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History of the Human Race

The Human Race is a nationwide community fundraising event for nonprofit organizations and is the largest collaborative fundraising event in Santa Cruz County as well as the longest consecutive running Human Race in the nation.

The Santa Cruz County Race features an approximate 5 mile run and walk from 2300 Delaware Ave and down to West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park and back. The Walkathon begins at 8am and takes place rain or shine.

Organizations and businesses recruit walkers/runners/pledge-gatherers to raise funds. Funds can be raised for any nonprofit organization, school or church. The run and walk is open to all.

The Human Race is a proven fundraiser that has been successful for Santa Cruz County nonprofits for 37 years and continues to grow. The Volunteer Center provides marketing, publicity, materials, free training, and fundraising expertise from the top experts in the field. Nonprofits and businesses provide the people power.

In 2017 there were more than 2,000 participants, over 10,000 donors and  $414,792 was raised  in support of 136 nonprofits, schools and community groups. 

This event is made possible through the generous support of our sponsors.

Race Day Information

On Saturday May 12th, nonprofits, local businesses, school groups, churches, volunteers and over 2,000 walkers will come together for an exciting morning honoring our community's fundraising achievements. By donating or fundraising at least $35 to the cause of their choice, individuals will celebrate together while enjoying a breakfast, lunch, free t-shirt, live music, family friendly activities and a beautiful ocean walk along West Cliff Drive. Sign up now to support your favorite cause!

Date & Time:

Saturday, May 12, 2018
Rain or shine!
Registration: 8 am - 8:45 am
Run: 9:00 am
Walk: Immediately after runners

Location & Route:

The 5 mile course takes participants on a fun route through one of Santa Cruz's most iconic paths. The beautiful walk starts at 2300 Delaware Ave, and continues along West Cliff Drive to the Light House Park, ending back at 2300 Delaware where a BBQ lunch awaits you. 

Click here to view the 5 mile course map (downloadable PDF).


Enjoy festive live music throughout the morning.

If your group would like more information on entertaining at the Human Race in 2018, please contact Mariah Tanner, [email protected]


Every year the race is successful due to the support of nearly 300 volunteers. We would love your help this year. Volunteers help with the registration booth, set-up and take-down, host games, and water booths, and serve as our end of the race cheering section. 

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