Silicon Valley Half Marathon

Date: Sunday, April 5, 2020 Start Time: 8:00am

  • 6:00am – 7:30am:  Race morning packet pickup.
  • 6:30am – 7:45am: Gear Check open for 10k/Half Marathoners
  • 8:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Start
  • 8:00am: Finish Line Festival + 26.2 Brew Garden Opens
  • 10:00am: 10k/Half Marathon Awards Ceremony
  • 12:00pm: Food Truck 5k Start
  • 1:30pm: Finish Line Festival Ends

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Running Multiple Events?

If you are running in the Half Marathon or 10k and the 5k you cannot wear both bibs at the same time in either race. If you do so, as soon as you cross the starting line with both bibs they will cancel each other out and you will not receive a time.


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 in late April is 50° – 65° F with 0% humidity.

The Run 2.0 Challenge: Half Marathon & 5k Combo = Bonus Medal

Double back after the Silicon Valley Half Marathon and take on the 12:00pm 5k to earn the Run 2.0 award in addition to the individual Silicon Valley Half Marathon medal & 5k medal. 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 Backpack
  • Long Sleeve ¼ Zip (gender specific cut…we got you ladies)
  • SV Half Medal (you know how we do medals)
  • Personalized Bib (if registered by April 4, 2019)
  • Real time results with official splits
  • Free admission to the Food Truck Festival
  • Complimentary Race Photos
  • Complimentary Gear Check (Half Marathon & 10k Only)
  • On course (Gen UCAN keeping you fueled) 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

Friday: 3:00pm-7:00pm Decathlon 3938 Horton St. Emeryville, CA 94608

Saturday: 10:00am-2:00pm Arena Green East 340 W St John St. San Jose, CA 95110

***NOTES: Race Day packet pickup is available, but is limited and can present long lines.  We encourage those who plan on picking up race day to show up early.  Race day participant shirt will only be available at the finish line.***

BIB PICKUP FAQ What do I need to bring with me to pick up my bib? Please bring your ID or email confirmation of your registration I can’t make it – can someone else pick up my bib for me? YES, please give them a copy of your confirmation email OR your ID.

Start Location: Downtown San Jose

Both the half marathon and 10k start line will be in front of City Hall in Downtown San Jose at the corner of N 4th St and E Santa Clara St.  Restrooms, gear check, race morning packet pickup, medical tent and information booth will all be available at the starting area.

Finish Location: Arena Green East

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.

Course Description

Half Marathon Course: The Silicon Valley Half Marathon is 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/Energy Stations and Porto-Potties

There will be 6 water stations and 3 Gen UCAN Hydrate Stations on course at the following locations:

  • Water Stations: Mile 2, Mile 4, Mile 7.5, Mile 9.5, Mile 10.5 and Mile 12
  • UCAN Hydrate Stations:  Mile 4, Mile 7.5 and Mile 12

Medical Support

Medical support will be provided at the start line, along the entire course, at the finish line and in the festival.  Advanced Life Support 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.


Please see our Parking Information page here.

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 [email protected] 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 event. 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) paced by Meb (!), 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.