Race Weekend Participant Info

Thank you for joining us at the Santa Barbara Half Marathon & SB Independent 5K supporting Santa Barbara Running Association’s youth running programs. The weekend begins on Friday, November 5 with Day 1 of Packet Pick-Up and culminates on race morning, Sunday, November 7!
This page provides general information on race weekend. For greater detail on a particular element choose from the below options.
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Schedule of Events





Friday, Nov. 5

2:00pm to 6:00pm

Packet Pick-Up


Saturday, Nov. 6

10:00am to 4:00pm

Packet Pick-Up


Sunday, Nov. 7


Day of Packet Pick-Up Opens near Start Line

Shoreline Dr. & Castillo St.

Sunday, Nov. 7


Half Marathon Participants Lined Up for Start

Shoreline Dr. west of Castillo St.

Sunday, Nov. 7


Half Marathon Start

Shoreline Dr. west of Castillo St.

Sunday, Nov. 7


SB Independent 5K Participants Lined Up for Start Line

Shoreline Dr. west of Castillo St.

Sunday, Nov. 7


SB Independent 5K Start

Shoreline Dr. west of Castillo St.

Sunday, Nov. 7

8:00am to 12:00pm

Funk Zone Finish Line Festival

Yanonali St. (State to Anacapa)

Sunday, Nov. 7


Half Marathon & 5K Top 3 Overall Awards

Finish Line Festival Stage

Sunday, Nov. 7


Kids Run Participants Lined Up for Start

Yanonali St. & State St.

Sunday, Nov. 7


Kids Run Start

Yanonali St. & State St.

Sunday, Nov. 7


Half Marathon Age Group Overall Winners Awards

Finish Line Festival Stage

Bib Pickup

You’ll need a race bib to join us at the Half Marathon & SB Independent 5K starting line. We have three options for you:

  1. FREE Bib Pickup – at Biergarten in the Funk Zone on Friday & Saturday. Come out, grab your bib, visit with a few of our vendors and grab some fuel at one of Santa Barbara’s newest bar & restaurants (plus enjoy 13.1% off your entire check!).
  2. Bib Mailing – If you purchased the mail my bib option during registration you’ll receive your bib during Race Week. Your finisher shirt will be available for pickup at the finish line on race day. This option is no longer available for purchase.
  3. Day of Bib Pickup – there is an option to pick up your bib Sunday morning for a $10 convenience fee. You may purchase this option during registration or provide payment on site beginning at 5:30am near the starting line by Shoreline Dr. & Castillo St. Please arrive early to lessen your wait time!

Can’t make it race day and need to transfer to Virtual Runner? Transfers must be completed by Friday, November 5. Virtual Runners do not need to attend bib pickup. All race items will be mailed to you after the event. Learn more on our Virtual Run page

Please bring your ID or race confirmation email to pick-up your bib. If you need somebody else to pickup you bib, please give them a copy of your ID or race confirmation email.

Parking & Getting to the Start Line

Throughout race weekend you have a number of convenient options to drive or ride. Below we’ve outlined a few of these and included links to related agencies and organizations to help you plan out your trip.

There is no official event parking throughout the weekend. Please note any street parking time limits as well as any fees at City & Private lots.

Half Marathon & SB Independent 5K Starting Line

Both races start on Shoreline Dr. west of Castillo St. If you still need to pick-up your Bib on race morning, please do so early! You will head to the event’s info tables near the starting line, which opens at 5:30am.

The races will not be separated into ‘waves’. Please organize yourself amongst the pack according to your estimated pace.

No strollers are allowed on course due to some of the tighter corridors on State Street.  

Half Marathon time limit is set at 3 hours and 30 minutes or approximately 16 minute per mile

Pace Groups – In the Half Marathon, pacers are currently provided for 1 hour and 30 minutes, 1:45, 2:15 & 2:30 finishing times. Please lookout for the pace group signs if you wish to follow one of them. Thank you to the Santa Barbara Running Association and our community of runners for helping everyone achieve their goals! 

Both courses will be run on closed roads throughout downtown Santa Barbara. Aid stations, water and Gatorade Endurance hydration & energy gels (vanilla flavored) will be provided at a couple of locations on the course.  You’ll also enjoy nutrition bars at the Finish Line from local company, Ivan Bar! Please visit the course details page or the route map for specific details to plan your race.

The event’s Course Map & Neighborhoods information is proudly sponsored by Village Properties!

Live Participant Tracking

Live participant tracking is available for both the Santa Barbara Half Marathon & SB Independent 5K for you to follow your family & friends along their journey! For the best experience and to receive push notifications download the iOS or Android app. You can also track results on a web browser.

Kids Run Info

The free Kids Run will take place near the Funk Zone Finish Line Festival at 10am. Families will check-in at the event’s info tables near Yanonali & State St. before heading to the start line on State St. itself.

Half Marathon & 5K Awards

Top 3 Men & Women in the Half Marathon & 5K will receive their awards at 9:00am. 

Half Marathon podium finishers will receive a plaque inspired by Santa Barbara’s iconic Spanish-style red clay rooftop tiles thanks to local businesses, Action Roofing and Tri-Valley Trophies! 

5K podium finishers will receive a wooden plaque commemorating their accomplishment.

Half Marathon Top 3 overall are also eligible for Age Group awards, which include a pair of HOKAs and a Santa Barbara Running Co. gift certificate. Half Marathon Men’s & Women’s Age Groups are as follows:

  • 19 & Under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70-79
  • 80+

Funk Zone Finish Line Festival

Finally you’ll cap off your journey through downtown Santa Barbara at the Funk Zone Finish Line Festival. Recover with local physical therapy, including Cryotherapy, massage and more before you head into the Funk Zone, enjoy lunch and the rest of your Sunday afternoon!

The Funk Zone Finish Line Festival is open from 8:00am – 12:00pm.

40% off Cryotherapy + Normatec @ The LAB
Available through November 10 – Including Race Day!

Get ready to run your best with The LAB and schedule your Cryotherapy & NormaTec single session today!

Save 40% with promo code SBHALF2021!
Good through November 10.

Race Day services will be available, but you must pre-register by Friday, November 5 @ Noon. The LAB is located just around the corner from the Finish Line Festival in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone.

Health & Safety

Throughout race weekend the event will adhere to all local ordinances related to COVID-19 and other areas of public health.

The event’s Packet Pick-Up on Friday & Saturday as well as the event itself is outdoors. Hand sanitizing stations will be provided at the Start Line & Finish Line.

In outdoor settings, it is recommended you wear a mask while in close proximity to others such as at the start line, in line at packet pick-up or for the bathroom, etc.  

Please be respectful toward others throughout the race weekend as well as at local businesses. 

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