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New Date, March 27th, 2022

New Date: 3/27/2022

Due to the complexities of COVID with many of our race partners, we’re forced to move The Bakersfield Marathon, our flagship, in-person race to Sunday, March 27th, 2022. 
 
While we didn’t come to this decision lightly, we do believe there is a silver-lining in moving our event into the spring. First off, a spring race brings health advantages as our fall race suffered from air quality issues due to the ever-extending fire season occurring throughout California. Also, training for a marathon through the winter months is much more amenable than training in the summer. So while we’re certainly not happy about the postponement, we think the spring scheduling is a positive feature for the future of the event. 

For those that are able to be flexible and stick with us at our new date, we’re offering a few options and perks if you come along for the ride. To start, all current participants will receive an auto roll-over into our 2022 in-person race at no cost. And if 2022 is a bad fit, please let us know and we will roll you into our March 26th, 2023 race instead.

All participants that do not request a refund will get a code for a free entry into the 2021 Virtual Bakersfield Marathon & Challenge Weekend taking place across November 12th through 14th -- the same fall weekend as our planned in-person race.

All roll-over participants are also eligible for a 75% discount from Mercury Events for Run Laughlin & Havasu Half! We hope you will take advantage of these generous deals and enjoy both of these amazing races!

All 21-and-over roll-over participants, who do not defer to 2023 or request a refund, will receive a ticket for an extra beer at our in-person finish line in the spring of 2022.

Here Are Your Options:

We will transfer your registration to the new March 27th, 2022 event date, and look forward to having you join us. Thanks for your patience!

Free roll over of your entry to the March 26th, 2023 event.

You understand events are expensive, even when postponed, and you want us to keep your registration fees to help cover our costs and support the non-profit Active Bakersfield Alliance. We deeply appreciate your generosity and look forward to seeing you at the finish line of another event soon.

We understand. We hope you can join us in a future race! 

Description
Due to the complexities of COVID with many of our race partners, we’re forced to move The Bakersfield Marathon, our flagship, in-person race, to March 27th, 2022.
While we didn’t come to this decision lightly, we do think there is a silver-lining in moving our event into the spring. 
First off, a spring race brings health advantages as our fall race has suffered from air quality issues due to the ever-extending fire season throughout California. Also, training for a marathon through the winter months is much more amenable than training in the summer. So while we’re not thrilled about the postponement, we think the spring scheduling is a positive feature for the future of the event. 
 
In our fall slot we're announcing our 2nd Annual 2021 Virtual Bakersfield Marathon taking place November 12th through 14th -- the same weekend as our planned in-person race. We’ll be presenting a virtual 5K, 10K, Half and Full Marathon — plus one special challenge for our toughest competitors. While we realize you’d rather be running in a crowd in November, at least all your training won’t go unnoticed. Just know you’ll be able to put rubber to the road this November, and receive our limited edition 2021 VBM Tech Tee and custom Medallion. Visit VirtualBakersfield.run for all the details. 
A Race for Everyone!
In addition to giving local runners an opportunity to run a Boston-qualifying marathon in their own backyard, we are excited to welcome runners from across the U.S. and around the world. The Bakersfield Marathon has a race for everyone!
We have a scenic Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K! A race for the whole family!
Packet pickup is on Saturday, March 26th, 2022 where you are invited to take part in our Health and Fitness Expo. Saturday at the Expo is the last day to register for any of our events. 
Special Rate for our 5K! Children 9 and under receive $25 entry fee automatically during registration.
Race Amenities
  Gender Specific Long Sleeve Technical Shirt
  Custom Finisher's Medallion
  Runner Breakfast
  One Free Beer (21+)
  Post-race Massage
  17 Water/Aid Stations
  2 Gel Stations
  USATF Boston Qualifier
  Race Joy Participant Tracking & Text Results
  Personalized Bib
  Pace Teams
  Expo 
  Celebration Food & Beer Festival  
  Walker Friendly Course
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California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA US 93311
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