Bakersfield prepares to run; traffic, streets impacted for Bakersfield Marathon

Posted at 11:04 AM, Nov 11, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-11 14:18:17-05

The Bakersfield Marathon is a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, 2-person half-marathon relay and a 5K fun run taking place on November 13th, 2016.

This annual, world-class event features the starting line and finish line celebration on the California State University, Bakersfield campus. Participants will run through dozens of iconic neighborhoods including the Stockdale Financial District, Oleander, Downtown Bakersfield, Westchester, Kern County Museum, Bakersfield College and finally along the Panorama Bluffs before returning to the finish line on the scenic Kern River Parkway.

You can see the full race map of the Marathon here.

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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.

Packet pickup is on Saturday, Novemeber 12th where you may take part in our Health and Fitness Expo! Saturday at the Expo is the last day to register for any of the events.  

Officials said that there is no race-day registration.


Saturday, November 12, 2016 - Health & Fitness Expo / Packet Pickup

  • Hours       9:00am - 4:00pm
  • Location   Buck Owens' Crystal Palace

Sunday, November 13, 2016 - Race Day at CSU Bakersfield

  • 6:00am    Late Packet Pickup
  • 6:50am    National Anthem
  • 7:00am    Full Marathon Start Time
  • 7:10am    Half Marathon & Half Relay Start Time
  • 7:30am    Roadrunner 5K Start Time
  • 8:00am    Festival Area Opens 
  • 9:00am    Food Area Opens          
  • 9:00am    Beer Garden Opens
  • 2:00pm    Finish Line Closes