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Santa Cruz, CA

Register Here for 5k and 1ok santa cruz presented by dignity Health Dominican hospital.

Looking ahead to 2019,’s 9th annual year in santa cruz will be on saturday, march 23rd 2019.

Registration is now open!

Stay tuned to our Facebook and Instagram to get updates regarding registration and also daily inspiration;)


2018 Race Photos Available HERE!

Our Santa Cruz race course runs along the coast and finishes oceanside with a post race festival on Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz, CA.




Team Walnut Avenue; Our Local Charity Partner

We have been working with Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center (Walnut Avenue) since day 1. We are proud to bring awareness to women and family health through this organization.

Walnut Avenue is a 501 (c) 3 public benefit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for women, children, and families in Santa Cruz County for over 80 years. Strengths-based, supportive programs in childcare, youth development, parenting, domestic violence awareness & prevention, and advocacy are our primary focus. Many of the families participating in Walnut Avenue programs are from under-served populations due to poverty, early pregnancy, homelessness and/or domestic violence. Walnut Avenue seeks to improve the economic, physical, and emotional well-being of all the families we serve. is well on our way to donate a total of over $100,000 to Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center by our 10th Annual year (2020).


If you would like to additionally fundraise for Walnut Avenue through, please choose to be on “Walnut Avenue Family and Women’s Center Team” when registering for Santa Cruz. If you have already registered for the race but would like to be added to this team, please email and we can assist you!

TEAM WALNUT AVENUE: Thank you so much for choosing to be on the Walnut Avenue She is Beautiful Team. Walnut Avenue Family & Women’s Center is a Santa Cruz non-profit organization that provides support and services so that women, children, and families will have the opportunities and skills to thrive. Walnut has been the Santa Cruz beneficiary since the very first race 9 years ago! She is Beautiful, in addition to being a race, is a fundraiser, and you are joining an elite group of Walnut Avenue supporters who are committed to requesting sponsors for their run in exchange for donations. You will walk and/or run in solidarity with the Executive Director of the organization as well as Board members, staff and program participants. Every dollar you raise (outside of your registration fees) goes directly to support Walnut Avenue programs and services. The individual fundraising goals are absolutely manageable; a staff member from WAFWC will contact you directly to encourage and support you on your journey to 5k, 10k or the stroller route. Happy running!! #Peace Begins At Home
All team members that raise $100 or more for Walnut Avenue will receive a special Walnut Avenue support tank top.

Course Maps

Both the 5k and 10k races start together. The starting line is located at Bay Street and Centennial St. in Santa Cruz. As demonstrated below, they follow the same course until a little after 2 miles on Fair Avenue when the 5k participants go left on West Cliff Drive towards the finish line and the 10k participants go right towards Natural Bridges.

The 5k and the 10k have the same finish line located about 100 yards from the post race festival that takes place on the lawn in front of the Santa Cruz Surfing Museum.

Residents along course can find all Road Closures Here: She Is Beautiful Road Closures

Both the courses and the post race festival have gorgeous views of the Santa Cruz coastline.


Bib Pick Ups AND Bib Shipping Info

Bib Pick up Options

NEW! San Jose Bib Pick up option:

Saturday, March 9th, 2019 1pm-4pm

Hapa Brewing Company

460 Lincoln Ave #90, San Jose, CA 95126


Thursday, March 21st, 2019 12pm-7pm

Whole Foods Market Capitola

1710 41st Avenue, Capitola,CA 95010


Friday, March 22nd, 2019 12pm-6:00pm

Fleet Feet Aptos 7960 Soquel Dr suite i, Aptos, CA 95003

***** 5pm-6pm OPTIONAL Self Defense Class by Haven Defense

Race Day Timeline!

Shuttles will be running from 6:30am-8am from the Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk parking lot to the startling line. We recommend getting to the starting area by 7:45am!

Starting Line address: Bay Street and Centennial St., Santa Cruz,CA

8:15AM- Warm up with Jenny Schatzle

8:30AM- Race Start (both 5k and 10k)

Our Post-Race Festival takes place as soon as your finish! When you cross the finish line you will get your water, collect your awesome race shirt, and have fun in our Post-Race Festival.


