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Marathon, Half Marathon, 5 K
California State University, Bakersfield
Bakersfield, California
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RUN WHERE LEGENDS ARE MADE!

The 2nd Annual Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, 2-person half marathon relay, and 5K taking place on November 12th, 2017.

This annual, world-class event features the starting line and finish line celebration on the California State University, Bakersfield campus. Participants will run through dozens of iconic neighborhoods including the Stockdale Financial District, Oleander, Downtown Bakersfield, Westchester, Kern County Museum, Bakersfield College and finally along the Panorama Bluffs before returning to the finish line on the scenic Kern River Parkway.

In addition to giving local runners an opportunity to run a Boston-qualifying marathon in their own backyard, we are excited to welcome runners from across the U.S. and around the world.

Packet pickup is on Saturday, Novemeber 11th where you may take part in our Health and Fitness Expo! Saturday at the Expo is the last day to register for any of the events.

Please note: there will be no raceday registration. Final registration will occur at packet pickup on Saturday, November 11, 2017 between 9AM and 4PM.

RACE AMMENITIES INCLUDE
Gender Specific Short Sleeve Technical Shirt
Custom Finisher's Medallion for Each Race: Marathon, Half & Half Relay, and 5K
Race Joy Participant Tracking
Text Results
Personalized Bib
Pace Teams
17 Water/Aid Stations
USATF Boston Qualifer
Expo at Buck Owens' Crystal Palace
Celebration Beer Garden & Food Trucks
Walker Friendly Course

Event Start Location
California State University, Bakersfield

Course Description
This annual, world-class event features the starting line and finish line celebration on the California State University, Bakersfield campus. Participants will run through dozens of iconic neighborhoods including the Stockdale Financial District, Oleander, Downtown Bakersfield, Westchester, Kern County Museum, Bakersfield College and finally along the Panorama Bluffs before returning to the finish line on the scenic Kern River Parkway.

Awards
CASH PRIZE PURSE

Full Marathon
Top 3 Male & Female will receive a cash award of:

1st $1000
2nd $500
3rd $250

Half Marathon
Top 3 Male & Female will receive a cash award of:

1st $250
2nd $100
3rd $50


AGE GROUP AWARDS

Full Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K Age Groups
Top 3 Male & Female will receive a unique award in the following age groups:

0-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-59
60-69
70 and over

Half Marathon 2-Person Relay
Both members of the 1st place team will receive a unique award in each of the following categories:

All Male Team
All Female Team
Mixed Gender Team

Packet Pickup / Expo
Packet pickup is on Saturday, Novemeber 11th where you may take part in our Health and Fitness Expo at the world famous Buck Owens' Crystal Palace! Saturday's Expo is the last day to register for any of the events.

Post Race Activities
Sunday, November 12, 2017 - Race Day
6:00am Late Packet Pickup
6:50am National Anthem
7:00am Full Marathon Start Time
7:10am Half Marathon & Half Relay Start Time
7:30am Roadrunner 5K Start Time

8:00am Festival Area Opens
9:00am Food Area Opens
9:00am Beer Garden Opens

2:00pm Finish Line Closes
4:30pm Beer Garden Closes
5:00pm Festival Area Closes

Parking
Ample parking will be available at the CSU, Bakersfield Campus.
 
 

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