5k, 10k, Half Marathon
Saturday, February 8th 2020

The start line for the Half, 10k and 5k is located at South Shores Park and the finish line is at Tecolote Shores. Please reference our directions and parking map to see the best place to park for your race. 

START TIMES (5k, 10k, Half) - South Shores
The Half, 10k and 5k will all start at South Shores Park and 
finish at Tecolote Shores. 

7:00 a.m. - 10k
7:15 a.m. - Half
7:25 a.m. - 5k


START TIMES (Mermaid Dash) - Tecolote Shores
9:45 a.m. - Mermaid 1.5 mile Dash (Ages 9 - 12)*
9:50 a.m. - Mermaid 1.5 mile Dash (Ages 6 - 8)*

*Mermaid Dash starts and finishes at Tecolote Shores North, Look for the

purple tear drop flags next to the finish line.


5K : Map

10K : Map

Half : Map


Mermaid Dash will start and finish at Tecolote Shores
Time: 9:45 a.m. (Ages 9 - 12)
Time: 9:50 a.m. (Ages 6 - 8)
Entry Fee: $15* (online) Race Day: $20*

*Entry fee does NOT include a t-shirt. 

The Mermaid Dash is a great way to introduce girls and boys to running

and walking. Mermaid Dashers receive a medal, 

finisher necklace and post race food. Parents are encouraged

to let Mermaid Dashers run on their own, however a parent or

guardian is welcome to run alongside young or shy Mermaid Dashers.

Race Update #1

Race Update #2 - [PDF version of Race Update#2]


Before 8/1
5K: $39
10K: $49
Half: $69

5K: $60
10K: $70
Half: $90

8/1 - 10/31
5K: $44
10K: $54
Half: $74

11/1 - 12/31 
5K: $49
10K: $59
Half: $79

1/1 - 2/7 * online reg closes at 7pm
5K: $54
10K: $64
Half: $84

24 & Under Pricing

5K: $29

10K: $39

Half: $54

70 & Over Pricing
5K, 10K, Half: Free


Mermaid Dash (Ages 6 -12)
Online - $15
Race Day - $20

** Dash entry does NOT include a shirt

Virtual Run

Before 11/1 - $45
11/1 - 1/31 - $50

**YOU MUST register by 1/31. The virtual run option closes on 1/31


We are happy to issue you a credit toward a future Mermaid Series event. To receive a credit, please email us at info@mermaidseries.com a minimum of 10 days before the event date. We will email you back a confirmation along with the amount of your future race credit. Please keep the confirmation email for your records.


Our event credit and event cancellation policy is outlined on the event "Participant Waiver" which is agreed upon when you registered:

Mermaid Series (pdf) Wavier


The following credits will be issued: 

• Duathlon - Entry fee minus $10 processing fee
• Triathlons - Entry fee minus $10 processing fee
• Run - Entry fee minus $10 processing fee.


Does your work have a Corporate Wellness Program?
Companies, businesses and organizations can now participate in our Corporate Challenge! The Corporate Challenge is a great way to encourage fitness, team building and camaraderie within you business. Participating is EASY and businesses can sign up their employees or have their employees register individually. Businesses signing up 6 or more employees are eligible for a 10% Corporate Discount. To signup and register your business please email info@mermaidseries.com

How does it work?

The Corporate Challenge consists of two categories, the Wellness Excellence (WE) Award and the Fastest Industry Team (FIT) Award.


The Wellness Excellence (WE) Award is given to the business with the most points scored based on the number of employees who cross the finish line. Employees can register for ANY of the race distances at the race and the business with the MOST points wins the WE Award. Points are awarded as follows:

5K Finishers = 2 points

10K Finishers = 4 points

Half Marathon Finishers = 6 points

The Fastest Industry Team (FIT) Award is given to the business with the fastest combined time for their top 3 employees in the 5k. For example, the top 3 5k finish times for Corporation A are added up and ranked against the top 3 5k finish times for Corporation B. The Corporation with the fastest (lowest) combined time wins the FIT Award.

How do we know if our corporation, business or organization won?

After the event we will add up the points scored for your employees for the Wellness Excellence (WE) Awardand the top three 5k finish times for the Fittest Industry Team (FIT) Award. Winners of the WE and FIT awards will be notified after the event and your company will be announced as the winning company in our Post Race Update to all of our participants. This is a great way to highlight your company as a healthy and fun place to work!

Wednesday pre-race packet pickup :
Location: Title Nine - Carmel Valley
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mermaids receive a discount during packet pickup
You must have a photo i.d. in order to pick up your packet
(Packets will not be available prior to 10:00 a.m.)

Thursday pre-race packet pickup : 
Location: Title Nine - Carmel Valley
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Mermaids receive a discount during packet pickup
You must have a photo i.d. in order to pick up your packet
(Packets will not be available prior to 10:00 a.m.)


Friday pre-race packet pickup : 
Location: South Shores Parking Lot - Mission Bay
Time: 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
You must have a photo i.d. in order to pick up your packet
(Packets will not be available prior to 2:00 p.m.)


Saturday day-race packet pickup : 
Location: South Shores Parking Lot - Mission Bay
Time: 6:00 to 7:30 a.m.
You must have a photo i.d. in order to pick up your packet
**The mermaid dash bibs will be available at South Shores from 6:00-7:30 am and then at Tecolote Shores from 8:30 am until 9:45 am.


