Where to Race in 2019 & Discount Codes


Happy New Year 2019!!! I know new year new me is frowned up on by people these days, but I do like anything that gives us a reason to review and reflect on our life as we go through day after day with good and bad. This new years eve gave me an insight that I haven’t been running as much as I used to. Sure enough I did log a 30mile week thanks to the new years resolution! Now if I can only keep that up right! Struggle is real, but find that motivation, find that excuse, find that reason and find that voice that would put you back on track and will take you through those miles!   Here are some of my  favorite races to run each month in 2019 to get you started with. I have races up until June. I sure will update this to include races for summer and fall, which is a pretty packed race season here in Southern California!

January – Carlsbad Marathon/Half Marathon

Why I like it!:  Carlsbad Marathon/Half Marathon is one of my favorite races to run mostly because the time of the year – January which is nice and cold. Carlsbad course is beautiful. Plenty of parking at the mall where the start line is. I absolutely love the winter running jacket that you get with the race packet – worth making the trip to the expo the day before to get the right size! You will want to keep it as its well made, and worth the registration fee!

Link: Link to register ( 18% off on rush49.com)

Price: $109 for half, $129 for Marathon (use the link provided)

Date: Jan 20, 2019

Link to the race details : https://www.inmotionevents.com/event/carlsbad-marathon/

February – Surfcity Marathon/Half


This is one of SoCal favorite for many reasons. You get to run through surfcity Huntington Beach coast line, and the flat course marathon has been a boston qualifier favorite among runners. Being a February race, its nice perfect running weather!

Date: Feb 3, 2019

Link: https://www.motivrunning.com/run-surf-city/

Discount code: Use code RACEGRADER10 for $10 off.

March – Encinitas Half Marathon

encinitas 2019

I ran this race first time randomly when someone offered to sign me up last min. That was also the inaugural race. I have run this race every year since then!  I would like to come back run again this year! Its beautiful course, and you get baked goods and hot chocolate post race. Its just a low key good hearted high spirit down to earth no frills race, that really emphasizes what running is all about! Joy! and the hot chocolate mug you can take home has been a tradition and legendary!

Link: https://www.encinitashalfmarathon.com/

Use code RUNROLLRESTREPEAT  for $10 off.

Date: March 31, 2019

April – Carlsbad 5000

carlsbad 5000

Why : Carlsbad 5000 is the first running race I have run ever – a 5k! I fell in love with running here. This race has been a very defining moment in life. Someone from my past that I never thought would see ever again, ended up running this race with me the first year I ran this race. Last year, I took in a sick foster dog, I couldnt leave, so I took him to the race, and my friend Sarah helped dog sit while I ran my course PR! This race is super close to my heart and me in general. Over the years this race has switched hands, but the spirit of the race is still the same which is all of us that run this race! I will be running here this year!

Link: https://carlsbad5000.com/

Date: April 7, 2019 (Code BFRC19CB5000 for $5 off)

Price: $35 for 5k, which is super cheap. But i will look for discount code if I can find one.

May – Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon


Why I like it: This is the first course I ran a half marathon, or the first time ever I ran a 13.1 mile distance in my entire life, so I am very fond of this race. I live super close so I have to like it. There arent that many races in May so I have seen people travel to OC to run this race from out of state. Also the temperature tend to be nicer and not too hot! Perks is the absolutely beautiful medals from Ashworth Awards who make medals for Boston Marathon! Its a Monday race – remember that! 🙂

Link: https://www.lagunahillshalfmarathon.com/

Discount code: Try code MAHESH for 10% off. if it doesnt work try RACEGRADER10.

Price: its still under $100(about $95 with all the fees)

Date: May 27, 2019

June – Rock N Roll San Diego Half/Marathon

This was my first marathon, so I always remember how I got my behind handed to me in this course, but that is why you will love this race. The course is hard, but the energy is high and June is not a bad time to run in San Diego! Usually the prices between Marathon and Half Marathon are like $10, so sign up for marathon and if you change your mind you can run half, the time adjusts on its own with you having to do much. How convenient is that. Its perfect way to sign up for a marathon – for people with commitment issues!

Date: June 2, 2019

Link: https://www.runrocknroll.com/en/events/san-diego

Discount Code: Use code PADRES10  for $10 off. 

Other races:

Irvine Half Marathon/5k Irvine, CA Jan 12, 2019 Use code Mahesh10 for 10% off https://www.irvinehalf.com/
Carlsbad Marathon/Half Marathon Carlsbad, CA Jan 20, 2019 Use the link here for 19% off. Event Link here https://laceuprunningseries.com/
Surfcity USA Marathon/Half Huntington Beach, CA Feb 3, 2019 Use code RACEGRADER10 for $10 off. https://www.motivrunning.com/run-surf-city/
Tustin Hangar Half Tustin, CA March 3, 2019 Use code MAHESH15 for 15% off https://tustinhangarhalf.com/
Encinitas Half Marathon Encinitas, CA March 31, 2019 Use code RUNROLLRESTREPEAT  for $10 off. https://www.encinitashalfmarathon.com/
Carlsbad 5000 Carlsbad, CA April 7, 2019 https://carlsbad5000.com/
Run To Remember – LA Los Angeles April 7, 2019 RaceGrader10 for $10 off https://register.chronotrack.com/r/39173
La Jolla Half La Jolla, CA April 28, 2019 RGLJ19 for $10 off https://events.com/r/en_US/registration/2019-la-jolla-half-marathon–shores-5k-del-mar-april-737157
OC Marathon/Half/5k Orange County, CA May 5, 2019 RG10OFF for 10% off https://wdc.rccal.com/racecentralpublic/main.cfm/ocmarathon2019/0533A888904BD4867929DFFD884D60B8/?do=userform&f=1
Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon Laguna Hills, CA May 27, 2019 RACEGRADER10 for $10 off https://raceshed.com/coupons/laguna-hills-half-marathon/
Long Beach Pride Run Long Beach May 19, 2019 runrol19 for $5 off https://racewire.com/register.php?id=10442
San Francisco Marathon/Half Marathon (NOt Rock N ROll) San Francisco, CA July 28, 2019 Code AMBOVICTOR  for 15% off https://www.thesfmarathon.com/

One comment

  1. Great list of races! I’ve been eyeing the Surf City Half and the Rock ’n’ Roll San Diego Half for a while. Maybe I’ll get to them one year when I’m on the west coast. 🙂 Happy New Year and happy running to you!

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