What started in 2003 as a toy drive to celebrate the relocation of the world’s largest Santa Claus from Carpinteria to Oxnard has grown into a robust running event, toy drive, community fundraiser, and holiday season celebration. The Half Marathon and Two-Person Relay starts at the legendary Santa Claus statue, located along the 101 freeway in Nyeland Acres, near Oxnard. The runners follow a flat and fast, USATF certified course, along the fragrant strawberry fields, through Downtown Oxnard and the Henry T. Oxnard Historic District decorated for the holidays, to the beach, and finish at Channel Islands Harbor.
Two-person Half Marathon Relay
1K Kids Fun Run
Finish Line Festival & Expo
Holiday Toy Drive
The Santa to the Sea Scholarship Program partners with the Oxnard College Foundation to award $500 scholarships to local high school students and adults continuing their education at Oxnard College. Funded by allocating money from race entry fees to the program, plus a generous donation from the Gene Haas Foundation, Santa to the Sea awarded 80 scholarships in 2016 – a total of $40,000 – helping students realize their dreams of a college education.
The Santa to the Sea Toy Drive collects thousands of toys for needy children in the area, with distribution at Santa Claus Park on the Saturday after the race.
The Santa to the Sea Charity Challenge provides a fun and healthy way for local charities to raise money for their causes. We’ve helped local charities raise a total of $65,000 in the past few years … FOODShare, Boys & Girls Club of Oxnard & Port Hueneme, United Way of Ventura County and others.
The Santa to the Sea Finish Line Festival & Vendor Expo at Channel Islands Harbor is where it all comes together for thousands of race participants, spectators, supporters and community members. Crowds congregate early to visit vendors and get in position to cheer the runners, beginning with the 5K and 1K finishers, followed by the half marathoners from around 9:00 am to noon.
Sponsors can connect to nearly 10,000 people on race day, including an anticipated 4,000 runners for 2017 and another 6,000 spectators and participants at the Finish Line Festival. Runners are well known in marketing circles for their outstanding demographic profiles!
Consumers in and around Ventura and Los Angeles counties learn about Santa to the Sea through a comprehensive marketing campaign across print, online, and social media platforms. Monthly e-newsletters reach more than 10,000 race and event enthusiasts and more than 3,000 followers keep informed on the Santa to the Sea Facebook page.
Our cost-effective sponsorship program provides local businesses and regional/national companies with the opportunity to enhance their image, promote their goods and services, build customer relationships, and help Santa to the Sea realize its scholarship, toy drive, and fundraising goals.
To learn more about Santa to the Sea sponsorship contact us at: Info@SantaToTheSea.com