Bakersfield Marathon & Half

Sun November 14, 2021 Bakersfield, CA 93311 US Directions

Frequently Asked Questions


Q - What is the minimum age to register for each event?

A -  Although there is no "standard" age at which a runner should get involved in the sport of running, we recommend runners be at least age 14 for the Marathon, 10 for the Half Marathon, 8 for the 10K, and 6 years old for the Roadrunner 5K. Ultimately, it is up to each parent or guardian to adjust our recommended age, higher or lower, depending upon their dependent's ability to participate in our event.


Q - Are dogs allowed on the course?

A - No. Pets, wagons, rollerblades, skateboards, scooters or bicycles of any kind are NOT allowed on the course for safety concerns.


Q - Are baby strollers allowed?

A - Yes, you are allowed to run with a jogger stroller. 


Q - Will there be race day registration?

A - There will be NO race day registration.


Q - Will there be race day packet pickup available?

A - Yes. Starting one hour prior to the event.


Q - Will there be a bag drop-off at the event?

A - Yes. Bag drop-off will be available near the start/finish line to check your personal belongings. Pick-up will be available at any point during the day. 


Q - Is the Bakersfield Marathon a Boston Qualifier?

A - Yes, the Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF-certified, Boston Qualifying course.


Q - Can I run with headphones?

A - Yes. USATF, the national governing body of the sport, recently amended its ban on headphones, iPods and similar devices. It is recommended that athletes keep only one earbud in to be able to hear directions from race officials or emergency vehicles.


Q - Can my friends and family see me along the course?

A - Yes! There are many accessible points around the course for spectators. Keep in mind that street closures may alter driving routes around Bakersfield during the race.


Q - Can someone special cross the finish line with me without a bib?

A - The Finish Line is reserved for FINISHERS ONLY. Out of respect to the other runners, please tell friends and family that they can only cheer you on as you cross the finish line.


Q - How "fast" is the course?

A - The Bakersfield Marathon is mostly flat with a few hills thrown into the 26.2 Mile distance. 


Q - I have never run a race or marathon before, is The Bakersfield Marathon a good fit for my first race?

A - Absolutely! The Bakersfield Marathon is a community event that is geared towards everyone from experienced runners to walkers! The positive energy surrounding The Bakersfield Marathon can carry ANYONE across the finish line. Register today and commit to taking on a new challenge!



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