Event parking will be near the start line at the Rose Marie Starns / South Shores Parking Lot. Participants and spectators coming from I-5 should exit on Sea World Drive / Tecolote Road to get to South Shores Park. The lot is first come, first serve. Once the lot is full, you'll be directed to park at the Sunrunner Parking Lot or along Old SeaWorld Dr. Please make sure to park off the street and not over the white line.  All the parking lots can be accessed from Sea World Dr. Do NOT take the Clairemont Dr exit or the Balboa Ave/Garnet Ave exit off of Highway 5.


NOTE: The finish is located approximately 1 mile away at Tecolote Shores. After the event, walk along the paved path to return to the South Shores Parking Lot.

[Google Directions]
[parking map]


Host Hotel: San Diego Mission Bay Resort

The San Diego Mission Bay Resort is the BEST place to stay for Mermaids attending the run. It is located within walking distance of the start (10 - 15 mins) and finish (3 mins) line!! Book online or by calling the San Diego Mission Bay Resort. Mention the Mermaid Run (TMR220) to receive the discounted room rate. Book by Jan. 8th, 2020. Single and Double Occupancy Standard Room: $199.00 plus tax per night ($20 per additional occupant over two people). The Mermaid rate will waive the $32.00 resort fee and give you the option of 50% off daily parking!! Additional room options are also available at a discounted rate. 

Book online or directly by calling the San Diego Mission Bay Resort: 877-313-6645 

Best Western Mission Bay

The Best Western Mission Bay is offering a Mermaid special of $109+ tax and is a quick 5 min drive to the start line. Book by calling 619-275-5700 and mention the "Mermaid Run."​


Packet Pickup - Registration 

What do I need to bring to packet pick-up/registration?
Bring your PHOTO IDENTIFICATION (ID) or a copy of your ID in order to receive your packet. A valid driver’s license or a valid passport is best. Minors are not required to show a photo ID. 


Can I pick up my friend’s packet for them?
Yes! Bring a copy of their photo ID and we’ll give you their packet.  


Are we required to pick up our packets before race day?
No, but we strongly recommend that you do. This allows you to get ready for your race instead of waiting in a line on race day.


What time should we be there on race day?
Check-in opens at 6:00 a.m. We recommend you get there 60 minutes before your start time to park and get ready for the race. If you didn’t get your packet before race day, you may want to give yourself even more time.


How soon does one need to register for the event?
The earlier, the better. Mermaid events have sold out in the past. To guarantee your entry we recommend you sign up early. Plus, the prices increase as the event date gets closer.


If the event closes, will there be a waiting list?



If I cannot race, can I give someone else my race number?

No. Race entries are non-transferable.  


How do I know you received my entry?

You should have received an email confirmation from our registration system. If you can’t find it, you can email us at info@mermaidseries.com. We will verify your participation from our registration list.

Can I get a refund?

Unfortunately, there are no refunds. However, we do have an awesome cancelation policy. Email us at info@mermaidseries.com at least 10 days prior to the event and we’ll give you a credit toward a future race. The credit amount is your entry fee minus a $10 processing fee.




How many miles is 5K? 10K? Half Marathon?
The 5K is 3.1 miles, the 10K is 6.2 miles, and the Half Marathon is 13.1 miles.  


Is the course hilly?

The course is virtually flat. 

Is there is a time limit?

We do not have a time limit. We want to see all Mermaids cross the finish line.

Do you have aid stations? What kind of liquid/food is on the race course?

Yes, we have plenty of aid stations. Water, Ultima Replenisher electrolyte drink, and Luna bars are available at aid stations along the course.    


Can I run with a baby stroller?

Yes, you can run with a baby stroller. However, please start towards the back of the pack at the start line. 


Do you have prizes for winners?
Yes! We will have an awards ceremony at the expo. Awards are given to the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place overall winners for each distance and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners of each age group. You must be present at the awards ceremony to pick up your award.  Awards will not be mailed out.

What are the Age Groups?

Mermaid Age Groups are currently 9 & under, 10-12, 13-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, etc. up to 75+. Age groups from age 20 and over are separated by 5 year increments.  




I belong to a club or organization. Do you offer group discounts?
Yes! Have your club president or representative email us at info@mermaidseries.com to get the discount code.


How many do I need in my group to be eligible for a group discount code?
6 or more.



Are men allowed to compete in a Mermaid event?
Yes! Men can register and participate. However, since Mermaid is primarily a women’s event (about 97-98% of participants are women), men are not eligible for awards.

Do I have to wear my paper, race number?

Yes, you are required to run with your bib number. This is used for timing, identification, and race photos. 

I heard this event uses Chip Timing. What is Chip Timing?
Chip timing allows us to record your time using a computer and gives the most accurate results. Your timing chip is attached to your bib.


2020 - Results

​2019 - Results
2018 - Results
2017 - Results
2016 - Results

2015 - Results

2014 - Results

2013 - Results


Half Marathon - Age Group |  Overall 
10K - Age Group | Overall  
5K - Age Group | Overall


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10K - Age Group | Overall
5K - Age Group | Overall


10K - Age Group | Overall | Searchable
5K - Age Group | Overall | Searchable

Mermaid returns to San Diego's Mission Bay for a scenic women's 5k, 10k, and half marathon. The flat and fast course features beautiful Bay views on mostly closed roads. The Mermaid is ideal for both runners and walkers. Come out and experience the joy of crossing the finish line! Can't make it to the race but you still want to join in the fun? Sign up for our Virtual Mermaid run and run with us from your home town!   


Photos will be available approximately one to two weeks following the event.


2020 Photos

2019 photos
2018 photos 
Password: T9MERMAID2018

2017 photos

2016 photos

2015 photos

2014 photos

2013 photos

2012 photos

Event photography by: Facchino Photography specializes in off-road event photography. Capturing athletes in their moment and allowing them flexibility in viewing and ordering convenience.