Bakersfield Marathon

The starting line of the 2016 Bakersfield Marathon. About 1,800 runners are expected at this year's event. 

Bakersfield streets will again be filled with runners for the second annual Bakersfield Marathon on Sunday, Nov. 12. Along with the scheduled races – a USATF-certified full marathon, half marathon, half relay and 5K – this communitywide event offers something for everyone.

To pay homage to the local country music scene, The Bakersfield Sound is being highlighted in a special way. Through generous licensing with the Buck Owens family, the finisher’s medallion is inspired by Buck’s signature red, white and blue guitar.

Starting the day before the race, participants and supporters can attend the Health & Fitness Expo at Buck Owens’ Crystal Palace from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. In addition to picking up race information and a ton of swag, more than 25 vendors will be showing off their wares. Come and visit Pair & Marotta Physical Therapy, Fit for Life Gym, Bucket List Running Shirts, Fit Pantry and Active Pacific Sport Sunglasses.

Since this is a true community event, it is strongly encouraged to show your spirit and cheer on family and friends along the race route. The race starts and finishes on the CSUB campus, with water stops through dozens of iconic neighborhoods, including the Stockdale Financial District, Oleander, downtown Bakersfield, Westchester, Kern County Museum, Bakersfield College, Panorama Bluffs and, finally, along the scenic Kern River Parkway, aka The Trail of Talent, where live music and entertainment will energize runners to the finish line.

This year’s participants will be welcomed by a crowd of friendly faces as they complete their race into the Finisher’s Village at CSU Bakersfield. This all-day festival is open to the public and will begin at 8 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. with food trucks, a beer garden and live music from local band Last Call. An awards ceremony will recognize the top runners – some of whom will be going home with part of our $10,000 prize purse!

“We’re so excited for year two,” said co-founder Charles Brown. “Our team is working to enhance every element of the day. From the course to the swag to the party after – we’re expecting an amazing weekend.”

One exciting new feature for this year’s race includes recognizing returning runners through the Legacy Club. This free program offers exclusive perks to past participants who run any of the race distances every year. We’ll be starting small in year one, but watch for the Legacy Club to gain more benefits and exclusivity with each passing year.

The Bakersfield Marathon is greatly appreciative of the support from its sponsors, including presenting sponsor Dignity Health – Mercy & Memorial Hospitals; half-marathon sponsor Barber Honda; 5K sponsor CSU Bakersfield Alumni Association; along with its many other local and national sponsors.

For race registration, volunteer opportunities, or for more information, go to 

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