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Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in my race registration?

  • All Balboa Park 8 Miler participants will receive a t-shirt, finisher medal, chip-timed results and free race photos.

I am registered and I can no longer attend the event. What are my options?

  • There are no refunds but we have multiple options for you to defer, transfer or run virtually:

    • Transfers an Deferrals: You can transfer your registration to another participant or defer your entry to 2025. There is no fee for transfers/deferrals through July 12, 2024. There is a $15 fee between July 13, 2024 - August 1, 2024. There are no transfers/deferrals allowed after August 1st. If you wish to do a transfer/deferral, email our team at and we will help handle your request!

    • Run Virtual: You can switch your registration to virtual so you still receive the great swag and participate on your own time! Once you complete your 8 miles, we will send you a link to upload your time. If you wish to switch to virtual, email our team at

Where is the start line?

  • The start line is located in the parking lot in front of the Comic-con Museum. The parking lot will be fully closed to all vehicular traffic.

Where can I see a course map?

Is this race chip timed?

  • YES - All participants will receive a timing chip with their registration.

Where do I pick-up my race packet?

  • Two options to pick up your packet will be available:

  • Thursday, August 1st from 3:00PM - 7:00PM at Road Runner Sports - 5553 Copley Dr., San Diego, CA 92111

  • Friday, August 2nd from 3:00PM - 7:00PM at Road Runner Sports - 5553 Copley Dr., San Diego, CA 92111

Can I have my packet mailed to me?

  • YES, for a $15 convenience fee we will mail your packet including your race bib and t-shirt directly to your house!

Can I pick up my packet on race morning?

  • YES, for a $5 convenience fee you can pick up on race morning. We HIGHLY recommend you pick up before race morning to avoid lines and potentially starting late.

Is this event stroller friendly?

  • NO, unfortunately this race is not stroller friendly due to a lot of uneven terrain in the trails and some very challenging trail hills during the race.

Can I run with my dog?

  • NO, dogs are not allowed on the course. Unfortunately your four legged running buddy will have to sit this one out.

Will there be age group awards?

  • YES! The age group awards will be: 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 80+ (male and female categories for all these age groups)

Is there a time limit?

  • YES - 2:00 hours/15 minute per mile pace. 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.

Where should I park?

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