We are so lucky so have such a beautiful backdrop with the Monterey Bay on one side and the Santa Cruz Mountains on the other, it almost makes anyone want to become a runner! Many of our guests visit Capitola because they are signed up for a race and would like to enjoy a weekend getaway to the beach. Sound like a good idea to you? Check out the following races and after you register for one (or more) of them, book  your stay with Beach House Rentals! *These races typically happen every year, so be sure to check the following websites to register for a race!

Surfer's Path 10k/ 5k

Late February – Surfer’s Path 10k/5k: Beginning at 8am, participants are treated to beachfront and bluff views of the Monterey Bay along the majestic Santa Cruz County coastline. You travel the Surfer’s Path, passing many of the world’s most famous surf breaks. There is plenty of surf music and celebration at the finish area located in the heart of Capitola Village. Grab some friends and take part in this event and make memories in this picture postcard setting. Surfs Up!

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Santa Cruz Half Marathon


Spring (Early March) – Santa Cruz Half Marathon/10k/5kCap off your training journey with thousands of other passionate runners as you complete your 13.1-mile journey along scenic West Cliff Drive, through Wilder Ranch, all backed by breathtaking vistas of the Pacific ocean.

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She is Beautiful Run


Spring (March) – she.is.beautiful 10k/5k – Your race registration includes a beautiful coastal race course lined with over 50 inspirational signs, a women’s cut technical finisher’s shirt, custom goody bag and access to our epic post race festival. This race’s feel good, positive energy is unlike any other.

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Santa Cruz FireCracker


July 4th – Santa Cruz Firecracker 10k/5k/Kids1kHosted by the Santa Cruz Sunrise Rotary Club, all proceeds for the race are applied to local community, national and international charity projects. Enjoy a pancake breakfast after the race, too!

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Santa Cruz Wharf to Wharf 4th Sunday in July – Wharf to Wharf 10k – “The Best Little Road Race in California!” – Each year, on the fourth Sunday in July, 16,000 runners from across America and around the globe return to Santa Cruz, California for the annual 6 mile race to Capitola-by-the-Sea. The event is the biggest summer event of its kind on the West Coast and a boon to local business, annually infusing more than 8 million dollars into the Santa Cruz County economy.  Wharf to Wharf Race, Inc., has contributed more than 5 million dollars to Santa Cruz County back to Santa Cruz County in the 45 year history.

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Mermaid Series


Early October – Mermaid Triathlon Tri/Duathlon – The T9 Mermaid Tri & Du Capitola is one of the best all women triathlons on the West Coast. Capitola offers an ocean swim around the wharf, views of the Pacific Ocean, fun bike course featuring a gradual climb into the coastal redwoods, followed by a run on the ocean bluff overlooking Capitola Village.

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