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Bakersfield Marathon

The 3rd Annual Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF-certified
full marathon, half marathon, 2-person half marathon relay,
and 5K taking place on November 18th, 2018.

One of the best ways to explore Bakersfield is on foot. Join hundreds of your friends, family members, and neighbors during the 3rd Annual Bakersfield Marathon on November 18, 2018, presented by Dignity Health. This Boston-qualifying event features a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, 2-person half marathon relay, and 5K.

Sightseeing Along the Route

The starting line and finish line for the event are both located on the campus of California State University, Bakersfield (CSUB). However, we know there’s more to a marathon than getting from Point A to Point B. In fact, there’s so much to discover along the 26.2 miles of the route. Participants will run through some of Bakersfield’s most iconic neighborhoods.

Highlights include:

  • Stockdale Financial District
  • Oleander
  • Downtown Bakersfield
  • Westchester
  • Kern County Museum
  • La Cresta
  • Bakersfield College
  • Panorama Bluffs
  • Kern River Parkway

After crossing the finish line, join in the post-race celebration back on the campus of CSUB. The event will include great food, cold beverages, and a large gathering of fellow participants who conquered the course to the finish.

View the complete course maps:

Full Marathon Course Map

Half Marathon and Relay Course Map

Schedule of Events

Saturday, November 17, 2018 - Health & Fitness Expo / Packet Pickup

Hours       9:00am - 4:00pm

Location   Buck Owens' Crystal Palace


Sunday, November 18, 2018 - Race Day

6:00am    Late Packet Pickup

6:55am    National Anthem

7:00am    Full Marathon, Half Marathon & Half Relay Start Time

7:10am    Busses Leave for Relay Exchange Point

7:30am    Roadrunner 5K Start Time

8:00am    Festival Area Opens

8:00am    Food Area Opens         

8:30am    Beer Garden Opens

1:30pm    Finish Line Closes

2:00pm    Beer Garden - Last Call

2:30pm    Beer Garden Closes

3:00pm    Festival Area Closes


Register for the Bakersfield Marathon, Half-Marathon, Relay, or 5K.