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Santa Cruz, CA

We already can’t wait until our 2018 race on Saturday March 17th, 2018

(yes, this just happens to be st. PATRICK day too).


Registration opens at 7:00AM PST on Wednesday, October 25th 2017.



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





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.

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





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!



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 7am-8am. We advise you to be in line for the shuttles at 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:

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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