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. Since then it’s grown into a robust running event, toy drive, and community fundraiser. Santa to the Sea includes a sanctioned Half Marathon and a 2-Person Relay, plus a 5K run, 1K Kids Fun Run and more.

Giving back to the community

The Santa to the Sea Scholarship Fund partners with the Oxnard College Foundation and the GeneHaas 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. A computer chip is placed on the bib 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.

Held in beautiful Oxnard, California

The Santa to the Sea Half Marathon and 5k, is based in the coastal community of Oxnard, CA., about 40 minutes north of Los Angeles. The Half Marathon and 2 Person Relay starts at the legendary Santa Claus statue, located along the 101 freeway in Nyeland Acres, just outside of Oxnard. The runners follow a flat and fast, USATF certified course, running along the fragrant strawberry fields, through the areas of historic Oxnard decorated for the Holidays, to the beach, and finishing at Channel Islands Harbor and our EXPO Village.

Our certified looped 5k course, perfect for both experienced runners and those new to the sport, starts and finishes at the Marine Emporium Landing EXPO Village in the Channel Islands Harbor. Since 2012, we have included a supervised 1K Kid’s Run to the annual event. The Kid’s Run takes place in the EXPO Village, and allows the kids to safely finish, on the race course, and in the Finish Chute.