Silicon Valley Half Marathon: Race Day

Sunday, April 5, 2020 – Race Start Time is 8:00am

  • 6:00am – 7:30am: Race morning packet pickup.
  • 6:30am – 7:45am: Gear Check opens
  • 8:00am: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K start
  • 8:00am: Finish Line Festival + Brew Garden Opens
  • 10:00am: Half Marathon, 10K & 5K Awards Ceremony
  • 1:30pm: Finish Line Festival Ends

What is included with my Half Marathon registration fee?

  • Long Sleeve Tech Shirt
  • SV Half Medal (you know how we do medals)
  • Personalized Bib (if registered before March 5, 2020)
  • 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

Time Limits

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 low humidity.

Remote Runner Option

Learn more about our Remote Runner option so you can earn your swag and qualify for our Challenges! Click here.

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.

Pace Groups

We will have experienced pacers to help pace you to a personal best in 10min increments powered by our friends at Too Legit Fitness. There are a total of 7 pace groups available. 

  • 1:30 (6:51/mi) paced by Meb (!)
  • 1:40 (7:37/mi)
  • 1:50 (8:23/mi)
  • 2:00 (9:09/mi)
  • 2:10 (9:54/mi)
  • 2:20 (10:40/mi)
  • 2:30 (11:26/mi)
  • 2:40 (12:12/mi)
  • 2:50 (12:58/mi)
  • 3:00 (13:43/mi).

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.1

Start Location: Downtown San Jose

The Half Marathon, 10K & 5K start lines 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.

For parking information please visit our Parking Information page.


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.

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.

Elite & Sub-Elite Athlete Program

We are offering complimentary entries to men and women with personal bests of (must be from 2017-2020):

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

We are offering 60% off entries to men and women with personal bests of (must be from 2017-2020):

  • 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.

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.