Downloadable version:
2013 Race Instructions (pdf)


BIB NUMBER: While you already have your race number pinned securely to your chest (BECAUSE IT WAS MANDATORY THAT YOU PICK IT UP ON FRIDAY OR SATURDAY OR YOU HAD IT MAILED TO YOU)…you should totally still get there early.

PARKING: (click here for a map): The lots around HP Pavilion will be charging $5 on race day. We suppose everyone is trying to make a buck and we don’t see a dime of that parking money. We do apologize for this unforeseen extra cost and encourage you to take public transportation, get dropped off, or beat the system and park on the streets. You can also ride your bike and our friend Steven will watch it for you. The last option is to check out these driving directions to open lots:

Access to Parking from the South:

‐        HP Pavilion Lots: If arriving before 7:30am you will be able to access the pavilion lots from the south via Autumn St., left on W. Santa Clara St. and right into main lots


‐        Before or after 7:30am you can utilize the lots on Delmas St. off of San Fernando


‐        Take the Julian St. exit off of 87. (W. Santa Clara St. exit will force you to turn right).  At Julian, an SJPD officer will be there to quickly get you through the light off the freeway, you’ll make a left onto Julian and a left onto N. Montgomery where you will enter the HP Pavilion lot from the north entrance.

Access to Parking from the North:

‐           Take the Julian St. exit off of 87. Make a right on Julian, a left on N. Montgomery and head right into the HP Pavilion lot from the north entrance.

RUNNER DROP OFF: We have created a runner drop-off curb at the corner of St. John & Autumn St.  You can get dropped off and your mom can beat you to Santana Row for the dramatic finish and maybe a little breakfast.

UPS SWEAT CHECK: The fine folks in brown will again be at the starting line to accept your sweats, gear, and unmentionables. Ensure you have time to check your goods, so show up early and look for the beautiful line of UPS trucks lined up BEHIND the starting line, under the 87 Freeway.  This is a new location from 2012.

Then guess what?  They drive it straight to the finish festival at Santana Row.  Then guess what?  You pick it up or we get a new sweat suit.  Thanks UPS for making our lives easier.

START: The race starts at 8am (sharp! – remember to set your clocks forward Saturday night) at the corner of Santa Clara St & Autumn St next to the HP Pavilion in Downtown San Jose. If you don’t know where this is then just google it. You’re likely from the greater Silicon Valley area and you should know all about the google.  It’s a really cool website.

Follow parking instructions; drop off your sweats, use one of the 40 portos, and put yourself into the proper runner corral.  More on that……below.

START LINE CORRALS: Due to the increased size of the 408k, we will be breaking the start into three corrals based on the times given at registration.

8:00am CORRAL A:  Bib Numbers 1-1250 (Your numbers will be black and you’ll have a black “A” in the bottom left hand corner.  You guessed it “A” stands for Corral A.

8:05am CORRAL B: Bib Numbers 2000-4250 (Your numbers will be in Teal and you’ll have a teal “B” in the left hand corner.  Yah.

8:10am CORRAL C: Bib Numbers 5000-7250 (Your numbers will be in Orange and you’ll have an orange “C”…in the right hand corner.  Just kidding it will be in the left hand corner like everyone else.  Gotcha.

Enjoy the Corral that you have been assigned to because you might meet your soul mate.

COURSE TIME LIMIT: While all levels of runners and walkers are welcome at the 408k they will need to maintain an 18 min mile pace to make the cutoff. At 9:40am Stevens Creek Blvd will be re-opened. Runners & walkers will be asked to use the sidewalk, abide by traffic laws, and continue to the finish line which will be open until 9:55am.

FINISH: The finish line is at Santana Row (we’ve mentioned that multiple times because we view as a bit of a selling point. It’s near Stevens Creek Blvd…again try the google).

POST-RACE: “I survived the 3nd Annual 408k, what did I win?” At the completion of your race, all San Jose 408kers will receive a Finisher Medal & Finisher Shirt… and trust us, don’t pack a lunch.  We’ll have sponsors & vendors to fill you up in our Finisher’s Festival.  Plus, we’ve heard there’s a rumor going around that Santana Row has a few tasty restaurants onsite. This year we’re pleading with restaurant managers to open early for you.

BUSING: You’re probably wondering, “if it starts downtown and ends at Santana Row then how do I get home?” First off, nice work detective. Now, three options:

(1) Get dropped off at the start and tell your mom to meet you at the Row.

(2) Cool down and run back.

(3) Party at Santana Row and take the free shuttles buses back to the pavilion (they’ll drop you right in front of the arena). Our Official Transportation Provider, Royal Coach Tours, will be ready to roll after the race.


Your bib is your ticket back onto the bus. Buses will start running at about 9:30am across the street from Santana Row near Winchester Mystery House and the theatres.  Buses will run when they’re full, but don’t feel like you need to rush out. Get brunch, hit up an after party, or buy some $700 shoes.

And lastly have some fun.


The 408kommittee