Bakersfield Marathon

Sun April 7, 2024 Bakersfield, CA 93301 US Directions


Frequently Asked Questions


Q - Can I pick up a bib For another participant?

A - Only if you have a copy of their ID, and a printed waiver that they have signed. Download a copy of that waiver at this link.

Q - Is there free parking?

A - Yes, please note the entrance to the parking lot will be close from 6:30am to 8:00am, please arrive early and visit this page for maps and more details. Our parking lot access closes to allow for runners to traverse the roads surrounding the Museum and begin their races.


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 6K. 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 - Events may sell out, but you will be able to register in person on race day pending availability. Prices will increase race day.


Q - Will there be race day packet pickup available?

A - VIP packet pick up is available on race day for an extra fee, starting at 530am.


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. We recommend seeing our City Impact Tab and Course Maps to find the best places to watch.


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. They will only be able to congratulate you after you cross the finish line and receive your medallion behind the arch.


Q - How "fast" is the course?

A - The Bakersfield Marathon is mostly flat with some hills at the beginning. Please check out the elevation profile on the course maps page for more detail.


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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