Marathon

The Surfer’s Path Marathon consists of a 26.2 mile run along the coast of Santa Cruz County. The event starts at the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and travels east along the bluffs to the City of Capitola. Following a loop through Capitola Village, runners
will retrace their steps back along the coastline, continue past the Boardwalk and onto the West Cliff path. The course travels to historic Wilder Ranch State Park where runners complete a picturesque bluff trail loop before their return to West Cliff and the finish near the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf on Cowell’s Beach.

Start Time

The race begins promptly at 7:00 am. The marathon, half marathon and relay events begin together.

Course Management

The course is managed at a 6 hour time limit. Runners must maintain a 13:45 minute per mile pace as the course is picked up on a mile by mile rolling basis.

If you are unable to run within the allotted time, you will be asked to move onto the sidewalk. Once you are on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws deemed by the City of Santa Cruz, County of Santa Cruz and City of Capitola. The course will be re-opened to traffic and aid stations may be closed.

Course Map (course subject to change)

Full screen and 3d fly over course map, including mile markers and elevation.

Marathon/Half Marathon Map

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles. Sport drinks, fruit and gel will available at strategic course locations.

Approximate Aid Station Locations and product:
Mile 1.5: Water & Electrolyte
Mile 3.8: Water & Electrolyte
Mile 5.5: Water & Gel
Mile 7.3: Water & Gel
Mile 8.7: Water & Electrolyte
Mile 11.6: Water & Electrolyte
Mile 13.3: Water & Electrolyte
Mile 14.8: Water & Bananas
Mile 16.5: Water & Gel
Mile 18.8: Water & Electrolyte
Mile: 21.5: Water & Electrolyte
Mile 22.8: Water & Gel
Mile 24.4: Water & Bananas
Mile 26: Water & Clif Shot Electrolyte
Mile 26.2: Finish Line Food & Beverages

Restrooms

There will be restrooms at the start, at each aid station, the turn around in Capitola Village, the turn around in Wilder Ranch State Park and at the finish line.

Weather

Late May in Santa Cruz County is typically beautiful. Average temperature range in the 50‘s to 60‘s with little chance of rain.

Medals & Awards

Each marathon finisher will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal at the Finish Line.

Awards will be provided to the top three finishers in the following age groups:

  • 19 and Under
  • 20-29
  • 30-39
  • 40-49
  • 50-59
  • 60-69
  • 70+