The 2018 Santa Clarita Marathon

Running in the Santa Clarita Marathon

Lace up your running shoes because there’s still time to train for the Santa Clarita Marathon this fall. The 26.2 mile marathon is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. on Sunday, November 4. It is an official qualifying race for the Boston Marathon and is USATF certified.

SC marathon runnersThe marathon starts at the Westfield Valencia Town Center and follows roadways, paved city trails and paseos – lighted, paved walkways, bridges and tunnels throughout the city. The marathon will finish back at the Westfield Valencia Town Center. Runners need to be 16 years old to register for the full marathon.

Early registration is $80, $90 after September 30 and $100 for Expo registration.

Marathon events will take place over TWO days – a half marathon, 5K run, Mayor’s Walk and new for 2018 – a 10K race. All races start and finish near the Westfield Valencia Town Center. For safety reasons runners are not allowed to push baby joggers or strollers while running the full marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K. Also no pets or roller blades are allowed on the course.

The half marathon is approximately 13 miles and starts at 7 a.m. on Sunday.

The 10K run starts at 7 a.m., Saturday, November 3.

The 5K run starts at 8 a.m. on Saturday.

The Mayor’s Walk is a 3-mile community walk perfect for all ages. It starts at 7 a.m. on Saturday. All walkers will get a finisher medal and a T-shirt.

For complete information and to register, visit the Marathon’s official website.

Where to watch the Santa Clarita Marathon

For those with friends or family in the race or for those who just want to watch the festivities there are a couple of prime locations to spectate the marathon.

Westfield Valencia Town Center – Because it serves as the beginning and finish of the marathon, the Westfield Valencia Town Center is one of the best places to watch the race. With plenty of parking and lots of choices of restaurants and places to shop nearby this is a prime place to spend the day.

Duane R. Harte Park at River Village – For a quieter watching experience, head over to the Duane R. Harte Park at River Village. Runners will pass by the park at about mile 21 in the full marathon. The park has BBQs, picnic tables, public restrooms and a child play area.