Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Returns To Hillcrest! Cheer, Support, Be Aware and Plan Ahead!

by on May 21, 2018


A San Diego tradition since 1998, annual Rock ’n’ Roll Marathon and Half Marathon returns June 2-3, 2018. The course takes more than 30,000 runners through Balboa Park before heading into Hillcrest, North Park, and Normal Heights, with the full marathon continuing through Mission Bay Park and ending at Waterfront Park.

Music along every mile makes up the heart and “sole” of this event.  Live San Diego bands and DJ’s will be performing a variety of music, to help keep the excitement and energy going for the runners and spectators! In Hillcrest, the Mile 1 Stage will be set up on the north sidewalk of University Avenue, over the 163 overpass.  DJ’s Cable and GarGar will be spinning those early morning tunes and providing a place for spectators to join in on the fun and cheer on the runners!

Hillcrest’s business community, the Hillcrest Farmers Market, and other San Diego attractions will remain open during the marathon. Hillcrest businesses, farmers market vendors, and visitors should be aware and plan ahead for road closures.



Download a map and details about road closures and community access specific to your neighborhood and to the Hillcrest Farmers Market!

Hillcrest Farmer’s Market: 

  • Click HERE for directions and a printable map!

Hillcrest & Other Uptown Neighborhoods Access Maps:


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As an added benefit, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon has partnered with WAZE to help staff, residents and visitors plan ahead with step-by-step directions on Race Day to avoid road closures!  Download the WAZE app HERE.


Drivers are encouraged to adjust travel time within and around the race course.

  • The Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & 1/2 Marathon and Saturday 5K will bring more than 30,000 runners and walkers to San Diego, in addition to tens of thousands of spectators, family and friends.
  • To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, be aware of the road closures in your area and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.
  • Join the festivities! San Diego residents are encouraged to visit the free Health & Fitness Expo at the San Diego Convention Center, volunteer during race weekend and/or line the course to cheer runners.
  • Returning in 2018, a 5K will take place on Saturday, June 2 at Balboa Park. Most of the road closures will be inside the Park. Minimal closures will take place on 6th Avenue. Please see a full list of Saturday road closures.


Most road closures and detours on Sunday will be in effect between the hours of 5:00 am and 2:30 pm. At 5:00 am, Police and event personnel will implement a soft closure along the entire race course. The marathon and 1/2 marathon begin at 6:15 am. Streets will reopen on a rolling basis as soon as the last participant has passed and all course support materials have been removed. Please review the road closure grid and course map for more information. Residents and businesses located near the race course are urged to plan ahead and to be aware of road closure schedules and alternate access routes.


On Sunday, freeway and ramp closures associated with the courses may impact your travel on race day. Please note, southbound SR-163 will remain OPEN to I-5. Freeway/ramp closures and times are subject to change. Please review our freeway and ramp closure grid for more information.


The below map outlines the road closures, highlights alternate routes and provides access information for popular destinations which will be affected by road closures during the race. Please click on the icons  for information about road closure times and/or general access information.

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Google Maps does NOT take into account the road closures on race day. To request assistance with alternate directions please contact the Rock ‘n’ Roll marathon community relations team by completing the community contact form


Access to Popular Destinations

San Diego Airport:

From I-5 South

  • Take San Diego Airport / Sassafras Street exit. This puts you onto Kettner Boulevard.
  • Take Kettner to the traffic light at Sassafras Street and turn right.
    Proceed down the hill to the traffic light at Pacific Highway and turn left.
  • Take Pacific Highway about 1/2 mile to Laurel Street and turn right.
  • Take Laurel Street to the next light, N. Harbor Drive, and turn right.

From I-5 North

  • Take San Diego Airport / Hawthorn Street exit (signs will direct you onto westbound Hawthorn Street).
  • Proceed to N. Harbor Drive and turn right.

Naval Hospital:

From Southbound SR 163

  • Take Park Blvd exit.
  • Turn left onto Park Blvd (northbound).
  • Turn right on Zoo Place.
  • Turn right on Florida Dr.
  • Entrance to the Naval Hospital is located at Bob Wilson Dr.

Zoo/Balboa Park Institutions/Morley Field Facilities :

From Southbound SR 163

  • Take Park Blvd exit.
  • Turn left onto Park Blvd (northbound).
  • Turn left on Presidents Way to access Balboa Park Museums.
  • Continue on Park Blvd and turn left on Zoo Place to reach the San Diego Zoo


MTS Bus & Trolley Detours

On Sunday, June 4, several MTS bus routes will be on detour. Please find detour information and plan your transit trip for that day, in advance, by visiting or to speak to a Customer Service Representative, please call 511 or (619) 557-4555.


Streets along the race course will be marked with No Parking signs approximately 72 hours before the event. Vehicles in violation of posted No Parking signs will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense. Here is a full list of No Parking zones.

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