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Surfer's Path 10k/5k

The Surfer’s Path event offers both a 10k and 5k race, providing participants with an opportunity to engage in a scenic run or walk along the captivating coastline. The starting point is located on 41st Ave, at the gateway to Pleasure Point  where surf shops, restaurants, and the coastal ambiance converge, epitomizing the renowned surf culture of the region. The course leads participants onto the picturesque East Cliff Drive, offering breathtaking views of the expansive Monterey Bay. Journeying along this scenic route, participants will encounter the iconic Harbor Lighthouse before reaching the turnaround point at Twin Lakes Beach. Following the turnaround, the route takes participants back, allowing them to relish the coastal beauty while passing by famed surf breaks and sandy beaches. The culmination of the race is a triumphant finish in the heart of Capitola Village, adding a touch of charm to the overall experience. The event caters to both 10k enthusiasts and those opting for a 5k, ensuring that all participants can partake in the vibrant atmosphere and natural beauty of this coastal adventure.


Sunday, February 23, 2025.




Registration includes access to an amazing coastal course, chip timing and bib, custom finishers medallion, commemorative event shirt, course management and support and post event refreshments. Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. If for any reason the event can not take place in-person it will be produced virtually. If you can not participate in the 2025 event, please write to us following the event and your event shirt will be mailed to you. Medals are for finishers only.

Race Day Registration

Registration will be available near the start line race morning beginning at 7:00am.

Bib Pick-Up

Friday, February 21
4pm - 7pm 

Sports Basement Campbell

1875 S. Bascom Ave. Suite 240

Campbell, CA 95008

Saturday, February 22
10am - 4pm

REI - Santa Cruz

1662 Commercial Way​

Santa Cruz, CA 95065

Race Day Bib Pick-Up

Those unable to attend packet pick-up on Friday or Saturday, may pick up their bib race morning for $10.



Start Location

The Start Line is located on 41st Ave near the intersection of Portola Drive at 816 41st Ave Santa Cruz 95062.

Start Times

8:00am: 10k
8:10am: 5k

Finish Line

The Finish Line is located at the corner of Esplanade and San Jose Ave, at 203 Esplanade in Capitola Village.

Race Day Parking

The Surfer's Path 10k/5k courses are designed to maximize coastal views and offer optimal turn around locations. To accomplish this, the start and finish areas are set in two locations, less than a mile apart. We recommend parking mid-way between the start and finish and enjoy a short pre-event warm up and post event warm down. There is plenty of free, on-street parking between the start and finish areas.

If you are planning to be dropped off near the start line, drivers can continue to Capitola Village parking lots above Capitola Village and the finish area. Access to Beach and Village Parking Lots 1 & 2 (Upper and Lower) is on Capitola Ave, Bay Avenue and Monterey Avenue. Parking costs for these lots is $0.50 an hour for up to 12 hours.

There is NO PARKING in business lots located along 41st Ave between Melton Street and Court Drive, and on Portola Drive, between 36th Ave and Adriene Way. Vehicles will be subject to posted parking restrictions at these locations.

Course Management


The course is managed at a 20 minute per mile pace. If you are passed by the event crew, you will be asked to move onto the sidewalk. Once you are on the sidewalk, you must follow all traffic laws deemed by the County of Santa Cruz.

10k Course Map (course subject to change)
Course map, including mile markers and elevation. 


5k Course Map (course subject to change)

Course map, including mile markers and elevation. 


Aid Stations


There are three course water stations located at approximately miles 1.7, 3.5 and 4.3.



Restrooms are available at the start, miles 1, 1.7, 3.5, 5 and at the finish line.

Sweat Check


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

Finish Area


Post race activities take place in Capitola Village near the beach. Participants pick up their event shirts, receive post race food and enjoy the finish line celebration!


Medals & Awards


Each finisher will receive a commemorative finisher’s medal at the finish line.

Awards will be provided to the top three over-all male and female finishers.



2024 Results (click here)




Check back here for event day race photos!

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