Run Surfer's Path



Run Surfer's Path


The Capitola Half Marathon consists of a 13.1 mile run from Santa Cruz to Capitola and back. The event starts at the legendary Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk and travels east along the coast. The route takes runners past the Santa Cruz Harbor, Moran Lake and Pleasure Point as it makes it’s way 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 make a left turn after the Santa Cruz Municipal Wharf to the finish on Cowell’s Beach.

Start Time

The race begins promptly at 7:00 am. The half marathon, 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.

Aid Stations

Aid stations will be located approximately every two miles. Sport drinks and gel will be 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 13.1: Finish Line Food & beverages


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

Sweat Check

There will be a sweat check area near the Start/Finish line courtesy of Kennolyn Camps. Kennolyn_logo


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 half 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+