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Event Details

San Diego Longest Running Tradition!

The Balboa Park 8 Miler is the longest consecutively run race in San Diego (70 years old!) and the only one that offers a full tour of Balboa Park!  The race will start and finish in the Pan American Plaza, located in front of the Comic-Con Museum. Participants will enjoy a unique and challenging route through Balboa Park’s scenic landmarks, trails, bridges and windy roads!  Check out the full course map to see all the unique landmarks runners will pass during the race!

Entry Fees

Current Pricing:

  • SDTC Member - $60

  • Non-SDTC Member - $65

Race Day Pricing:

  • SDTC Member - $75

  • Non-SDTC Member - $80

Reminder: The Balboa Park 8 Miler is limited to 2,200 participants and typically sells out prior to race day. If we reach sell out no race day registration will be available.

Participants Receive:

  • Official Balboa Park 8 Miler T-Shirt

  • Finisher Medal

  • Chip-Timed Results

  • Free Photos

Race Day Schedule:

6:00AM – Race day packet pick-up
7:00AM – Official Start Time
9:10AM – Awards Ceremony

10:00AM - Event Concludes

Parking and Start Line Information

Start Line Address: Air & Space Museum Parking Lot – 2001 Pan American Plaza, San Diego, CA 92101

Parking: Parking is free! There are three parking lots located within walking distance of the start/finish line:

Prizes & Awards:

All Balboa Park 8 Miler finishers will receive a custom medal.  Additionally we will present age group awards to the following categories (male & female): top 3 overall, 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, and 80+.

Note: Top 3 overall Male & Female winners will be based on gun time (first to cross the finish line). All Age-Group winners will be based on chip time.

Early Packet Pick-Up

Date: Thursday, August 1st or Friday, August 2nd
Time: 3p – 7p

Location: Road Runner Sports, 5553 Copley Dr, San Diego, CA 92111. In the ‘Dog House’ within the store.

Note: You can pick-up the participant goods for another person as long as you have a copy of their photo ID (photos on a phone work great).

Race morning packets will be available for a $5 convenience fee, with these funds contributing to the San Diego Track Club. We encourage all participants to come to one of the Early Packet Pick-Ups at Road Runner Sports on Thursday, August 1st or Friday, August 2nd from 3-7p. 

Mandatory Time Limit:

Each participant must agree that he/she will complete the Balboa Park 8 Miler within the two (2) hour time limit.  All participants must maintain a 15 minute per mile pace or faster.  If a participant cannot maintain the minimum pace they will be asked to step off the course for their own safety.

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