Santa Cruz Half Marathon

The Santa Cruz Half Marathon consists of a 13.1-mile run/walk along scenic West Cliff Drive past breathtaking vistas of the Pacific coastline. Runners then pass through the surrounding neighborhoods and make their way west along a paved path through strawberry fields, past historic farm buildings to Wilder Ranch Sate Park. From there, it’s a loop on the Old Cove Landing Trail (unpaved) with incredible views of the rugged ocean bluffs. Runners then retrace their steps back to the finish line festivities on Cowell’s Beach just a stone’s throw from the start line.

Start Time


Click here for a USATF course map with Elevation

Turn-By-Turn Course Description
  • Start at Beach and Main Streets – 0
  • Up Beach Street Hill to West Cliff Drive – .2 miles
  • West Cliff Drive – .2 to 2.8 miles
  • Right turn on Swanton Blvd. – 2.8 miles
  • Left turn on Delaware Ave. – 3.2 miles
  • Right turn on Natural Bridges – 3.3 miles
  • Left turn on Mission Extension – 3.7 miles
  • Enter paved trail – 3.9 miles
  • Left turn through historic farmhouse – 5.1 miles
  • Right turn on Wilder Ranch main road – 5.2 miles
  • Left turn at Wilder parking lot – 5.3 miles
  • Right turn onto Old Cove Landing Trail – 5.4 miles
  • Return to Wilder Ranch parking lot – 7.6 miles
  • Right turn onto Wilder Ranch main road – 7.7 miles
  • Merge back onto paved path – 8.2 miles
  • Exit paved path at Mission Extension – 9.1 miles
  • Right turn on Natural Bridges – 9.4 miles
  • Left turn on Delaware Ave. – 9.8 miles
  • Right turn on Swanton Blvd. – 9.9 miles
  • Left onto paved path at West Cliff Drive – 10.3 miles
  • Paved path on West Cliff Drive – 10.2 – 12.9 miles
  • Right turn through Cowell’s Beach parking area – 13 miles
  • Finish on the beach – 13.1 miles

The Course will be managed at a 15 minute per mile pace. Strollers & Dogs are not allowed on the course

Aid Stations

Aid will be provided at the start, finish and at 6 course aid stations as follows:

  • Start Zone on Beach Street (Water)
  • Station 1 on West Cliff (Water)
  • Station 2 on Mission St. (Water, Gel)
  • Station 3 in Wilder Ranch Parking Lot (Water, Sports Drink)
  • Station 4 in Wilder Ranch Parking Lot (Water, Sports Drink)
  • Station 5 on Mission St. (Water, Gel)
  • Station 6 on West Cliff (Water)
  • Finish Line on the Main Beach (Water, Food)

Your Race Fee Includes:

  • Finisher Medallion¬†
  • Race Bib
  • Commemorative Finisher T-Shirt
  • Post Race Refreshments and Food
  • Online Results


Race results will be posted near the finish line and online from the Results Page of the event website after we are done cleaning up following the event.


Top three male and female finishers overall as well as the following seven age divisions will receive awards:

  • 19 and Under
  • 20 Somethings
  • 30 Somethings
  • 40 Somethings
  • 50 Somethings
  • 60 Somethings
  • 70 plus


Professional race photos will be supplied by EPevets. Shots of you in action will be available to view typically one week after the event. You will receive email notification when your proofs are ready to view, otherwise, please check back on the Photo Page of the event website.