Get a Move on and Enjoy a Weekend Full of Fun and Adventure!
Oxnard, CA – Combine your athletic pursuits with a seaside weekend getaway during the 7th Annual Santa to the Sea Half Marathon, 2-person relay race, 5K run and 1k kids fun run taking place Sunday, December 14. Before lacing up those shoes, venture to the destination playground of Oxnard and enjoy a full weekend of fun for the entire family. Oxnard is known for its clean & uncrowded beaches and makes a perfect prelude to the ‘Santa to the Sea’ Half Marathon. Santa to the Sea offers families not only with a weekend of fun, but also an opportunity to give back to those in need, just in time for the holiday season. The nonprofit event helps collect toys for underprivileged children throughout Ventura County while raising scholarship money for students at Oxnard College. The marathon gets underway at the giant Santa located along the Interstate Highway 101 (2801 Ventura Boulevard) and continues through the strawberry fields of Oxnard before heading to historic downtown Oxnard and ending at Marine Emporium Landing in picturesque Channel Islands Harbor. There, visitors can enjoy the Finish Line Festival filled with a full day of activities including beer & wine garden, kids play area, a Santa’s Village, costume contests, food booths and live entertainment. While in Oxnard, visitors can experience the seaside destination filled with diverse museums such as the Channel Islands Maritime Museum, Mullin Auto Museum, Carnegie Art Museum, Heritage Square and many more. Its culinary scene offers visitors a vast choice of international tastes ranging from fresh seafood to Mediterranean to Kosher to Brazilian fare. Visitors can also opt to follow the Ventura County Wine Trail and experience a wide variety of wine tasting rooms throughout the region. Oxnard has a number of hotel accommodations to suit every preference and budget, from smaller to mid-size hotels, to a full-service resort on the water. For more information, or to register for Santa to the Sea, visit www.santatothesea.com or call race organizer, Mike Barber at 805-485-7233. For visitor information, contact the Oxnard Convention & Visitors Bureau at 1-800-2-OXNARD or visit the website at www.visitoxnard.com. About Santa to the Sea Santa to the Sea is a nonprofit event born out of a desire to give back to the community. What started in 2003 as a toy drive to celebrate the relocation of the world’s largest Santa Claus from Carpentaria to Oxnard, has grown into a robust running event, toy drive, and community fundraiser. Santa to the Sea includes a sanctioned half marathon and a 2-person half marathon relay, plus a 5K run and 1K kids fun run. The Santa to the Sea Scholarship Fund partners with the Oxnard College Foundation to award $500 scholarships to local high school students and adults continuing their education at Oxnard College. All events are USA Track & Field certified and chip timed by Gemini. A computer chip is placed on the shoe of every runner. When the runner crosses the finish line, two electronic mats send a signal to the computer, which records the runner’s time to one-thousandth of a second.