The 4th annual Murrieta Avocado half and 5k May 5th 2018


Participants of the 4th Annual Murrieta Avocado Half Marathon,

We have some important updates regarding the upcoming 4th Annual Murrieta Avocado Half Marathon and 5k. The event date set for February 24th, 2018 will be delayed until May 5th,  2018. The reason for the date change is because of new permit requests and implementing a stamped and signed traffic control plan for our race. This was not asked of us in 2017 by the city of Murrieta and is something new that they are now requiring all events that impact multiple streets with road closures. This unfortunately ads a very large dollar amount that was not budgeted for this race in 2018.  It was not required when we started promoting the date for 2018 back in March of 2017. The city and the event feel best to delay the event a couple months so we can work with our sponsors in making sure that we have enough time to comply and complete a traffic control plan to receive our special events permit.

Here is the statement from the City of Murrieta in regards to the date change

“As safety is priority number one for the City of Murrieta, we recognize the inconvenience of delaying the Avocado 5K & Half Marathon.  However, we believe all runners will find Murrieta to be a fabulous place to race (and train), with its scenic beauty and mild terrain. The city has a 20+ mile network of trails for walkers, runners, bikers, and others to enjoy, as well as over 1,350 acres of trails, open space and 50 parks.  So we hope you will enjoy coming to Murrieta…not just for this year’s event, but for all future Avocado 5K & Half Marathon races!”

-Laura Frasso, Murrieta’s Special Event Coordinator

We want to make sure that you understand that this is not a canceled race.  It is just a date change.  We must follow the rules and guidelines and do what is asked of us to ensure we receive all special event permits in 2018 to put this race on.

We have 160 people who will still receive the smart watch and these will still be handed out at packet pick on Friday, May 4th 2018. If you cannot make it to packet pick up or race day, someone can pick it up for you as long as they can show your registration confirmation and a photo copy ID. If you are not able to run on the new date because of other plans, please email us at and we can defer you to the 2019 5th Annual Murrieta Avocado Half Marathon. The other option is to sell your bib for the Saturday May 5th 2018 date and we will transfer it for free.

Do it yourself: Here is a help article that shows how you can transfer your registration through the our registration platform system.

We will have many exciting updates regarding the May event on our website and social media pages coming out this next week that you don’t want to miss. The price for both the half and 5k are the same as they have been since January 1st.  There will be some course changes to comply with some new construction along the half marathon course route.  The course will be almost the same as last year with some minor alterations making the course even faster with an easier finish.

We thank you for your understanding and we will see you Saturday May 5th 2018.

Sincerely, The Avocado Half Marathon Staff

2018 will be by far our biggest year ever. Everyone loved the new course, the City of Murrieta has fully supported this race and we will be announcing our presenting sponsor very soon. We will be adding in a kid's zone and going back to (Age division) awards and live music. We have great things planned for you. Space as always is limited so register now. 


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