Hotel & Travel Information

The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon has partnered with Berkeley hotel and transportation authorities to help runners plan an outstanding race weekend, stress-free, whether they’re traveling across the city or across the globe.

Race Start Times and Locations

Runners are encouraged to review their race start information below and then plan transportation to make sure they get there on time. Visit our Race Weekend Overview page or individual distance pages for more information on waves and our races.

Our Partner Hotel

shattuckWe partnered with Hotel Shattuck Plaza Berkeley to make race weekend planning stress free and offer an exclusive race weekend rate. Get these perks when you book your race weekend stay with Hotel Shattuck, too: late checkout on race day and complementary fitness passes to nearby YMCA gym. Hotel Shattuck Plaza Berkeley is located at 2086 Allston Way, Berkeley, CA 94704

For a special rate, click “Online Reservations” or mention Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon when you call 1-510-845-7300.

Race Morning BART Busing

BART doesn’t run early enough to get runners to the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon Main Start Line on time, but don’t fret! The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon offers early morning bus service from five Bay Area BART stations, so runners can forget the hassle of driving and focus on the race.

Buses transport runners from the following BART stations to our Start Line at the following times on Race Morning: Walnut Creek at 6:15 am; Fremont at 5:55 am; El Cerrito Plaza at 6:40 am; MacArthur at 6:40 am; and Civic Center at 6:10 am (Buses pick up on Grove at Market St.).

Free parking is available at each location. 10K runners may take the BART Buses to the Main Start Line and then take our free runner shuttles to the 10K Start Line. BART will be running normally after the race, so you may buy a BART ticket after the race, hop on, and head home. The BART Bus ticket does not include return BART ticket fare.

You must reserve your spot in advance. On race morning, you will not need a ticket to board the BART bus because your name will be on the list for bus loading.

BART Bus Tickets Coming Soon

Reserve Parking with SpotHero

Reserve your parking in advance and get to the Start Line on time, stress free!

We have partnered with SpotHero, the nation’s leading parking reservation app, to make it easy for our runners and spectators to book convenient and affordable parking for race weekend and beyond. To reserve your guaranteed parking spot for the race, use the map to search or visit the Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon’s SpotHero Parking Page and book a spot with rates up to 50% off drive-up. Parking information for 2018 coming soon.

Race Morning Runner Shuttles for 10K Runners

10K Runners are invited to take our complimentary runner shuttles from the Main Start Line to their 10k Start Line. Shuttles will depart from Martin Luther King Jr. Way at Center St. between 7:30 am to 8:15 am. Shuttles are free and for runners only, and runners only need to show their bib to get on.

Race Day Bike Valet

The Biofreeze Berkeley Half Marathon encourages locals to bike to the Start Line on Race Day and enjoy our complimentary bike valet service located at Allston Way at Martin Luther King Jr. Way. The Bike Valet will be open from 6:30 am – 1:00 pm. Bikes that remain in the bike valet after 1:00 pm will be transported to the vendor’s office at the owner’s expense.

Public Transportation

All public transit systems will be running as regularly scheduled on Race Day. We encourage all runners to drive or carpool, have a friend or family member drop them off, or taxi or ride-share in to make it to the start on time. Expand the tabs below to learn more about your public transportation options.