Silicon Valley Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, April 15th, 2018 Time: 8:00am

Race Weekend Schedule of Events

Friday: April 13th, 2018

  • Race bib pickup at Sports Basement Sunnyvale 2:00pm to 8:00pm (more details in the Bib Pickup section below).
    • ***Sports Basement is offering a special 20% discount on purchases. Just show your bib number at checkout.

Saturday: April 14th, 2018

  • 2:30pm – 4:30pm: 5k Packet Pickup
  • 2:30 – 7:30pm: 10k/Half Marathon Packet Pickup
  • 4:30pm – 7:30pm: Local Live Music & Local Food Trucks
  • 5:00pm: Silicon Valley 5k Start
  • 6:00pm: Sunset Yoga
  • 7:30pm: Food Truck Music Festival Ends

Sunday, April 15th, 2018

  • 6:30am – 7:45am: Gear Check open for 10k/Half Marathoners
  • 8:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Start
  • 8:00am – 1:00pm: Post-Race Festival Open
  • 10:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 1:00pm: Post-Race Festival Ends

Silicon Valley Half Marathon Time Limit

3 hours 45 minutes, or 17 minutes per mile pace. This time limit begins with the final wave start. Runners who are unable to maintain a 17 minute per mile pace may be turned around early or redirected to the adjacent sidewalk. Aid stations, official finish times, finisher medals and post-race food/water are only available to those who maintain a 3:45 finish pace or below.


The average temperature in San Jose during mid-April is 50° – 65° F with 0% humidity.

Registration Fee

Half Marathon: Current Registration Price: $99.00

The Double Challenge: Half Marathon & 5k Combo = Bonus Medal

Run Saturday’s 5k and Sunday’s Silicon Valley Half Marathon to earn Double Challenge Medal in addition to the individual Silicon Valley Half Marathon medal & 5k medal. Half Marathon & 5k Combo: Current Registration Price: $124 Already registered for the half marathon and want to complete the double? You can register for the half marathon and 5k separately.

What is included with my Half Marathon registration fee?

  • The Runner’s Bag (first of its kind…basically worth the entry alone)
  • Long Sleeve ¼ Zip (gender specific cut…we got you ladies)
  • Inaugural SV Half Medal (you know how we do medals)
  • Personalized Bib (must be registered by March 1st)
  • Real time results with official splits
  • Runner Tracking for friends and family
  • Free admission to Saturday Evening Food Truck Music Festival
  • Complimentary Race Photos (Half Marathon & 10k Only)
  • Complimentary Gear Check (Half Marathon & 10k Only)
  • On course and post-race refreshments

Remote Runner Option

Can’t make it out for race day, but still want to participate? Not a problem, sign up as a remote runner. For the same price, you will be mailed the Runner’s Bag, Long Sleeve ¼ Zip and Inaugural SV Half Medal the week after the race.

Benefiting Charity Partner

We are pleased to be partnering with the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Click HERE for more information on joining their fundraising team.

Bib Pickup

You may pick up your bib and event shirt at the Food Truck & Music Festival on Saturday. Other packet pickup dates and times TBD. A copy of your race confirmation or a photo ID is required for bib pickup. If you choose to have someone pick it up for you, a Packet Pickup Affiliate Form must be filled out and provided to the person picking up. Plus, a valid ID also must be presented in order to receive a beer garden bracelet.

  • Friday, April 13th, 2018 — Sports Basement Sunnyvale 2:00pm to 8:00pm
    • ***Sports Basement is offering a special 20% discount on purchases. Just show your bib number at checkout.
  • Saturday, April 14th, 2018 — Arena Green East from 2:30pm to 7:30pm (In conjunction with the Food Truck Music Festival)
  • You can select bib mailing for a $10 add-on during online registration and your bib will be mailed to you the week before the race.

Start Location: Downtown San Jose

Both the half marathon and 10k start line will be in downtown San Jose.  Restrooms, gear check, medical tent and information booth will all be available at the starting area. We will share more details on this as the route planning continues.

Finish Location: Arena Green

The finish will be on Autumn St between W. St. John St and W Santa Clara St. Our post-race celebration will take place throughout Arena Green East.  We will share more details on this as the planning continues.

Course Description

Half Marathon Course: The Silicon Valley Half Marathon will be a USATF Certified Course that starts in downtown San Jose. The first half loops through downtown San Jose, highlighting its many diverse sites and neighborhoods. The course’s second half proceeds on the Alameda before coming back into downtown to finish near Arena Green and the SAP Center. There are no bike path sections and we are not copying the Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon course.

Water Stations and Porto-Potties

There will be 7 water stations on course. They will be placed one every 2 miles through mile 8, and then about every 1.5 miles from mile 8 to the finish line. Mile 8 and mile 12 will be energy stations (gel & electrolytes). Restrooms will also be available at each water station.

Medical Support

Medical support will be provided at the start line, along the entire course and at the finish line. ALS Ambulances will also be dispersed throughout the event.

Gear Check

We will have complimentary gear check at the Start Line for all Half Marathon and 10k runners from 6:30am-7:45am. Your gear will be delivered to the finish line to pick up when you finish.


The Finish Festival (Arena Green) and Start Line (St. James Park) are located approximately 0.5 miles from each other. Parking is available at both locations. Parking lots around the Finish Area (Arena Green) will be open and charging a modest parking fee on race day. This is the easiest place to park since you will have your vehicle nearby at the conclusion of the event. However, some parking will also be available around the Start Line (4th St & St. John). See below for open lots for race day around the Finish Area: (click to enlarge) parking map

Elite & Sub-Elite Athlete Program

We are offering complimentary entries to men and women with personal bests of:

  • Men: Sub 1:10:00
  • Women: Sub 1:20:00

We are offering 60% off entries to men and women with personal bests of:

  • Men: Sub 1:16:30
  • Women: Sub 1:27:30

Please contact to inquire about your complimentary entry if you meet the above criteria.

Half Marathon Awards

The awards ceremony begins at 10:00am at Arena Green East on the big stage. Top 3 awards are based on gun time, not bib tag time. Divisional awards will be based on bib tag time. Awards will go to the top 3 finishers of each division. Age group awards are only available for the Half Marathon.

Pace Groups

We will have experienced pacers to help pace you to a personal best. There are a total of 7 pace groups available. 1:30 (6:51/mi) 1:45 (8:00/mi) 2:00 (9:09/mi) 2:15 (10:17/mi) 2:30 (11:26/mi) 2:45 (12:35/mi) 3:00 (13:44/mi)

Changing Distances

Moving down in distance: If you would like to switch your registration to the 10k or 5k, you are allowed, but you will not be refunded the difference. Moving up in distance: If you are currently registered for the 5k or 10k and would like to switch your registration to the half marathon, you will be invoiced to pay the difference of the new distance registration price on the day you make the switch. Distance changes must be made prior to race day, either online or in person at a packet pickup.

Cancellation & Transfer Policy

All entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.