finishers in each of the following age categories will be recognized with trophies: 12-15 / 16-20 / 21-24 / 25-29 / 30-34 / 35-39 / 40-44 / 45-49 / 50-54 / 55-59 / 60-64 / 65-69 / 70-74 / 75+.  All finishers receive a medal. The team with the most registered members participating will be recognized with a special gift.

Race Policies

  1. Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable. Due to liability issues, transferring of bibs is strictly prohibited. Any participant caught doing so will face an automatic disqualification and may be banned from future events. Please don’t put us in that position.
  2. Because the course is on roads through agricultural land, for food safety reasons, no pets will be allowed anywhere at the race (start line, along the course or finish festival.)
  3. Wheels of any kind are prohibited including but not limited to: wheelchairs, baby joggers, bicycles, skateboards, roller skates and roller blades.
  4. Entry is limited to those ages 12 and over. It is strongly recommended that a parent or guardian run/walk along with inexperienced minors throughout the race.
  5. A finishing time limit of 4 hours will be enforced.
  6. Entry is limited to the first 2,000 registered participants.

Donations

Additional donations to the Salinas Valley Half Marathon help benefit the Salinas Valley by promoting health and wellness in the community. Salinas Valley Half Marathon is a 501c3 charitable organization.

Friday, August 1, 2014

We will be offering bib pick-up at the Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital’s Farmer’s Market, located at the corner of Wilgart Way and East Romie Lane from 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm 

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Busing to Race Start: We now have participant parking near the starting line! Parking for participants only is now available two tenths of a mile from the Soledad Mission and start line. Runners may also elect to be dropped off at participant parking. No spectator parking at the start will be permitted. Sweats will be transported from the start to the finish and bags will be provided at the start if needed. From 6:00 AM until 12:00 PM, River Road will be closed to traffic beginning 1.5 miles north of the finish line at Pessagno Winery and all along the course. There will be no parking at Pessagno for participants or spectators. After the race, participants will need to walk approximately one-half mile to the spectator parking area where they will board a bus and be taken back to participant parking near the Soledad Mission. 

Spectator Parking & Busing: There is no parking at the finish line area at Pessagno Winery. Spectator parking will be available in a lot off Gonzales River Road near Pessagno Winery. Spectators will be required to walk approximately one-half mile to reach Pessagno Winery from the drop-off location adjacent to the race course. This walking route along the course will be the only location for spectators to cheer for runners before they cross the finish line.

Race-Day Bib Pickup: 6:00 AM, Soledad Mission 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad, CA

Sweats Bags:  There will be a sweats drop-off area at the Soledad Mission and a truck will transport sweats bags to the finish for you to pick up. You may use the goody bag you pick up at bib pick-up, or additional bags will be available at the drop-off. Write your bib number on the bag.

Race Start Time: 8:00 AM
Start Location: Soledad Mission, 36641 Fort Romie Road, Soledad, CA
Finish Location: Pessagno Winery, 1645 River Road, Salinas, CA
Finish Time: A finishing time limit of 4 hours will be enforced, and the course will be cleared at noon.