Post- Race Festival is open for spectators at 8AM. The Post-Race Festival is full of amazing local vendors, yummy samples, and fun activities.The Post-Race Festival is located at the Lighthouse on West Cliff Drive- 701 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz



We are excited to bring some heat to the finish line this year. Save some energy for the last half mile of your race as you enter the HOKA ONE ONE Half Mile. The last 1/2 mile of both the 5k and 10k courses will be timed separately from your total race time. The women to run the fastest last half mile of the 5k and 10k will win a pair of HOKA ONE ONE shoes and $200 cash. * Please note the women also must be in the top 50 finishers ( so no, you can’t just walk the race and sprint the last 1/2 miles).

The Half Mile starts around the corner of Woodrow and West Cliff Drive and finishes about 100 yards from Lighthouse.

Get ready to finish strong and let her FLY!



Dignity Health Spectator Guide

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital sponsor

Dignity Health Dominican Hospital,’s official presenting sponsor, is bringing you and your fans a great place to spectate at the Finish Line!

Join in on the fun! We invite all spectators to come over to the DH Cheer Station near the Finish Line and make a cheer sign for their family and friends.

Cheer Signs and markers provided by Dignity Health Dominican Hospital.


We recommend your spectators getting to the DH Cheer Station at 8am. The Cheer Station is located near the finish line on West Cliff Drive (see map below).

Race Morning- Where to park? Shuttles? Where's the Start Line?

Parking and Shuttles

The Santa Cruz Boardwalk is offering 50% off parking for their main parking lot ( you must get parking coupon at packet pick ups or at the race in order to get the discount). We offer shuttle busses from this lot (see map below) to the start line. If you would like to jog or walk to get a warm up in, it’s about a mile from this parking lot to the start line from this lot.


If you choose to take the shuttles, they will be running from 6:30am-8am. We advise you to be in line for the shuttles by 7am to make sure you get to the start line with plenty of time.


There is a shuttle pick up after the race back to the main Boardwalk parking lot at Pelton Avenue and National (see map below). The shuttles run from 9:30am-11:30am after the race. You could also walk or jog back to you car. It’s about 1.25 miles from the finish festival back to the Main Lot.

Other parking is available around the area, but please be aware of our no parking and street closure signs along the course, as we would not want you to get your car towed.

         Parking and Shuttle Pick up before the race Start Line is on Bay Street near National St. Be sure to get to the starting area by 8am. Porto Potties will be available in starting area. See map below:


Q: Can I pick up my friends bib at Bib Pick-Up?

A: Yes!

Q: Where do I pick up my bib?

A: Click here.

Q: Where do I go if I want to take the complimentary shuttle race morning?

A: Click here.

Q: What if I want my sweatshirt for before the race but don’t want to run or walk with it?

A: This year we are offering “Bag Check” through Mobile Locker. Find all the information you need regarding checking your stuff in a safe space here.

Q: Where do I pin my race bib?

A: Use safety pins at all 4 corners and pin it to the front of your body, preferably your stomach.

Q: What if I signed up for the 10k but want to do the 5k?

A: You can switch your distance at bib pick up at our Info tent!

Race Location was founded in Santa Cruz, CA seven years ago and we feel so lucky to run along it’s beautiful coast each year. The race course runs along the coastline and finishes at Lighthouse Point. Our finish festival is where you get your super cute womens cut race shirt and can visit with our 25+ vendors. Photo booths, ocean side yoga, food trucks and more!

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Race Photos and Results

We are proud to offer complimentary race photos for our participants.

Your race photos are available HERE

HERE after the race!

Upcoming Community Meet-Ups

We LOVE community! We’ll be hosting a series of meet-ups leading up to the Santa Cruz race day.  All levels are welcome and encouraged to walk, jog, run or stroller push – do your thing!  At each meet-up we have routes for 2-6 miles but you can go as far or as short as you’d like. Mark your calendars and we can’t wait to see you!

  • Saturday, October 27th, 2018 – 8 a.m. Fleet Feet Sports Aptos *Free gift for the first 50 people
  • Saturday, December 1st, 2018 – 8 a.m. Fleet Feet Sports Aptos
  • Saturday, January 19th, 2019 – 8 a.m. Fleet Feet Sports Aptos
  • Saturday, February 23rd, 2019 – 8 a.m. Location TBD

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